Monday, September 1, 2014

Hola familia y amigos

It has been a really good week! Were working really hard and doing our best!! Mexico is great! If I didnt have my trainer i would be lost most of the time! The Spanish is coming along well! I can understand a lot more than I can speak and I have so much to improve on, but its getting so much better! Xalpa is pretty sweet! Our bishop is super cool and he is really good with helping us out. The food is pretty good too! This week I was able to go on splits with one of our zone leaders so I spent a night in a different area. It was pretty sweet, Elder Zeagler is from North Carolina and we spoke English for a night!! Woo! His area was super nice but I was glad to get back to Xalpa, its my home. Elder Mendez is pretty cool! I am having a lot of fun! I had my first baptism yesterday! a nine year old boy named Gibran1 His family is members but by request of the bishop we taught him the lessons. He asked me to baptize him this week. Its been so crazy, But I love it so much. I am learning so much and finding out I have so many weaknesses but I feel the lords help in my life all the time! Love you all and I miss you so much. I miss Sunday dinners at grandmas, but I am in good hands here! I will send pictures next week!

(This picture is from the MTC)

Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm in Mexico !!

August 25, 2014

I don't even know where to start!! This has been one of the longest-best-craziest weeks of my life! I'm in Mexico! What the....... Its not even close to South Weber. Well we flew out on Monday morning at 230 AM which was insane! The night before we didn't sleep because we weren't done packing! On the plane I taught this guy Carlos the first lesson in Spanglish and gave him a book of Mormon. He seemed pretty interested so that was cool! We got to the airport and met President Titensor and his wife. They're super nice and don't know Spanish very well so that's kind of nice haha. We slept in the mission home and met our trainers the next day. My trainer is Elder Mendez! He is from Tobasco and does not speak very much English! It's been super awesome though. I understand about half the stuff people say now, so that's cool. The first day it all sounded like straight Chinese! Haha. We were in a members house and this little kid was like "El no entiende nada!" talking about me, Which means "He doesn't understand anything." Which was accurate. It has gotten a lot better though. I love this so much though. The food is sooo good. We usually have one meal a day with members and it has been good every time. The mission rule is that you have to eat all the food which is a struggle. Hahah. Church was awesome this week! Its kind of funny when they sing hymns because Mexicans cant sing apparently. Haha They all just kind of pick their own tune and speed. I love it so much. We have a few investigators that are progressing. A big problem here is people living together and not being married. Also the roads are crazy! No lines, no rules! People go crazy! I kind of like it though. It's been so awesome! I really miss everyone at home, but I love it here too! This has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life and I am so excited for what is to come! Love you guys so much! I know that this church is true and the gospel of Jesus Christ truly was restored through Joseph Smith. It can be kind of sketchy here, but I know that I am in good hands and that I have angels watching over me everywhere I go.

Familia!! What the.... I have been in Mexico for a week! I miss you guys so much. Its crazy over here. I love it so much though!! This is unlike any other place I've ever been! its like Keisel times 20! Hahah Ill tell you more about what I've been up to in the group email. I just wanted to tell you guys that I love you so much. I think and pray about you every day. Man I wish that I spent more time at home during high school haha. Its weird, I usually never get homesick but now I just miss you so much! It's weird though because I really miss you guys tons but it doesn't distract me at all. Elder Mendez and I work really hard and i go to bed exhausted at night. I love it so much, I can't wait til I can communicate with the people more! We're in Xalpa (which is pronounced Halpa) and they haven't had a ton of success lately but we're trying! I love this work so much! I hope all is well! Are Jack and May in school today or next week? Aye yi yi they're getting so old! Jack and May you better write me and tell me how the first week is and how your teachers are. Mom and Dad how was Jack Johnson? I'm so jealous that sounds sweet! Right now I'm in a small house using a computer that I had to pay 30 pasos to use. I love you guys 30 pasos worth. Well I have like 30 emails to write back so I'll send you the group one too. You guys should just reply to this email and we can have a group family email! That would be sweet. This Sunday they had the primary program in church and it was the best. The ninos sang families can be together forever and it made me tear up haha what the fetch, am I grandma Joanne? well I love you lots, and I know that our family can be together forever through Heavenly Fathers Plan. That's the most important thing in my life, and it keeps me going everyday! Love you guys!

Made it to Mexico !!!

Hey I made it to Mexico after a long day of flying! It's awesome here! Everything is so different and the weather is nice! Love you guys!! This is us with president and sister Titensor

Last letter from the MTC

Hey everyone!

I'm really short on time today! It's been a crazy week! My companion found out he probably has lyme disease, so that was a bummer. Good news though, he'll only have to stay at the MTC for 2 to 6 more weeks and then he can leave. Our district is super tight and we're all way stoked to get going on Monday! We did an in field orientation yesterday which was probably the longest day of my entire life haha. I'm so excited to get to Mexico and meet my trainer! I'm going to miss my district though, we're all really tight now! Love you all tons!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Travel plans

What a week at the MTC! We studied soooo much. Hmmm and we got to host for the new missionaries coming in so that was way cool! It's funny to see their faces at first because they're all super nervous and awkward, like I was 4 weeks ago. It's been awesome! I saw Jace Colby and Conner Wright at a devotional this week so that was cool! I'm loving it here! The Spanish is coming slowly but surely. I'm pretty fluent in Spanglish. Hahah. Something way funny happened this week. My companiero Elder Dunne is the technology coordinator for our zone so I go with him to show the other districts how to use the computers to learn Spanish and email the district president. When he was showing them how to email the pres, they were like "what are we supposed to write to him?" So Elder Dunne clicks on his most recent letter to the president and it says "Its going good." and that's all. Hahahaha the new district was so confused. I was trying hard not to laugh. I guess it's not that funny but when your in the MTC and something kinda funny happens it sticks out to ya. i'm loving it though! We got our travel plans! Leaving the MTC August 18 at 2:30 AM to get on the plane! I'm so stoked!!! Well I know that the church is true and the tender mercies of the Lord are all around us! Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the only way we can find peace in our lives. I hope everything is going good back at home! Love you all!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I'm a Mormon

It's interesting the things you do when you are missing your kid.  Today I googled Colton's name..... I found lots of cool stuff, sports scores and racing times, facebook, twitter and instagram.  Most of it, I had seen before, except this.  I am not sure when Colton posted it on,  it might have been for seminary, or church.  I'm not sure.  He never mentioned it to me..... But I think it's special, and thought You might too.  

Colton: high school, family, sports, missionary, Colton Stanger, football, Mormon.

Hi I'm Colton

About Me

I am the second oldest of 4 boys. I was born and raised in Utah where I have lived my whole life so far. As a kid I enjoyed playing almost all sports and being in the outdoors. Growing up, I have had a really good relationship with my family. Throughout most of junior high and high school I was involved in Student Body Office. In high school I played football, tennis, and ran track and cross-country. I took business oriented classes and I think I'm going into business in college. I am just about to graduate, and then I will leave on my LDS mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that Jesus really did take upon himself the pains, afflictions, sicknesses, and temptations of all the people who ever lived. He did this so we can be forgiven of our sins and gain strength through Him. When I was nine my older brother passed away from brain cancer. It was really hard to understand why this would happen to my family. Growing up, I had learned at church that families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan. After much praying and reading of the Book of Mormon and Bible, I felt the most amazing feeling of comfort and peace. I know that I will be with my brother again.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is the most rewarding part of my life. As I learn more about Jesus Christ and His teachings, I find myself trying to be a better person. I notice that there are so many people around me that I can be a friend to and help carry their burdens. I am trying to be more like Christ in my attitude and personality towards others. I also live my faith by being involved in church activities. I try to make it to as many functions as I can. I am currently one of the leaders of my age group at church. I help plan and coordinate activities and service for the young men ages 16 to 18. We usually have activities on Wednesday nights where we do service for those in need, play sports, or do other activities.

3 weeks in the MTC

Hola everybody!! It's been a real good week!! Pretty much just studying Spanish all day every day! Our district is getting really tight now! We had a really cool experience this week when the four hermanas in our zone asked for blessings from some of the Elders. It was a super cool experience for everyone and it brought us all really close. I'm so grateful for the priesthood! Our district has 11 people in it with 7 elders and 4 sisters. It's been super cool to get to know all these missionaries. The Spanish is tough but it's kind of starting to click. I'm always surprised when me and elder Dunne get into a lesson and we can communicate with a role play investigator! It's been awesome! Elder Van Tassell and Elder Huxford share a room with us, and we have a ton of fun! They're like the guys back home. I'm so blessed to be where I am right now! It's always nice to go to the temple on p days!! I'll try to send some pictures. We got a new district in our zone this week and it's weird because it feels like they're younger than us, but really it's only 6 weeks so everyones pretty much the same. Haha I'm so grateful for this opportunity to serve!
Elder Stanger