Monday, February 8, 2016

 Hey everyone! I'm doing great! How are you? How was your week? Anything cool or exciting happen for you? Another week has just come and gone for me, and I do have a couple of adventures for you this week.

Note: No one (being me) was seriously harmed in the making of these events.

 This week there have been a couple of things that have happened with some dogs. The first one, we were helping these dog sled racers, get to the start line of their races. So after hooking up anywhere from 6-10 dogs on lines that stretch out from the front of the sled, they were all very energetic. So much so that even though the sled was usually tied to something incredibly heavy, i.e. A car or a telephone pole, they were pulling with all their might to just get going. They were jumping and hopping as much as they could.  So I was helping with
one of these, and there was snow on the ground and I wasn't wearing boots, and my shoes have little to no traction left on them, so when the dogs pulled I started sliding along trying to get some footing. They drove for the start line and several of us were holding back on
these dogs as to slow them down, and then one of the particularly hyper ones who was jumping all around next to me decided to jump at my feet. I didn't want to hurt him, so I pulled my leg back. Then my other foot was in the air and I slammed down onto the snow/ice and got drug a few yards the rest of the way to the start line. My side was a
little sore for a bit, but the only thing that really got hurt was my pride, so I guess that's okay.
 The other one, is less exciting. We were tracting and we knocked on a door, a man came to answer it and he had a small dog barking at his feet that he bent down to hold on to. Just then, a bigger dog comes flying out of the door way and bites my hand! Not cool! He didn't
really get me, just enough to gum me I guess. Pretty ridiculous.
 Other than that I've had a good week! I had an interview with my mission president, he did talk a little bit about me going home. Ah, it's feeling more and more real and it's very weird.  My companion and I have been trucking away at our missionary work here though, we've
had several lessons which have been great and we've met loads of people. Even in the strangely warm winter months there are always new people to talk to.
 Have a great week everyone! God loves us and wants us back! He's given us Jesus Christ to point our way back. I know that is true! See ya!
Elder Adams

 Well, another week has flown by and I'm here once again. I used to think it was cool that the time is flying by, but now it's kind of scary. Oh well, face the future. Step up and move forward! 
 My week has been good, I had a pretty awesome exchange. One of the Zone Leaders and I went on exchange down in Newport and he and I had an absolute blast. Spent loads of time talking and running to and from appointments. It's always fun, they definitely make the weeks go even faster which is really weird. Hmm, other than that, I can't think of much else to say. We had a worldwide Missionary Broadcast on Wednesday and we heard some great talks from President Nelson, Elder Oaks, Elder Bednar, and a few others. Man, I want to be a much better missionary now. You never know how many flaws you have till you take them to the Lord. Then he shows you them and you really start to rely on him. It's been crazy. I'm good though!
 How are you? Anything cool going on? Adventures coming up this week? 

I'll answer a few questions to make this e-mail worth the read:
What has been your favorite area and why?
 My favorite area, hmm, I'd probably have to say that my favorite is here. Dover-Foxcroft Maine. I've learned so much. It's really a time where I've seen a change, and growth in myself. I love the people here and I most certainly love the branch that I'm serving in so it has just been great. 
Have you learned a lot from your companions so far on your mission? 
 Oh yeah. I've written down the main thing I feel I've learned from each companion that I've had. I learn so much from everyone that I meet and spend time getting to know. Especially my companions. Each companion has taught me something different, whether it was to be humble, to be diligent, to simplify, or to love the people. There has been so much I've learned. Also, at the end of this transfer, (next Sunday) my last Senior Companion goes home. So, I'm going to be older in mission age, than all of my other companions. That's weird. I guess 16 months is a little old now. 
Do you get to go to the Temple on your mission? 
 We do get to go, if we live within two hours of the Boston Temple. Which I'm no where close. The closest I think I've been is about 3 hours away. So I haven't gone yet.
What color are your white shirts?
Have a great week everyone! I love you!
Elder Adams
 Well, this week went by fast. I'm doing good. How is everyone else doing? My week has been pretty good, and we've been teaching a lot of people. We have a couple of investigators who are progressing very well, and one of them should be baptized soon! It's amazing how the Lord prepares people!

Also, thanks for the questions, it'll help for me to have something to talk about for those who do read this!
Here's a few answers! 
What is your favorite food there? 
 My favorite food definitely has to be a dessert, Apple Crisp. It is so good. Ah, man. I can't even explain it, but you put some french vanilla ice cream on top of the apple crisp and oh. It is the best thing ever!
Where will you go to school when you get back? 
 I'm planning on going to NMSU.
What is your favorite topic to teach? 
 My favorite topic to teach, is either the First Vision, and testifying of Joseph Smith. Or, testifying of the Atonement. I feel the Spirit so strongly both times. It's really hard to pick which one is the "favorite".

That's about it this week! I'm sorry that I never have much to say! 

Elder Adams
 Hey everyone! How has your week been? Mine has been pretty good! I never really know what to talk about, or tell anyone about. So questions are welcome, send me a question, and I'll answer it in next week's email! Q & A with Elder Adams next week! I honestly really don't know what to say. 
 Well, my mission is going well. It has been the best thing I could have done with this past year, plus a couple months. Looking back, I always see how I can improve. I mean really. Looking back on the first few months of my mission I think, "Just look at where you are now! Why can't you see what's going to happen! It gets so much better!" Life wouldn't be much of a test if we always knew what was going to happen in the future. I've always known it'll be great, but sometimes it is hard to tell. That's okay, I've learned to live by a little bit of a motto. As always I've related it as best I can to Rugby. Even, though I haven't played it in a long time, I still love it and consider it the best sport ever. It also comes from a quote by Pres. Monson. He says, "Life by the yard is hard, by the inch it's a cinch." And that is so true! It gets hard when we always look at the big picture and we can easily get overwhelmed, but handling everything one step at a time helps us to walk farther than we ever thought we'd be able to! So the phrase I've used to work for me is, "Plan for the yard, but play by the inch." It's good to know the big picture and where you are going, but play with what's in front of you. Follow the Prophet and God's commandments. They are the best coaches we have and when we are in the middle of an intense Rugby match, (or football game, or soccer, or tennis, or whatever your athletic analogy you have used maybe), they call out the best plays, that Heavenly Father knows will work for us. Sometimes they emphasize stuff we wouldn't expect or stuff that surprises us, but they are always for our benefit! Have an awesome week everyone! I love you!
Elder Adams