Mayka and Cody

Hey! So here we are on Tuesday because we couldn't email you yesterday. Sorry about that, I know dad stresses a bit when he doesn't get my emails ;P

So to start this email off I want to mention that we ate at this sweet Mexican restaurant that one of our investigators owns and the enchiladas were divine! I can't wait til I can go back to a La Frontera with the family and me and Uncle Danny can talk to the waiters :P

Is that a "J-Dawg"?
So here is a little story, we were in the parking lot going to see one of our investigators in a part member family and this Micronesian lady in her 20's walk by lugging the trash out to the dumpsters. We ask to carry it for her but she says no so we start to walk again and she says "Wait! Are you the Mormons?" We spin around and say absolutely! She says that she wants us to come by and teach her because she saw missionaries back in Micronesia. It was sweet!

We went back the other day and actually taught her cousin (I think she's her cousin). Her name is Mayka and she is 21. She was so sweet and humble! She is just working right now and she misses her family and feels like Christ is real but just didn't know for sure. We taught her the first lesson like we were teaching a child and it was such a sweet and strong spirit. Her Aunt's boyfriend who was living there even came in and listened. He eventually spoke up and said he was baptized a long time ago and he totally testified of baptism and how good and clean he felt. It was almost funny at how awesome the situation was! We got a member present lesson on accident!  I asked some inspired questions and really got her to admit that she felt good and really felt loved by God. 

We followed up the next day with a call and I talked to her. It was so great! She said that while we were there the last night she felt like dizzy and tingly and different. I asked her if it was a good feeling just to confirm if she had some serious medical problems during her lesson or if it was the spirit :P She said it was a really good feeling and that she continued to feel it even after we left. It made my heart soar with joy! We invited her to church and she said she would come but we didn't see her on Sunday.

We talked to her yesterday to find out that she was going to come but she didn't have any nice clothes to wear. It just softened my heart to see how humble she was again and how maybe I overlook those things sometimes. When we told her that she could come in jeans and a t-shirt and that it didn't matter she just lit up and was so happy and surprised! I really would love to see her make it onto the path to the temple through baptism. It turns out that her cousin and mom and sister were all baptized back in the islands but she never was. OK I hope that made sense. 

There is also this sweet white guy named Cody that we met while looking up former investigators. He had moved into where they had used to live and we had a sweet talk and he invited us back for another day. 

After inspection...
During the first lesson he said that he had always felt that the 10 other churches he had tried with his grandma seemed like they were all missing something. He said that he thought the LDS church has always seemed to have it all together to him. Yeah baby! We are teaching him again later today. He said the coolest prayer too. He was like, "God, is this the real deal? Was Joseph Smith your prophet?" and stuff like that. It was just cool to experience. 

So last week on May 24 we realized that it was a pretty crazy day. It was the day where Elder Homewood had 21 days left in the mission and I have 21 months left. Haha crazy town! 

It's not all fun and success out here I'm sad to say. Sunday was rough, I mean I was having a little fun and I was happy but at the end of the day we had straight 0's for our daily key indicators. Ouch... First time for me haha! Esta bien, estoy seguiendo adelante! 

...Elder Arveseth takes another bite
I was horrified to hear about Elder Garver! I was glad to hear that he was ok but I bet that it's been a nightmare for everyone! Sheesh! 

Elder Hunter Anderson was hit by a car too but I guess that happens all the time in Taiwan haha, he's fine. 

Well that's all for today vosotros!

Con Amor,
Elder Fivas

A List of What to Write Home About

Elder Homewood and Elder Fivas
So this week I actually took some time before hand to write a list of what I wanted to mention in my email home. Haha yeah judge me! I do want to start off with what I learned though.
Elders Homewood, Fivas, and Arveseth

This last week has been a blessing as we have gone through some tough times of dropping and finding wonderful people to teach. Recently the biggest thing that I have learned is that of opening my mouth. My Spanish inability would affect how much of myself I was being and I realized that is not how it should be. So I decided to put my trust in God and have confidence in Him. During the lessons I would step up and teach my brothers and sisters. So now, I have a stronger testimony that God fills your mouth when you open it. I used to try and fill my mouth before opening it. That is not what God asked us to do. He fills it after you open it when you do your best to teach, promise, and testify; even when it's not in your primary language. I love Ohio and I love the people here, especially the ones that speak Spanish. 

Alright, it's time to bring it back to less serious things haha.

So we brought a member to our lesson with Bruce and Muriel, this old couple that have lived in the same house for 40 years. The member, Bro. Peavely, started to ramble a bit, which is always scary, when he was talking about how the Holy Ghost testifies of truth. He was explaining it alright and then he went... wait for it... Political! Haha yeah he started to tie it to how Universities are being uprooted by liberals and "how are the college kids supposed to know the truth"? Haha thank goodness Bruce and Muriel are Republican. Elder Homewood shut that down before it got outta control. So I will tell you now members! If you ever go on a visit with the missonaries, keep it simplified and intensified.

This week we had the chance to teach little kids the first discussion to prepare the 7 year old for baptism. It was SO CUTE! My heart melted and their little eager faces. It was something I had never experienced before, those little ninos were so cute and funny! 
Saving $$ on haircuts

We had a bike day this week and that was a lot of fun. I feel so much more a part of the community when I am on a bike. I do get pooped easier than I would like but that's ok, we can't all be Elder [Logan] Thomas haha.

So some members gave us a summer sausage as a present which was super nice but we left it in the trunk over night so we didn't think we could eat it. 

No, Elder Fivas doesn't have a black eye. Optical illusion
I got to hear Elder Graf's voice on a Spanish zone conference call. I love that Elder so much!! Our trainers were on the phone with each other and Elder Graf and I passed messages back and forth through them. I hope we stay in the same mission after the split! 

One final thing to mention is that I gave my first talk in a Spanish Sacrament meeting. I did pretty well and it made me happy. It was a lot of fun! When you learn a different lesson you sure learn how to put things simply. It's really good to do that sometimes. Especially when talking about temples :P

Ok family I love you tons! Sis. Boekweg let me know that Elder Boekweg is heading to Peru as I type. Woo hoo baby!

One last last thing. I saw on an investigators xbox screen that they are announcing the new generation. Does this mean the new xbox?! Someone tell Uncle Larry to email the deets about it and the new Call of Duty!

Haha ok I am done now :P

-Elder Fivas
The view is when we are driving out of our apartment

The call home was great...

Just off the clock you know? :P

The call home was great! Thank you so much parents!

I actually only have 5 minutes left until we're leaving so I don't have much time. I am staying happy. I have come to realize that I really don't like Spanish that much. Even as a missionary I don't really want to learn it. I hope I get over that quick :P

I spent Sunday with my Branch President. He's way cool! We visited some new people and it was great to see him in action. 

So I noticed a poster in a GameStop for Call of Duty Ghosts. Haha talk about distracting! I love Call of Duty! Plus can anyone tell me if Iron Man 3 is dope? It looks dope :) 

Thank you so much Telisha for all of the amazing music! I still haven't even listened to it all! That was such a sweet surprise! I love you all! 

Love ya bye, 

Elder Fivas

It rained a lot and soaked us to the bone this week. Plus it got to my Spanish Bible :( oh well, it was pretty sweet

Elder Homewood and Elder Fivas
Elder Homewood and Elder Arveseth

Here are some pictures of my planner. We decorate them a little bit :P

Plus I got a sweet picture of the Book of Mormon.

"If I were anywhere but here..."

I actually almost forgot that next Sunday I get to call home! Whoop whoop! I guess I can call you whenever for about 45 minutes. Tell me when you want me to call but remember I have church from 11:00-2:00 here so I think that's like 9:00 over there. Crazy to think I am two hours ahead... 

Anyway I loved the Golden Bear picture you found! I actually have never seen the can because I bought the gallon size of it at Walmart haha.

Que mas?... Well last week was pretty slow. Our investigators are hitting some rough patches. Well that's what I assume because we can't contact any of them anymore! It's frustrating but no matter, no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing baby!

I have gotten better at understanding Spanish. You have no idea how good that makes me feel when I can see a difference between two weeks. The other area (that serves in the same branch) just got a third Elder with them. He is fresh off the plane and he is pretty sweet. His name is Elder Thompson and he had his first coordination meeting last week. It was funny to see what I must have looked like because he was trying so hard to understand what was going on and being said.

I can't imagine how far ahead of me Elder [Logan] Thomas is! He has a full 'nuther transfer under his belt! Oh, and Elder Arveseth didn't get transferred! We are still going strong in our tripanionship :) The rama (branch) has two of them now so we 6 missionaries in one branch! Try and stop us ;) 

So when we were out knocking some doors trying to find Hispanics, we were referred to Mary Jane's house. She answered the door, we found out that she spoke Spanish (but she was talking to us in fluent English which made me happy) but she was actually native american. We kept talking and found out that her grandpa (also Native American) would tell her stories about a man who came to the Americas a long time ago and taught the people what they should do. She said "the man was supposed to be Christ or something but I don't know". You can imagine my excitement at this point :P

We taught her about the Book of Mormon and she kind of lit up. She has a lot of religious family but she wondered why her grandpa would tell her stories like that but the church he went to never talked about his stories. She gladly accepted the Book of Mormon and was totally pumped to read 3 Nephi 11. We are going to try her today to see when we can get an appointment.

I actually love knocking doors. I enjoy meeting so many different people and seeing the good in humanity. On the other side too I see people with Satan's flaxen cords wrapped around them tighter than Arbok around a Catterpie. (That was a Pokemon reference yes).

"A nice view of the place I am serving around" :)
Ok so now for music! I need some baby! Padres, por favor send me some good music :) EFY Cds that I have and get some music online. Send me a CD with the song names if you could and make sure the songs are in mp3 format. Look up Vocal Points hymns because I have heard two of them and they are delicious to the ears. I would love more :) Also, can you send me the instrumental Madagascar theme song? Not the "I like to move it" song but the actual theme song. It's a lot easier to study to that one haha. Just see what sells good on Itunes too for popular uplifting Mormon music :) 

OK so I have coined a phrase this last week. It means a lot to me so I don't know if I can explain it all in words. I just say "If I was anywhere but here" It may look negative but it's totally not. I think to myself, "I would totally be sleeping in right now...if i was anywhere but here" or "I would get food at midnight on Monday morning, if I was anywhere but here" Another example, "If I was anywhere but here, I would be nowhere near this happy" or "If I was anywhere but here (in this situation of being a missionary) I would be going crazy with all this work". I can honestly say that this is what I want to be doing right now. The phrase to me means that at any given moment or location of my mission, I am happy to be there, because this is what I want most right now. I take great comfort and strength in knowing that I am supposed to be right here right now serving the people (particularly Hispanics) in Ohio. How could I not be happy? :) So yeah, that is it for this week. Talk to you soon family!

Con amor

-Elder Fivas 

Enabling Power of the Atonement

Hey Family,

I am really sorry that I didn't tell you last week but transfers are tomorrow and our mission changes our Pday to Wednesday on transfer weeks!
Elders Homewood, Fivas, Arveseth

I don't have much time but luckily I have some pictures that happen to be worth around 1000 words or so.

There is this drink called Golden Bear Lemonade. It is a Arizona flavor and it has Jack Nicklaus on the front. It is SOO good! Try it! Also I have been getting great food from members and loving life.

I think Elder Arveseth might be taken from us tomorrow but we'll see. 

Before I go, I just wanted to mention this article in the Ensign. I can't remember what issue but it was on the Enabling power of the Atonement. I had such a good personal study on it! Study time is my weakness for sure so it was a blessing to change and repent. I was blessed the next day with the best personal study of my mission so far. We really can use the Atonement as a source of strength, not just change. Christ is more than willing to lend a hand if you are faithful and are keeping the commandments. Use the power of his Grace in anything you can use help in.

Well that's all I have time for. Thanks for everything family! And thank you dad for you journal letters, I love them!

-Elder Fivas

p.s. Elder Boekweg has gotten in touch again and my heart is once again whole :)

Yeah, its a sick car

Which car do you think had the 26"s?

Elder Homewood havin' some good food

Elder Fivas loves his Papa John's Pizza!