Monday, October 18, 2010

Elder Salmon, Elder Alber, & 2 other Elders

My Posterity Elder Sharp from Calif and Elder Taylor from India

With Elders at our apartment

Brittney's Baptism and my first Confirmation

October 18th Email

hey everyone
its week 1 already gone by again. it feels like i was here just yesterday telling y'all about transfers. things here are still going great. elder alber and i are loving working together and trying or best to stay at the level we have been all transfer. president called us and told us that we are doing the best and the most consistent in the mission! we are trying to keep humility and keep working. it usually happens that once someone says something like that that it starts to go down but we will continue to strive to keep the work progressing. the highlight was brittney was baptized yesterday! and i was able to do my first confirmation! she is such an amazing girl! she has such an tremendous testimony about the church! it was great to see the change the gospel made in her life. i have never seen the gospel make such an affect on someone's life as it did her's. she is so happy and its really rewarding to see the difference now from when we first met her. she came up to us last night after a fireside and told us that we were the coolest haha it seems so simple but it was something that just made my mission! i was so happy! i love this church and it has made such an impact on me being out here. my testimony grows so much everyday.
i love you all
elder salmon

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11th Email

hey everyone
this week has flown by so fast that i don't even remember what all happened! we had another leadership meeting this past tuesday to be taught about the new things to preach my gospel. it went great we talked about and practiced ways to committ people to the book of mormon and keep that committment. we had exchanges this week and elder rhodes went to new tampa and elder nielson came to tampa 3 with elder alber and i. elder nielson is a stud. he has been wanting to go tracting on campus with us this whole transfer and finally got the opportunity this week. so at the beginning he saw how we did it and then for a little bit elder alber and i sat down on one of the benches and told him go get us some investigators and he was on fire. he got us 3 numbers and 2 appointments. oh and this is only his second transfer. elder alber and i have really hit our stride together this past week. we gave 5 church tours and set 2 more dates for the 24th of october. we taught these haitian sisters tatiana and lovely and before we started the lesson we asked them if they had been looking for a church and there reply was yea and we will be here every sunday! man all the hardship and trials are worth it when you get to see so many accept and want to learn more about the gospel. brittney is going to be getting baptized this sunday. she is doing great!! she is awesome and i am so excited for her to receive all the blessings for making this change in her life. i love this church and i love my mission!
i love you all too!
elder salmon

Elder Salmon and his Zone in Tampa

Monday, October 4, 2010

Oct 3rd after the afternoon session. Pierre's baptism...

Rays game with Tim and my comps

Dunking it !

October 4th Email

hey everyone
i wanna start off by saying i love conference weekend!!! its such a great experience and a "spiritual refuel" for the next 6 months. my favorite talk this weekend and what spoke to me most was president uchtdorf's talk on the saturday morning session. it was one of those times where it felt like he was talking directly to me. too many times in my life when hardships have come do i want to "speed through the turbulance" and out here at times i crowd my days to make them go faster. that isn't the case at all. i need to slow down and ask myself what is the Lord trying to teach me here. i know that my mom can attest to me not letting the good things go by so i can have the great things. i am going to look at things in life in the big picture. at least try anyway :) no one is perfect. i tend to sometimes complicate things in my life that shouldn't be complicated at all. "simplicity is the ultimate satisfaction!" another one of my favorites was elder scott when he talked about character and faith. such a powerful talk! through my faith i want to excel my "righteous character" cuz it truly is your character that you use in time of hardship and temptation. how right was he when he said " only you can undermind your character." friends and family i am coming home absolutely different! i'm doing a spiritual overhaul! i'm going to build my righteous character because righteous character is what will carry us through eternity!! i really could talk about conference all day! it seemed to go by too fast this past weekend. i just wanted more and more! me and my companions have been hitting the weights really hard in the morning and drinking protein and i'm currently at an all time high of 190 lbs! i'm loving being back in shape :) we had 7 investigators attended some of conference and they all loved it! pierre was baptized after the afternoon session on sunday and he is glowing more than ever! the ysa had a bbq this past tuesday and we were running around like crazy! within and hour and a half between the three of us we gave 7 church tours! i love this work and love you all and will continue to strive to return with honor!
elder salmon