Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:14:18 -0600
Subject: Esta Bien!!!!
From: colin.reeder@myldsmail.net

OK so before i tell you anything you have to hear the funniest story about the kids in my district. Hahaha we are all so awkward around sisters now (since we're missionaries)
I have 2 hilarious stories to tell you guys. So we were in our room and Elder Williamson rolls up the blinds and is like " oh hey there are some cute sisters sitting outside our room" so i go over and i'm like "oh yeah they're pretty cute" and then Elder Fonda goes over and hes like they are pretty cute as he is reaching for the blinds and looking at them. Then suddenly the sister looks straight at him and he totally lets go of the string thingy and acts like he wasn't looking. HAHAHAH!!! so we're all laughing at the other side while he tries to walk casually over to us. but we run over to look out and THE SISTERS LEFT!!! IN LIKE 4 seconds!!!!! hahaha he probably looked like such a creep peeking out the windows. so funny. we checked to see if you could see inside from the outside and you can its kind of dark though and looks creepy. now we just laugh at him everytime those sisters walk by and he puts his head down.
next story. elder turner is hilarious. so i guess he was in the computer lab doing language study and 4 sisters came in and started writing emails. well i guess elder turner started reading it. and he got so into that when the timer hit 5:00 and it started to get all red and bold he said. "its crunch time." really loud. hahahaha and then she turned around and gave this horrible face. can you imagine writing your emails and then someone saying that behind you???!!! hahahha. like his mouth is partially open and hes all into it. sooooo funny.
anyways those are the hilarious stories. they're both equally funny.
as far as news go. a whole lot hasn't happened i guess. the schedule is the same everyweek from here on out. but i guess the same day i wrote last week we went to the temple. me and my comp did sealings cause i wanted to ( i haven't done them before.) IT WAS SOOOOO COOL. I LOVED IT. the second i got in the hallway and saw the room and heard the words the spirit got soooo strong and just started telling me things. it was so amazing. i am so happy now.
the other day we had our first trc. which is like talking to fake investigators. me and my comp did really good. we had to contact 3 investigators in spanish which actually went pretty well. then teach one. when we taught it was way good. i was just so excited to share the gospel and i guess it showed cause the guy seemed pretty interested. but i talked about the atonement at one point and how the savior feels everything like our loneliness and for some reason i touched on that a lot. or said he felt our loneliness like 5 times. and he said thats amazing that i said that cause he lost a lot of friends a while ago so he could be better and has felt really lonely. SO THE SPIRIT TOTALLY TOLD ME WHAT TO SAY.
on wednesday we're doing a whole lesson in spanish cause our district is really crazy and is really pushing everything. like everyone else doesn't start teaching in spanish until the 5th week or 6th. its only our 2nd and we are doing the whole thing in spanish. ya i'm stressing out. but i'm praying and stuff so it will all be goood. i will be blessed according to my faith. yesterday we did this game called "the native" where you speak in all spanish all day. only spanish. it was pretty crazy. i felt so boxed up with my words. it was frusturating... but it showed that i really need to learn spanish so i can say everything i want to when i need to.
elder holland came our first devotional last wednesday. me and my comp showed up an hour and a half early but still didn't get seats cause the crowd was crazy when they finally let everyone in. so we had no seats. some elders sat in the interpreters seats but we were obedient and didn't. then when it came for everyone to leave to the overflow the president said you elders come sit in the front we have some seats saved. BLESSINGS!!!! so we got to sit in the front. everyone was giving us high fives as we walked over there. the devotional it was SWEET. we all sang "to bring the world his truth" AND IT WAS AMAZING. that is my favorite song. or one of them. it was SO POWERFUL. then right after i finished and i felt like bawling elder holland walked in and everybody stood up and i was freaking out. he gave an amazing stock that was about having no regrets and using every moment to study and be your best. it was way good. he got way into it haha.
so that was really cool.
i've been meaning to do choir but it doesn't start until the second week of september!!! ugh!!! cause the building isn't finished yet. ya. so everything is goind pretty good.
i had an awesome experience studying on faith. i read all of the faith scriptures in the bible dictionary and the christ like section of PMG. and i had an amazing experience. you guys should try it it was so cool. the prophets did everything by faith. all the miracles were becasue of faith.
i also learned about accountability and stuff. we must always be good examples and beacons of hope to those who are always watching us. we are representatives of christ. everything we do, people are watching. people will be watching to see how happy we are. stuff like that. "let your light so shine" and be worthy at all times and a representative in all places. you never who you will influence by how you act.
real quick. family if you are struggling with anything read the book of mormon. if you don't know if its true or if the church is true read it. read the promise in moroni 10:4-5. then read it. then pray about it. it will change your life and give you a stronger testimony. it holds all of the answers to life. whenever i have a bad day i read it and i feel good.
i'm not sure if my letters are working so tell me. i'm sending a test one. mom you should organize a writing party. share the gospel!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

#1: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OK before I say anything I need to tell you guys to get my friends addresses for me. I only have Scott and Kenna's right now... So ya. Or let them know that they can write me on dearelder.com. Those are actually really nice and cool cause they come at lunch time EVERYDAY. So if you ever feel like just dropping a line don't be afraid to write like a sentence or two or like a cool quote. Cause it seems like everyone else in my district gets tons where as I have only got a few from my family THaNK you. Maybe like copy and paste the url of the page where it is actually about to write to me? So like you click it and it takes you directly to the page. Then post that on my facebook status or something...
So far has been awesome! Holy crap mehn! haha I have so many stories I could tell you already. But first I'll tell you guys about my district. So my companion is Elder Himes. He is from Brigham City, went to Box Elder, know some of the laxers over there like Derek and Kevin. He is awesome! He is a great example of quiet dignity and we don't have any problems with each other. The two others in the room are Elder Fonda and Elder Williamson. Elder Williamson is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is white though. But he is hilarious. He has the most rediculous accent we all copy and make fun of. Elder Fonda went to Bingham High School and is a baller at soccer. Thats our roomies. Then you got the other 4 in the district Elder Nelson, Elder Turner, Elder Rex, and Elder Woodsfield. Elder Nelson played NCAA Baseball at Santa Clara and is BIG but he is way cool. Elder Turner is from Georgia. Elder Rex is from Santa Barbara California. Elder Woodsfield is from i forget but his Mom is in MoTab and he says she is incredible at singing. So ya pretty cool!
So thats everybody. I guess I'll just tell you cool things that have happened recently! I sleep in the top bunk....and last night I woke up at one or something in the morning and fell off the bed on to my back/head!! It hurt really bad and I'm not sure what happened but I laid there for a couple of minutes in pain with my blankets all over then i climbed back in bed (its pretty high up). It sort of felt like a dream but i have a big lump on my head to prove it. I remember facing the wall then just sliding off the side backwards... Anyways yeah that was crazy.
As far as food goes I have just been eating one thing at a time. I have been eating salad pretty frequently to stay healthy. But just recently i have been eating more food. i noticed myself getting a tiny bigger. don't freak out just a tiny. i freaked out and i've started working out a lot now. haha. i do dips in the shower cause there is this bar, i do crunches and ab/leg lift things while holding on a chair in my room, and i do perfect pushups things elder himes has. so ya. the results are muy bueno so far. i drink chocolate milk 2 glasses 3 times a day at our meals and it rebuild my body muy rapido so i'm getting RIPPED!!!!! haha i'm exaggerating but just staying in shape. or getting in shape... or whatever...
SPiritual EXPERIENCES!! WOW!! i have like a billion a day. but seriously it is crazy. a lot of elders in our district, the other room, are disobedient and just kind of bum around sometimes or are irreverent or flirt with sisters. but elder himes and I and our room get things done.
I have realized so much since i have been here. i have a spiritual journal thing i write in for advice experiences, epiphanys, revelations. you know?! And i have realized i feel like i have a huge responsibility on my shoulders. i need to share the gospel with others EFFECTIVELY!!! I have to be able to understand how people are feeling. The confusion, the excitement, all of their emotions and be able to teach accordingly. The ONLY WAY i can be effective is through the power of the spirit. only the spirit can tell me what they need to hear. i have to make sure i am prepared worthy and ready to shared my knowledge through the spirit. i have to be an instrument in the lords hands.
god is your father. just like a parent he has made sacrifices for you and gives you things. demonstrate YouR LOVE for him by your daily living. be obedient, keep the commandments. he loves you. he listens to and answers your prayers. i KNOW and TESTIFIY that the lord will answer your prayers. just ask! he is listening. i have had so many blessings and have had so many prayers answered. ether 12:33-34. the lord sent his son FOR YOU. so YOU could come back and live with him.
i've learned for myself that we have been so blessed to have a knowledge of this gospel. ask yourself. how has the restored gospel blessed my life? just think about it. i would be so lost. no direction in life. thinking, wondering for answers... who am i? where am i from? why am i here? because of the gospel i know all of these answers.
THAT IS WHy we MUST SHARE IT WITH OTHERS!!!!!! people NEED TO KNOw!!!!!! PLEASE TELL EVERYone!!!!!!!!! TELl eVEryone!!! I'm stuck in the mtc. you guys are out in the world. share the gospel! spread the happiness!!!!!!!!
yo se que la iglesia es verdadero!! yo se que dios contesta nuestras oraciones. yo se que joseph smith vio el padre celestioal y jesus christ. es verdadero!!!!!!! en el nombre de jesu cristo amen.
Thanks everyone for praying i really appreciate. Thanks for the advice Erin and Matthew. Shauna I AM FREAKING OUT ABOUT WHAT YOU TOLD ME!!!! YOU HAVE KNOW IDEA HOW HAPPY I AM! I HAVE BEEN ON CLOUD NINE FOR LIKE THE WHOLE WEEK!!!!!! Kelli that picture thing is really cool. Thanks everyone for writing and stuff it makes my day better.
LOVE you GUYS!!!!!!!!
Elder Reeder

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day One

Hey everyone! This is Erin (Colin's older, funny sister). I think that I'm the designated blogger for Elder Reeder while he's serving his mission. Ideally, his photos are going to be posted here and on Flickr and his Facebook profile.... we'll see. Maybe Kelli and I will tag-team it.

We're excited for him to be gone, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. He really was so happy to be there that is was difficult to be sad to see him go.

Here's a quick re-cap of the events leading up to the MTC this afternoon:

Last night, the family and a few of Colin's awesome friends (Elena, Steph, Scott, Seth, and James - love you guys) got together as Colin was set apart as a missionary. It was so exciting - he looked so much... taller afterward. He said that he finally felt at peace. We all headed over to a local Chilean restaurant, Yah Poh! and ate wayyy too much food. Empanadas, sopapillas, monster sandwiches (complete with fries and egg), and rice. We were all so full afterward, but it was awesome. Mom and Dad asked us each to give him a piece of advice for his mission - many of which included obedience and teaching by the Spirit, it was a really great conversation for our family. We all went home and Elder Reeder and Mom packed everything up.

This morning the family piled into the Yukon - first time all 7 of us traveled for more than an hour in that car, it's tight! - and drove down to the MTC in Provo. The goodbyes were short and sweet. Colin was smiling the entire time - sooo excited, so ready. I'm really excited for him. Here are some pictures from the day.

You can write to Elder Reeder via DearElder.com while he's in the MTC and they'll deliver him your letter each day.

Anyway, we love him! We'll keep you updated!