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