Thursday, September 17, 2015

September 7, 2015

Dear Mommy, 
I was in an incredible mood on Monday. We went to Walmart and a lady came up to us. And she asked if we were corporate. We told her we were Mormon Missionaries. She asked all sorts of questions, we answered them all and then she mentioned she was looking for a church in Aurora so we gave her a card and then we went back to shopping. As we were leaving a returned missionary came up to us and it was just a very busy day at Walmart. We went To Chick-fila for lunch it was so good! We had a District P-day and went bowling. We were playing for an hour and on our second game pretty much everyone had a perfect game, needless to say it was a great day!

So Investigator Update, we had amazing lessons with all of them. The Hoyles are doing great. Last night we went over and  he had a date for  the 12th but we are gonna have to push it back so he can be a little more prepared but he is so ready! He has a strong desire and he it internally motivated!  Amber who was pregnant had her baby and they are both happy and healthy and moving so they will now be in the Denver North Mission. Robb is doing awesome he has been a more stagnant investigator but we have been asking really good questions and he has been thinking a lot it is pretty cool. We are really excited!! 

On Friday we went to Seminary at like 10 o'clock, and THEY WERE IN CLASS. It was the strangest thing to go to seminary during the day! They have enough LDS students that they have release time seminary. We sat in and they were talking about the Creation. The Seminary Teacher (Brother Carwin) made a point that I thought was interesting> God made Eve from a rib and why not the head or the foot? Eve was made from the rib because symbolically if it was the head she would rule over him if it were the foot, he over her, but it was the rib meaning equality. 

Plans For this week: Today we are either gonna go hiking or have a nerf Battle not sure yet! Then we will have a Labor day bash with one of the members in the ward. Then we will do service at the local food share. At some point this week and we will try and set Brother Hoyle with a new baptism date. If we stay after transfers we will be moving into the Waltons.  But we won't find out till Saturday! I am content with staying or leaving either way I am where God needs me and that is awesome!

Lastly you wanted a list of things I wanted for Christmas. For you it is not too soon but after Christmas I will have a little over 4 months left so as far as I am concerned Christmas could never come and I wouldn't mind one bit. But if you want to know what I want I would like a longer mission. I would like to serve in Riverton stake and I would Like to end my mission in Laramie. Last and as normal I would like Santa's  naughty list (The Gospel helps everyone get on the nice list). Since you cant really get any of that for me I'll just take socks.  

Love Elder Westrup

August 17, 2015

Dear Mommy,

   All is well. This week has been super eventful, we got put back in
a tripan. I am now with Elder Noh who is from Apple Valley,
California. He is the oldest male son and a family of four children.
Elder Noh is very intelligent it is very fun to talk with him,
although Elder Taylor feels left out because he is at a different
level than us. Elder Noh is really good at balancing out the
conversations so Elder Taylor can understand and participate and not
feel left out! I really look up to Elder Noh, he Is 6' 4" and a giant
teddy bear. I feel that this will be a good transfer. Our District
consists of three people so that is fun.

   Work wise, our numbers have not been very accurate concerning the
actual amount of work we have been doing. We have been trying to find
where we teach and teach where we find but as of now we have no super
good leads. We met this guy, his name we forgot, so we have been calling
him Nick. "Nick" seems super cool. We haven't been able to sit down
with him but I believe  there is a lot of potential to help  him come
unto Christ. We were trying to find  a less active and we got no
answer. So Elder Noh suggested we knock a couple doors and he was like the
second door we knocked. I have missed tracting. I know it isn't the
most effective but you feel good when you just get out and meet new
people and have them bear testimony of Jesus Christ, and then you bear
your testimony of Christ, and both of you leave edified and

   I have some repenting to do. I have been basically filibustering
the last couple letters, because I just haven't been focusing on the
real reason why I writing, I was just writing five paragraphs to
achieve my goal. In that sense I have been rather selfish, and I
apologize. My writing is not for me it is for my family and friends to
learn and grow to share my experiences not achieve some remedial goal
set in place as a way of self gratification. I am learning so much and
growing even more. When applied the gospel will automatically change
you and you will be so much more happy it is the best. I can promise
this because I am living it.

   So in secular experience, I have given up soda for the last month
and I feel great. I have a more energy and don't crash in the
afternoon. I feel like I am loosing weight, I have a plan to cut back
on my unnecessary sugar in the next 8 months. I want to loose 5 lbs
every month over the next 8 months. my goal when I get home is to
weigh 200 lbs even. I want to be self sustained (motivated) in my
weight loss by the time I get home. I feel like that is a very
achievable goal. We will see what happens.

   Well in closing all is well on our end. On your end how are things?
Lately I have been hearing quite a bit about fires and most of the
people have been say around Sacramento? How was your trip? Did ya'll get
home safely? Who are Roland's teachers? How is the rest of the family?
When does Rebekah get home? What is new at Mira Loma? We just had
TIWI's installed in our cars and they are annoying but they save lives
so that is cool I guess.

                                                           Elder Westrup!

August 10, 2015

Dear Mom,

All is well! This week was pretty good, I have been tracking a little bit more, I enjoy finding so much! I am glad I am in an area where Elders want to work. Saturday we had a Zone Dinner with the stake president. After the Zone Leaders shared what the Zone vision for the transfer would be, which is "All for one and one for Christ." The district leaders then broke down the vision and it was broken down well for the most part. It was a great vision but not a goal which I think was the point. Visions are meant to be general to point in a direction. A vision alone is near pointless, without goals we become demoralized because of a seemingly unachievable goal. One thing the District Leader and I agreed on was that we couldn't have follow up on the Vision, what is the point of anything if there is no follow up. On the other hand goals without a vision are scattered and often don't make a lot of sense. Well that is my rant part of the email.

Cool thing this week, we were able to get to talk to Wade, one of our investigators' husbands, he is a former marine and we get along so well. It is awesome the amount of former military in Broomfield. But back to Wade. He works all the time and so it is hard to get a hold of him. Elder Taylor and I had just tried some Prospective Elders and none answered and so we were just walking around. Elder Taylor walked down Wade's street and he and his wife were front porch sitting. We walk up and start talking to him, him and I were swapping funny military stories. 

He told me one time when he was overseas. One of his convoys broke down and he volunteered to stay at a F.O.B. (which was being shutdown that night) and wait for repair crew to come so they got orders to stay put until they came. An Army Convoy came by pulling the last American soldiers (besides Wade's group) out. The leader of the Convoy came up and asked if they wanted to join the convoy and leave with the army guys and Wade said " Sir we have orders to stay and I am not disobeying orders from Srgt." The other soldier said "this Base is gonna get run down before your convoy gets here. If you don't leave with us you are gonna die " Wade replied "I have a 180 rounds and a pocket full of motivation that says we aren't gonna die." The Convoy leader had no reply and left them with some ice water. I loved that!

Last night I was thinking and I thought of the importance of names. A land's name defines its purpose, depending on who named the land determines the strength of the name to the land, without authority a name wont stick and the third and last the relationship between the namer and the name.  Similarly with the name of a child, for example my name Richard Hugh Westrup, I was named by my Father having authority from God not only because of stewardship over me but of the Melchizedek Priesthood. My Name Richard means powerful ruler or leader, Hugh means of the Heart, Mind and Spirit. I am named after My Father's Father, there is great emotional connection for my name to my Father and to me and that adds to the power behind my name. I don't remember where I was going with that but my name is what it is supposed to be!

Alma 38:12 "Use boldness, but not overbearance; Also see that ye bridle all your passions that ye maybe filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness." Bridle all your passions that ye may be filled with love. First time I read this I didn't quite understand how bridling could cause filling of love, as I realized that when we give things up for a time, restraining ourselves we grow fonder of those things. Not only growing our fondness but refining it, perfecting it, causing it to become a pure love. That is cool. 

Love Elder Westrup 

July 27, 2015

Dear Mom,

I am well. I don't know what else to say. We did quite a bit this week but i just don`t know what to talk about. I guess the only thing I feel I can talk about is my favorite scripture which is John 15:13 through the end. I will just focus on verses 13, 16, 19, 21, 26 and 27.
"13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." I have always loved this verse because it is always quoted by soldiers but its original meaning is the most important. The Savior is talking of himself preforming the Atonement, but we can in similitude lay OUR life down and focus on his work and glory. That is what I get to do right now, I am laying down my life putting my wants my desires away bridling my passions, for the last 15 months and hopefully for the rest my life I will come second. I have a friend, who is my Savior, Redeemer and King, I am laying my life down for him. It is not an easy task by any means. I am human and natural, fallen and fallible, but through His grace I can change, I am changing. I am growing and so can everyone. I am glad I have this opportunity to act in his stead and I am glad He called me here so I can grow and change that it might be a permanent change.  
"16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." I love Christ and He called me as His hands to do His deeds and help work His works that i might  find joy! He loves and trusts me enough to give me authority by another servant of His who holds the Keys to ordain me with power! The Lord gave me this power of knowledge and truth that I might establish a lasting conversion not only in others but in myself! I know that is true and it is amazes me regularly! 
"19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." I like this verse because it is preparing me for opposition and if we are prepared than we won't fear. It is saying if you were playing on their team then they would love ya but guess what I drafted you long before they could claim ya and because you are not following their rules they hate you they`ll call you names, yell at you and try to frustrate your progress in My work. Every time I read that I think "great today is gonna be hard: people will be mean, I am going to be made fun of, and my cherished beliefs will be trodden upon like pearls before swine." Then I realize if I were part of the world this would probably be pretty discouraging, but I am not. The Lord(who called me out of the world)'s ways are not the worlds. Opposition is important for my growth and development and I have a lot of growing to do!
"21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me." One more reason there is persecution is because the nature of God is so deeply misunderstood. When we know God and His relationship with us and with those that are arguing with us or fighting us we treat them different and they start to understand us and their hearts change. Love breeds Love. God is love, people who contend don`t know God. Straight up.

       "26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning." The Comforter has come and He testifies of the Reality, Divinity and Life of our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord Jesus Christ. That is truth. And because I was with Christ from the beginning, I to am called to bare my witness of Him. That He lives and loves us. That we are Sons and Daughters of a living and loving Father in Heaven. Understanding and practicing this relationship will cease all animosity and anger and cause world peace ;) 

  Love y'all
        Elder Richard Hugh Westrup

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 20, 2015

Dear Mommy,

All is well! This week has been super crazy. We have been trying to balance two wards. I think the tripanionship was perfect for Elder Brazell because we were able to find him some potentials. They seemed pretty promising! We met with some cool guys from their ward and our ward was kinda slow. Elder Taylor had a couple of families from his first area come down and take us out to eat and it was pretty fun and it really helps him feel comfortable (he grew up in a small town and never really moved so change is kinda hard for him). 

Preparation day last week was interesting. We had three missionaries worth of laundry and all sorts of stuff to figure out and "The District" (namely Elder Taylor and Elder Brazell ) decided to play Basket Ball. I decided to email and thanks to iPads we were both happy! We didn't get much done that night but we were able to go to John and Melissa's and they had cancelled bible study for various reasons. They were very happy we stopped by because they didn't have our cell number. Most of the bible study group didn't want to meet with us and that wasn't a surprise. But John and Melissa still want to meet with us and so now we have a regular appointment with them this Wednesday.

So Thursday night we got a call from the Assistants to President. The APs wanted to know if Elder Brazell would like a new companion for two weeks or if he wanted to wait till transfers. Elder Brazell saw how hard it is to cover two wards with one companionship (let alone all the small stuff like showering and laundry) so he said he would like the new companion now. His new companion is Elder Kennedy who I happened to serve around in Laramie. He is a great young man but he struggles and so I think Elder Brazell will be really good for him because Elder Brazell is really loving and is very observant of his surroundings.

Some of the people that Elder Brazell is teaching are James Bond! (he isn't Scottish :(  but he is still cool) and Ralph G. (a semi-successful Rock Star). They are both super cool people. I am sad I only got to see them once :/ but they are in great hands. Elder Kennedy and Elder Brazell are both great missionaries it is so awesome to see revelation at work. Elder Taylor and Elder Brazell and myself were able to find a couple of potential investigators : Liz is a single girl who we were able to bear powerful testimony to on the Plan of Salvation. Wendy and Austin were a newly wed couple who we helped to unload their car after their wedding and they seemed to be really appreciative of our help! We will see what happens with them.

So Friday we moved back in with the Cooks and it feels a lot more organized. We are able to focus on our ward now. Sundays are a lot shorter because there are a lot less meetings we have to go to being two companionships covering our own wards again. Yesterday we were able to help a less active member do some family history and it is so amazing to see his face light up every time we find a new name for him and add names his uncle gave him! This is a really awesome area to be in! There are so many great people with amazing stories out there and I am glad I have the opportunity to hear them! and even better share mine!! 

Elder Westrup

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Monday, July 20, 2015

July 13, 2015

Dear Mom,

All is well! This week has been pretty intense. I am now 20 years of age. I am so thankful for the many birthday wishes and presents. It has been an excellent week, lots has happened. I am so grateful for all the gifts and presents I recieved even more so am I grateful for the wishes of happiness on my birthday. I feel so loved, even though I am afar off. I feel as though each wish is a warm embrace. I love you all so much. 
This week on Monday night we met with John and Melissa and it was a interesting. We met with them during a bible study and it was very good everyone was pretty open minded. We are going back tonight so we will see how it goes again! Tuesday was pretty uneventful we found out one our district members went home early which kinda made us sad and have a sucky day.
Wednesday I woke up and opened my package and as I said before I am so grateful for all I recieved. One crazy thing I got for my birthday was a new companion and his area. Needless to say my birthday was pretty hectic! My "new" companion is Elder Brazell (my MTC comp). We are now in a trio and it is making things interesting. We are covering two wards worth of appointments, which makes coordinating interesting. I am having an awesome time with Elder Brazell and Elder Taylor! They are both awesome missionaries who want to serve God to the best of their abilities. 
We met with Amber again and she is so prepared it is crazy. She has a such strong desire to be ready for baptism. She was baptized when she was super young and she doesn't feel like it was her choice or that she has a personal relationship with God. But sometimes I feel she has a better relationship then I do! She is crazy cool to see how much she is growing from the Gospel! She still has yet to come to church so we will hopefully see her there next Sunday

We also had Zone meeting and it was announced that the mission has a goal of 35 baptism in the month of July, our zone set the goal of 6 baptisms, and so it was mainly focused on achieving the goals. We already had one on the fourth so we will see how close we get to the goal I think it is very achievable. I love being able to help motivate and push my friends to the best of their abilities, it makes me happy helping them achieve their goals!
So going back to covering two wards. We were able to meet Nick who is easily the coolest guy I have met in Colorado. He has a long complicated story but the short of it is he is on the right path and he is super cool! While we were talking he said something that really struck me. "If we are great husbands than we won't have to worry about being good fathers, it will naturally fall into place to love our children and treat them right when we love their mother more than anything else (excluding God of course)." I just thought that was something I hope to live by!
Another thing I learned this week was to keep small things small and important things important. This principle is eternal and universal. If we make mountains out of mole hills it will be one long journey. We need to emphasize what is important. Anyways I don't think I have anything else to write about love you all so much! 
Elder Richard Hugh Westrup!

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July 7, 2015

Dear Mommy,

I am very well. It has been a great two weeks in Broomfield,CO. This week has  gone by super quick. We went tracting last Monday and Elder Taylor has no confidence in it (I love tracting). So it was kinda funny when we went tracting the second door we knocked a man named Jonathan came out with a nice bible and I thought it was gonna be a bible bash. But he said hey we are in the middle of bible study is there something we can help you with and I said well we are just going around talking about Jesus Christ with people but you obviously know about Christ and I don't want to invite myself but may we join your Bible study. He said "hold on let me get my wife" and she came out and was very pleasant, a little hesitant. She was super awesome and they both ended up talking for 30 minutes and we are going back tonight. I am really excited!!
On Tuesday last week we visited one of the Ward family history consultants and she worked on helping me understand Family History even more. It was really nice. I think I added a little bit of information; but not much. It is really cool to learn so I can help others learn and grow in their family history understanding. I am excited to get better at it we will probably be going back every other week to increase our ability. It is petty hard for Elder Taylor because he has most of his work actually done. But I am learning quite a bit!
 On Wednesday we had decided to visit all the members from A to Z in the directory and the second name on the list lives in the very farthest corner of our area so we rode out there and we weren't sure were he lived. So we went into this really nice condo complex and met a very nice lady named Asante who directed us to his address. Well he lived in a locked apartment building and we couldn't get in. I was about to give up and bike all the way home! All of a sudden two different people walked out, and Elder Taylor just grabbed the door and said blessings of the Lord. We got up there and knocked no one answered and we were about to leave but we had a stupor of thought when it came to what we should do we sat there for 30 seconds then we heard something from the inside and he opened the door and invited us in he said he had been thinking about going back to church a lot the last couple of weeks and he was really grateful for us stopping by. It really was the Lord working through us to help this young man out and the Lord accomplishes his works!

Thursday we met with our new top progressing Amber, she was baptized very young and she was very upset that she wasn't old enough to make the decision herself. After she was baptized her parents didn't go to church so in her words she grew up without getting to know Jesus Christ. We mainly are focusing on who He is and what he did for us! She doesn't read old English, for example the bible, and we were reading out of Luke chapter 1 and she was struggling understanding what was going on, but as we went on you could see the spirit work with her and her understanding and knowledge of Christ deepened so much! It was super awesome to see! And after we finished the lesson we were talking and invited her to Brittany's baptism and she said that is cool she would like to be baptized again! Elder Taylor and I are so excited to hear that!

Saturday was amazing. You already know how much I love the Fourth of July. Well we got a call to fill the font for a child of record baptism and we would have to watch it for 2 hours. While we were there the other ward was having their Fourth of July breakfast and we got free breakfast. Then we got to hear amazing baptism talks by the little girl's grandma and aunt. Then we visited a less active member and he was pretty cool. After that we went to Brittany Miller's baptism and she is just amazing and she has the stronger support from her future in-laws. One of which is going to the Roseville California mission! His name is Elder Shane Cobabe. He is a super cool kid! His older brother (who is espoused to Brittany) served in Argentina and is also really cool! So if in two weeks or so you see him take him out to lunch or something.

Well I can't think of much else to say. Thanks to all for my birthday wishes and gifts or letters sent. I greatly appreciate them all! Thanks for the pictures of fireworks and what not. You are all a great blessing in my life! I love you especially Mom and Dad without whom I wouldn't exist or have made it to the completion of my 20th year nor the commencement of my 21st year here on the earth. (Yes I am twenty but this is the twenty first year of my life) 
With much love and gratitude 
Elder Richard Hugh Westup 

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June 22, 2015

Dear Mom,
   Looking back this transfer went by incredibly quick. I am
transferring down to the Boulder Stake to the Broomfield 1st Ward. My
new companion will be Elder Taylor. About all I know is, he is from
Idaho. I am gonna miss Longmont even though it is like 10 minutes
away. The people are awesome and I bet the people in Broomfield will
be just as cool!! Not much has happened this week. Mostly my studies
are the most exciting thing. This last week my studies of the Book of
Mormon consisted of the war chapters.
   I have gotten so much out of them! I absolutely love Chapter 60.
Not only does it relate to how I feel secularly, but spiritually.
Capt. Moroni stirs up a Spirit of Remembrance of their Fathers, and
God's great mercy upon them. I seek to set man free not by strength of
any sort but by the word of God that all Man might be Free! "Have ye
forgotten the commandments of the Lord your God? Yea, have ye
forgotten the captivity of our fathers? Have ye forgotten the many
times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies? Or do ye
suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our
thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided
for us? Yea, will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with
thousands of those, yea, and tens of thousands, who do also sit in
idleness, while there are thousands round about in the borders of the
land who are falling by the sword, yea, wounded and bleeding?" ( Alma
Chapter 60: 20-22)
   Now behold I, Elder Westrup, do seek to remind all who read this
Electronic Epistle sent by my Mother  and forwarded throughout the world
to Harken hear the voice of this Wise man. Apply this to our day! For
I know this is of God. Remember God and all His Commandments, that you
do not enter into the captivity of sin, even a spiritual confinement.
Remember  the captivity of our Fathers, bound by being absent of the
Truth, but we now are delivered by the truth how many of our brethren
have remembered our God (who has been so kind to give freely of all
wisdom) and found joy in and freedom in that remembrance!!  But it is
not an easy task to remember for it is a daily task and nightly and
though we forget often. How great is our God to provide for us, in this
state of probation, an atonement in which we might repent and be made
whole again to remember daily. I know how great our God is!!! That is
why I continue and labour among our brethren in the land of Colorado
that I might stir up in their remembrance this truth which I know!
   Now behold you might think He is just in the zeal of the moment,
but I say unto you these words are not of myself. And if these words
be not of me then who must they be? For I speak not of myself but of
others! I speak of others and of our God. I speak that we might
remember and love Him and His children our brothers and sisters. Our
God loves us and provides. Shall we not help others remember this?
Shall we not help others help others that they to might find this joy
in which we have? Or shall we let them be captive and stand before God
at the last day and say we where not idle among our brethren? Now if
we ought not want this said of ourselves  because of the sorrow it
would bring us than how great will be our joy in reminding others?
There are thousands even millions falling down wounded  and captive by
their lack of knowledge or remembrance.
    Well  in closing Happy Fathers Day !!!! Love You Dad !! We had
excellent talks yesterday on fatherhood and I am being transferred to
Broomfield Tomorrow morning. Umm I can't think of anything else so bye
love ya

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June 15, 2015

Dear Mom 
To quote the hymnodist "it is well it is well with my soul." We had Zone Conference this last Thursday. It was really well done. The topic was on the Sabbath and keeping it holy. I got so much from it. I don't think I have ever gotten so much out of a meeting. The Sabbath is a time for gratitude rest reflection, and to partake of the Sacrament. As we partake of these things we are promised certain blessings: namely, being able to call the Sabbath a delight, joy and peace, being unspotted from the world, having the spirit, faith increased. 
Lev 26:2 - 6,  9 and 12
Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. 
In Isaiah 58:13-14  is just a sum up of what was said. But 14 ends with "for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it." And we know the Lord never backs down on His promises. I know this is mostly quoting scripture but they are really good scriptures. I firmly believe in their promises, that is basically the biggest thing this happened this week is zone conference but not only are the temporal blessings important but the spiritual ones. One part of Leviticus I'd like to point out is that if we honour the Sabbath, God will respect us for keeping the sign and he will walk among us and he will be our God and we will be HIS People. That is probably the most comforting of all because the Lord takes the most care of His people. 
In your last email you wanted to know about the weather. well I'd tell you if it would make up its mind. One day it is 50's and rainy the next it is blistering hot in the 90's. Colorado has the most beautiful lightening storms though. The night of the tornado there was some awesome thunder and lightening. It was so majestic and powerful. To quote Alma the younger "Do not all things denote there is a God?" It is nice but way too bright. I wouldn't be able to stand it if not for sunglasses. Last year i had headaches all summer long but I haven't this year as long as I wear sunglasses.
Well yesterday I had to wake up at about 5 for a priesthood meeting. The stake presidency was reorganized. I was at church from 6 to 2:30. It was quite tiring to be there for so long but I feel it was really good experience. I recently have given thought to working in the oil fields so I can pay for college. I figure I can work like six to eight months and have all four years tuition and be living cushy so I might be giving that more thought later on talk to you about that later. Might be going to Estes with some YSA priests from our ward.

Love Sincerely
Elder Westrup

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Some pictures

New haircut

Doing family history and found that we're royalty

A gallon of mac and cheese

Elder Westrup saw his little sister's question on Elder Bednar's Face to Face Live Chat

Flowers at the temple

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 4, 2015

Hey Mom, 
I am doing well! I have been running every other day. I am trying to lose 40 lbs, I am still at 240 though. I gained 6 pounds last week, I just need to control my portion sizes. But I don't want to offend members by not eating much. My mile time is still north of 11 mins and I will probably start running everyday next transfer.  
And yes I met Bishop Hodges at my Bishop's house. He is my bishops father-in-law. The church makes the world a really small place. He was stopping by on the way to a doctor's appointment so unfortunately he couldn't stay long. I hope he does share some stories. I always love to hear about Grandpa, I miss him. If you have a copy of his biography I wouldn't mind that for my birthday either. 
I'm glad Russell finally has a calling that is awesome. Does he have home teachers yet? President Hinckley said that the three things people need are a friend in the gospel, a calling, and to be nourished by the good word. I feel like that will really help him And Robert And Rosie.     
I am happy to hear Rachel choose a great team to support!! I am glad she had a great birthday :) I am glad Roland and Roger are both doing well. I am sorry to hear about your foot. Have you gotten a blessing yet? 

I am glad all is well with the family. I will keep your job in my prayers especially!  Well not much has happened on my end. We went tracting for 6 and 1/2 hours on Saturday. It was so awesome!! we only found 1 investigator who is a ysa. So we wont be able to teach him BUT I felt so good afterward like we were supposed to plant all those seeds even if I can't harvest them. Well I don't know what else to say
Love you all !!!

Elder Westrup

April 27, 2015

Hello Mother
All is well here. It has been raining the last couple of days but it isn't too bad. It is in the high 50's. By the end of the week it is expected to be in the low 80's. I always keep you guys and California in my prayers. I know that you don't want Roger to go fight fires but it would be a beneficial experience that would help him. I know that YOUR prayers keep him Safe, THERE IS NOTHING STRONGER THAN A PRAYER FROM A MOTHER FOR HER CHILD'S SAFETY, but Roger may want that and it might be a trial that will help him in the long run. 

This morning I ran a mile. My time was 11:50. I need to be able to run an 18 minute 3 mile. So far not quite there yet. My long term goal is lose 40 lbs and be able to pass the naval PT test. My companion has given me the idea to study at BYU-I. They Have ROTC and a Paramedical Program. But my only concern is I want to go into the Navy and BYU-I is Army ROTC and I have no idea how that will work. My second thought is to go for 2 years and raise my grades then try and transfer to the University of Utah. 

Ask Russell how he would feel if Robert got hurt in a biking accident. I have learned that sometimes people need to be asked questions rather been told. Make sure to listen after asking the question. Asking questions promotes learning and understanding rather then just telling someone something. It helps prompt a desire because everyone wants to be right. I am glad Rachel is excited for her recommend. That is a very exciting thing to have. I wish they had individual recommends when I was her age. Tell Roland I want to see pictures from Scout Camp when he goes. 

I am sad to hear that Heald is closing. But I can say that it will probably be a blessing in disguise. Technology is amazing Love ya 

Sorry it took so long to write this little bit. 
Love, Richard

April 20, 2015

I am sorry to hear about Sister Canepari passed. And Angelina is preganent??!?! I know Ashton Canepari kinda, he is pretty cool. I did hear about Jacob And Courtney you and Oma have both told me :) I am banking on the baby to be born on my birthday. That is crazy to hear about Jeffery and Kelsey. I bet it will be on the 20th. How is Sister Alconcel ? Speaking of trader's fair and your knitting skills I would love a beanie. Two of mine have disappeared. Plus there is a set of sister missionaries in our district who have to walk and if you have any extra wool I know they would love them. I am so jealous of Rachel. Roger and I should go on a rode trip after my mission. I meant to send Dad a birthday card but I will send him one today. I ran out of stamps. I am glad Roland is becoming quite the entrepreneur. Has he asked to mow Brother Amavisca's lawn? Where is Scout camp this year? I am glad you are able to help the sisters with FH. I helped a member in Laramie quite a bit. I will be trying to go to the temple for my year mark soon. An update on last week's Investigators: Colin dropped us. But The other three (Tristan,  Brenna, and Readen) are doing awesome! They were out of town last week so we couldn't visit with them but we gave their Dad a blessing because he had to have surgery but it seems that it went well so we will be trying to meet with them sometime this time week. Dinners are awesome!! We are full of dinners till the end of the month. I love Elder Sullivan. He is so awesome he keeps me pumped about the work. He is just the best.
All is well in our Part of Zion
Love Elder Westrup 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

News from March

Hey Mom,
I am very thankful for the pictures. I am glad to know that everyone is well. How is Aunt Judy? I am glad you went back. It is a great place one that has touched my life I am glad I had the opportunity to serve there. What did they ask about me and what did you say? 

I am still living with a member from a ward I am not serving in. He is the ward Sunday School President. And he is finding a great difficulty in his agenda because half the TV's don't work or aren't compatible. It gives me a little insight to some things dad might have to deal with. I am glad that you are still having fun being Librarian. I was watching the movie about President Hinkley and how his Mother instilled a love of literature in his youth, it made me think how important it is to to have a loving mother to help you solidify your passions. Thank you for helping me in learning my passions and helping me stick to them. I am so grateful for your example!

I'll send Rachel a card when it gets closer to her bday. I am glad Roland is becomin more of a social butterfly. I emailed Oma today. I am glad they are doing well. I wrote Grandma and Steve a letter. I am gonna send it this week. And my comp is still here till the 31st but as time is nearing he needs to get more done so we have less time to email.

Love ya mom 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hey Sorry I didn't reply on Tuesday. We are emailing in the family history Center and there aren't enough computers for the amount of missionaries that there are. And the Senior ZL is not as understanding when it comes to allowing for extra time on the computers.So it is hard because of circumstance but my companion has to do his trunkie papers and so i get time on other days to email. This week is going much better then the previous week but our only investigator couldn't meet with us this week because she and her Dad were helping his parents move stuff around. We finished the first lesson with her last week. I think it went very well. We were at Chick-fila and there was an ad for Dr. Suess' Birthday so that made me think of you. They have free breakfast every Tuesday this month which is awesome. Speaking of awesome things we were driving home the other day and this was at the corner of 19th and main. Some poor child out there had a rough night.
It is funny as a missionary switching around so often you have several stake conferences and fast Sundays in the same month, so you either learn to love it or just sleep. I really enjoy it, it is a great to hear from general or area authorities for edification and spiritual strengthening. As my year mark approaches (and with my companion working on his end of the mission paperwork I often find myself thinking of the future ,what type of person I want to be and after. So much time in the scriptures I have discoverd that I want to grow to be like unto my elder brother. I love Roger, he is an example to me. Like Ammon he is strong and powerful and intelligent. He serves a king, he made an oath to serve to do anything as long as it right. Alma 18:17 " say unto you, what is it, that thy marvelings are so great? Behold, am manand am thy servant; 
therefore,whatsoever thou desirest which is right, that will do."  I cant think of anyone who better fits this scripture then Rog. I cant think of much else. 
Love ya mom 
Elder Westrup
These last few pictures of Elder Westrup and his companion were sent by a member. They helped prepare food for her son's baptism.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 23, 2015

Elder Westrup says very little in his letters.

He mentioned in his last email that he and his companion moved apartments to be with a member. Which means he's serving in a different ward. And then he spent a picture of snow. He's a man of many words, but few typed words.

February 16, 2015

Dear Mom,
I am sorry you aren't feeling well :/ I wish I could help with something. Things are picking up again.
I am glad you got my Valentine. A sister in the ward has a card making club and she gave me a couple to send out. I saw the Mackrorys and they told me about your vday gift to dad. I am excited for you. Unfortunately not much to say this week. We are staying this transfer.
love ya 

Monday, February 23, 2015

February 10, 2015

Hey Mom
I am doing great!!! Our only current investigator Sam has been struggling a lot not with commitments or anything, he is just getting kicked out of his house his car is breaking and lots like that. But we might be teaching a recent convert's daughter tomorrow which will be awesome. He is super cool. He would be at church but he had drill last weekend and I know how that goes. I have been emailing Jamison but he doesn't email me as much as he does Oma (but then again I am not as faithful in replying as I should be). I am excited for Courtney and Jacob and their prospective parentage. I am rooting for July 8th as the birth date. Well love you. Have a stupendous week.
I made the pen at a less actives house that I helped whilst on exchanges. He is super cool. He has a wood shop the size of an apartment; really cool. The drawing is just a doodle while I was in sacrament meeting. It is just the mountains and some trees and legs and the symbol on the pants is just like my signature. I'll send more pictures of my sketches so you can see it clearer. Sacrament Meeting was amazing. The former Bishop (Ashby) and his wife spoke on Family History and it just really spoke to me on how important a temple marriage is. But yea I am glad you are receiving the much needed rain there. I fear for Longmont. It hasn't snowed a lot since I have been here which isn't good. I mean it is winter and it feels like summer.
Sorry I didn't reply the to that long email it was just very intimidating. I don't know why but I just don't like writtng in the least. We had 21 dinners sign up yesterday I was super excited although I might not be here for most of them because of transfers. Who knows? But yea I believe the ward really really likes us which is awesome!!!! My Companion is from Aloha, Oregon (a suberb of Portland), He really likes classic cars and trucks and worked on them for a living back home. He has one transfer left and will be going home to attend BYU - Idaho he already has 2 years there and hopes to graduate with an auto machanices degree.

Not really sure what else to say
Love Elder Westrup

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Update of Westrup Proportions

Unlike me (who was quite the entertaining letter writer if I do say so myself), the men in my family quite fail at producing any sort of informative correspondence. And so with that, it's unfortunately fallen to me to glean something out of my younger brother's meager emails home to regale his friends and family with his life as a missionary. So far, what we've mostly learned is that he has abominable typing skills. Also, personally I've learned that he is throwing his whole heart into doing missionary work. He cares for the members and the people he's teaching very deeply. He's learned more than words can express, and his humility has grown deeper. So without further ado, a few of his meatier emails home, and a whole lotta pictures. -Rebekah

October 20, 2014
Hey mom 
i am doing well i wrote you a letter and sent it off, it should get there soon. my companion and i are doing better then last transfer. i sent you some awesome pictures just recently of a flint lock musket and some skrimshaw that a recent converts husband made btw she has a cowboy room with a john wayne movie poster thing i need to get my picture taken with it. umm i am driving this transfer because i want to. in my next package if you could send one of my hats to help with the sun during service that would be much appreciated. other than that there is not much new we had stake conference and there was a video broadcast from salt lake elder bednar and elder scott spoke it was very good. dad told me you guys are praying for me to find new investigators and i really appreciate that. if you want to pray for one there is ping chung she isnt an investigating yet she aplied to byu to be a teacher but i dont know if she is interested learning about the gospel she already knows tons about the church . umm yea that is all i can think of this week love ya bye!! 
Zone Conference perhaps? I'm not sure
November 17, 2014
Hey Mom 
     I am doing very Well. We had a baptism right afterwards i will send you some pictures of that later i didnt have my camera at the time. Elder Baxter is amazing he is from Scotland. his testimony is amazing. There is also a lady in my ward Named Lucy Thompson she is amazing has a Great spirit every one calls her Grandma because she essetially is the grandmother of all of Laramie Every one loves her She reminds me kinda of Granny. i dont know what else to say love You mom. 

                    Your Favourite son, the golden heir with golden hair, 
                                                           Elder Westrup 
A member and his wife that Elder Westrup and his companion were teaching- the Lee's

One of Elder Westrup's companions (I think... again, I've been given so little details. So one can only guess at these things)

This tender little missionary from California's first snow

He's quite cold.

The Christmas tree he wanted for their apartment

The Zone Leader's Christmas tree

His and his companion's Christmas tree

This sweater shrunk in the wash. Elder Westrup, ever to the rescue, helped by stretching it back out again.

He's now transferred back to the ward next to his first area. He's sad about it, but glad to be back so close to the members he first loved.

Not how I would display my art, but hey. Also, I appreciate the un-cropped version of Hofmann's Portrait of Christ. I taught our young grasshopper well.

December 1, 2014
i am just not very good at typing and so i try and avoid it as much as possible, i am sorry:/  the area is doing great. we have 2 investigators (sister Lee And Sister Ransom) that are coming more often then their husbands who are members we are working with members to get all of them to church. At Sister Thompson's house I had the oppurtunity to bare my testimony on my Favourite Scripture, that was Jesus wept. It reminded me i am not here for myself i am here for my Saviour and my God any faults or handicaps The lord will help me get over them because it is his work and he wont let the faults of man stop it he will help man overcome them and prove himself there with miracle of making man better.