Monday, May 10, 2010

The Very Last E-mail

Whats up. Ok so i was thinking Redeemer of Israel, I know that my redeemer lives, and for the sacrament hymn I Believe in Christ. Just some good hymns about the savior. I am definitely excited to get up there and talk in sacrament though. I have been planning out my talk in my head for the last 3 weeks :D I probably wont even take anything up there with me.. Who knows. Well... See ya in a week... :D It was great to talk to you yesterday. I'm just not sure what else to say today.. lol. Love ya! Take care!
Elder Penman

Monday, May 3, 2010

April 3rd E-mail

Well this week was awesome. One awesome experience that we had was on Sunday in testimony meeting. It was a 2 hour long testimony meeting because it was the last Sunday before the students all leave. We had 4 of our investigators there and only 1 of them isn't on-date for baptism and he is the one that is leaving. His name is Ben Paholke. Ben got up during testimony meeting and he talked about how this group of latter-day saints that he has met while he has been coming to the institute are the finest group of people he has ever met in his life and how he isn't a member of the church yet but that he is doing everything that he can to come to the same conclusion as the rest of us! It was awesome he talked about the power of prayer and how he received answers to his prayers and he credits it to the opportunity that he has had at the institute.. It was awesome. Well about 30 minutes later in the meeting he got up again! And he said this is my last time up here i promise. But i did want to let you guys know that i always thought of Jesus Christ as just a figure in my life but today as i have sat here and listened to the testimonies of all of you i now know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior! It was awesome! He has really grown so much! I wish he wasn't leaving! I will have to pretty much just take it upon myself to stay in touch with him when i go home.. So that we don't lose him and so that he doesn't forget those awesome experiences that he has had while he has been here.

Well i love you guys! Thanks for everything! Talk to ya on Sunday! woot! oh and by the way I think i will be calling somewhere between 3:30 and 4:30 here which is 4:30-5:30 there... So hopefully dad can hurry it up at church. I don't know what time you guys are getting out of church i sure hope that church isn't 1-4 but if it is.. its still true :D Well I love you guys! Take care. Talk to you soon.
Elder Penman

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26th E-mail

Whats Happenin!
Last night, in an effort to get root beer floats and to see one of our investigators at "ward prayer", we decided to go to the institute and as soon as we walked in one of the girls that we have been teaching (she has actually been taught by missionaries since 2006) ran up to us and told us that she needed to talk to us... So we went into a room and she told us that she broke up with her boyfriend and that it was no fun but that she is ready to get baptized and she was wondering if she could do it on the 15th of may!!! We were shocked to say the least. But it was amazing! We now have 3 people on-date for May before i come home.. Its pretty cool to see the miracles that are happening.. By the way Shannon's dad is more than willing to come to the airport. Especially if he is taking the day off :D... I don't really know yet when i will be calling home.. Ill let you know next week though.. so mom i don't think i will get sick of you after 3 days of being back... I mean i have been gone for a couple years.. lol.

Well I love you guys! Take care. Thanks for everything that you do. Tell little Eva I said happy birthday! ;) talk to you soon.
Elder Penman

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19th E-mail

Whats happenin?!?! So you reserved the clubhouse? for Monday? that's cool. Whoever wants to come can come. But at the airport i just want family and future family (Shannon and her mom) :D But whatever the plan is it will work. lol.. I guess i wont really care at that point. Its kind of weird to be planning it all out. This week was my last Zone Conference. I cant believe that one is my last one... I love having Zone Conference. But oh well. It was just interesting giving my final testimony. It was cool there because there were 3 of my boys there. Elder Allred II, Elder Foerster, and Elder Brady. So it was pretty cool to get to see them. Its weird to think that in just a few weeks this life i have been living for 2 years is going to come to an end.. It still doesn't seem very real. Even though i got my flight plans in the mail this week too... :D So mom the chances of an entire mission all getting together at once is very very slim.. The only reason that we got to do that was because Elder Bednar wanted to meet with all of us.. And so we took advantage of the opportunity while we had it.. To take a picture in front of the temple as well was pretty rare... But its really cool. So guess who came to our stake conference this week as we got a new stake President? Elder Bednar! It was so freaking awesome! I cant believe what an amazing man he is! But it was really cool. Well Ken is doing awesome. He came to both the Saturday night and Sunday morning sessions of Stake Conference. And he is way solid! We also put another kid on-date for the 15th of may!
(my last proselyting day) Mike Miklose is his name. So go ahead and pray that he gets the courage to talk to his dad about him wanting to be baptized... His dad kind of belittles him and his dad is a Buddhist that grew up in SLC. So you could imagine his reaction when mike told him that he was meeting with us.. He simply laughed at him.. But ya everything is really good. WE are seeing many miracles! I Love you guys so much! Take care! Ill talk to ya soon! woot! ;) Elder Penman

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12th E-mail

Whats up family! How the heck are ya?!?! Well it sounds as if you are doing pretty good. Oh and mom i just thought that 6 weeks wasn't too long to go without shoes.. But don't worry my feet are holding up to it fine. No I'm just kidding. You will never guess how i got the shoes that i am wearing. So I went to a Zone Leader meeting. And there was an elder there that is 6'10" and he wears a size 17 and he came up to me and asked me what size my feet were.. I told him 15 and asked why and he said that his parents had sent him a brand new pair of eccos and that he wore them the last 2 days but they cramped his feet cause they were just a little bit too small.. He told me if they fit me i could have them.. So i tried them on and they fit like a glove! So he gave em to me! Brand new pair of eccos.! So i am walking in style now.. They probably cost his parents close to 200 bucks.. but they are way nice.. You will see them soon enough :D I cant believe you called to find out when my flight comes in. lol! You might be one of the trunkiest moms in the group of missionaries i go home with.. lol.. But ya i am completely fine with just going and getting something to eat.. The only thing i had in mind was to make sure i get released that night.. If not soon after i get home.. lol.. That probably sounds bad. In fact my last few emails full of jokes and pranks probably sound bad too.. But i do want you to know that i am still working hard. We just like to have fun. anyways I was just surprised that no one said much about some well thought out and very well executed pranks.. So i thought that maybe they weren't as appreciated as i thought they would be lol.. But oh well. We found some really cool people this week. We started teaching this one guy named Ken. He met with missionaries in the past. like 4-5 months ago. But just needed some time to think. Well he watched general conference and then told some of his friends that are members of the church that he was really thinking about baptism... So we went over and taught him and he came to church this week! So we are pretty excited about him. Well love ya! Take care of yourselves! hope you have a great week.
Elder Penman

Monday, April 5, 2010

April 5th E-mail

Whats happenin! LOL That must have been a pretty good guilt trip talk i gave for both of you to tell me that you didn't gamble! lol! I am however glad that you had a good time! Happy late Anniversary. So feel free to open the suit case. The code is 530 for the lock. Oh and if you get in the very front of the bag there is a picture that is in a folder looking thing and its a big picture of the whole mission when Elder Bednar came. If you want you can get that out and buy a frame for it and frame it for me and put it up on my wall :D That would be awesome. But you will notice that i sent both 2 pairs of boots home and also both of my shoes that i bought before i came out home. There are those black slacks that i sent home that are pretty worn out. I'm keeping those as a souvenir. So you can go ahead and open the stuff. just don't throw anything away... in fact it would be better if you took the shoes out.. They are probably smashed in there. Funny thing is that since i sent that stuff home. (winter stuff) It has snowed twice lol! don't worry though. Some member are going to let me borrow a jacket for this week and then the weather is supposed to get better..

We got our transfer calls. We are staying together. James probably already told you that lol. That was so crazy. But oh well. Cool thing is that Elder Brady is coming to Pullman to be with Elder Pulver. So he will be in my district when i die! woot! That will be cool. He is way excited. I'm freaking excited too though. Its going to be awesome.

So...April Fool's was awesome. The first prank we pulled was on Elder Pulver and Elder Lay, two missionaries in our district. Elder Lay called us the night before the 1st while E. Pulver was in the shower and told us to call at 7 in the morning while he was in the shower to tell E. Pulver that Bro. Hansen, the high counselor, called because apparently Elder Lay has been talking on the phone with Bishop's daughter. Now, Elder Pulver doesn't trust Elder Lay because Lay had a cell phone a few months ago and was texting his dad and all this stuff but got caught and threw it away. President Palmer told him to keep a close eye on him. Well, taking this joke to the next step, we got up at 6:30 and put on all of our missionary clothes and drove over there. We walk in and sit Elder Pulver down and tell him the whole deal and then proceed to tell him that Lay is getting emergency transferred that morning. Elder Lay gets out of the shower, not expecting us to be there, and plays along with it and we just tell him to start packing because he is getting emergency transferred. Elder Pulver looked so distraught and didn't even know what to do. We told them that we were going to go get some breakfast and that we would be back in a few minutes. We came back and Elder Lay, still going along with the joke, had packed a suitcase and a half! We asked Elder Pulver if Elder Lay had said anything and he was like, "He hasn't said a word!" We brought them together and said, "While we were at breakfast President Palmer called and wanted to tell you April Fool's!" Elder Pulver jumps out of his seat yelling, "You guys are so gay!" It was awesome. He got pranked so good. We all hugged and made up and then left.

The NEXT joke was on this girl Kynsey. She is a freshman here and comes to a few of our teaching appointments throughout the week. We like to joke with her because she takes it well and we are just really good at pulling pranks. We had talked to her about 4 nights in a row when we were securing appointments and the such and had actually seen her at one of our dinner appointments that week so we had seen her a lot more than usual. I called Elder Townsend and told him to call her and pretend to be an office missionary who had been checking the phone records and saw that we had been in contact with her and was wondering why. He basically said that President Palmer was on his way down to interview me and Elder Penman and that I would be getting emergency transferred. He then went on about the rules of conduct between missionaries and members of the opposite sex. When he called us after he said that she didn't even know what to say and just said a lot of OK's and alright's. He told her that President Palmer would be calling her in a little bit. THEN we got ANOTHER missionary to call and pretend to be President Palmer and he talked to her about what happened. Eventually Elder Penman called her, acting very depressed, and she was like "What is going on?!" He told her that he didn't really know, apologized a bunch of times, and said that I would be getting transferred. You could tell that she had bit pretty hard and was probably about to cry. Eventually, after a few minutes of discomfort, we told her that President Palmer wanted to tell her April Fool's. She was like, "I knew it! Where are you guys?! I'm going to kill you! I was just talking to my mom and cried on the phone a little bit and she told me that sometimes things just happen and that I need to go with it!" It was SO funny. She called her mom back and her mom said "Good job boys!" She thought it was hilarious. Anyway, best April Fool's ever. We rule. No one can get us now. Thats what they get for Elder Mclean and I growing up with dads that were natural pranksters! lol.

Well I love you guys so much! Thanks for everything! I look forward to talking to you soon! :D Take care of yourselves! Love ya!
Elder Penman

Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29th E-mail

Whats going on?!?! That is absolutely crazy about Brady! I hope he is OK... A broken back?!?! my goodness. Let me know what is going on with that... Well i guess i never really thought about you paying the last payment of my mission this month.. I guess it is time though.. :D that's pretty weird to think about. I mean its almost April.. That's nuts. But this week was awesome. The students were back. They were happy. The weather wasn't bad.. And we were able to find 7 new investigators. Which is crazy when you think about the fact that we only teach singles... So it was an awesome week. There are a lot of miracles that are going on right now in the mission. In fact the mission is doing really well. Its definitely fun to be a part of. Transfers are coming up next week. I know that I'm not leaving.. But hopefully Elder McLean doesn't leave. He is way cool and we are working really hard together. Oh i was going to tell ya. So there are some students here that are going down to conference... and I'm going to give them a bunch of my stuff to bring home.. So since you guys will be out of town i guess i will give them James' number or Shannon's number or something so that they can get my stuff to someone :D who knows. Ill figure it out. ;) But hey mom just remember gambling during conference weekend probably isn't the best thing to do. Even if you justify that 20 bucks in the machine is the same as going to a movie.. Its not just entertainment its feeding the fire of the devil.. Alma 41:10 Wickedness never was happiness. now I know you never said you were going to gamble.. Just when you said that it would be like you honeymoon.. That's the first thing I thought of.. lol. Oh and the pennies are just pennies sure but Flaxen cords are pretty small as well... I love ya! :D

Sorry i don't really know what to say.. At this point it seems like i have said the same things for ever.. lol.. In fact I'm kind of getting sick of writing letters and the whole email deal.. I just want to talk to ya! lol. But soon enough i guess. :D Well hey i love you guys. Have a great anniversary! In fact a fun fact for ya... The 27th of March was mine and Shannon's 6th "anniversary"... lol. 6 years! I can't believe that! But hey take care of yourselves! Love ya! Elder Penman