Week 73 - A letter from Tyler!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dear Family,

I haven't written you a letter in a long time.  So I figured I'd do it right now.  I'm in my house it's mid morning and around 8:30 a.m.  My door is open and its got a nice cool breeze coming in.  We have a pot at our house so I planted some chilies called cabe (cha bay).  They are little green ones.  I love them!  I'll bring back some seeds and plant them in the garden at home. 

I've gotten pretty used to Indonesia.  It's hard to take so many pictures now because it's all so normal to me... but I printed off a bunch so you can see.  I miss you guys a lot but don't :)  Does that make sense?  Every time I get to Skype it really throws off my groove for a week or two.  But know I still love you guys.  I haven't gotten your letters yet.  I really hope this one makes it to you! 

Solo is a very nice place, very calm.   It's a small town. It's a safe place to live.  Usually we have to ride our bikes out of Solo toward Salahtiga and Semarang to get to our investigators homes.  Long days! 

I like everyone in my house.  Elder Bills is quiet and smart.  He knows the questions to anything.  I call him Google. Elder Siaahan is super loud and crazy and a piro!  Burns everything.  He never stops laughing.  Elder Hetharau is my comp he is funny and really nice.  It's like our house is that place on Elf.  The island of toys that are all different.  We are all enjoying it though. 

I stopped learning Arabic. I learned a good amount but it got too time consuming.  I have a hot wheel car that is the same as my Mustang.  I play with it when I'm bored....ha-ha

I've been studying the New Testament.  I'm in 1st Corinthians.  I've really enjoyed learning more about Christ's life and the Atonement.  I feel like I know so little about this gospel but when I listen to new Elders, it's like "Whoa"!  I have actually grown a lot!  It's fun to find myself answering doctrinal questions that are hard. 

I just finished the 80 day challenge of the Book of Mormon.  That was so helpful.  Man, that grew my testimony a whole bunch!  I know that no one but men of God could have written those things and from reading all the stories, I learned that even the worst people can turn out to be the strongest in Christ's church.  "The last shall be first, and the first shall be last".  That quote can give us all hope. 
What is most important is that we don't quit and we don't give up!  There is no trial, no feeling, no emotion, no weakness that we cannot overcome.  Through Christ all things are in our grasp.  When I feel bad or feel like crud and want to give up...I figured out that, that only means I'm so close to doing something good and the negative thoughts I feel are from Satan trying to stop me from whatever good thing is to come. 

There is a little testimony from me to you all.  Don't lose touch with the Holy Ghost because he is our light in the darkness.

Okay, I've got to go!  I love you all.  Have a great week and stay safe!  Pray for me!

Elder Jones

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