Friday, May 30, 2008

Our 12th letter from Jordan! Received on Tuesday May 20, 2008 @ 0929 via email

Ciao mia molto bella familigia ,

How is everyone I hope great!!!!! Things are still happening down
here. The oldest district in our zone left this morning crazy huh that
means my district is the oldest one therefore we leave next HURRAY!!!!
It seems pretty surreal right now but I'm so excited. Even though I
can't speak much Italian I'm super stoked.

Mom I received two letters from Aunt Julie like two weeks ago but they
were empty envelopes I hope something didn't get stolen I had
forgotten about that. Also can you tell Aunt Elna thanks for always
writing and sending goodies she is amazing and I hope all works out
for her with her move I'll probably write her next week. Also everyone
thanks so much for always writing I understand it's hard to write when
I only write you all once every three weeks which I really hope is
working for you?? I love you all and I'm molto grato per voi... Ha-ha
there's a little Italian for you. Next week I'll bear my testimony if
I remember ha-ha that's one thing I know how to do ok. Jeff I'm
writing you a letter this week I hope you get it.

Mom thanks so much for the package you're awesome. About the shox,
they should be down in my room??? Unless someone took them in that
case I'm going to have to whoop some butt ha-ha JK... Um I think there
down there but if you can't find them its ok... Do you think you could
send me a pair of pants JEANS I have only one pair and a pair of kaki
shorts and my black belt???? It's getting hot. Sorry again about
always wanting things but I really appreciate everything. I'm pretty
good on food thanks I've been sharing most everything but some of the
good, good things I keep for myself hopefully that's not too selfish.

It has really sounded like a great visit with Jared and Holly and
Abbs. Are they still in town when do they leave???

Dad feel free to take anything in my room boxed or unboxed your
welcome to anything!!!! also thanks for the letter I love hearing from
you although I hate this write once a week thing it stinks cause I get
a letter then have to wait a whole week to write.

Also this stupid thing happens ok.... Its happened twice but I like
getting letters from Veronica so I write her then I don't hear from
her until the following Tuesday or Wednesday. By then I don't know if
I should write her again cause that would be two letters to her
without one from her. I can't answer questions she asked. It really
stink's ha-ha oh well. I should get use to it cause ITALY is just a
little bit farther then Provo ha-ha.

Dad you went to the dentist I don't really like it there but I do like
having clean teeth. Fantasy baseball ha-ha sounds interesting we play
a grammar baseball game in on of my classes its pretty fun although I
still don't like baseball!!!!

Jared and Holly thanks for the package it was great those things are
interesting they remind me of Abby does she like them??? Ha-ha! Live
and learn that's true isn't it.

Yesterday we taught for the second time in Italian I swear I just
struggle through the whole lesson buts its really exciting pretty
difficult as well cause you're limited on what you can say.

Mom there is a sister Asay going to Korea or something I asked her
where she was from she said draper... Do you think there is any
relation??? I don-t think so but who knows.
I'm going to plan on sending home a camera memory card next week I
haven't taken a ton of pictures but Ill try and take a lot this week.
Well thanks again for everything you all are awesome and I love you so
much. TEACH WHEN YOU FIND, FIND WHEN YOU TEACH!!!!! There is a lot of
work to do!!!! I LOVE you all and thanks for the support. Sorry this
email is so spacey love you!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Our 11th letter from Jordan! Received on Thursday May 15, 2008

Mama & Papa,

Hello it feels like I just wrote! Time flies by in here, it's crazy.
We have 27 more days & then we are gone-Hurray!!

Mama HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!! Thanks for being such a great example to
mama per nei family. Thanks so much for the package. The pictures
are awesome, so thanks.

I am sorry again for asking for things. But there are two things I
would like if possible? 1) A Blue Racquet ball, 2) My Shox- Shoes
like Jared's (my newer ones). I'm sorry.

The humanitarian conference sounds good; also the "give away" items
are too, as so many people with not much.

I'm really sorry you're not feeling well. Mama I hope you get better.
Your new work schedule sounds rough. Try to eat well & get some good

How are the JAZZ doing?

I hope my writing schedule is okay for my brothers while I'm here in
the MTC. It's only a little longer. I am so excited even though I
don't know the language- ha-ha, but I am trying. I sent Veronica a
package last Tuesday but have not heard from her. I hate that cause
we can only write on PD's so if she writes after Tuesday I can't
reply. Darn it!

How are the JAZZ doing?

We taught our first lesson in Italian yesterday. It was really hard
cause my comp & I pretty much just say the same things. But as long
as the Spirit is there, it's all good.

Well, all is well here. Thanks for the letters & packages- you guys
are the BEST. I will talk to you guys next week. Sorry the letter is
so short & jumbled. But not much is new. We study more, & more to
try to speak more & more. I must say that's the hardest part. I
understand the grammar for the most part. But speaking
(pronunciation) & vocab are hard for me. Well, Love You!

Anziano Mathis

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Our 10th letter from Jordan! Received on Tuesday May 13, 2008 @ 1027 via email

Ciao!!!! Come va?
I'm going great my laundry is done except I'm really disappointed
perque. I thought the MTC was a decent place but 2 of my hangers were
stolen what the heck is up with that???? Go figure.
Well this week I'm going to write James and Kiera a hand written
letter I'm sorry about this because when you write me a letter I feel
bad cause I don't reply but with the MTC being so busy and etc I think
this is a little easier for me SO SORRY Jeff and Jared for not
replying but thanks so much for the letters, I love getting them. I
promise it will be better for you guys when I'm in ITALY.
Hurray only 27 more days. So do you think I'm ready? Ha-ha, ya right
I feel like I don't know anything. The grammar makes sense, but
speaking and my vocab lacks. I really need to make a better effort and
study more specific cause there is so much to learn it can be over
We had our first lesson in Italian yesterday in the TEC it was really
interesting. It's so hard cause I just wanna testify and tell them
how true the gospel is and how it will make them so happy. But you
really become limited in what you can say cause I don't know a ton.
After teaching a lesson either in Italian or English I feel so
exhausted. It's really interesting, it's like I'm drained but after a
little I feel normal. This work really is physically, mentally, and
spiritually tough. But I'm so thankful and honored to serve the Lord
and in 27 or so days teach the people of Italy.
It's really neat because on Sundays we have a fireside at seven. Then
we're able to watch a movie.... The testaments, Legacy, The
Restoration. Ha-ha not normal movies but church movies. Then on
Tuesday nights we have a devotional where we typically get a 70
representative. But I think sometime we might get an apostle which
would be amazing, hopefully tonight. Anyway these meeting really help
motivate me and get me though the rest of the week because I always
receive some dolce advice.
I really hope you guy's don't mind these emails being so jumbled.
I'm really sorry. So in 7 days our district is going to be the oldest
district, and in like 3 weeks we will get our flight plans! Awesome
huh. I'll be sure to let you know what the plans are.
Well I pray and hope all is well with everyone. I've been so blessed
with such an amazing family and friends who care so much about me
so.... Gracia a tutti!!!!! My Italian is not great but ill try, ha-ha.
I love you all.

Our 9th letter from Jordan! Received on Friday May 9, 2008

Dear Mom & Dad

Hello there, so how are you guys doing, are you staying busy? How is
work going for you guys? I hope & pray all is well.

Can you tell Jeff sorry for not writing back? I hope its ok that I'm
just writing them once every three weeks!!

I really wanna send home my flash card for my camera but I really
have not taken many pictures & to be honest it's not like we have a
lot of time ha-ha. But its better that way staying busy & working
hard all the time helps me not get discouraged or think about things I
don't need to right now. But it's hard sometimes. I know there is
always room for improvement so it's great.

Today Anziano Bailey & I went to the Temple & we did sealing's. It
was really neat. We could only be children but it was awesome. There
were actually some people from Italia being sealed & I got to be the
witness for them, it was awesome. So we have already started our work
for the Italians.

Well the language is coming slowly but surely. I need to put more
effort into speaking cause that's really where you learn the most.

So I hope you got my email & heard about my first Libro di Mormon
placement, cool huh! I was so excited. Also very humbled. he whole
MTC has been a humbling experience for me, but I'm thankful for all I
have & what I've learned thus far.

I sent Veronica a package with a shirt & some church pictures. I
think I will wait to send you guys a sweet package until I'm in Italia
cause then you can get some cool things, but who knows.

How's the ward? Dad that's pretty funny about Collin & also teaching
the Fall & Agency her is really hard for me & my comp cause we always
share to much info but we will learn, we've gotten a lot better.

This Wednesday (TOMORROW), we teach lesson Uno in Italian. I can
tell you the only way that will happen is through the Spirit which we
will have if you are ready for it. Pretty crazy huh, we're teaching
in Italian & I don't know any Italian. I really need to study more
diligently, write the language & it will come. Well yup I'll let you
know how it goes.

Again I hope all is well. Thanks so much for the letters & packages.
Sorry if my letters don't really make sense. It's hard to remember
all the questions, but I'll try to write better. Well, I Love you

Anziano Mathis

IL Vangelo di Gesv Cristo e' vero!!
Spread to Share it!!

Our 8th letter from Jordan! Received on Tuesday May 6, 2008 @ 0854 via email

I love you guys!!!! Mom thanks so much for the package I really
appreciate it and yes I have plenty to share its interesting cause you
have some anziani in the MTC who receive so much mail and so many
packages and then you have anziani who don't get so much.

Ok so I've decided to write you guys a hand written letter once a week
for example. This week I'll write Jared and Holly a letter and then
next week James and Kiera and then the next week Jeff. It's too hard
to write you all a letter once a week sorry. You will hear from me
once a week though cause I will email and then when I'm in Italia I
will be able to write you all individual emails cause I wont have only
30 minutes to email so that will be so much better.

Ok so I have 22 minutes but I'm retarded and forgot I need to change
my clothes so I'm going to send this and then logout so I don't lose
my time again so I will come back and write the rest LOVE YOU GUYS

Ok sorry I'm back this 30 minute thing really stinks. I apologize for
my letters being really random and not answering a lot of questions
you guys ask there is so much going on but I'll try to be better.

James and Kiera thank you so much for the package I really appreciate
it you guys are awesome. Mom thanks for the bread it was so good!!!!
Thanks for sending the picture it is the one I wanted but I need the
stand do you think you could send it? I know I wont go hungry cause
you have sent so many goodies although I think other anzianis have
eaten more then I have which Is totally good.

Dad sounds like things are going well I pretty much only read the
scriptures, PMG and notes here although I've started to read Our
Search For Happiness which is so far really good there is so much
about the Gospel that I don't understand so there is so much work to
do not only for other people but for ourselves so I hope everyone is
reading and praying cause I promise it really helps. God loves us and
has provided a way but we must do our part. D&C ?? The Lord is bound
when we do what he says but is not when we don't. Actually I have
thought it would be so much easier to go to an English speaking
mission but I really try to keep things positive cause attitude
determines so much in our lives. I know as I struggle and study as
hard as I can the Lord will help me in his own due time.

So I have to tell you about my RC experience yesterday. I placed my
first Libro di Mormon it was awesome. We are a chat district so me and
my comp were chatting with some people and they had some wacked out
things but we tried to help as much as possible. So my comp took over
another chat and the teacher said can anyone take another chat so I
logged on and took it. It was from a Lady in Varda, IL and she asked
about trinity and I told her what our church believes about the nature
of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost she seemed receptive of it and
I told her that I can tell you all you want to know about the church
but the only way to find out for yourself is to ask God who giveth to
all men liberally and then I promise her that if she will pray to know
the church is true she will receive an answer. Then she asked how can
I do this so I told her to read the LDM and pray about it then she
asked how can I get a LDM so I told her I would send one to her. So I
got her information and 'm planning on calling her back in about 2
weeks to see if she received it. Pretty neat huh? I pray that she will
be able to read the LDM and pray about it. Well sorry that took up so
much time.

I hope everyone is doing well. Jeff thanks for the Letter your
awesome and continue to work hard you guys are the best and I LOVE YOU
ALL SO MUCH. Thanks again for everything LOVE YA

Our 7th letter from Jordan! Received on Thursday 1, 2008

I'll try to take a lot of pictures to send home a memory card so you
have pictures

Dear la mia bella familiga (Madre & Padre),
I really think its lame they only give us 30 minutes to email.
That's not enough time for me. I type to slow, so you will probably
get a letter as well as the email. I tried to write a little to
everyone. But I came up with this plan. What do you guys think—if
every week I hand write a letter to my brothers, for example- I'll do
the email then write a letter to Jared & Holly & then the next week
hand write to James & Kiera then the next week to Jeff- so they will
get a letter every 2 weeks? I will write home every week along with
the email, but I feel bad 'cause I don't have enough time to write to
everyone every PD—so does that sound ok?
Mom the package was awesome. So thanks & the sweatshirt was perfect.
Don't worry about dry ice just do stuff that's easy and cheap. Ha-Ha
sounds like a lot of fun with Jared, Holly & Abby.
Yes, things are getting better. We are really different. I'm like
work, work, work, & he sometimes gets distracted during comp study,
but we're learning. There are 4 in our room. Anziano Seer-District
Leader from Idaho Falls, his comp, Anziano Foster, an Australian & a
convert of 1 year-pretty amazing huh. He doesn't seem like a convert
at all, he truly was being prepared by the Lord. We have 8 in our
district & we are all going to Catania.
That LDS Missionary Mom thing sounds really interesting. Ya I think
I'll take what I want but we will see. I don't know if I'll need a CD
player 'cause I have my IPod, but we will see? A personal recorder?
That's up to you. I wouldn't mind if you guys wanna do it.
Sounds like Kevin did awesome. Ya I wrote to Veronica on the first
Tuesday & she wrote back & I got it the following Monday just in time
for PD so I wrote her again last Tuesday, but haven't heard. I really
was hoping to get one on Monday but nope, so I figured today but note,
it's 5:45 & I didn't get one, darn it. I really suppose I shouldn't
get my hopes up even though it will probably come tomorrow, but then I
won't be able to write till Tuesday. Se even though she will probably
write, I'm going to try & not get my hopes up 'cause truly this is the
Lord's time I'm wasting. That's been something I've really been
working on to NOT get discouraged. I'm really sorry for that pity
fit, that was pretty selfish so sorry about that—ha-ha that's
something else I'm working on Not being so selfish. I guess I have a
lot to work on but it's all good.
Yes I think attitude has so much to do with the MTC & the mission in
general. Attitude determines Altitude, so yes I 'm learning a lot here
about myself & also the vangelo.
Dad – thanks for the letter. Wow Grandma & Grandpa are awesome, I'm
planning to write them next week. Ha-Ha that sounds like lots of fun
with Abby, Jared & Holly. Abby, Audrey & Andrew & the new one will be
so big in 2 years. If you didn't start laughing when Colin did that I
think I'll have to send you something neat 'cause I know I would have
lost it! Ya, Kearns has a really young team but I thought they would
have been doing better- ha-ha.
Early to bed is awesome. I'm always so dead tired at night time.
Early to rise that's something else but I'll get used to it. It
really stinks cause I have to shave everyday. I though I could get
away with every other day, but nope. But it's all good.
I ripped out a day of my schedule so you can see what a normal day is
for us. Hopefully you can read it. On the back is Sunday & if you
notice we have time for a nap but I just studied last Sunday. I wrote
Faith cause I was working on having better Faith. Any questions
please ask. I wrote some notes to explain more.
Well I hope all is well. I will have to write a letter every week
cause 30 minutes to answer letters, etc does not work for me when I
have to type. Sorry. Thanks for everything. You guys are Awesome.
I Love You Guys!!

Love, Anziano Mathis

Mom sorry again but I have a list of things I want if possible. If
not no worries at all. Sorry again. Love ya.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Our 6th letter from Jordan! Received on Tuesday April 29, 2008 @ 0944 via Email

Mom and Dad,
Thanks so much for the letters I really appreciate them. Thanks so
much for all you guys do for me you guys are the BEST and I love you
guys so much. Mom thanks for the package of goodies you can just send
me whatever is cheap. Although jerky is always good, any kind of
snacks are good they don't have to be healthy, also la mia collega
really likes popcorn so maybe you could send a pack of that for him.
I've really been trying to learn to love him and we are doing a lot
better although we won't ever be perfect there will always be things
that we need to work through which is good.
The language is coming slowly it seems like once I understand a
grammar rule or something they throw something else at use. I can tell
you if I'm going to learn this language it won't be by myself. I'm
going to have to work super hard, and then do more work and more and
then some more. Then, in the Lord's due time he will do his part.
We get a new Italian District this Wednesday 20 missionaries who are
going to Milan and Rome so the lame missions then three weeks after
that we get a Catania district with I think 1 missionary. I had no
idea that there were solo missionaries until I came here it's really
Dad how's work? How's Church? Sounds like a pretty interesting story
about Colin Ha Ha. How are the Jazz?
Mom how's work? Yes I have been writing Veronica I wrote her then she
wrote me then I wrote her last week but I have not gotten anything
yet. I'm sure she is super busy. Sounds like a lot of fun with Jared
Holly and Abby!!!!
Have you guys planned anything fun 'cause you really should save up
and do something you guys deserve it. I'm learning so much about the
gospel it's awesome and I can't wait to leave 6 more weeks!!!!!! That
sounds like a long time but time is really weird here weeks feel like
days and some days feel like weeks its really weird but Its been fun
and I'm learning A lot Well all is well and I hope everything is well
there I love you guys, Love
Anziano Mathis

Jared and Holly
So how's SLC? Holly how are you doing are you ready for the baby?
How's Abbs? Jared how's work? La mia collega is ok he has no social
skills what so ever but I'm really learning to love him hopefully he's
doing the same Ha Ha 'cause I'm sure there are things I do that bother
him. The field is finally open so we can play calcio but kids just
kick your legs so that stinks. I can pray and bear my testimony in
Italian so that's exciting but there is so much work to do. When do
you guys leave? So Abby is potty trained? Well thanks for everything
and I love you guys Love,
Anziano Mathis

James and Kiera,
How's Texas? James are you still traveling? How's Audrey I heard she
is scared to poop in the toilet Ha Ha that's so funny. How's AJ? Mom
told me he laughed that's awesome. Things are good here. Its a lot of
studying but things are coming. We get to go to the Temple every PD so
that's awesome I love it. Well sorry so short. Love You guys. Love,
Anziano Mathis

I have 3 minutes I will type fast thanks so much for writing me know
you are busy but I really appreciate it. I hope you traveling goes
well. I'm so excited to leave but I have 6 weeks left seems like a
long time but surprisingly time fly's in here. How's work? This is
really lame that they give us 30 minutes to email. It's not enough
time but know that I love you and I'm thankful for all you do. Love
you, Love
Anziano Mathis

Sorry so short everyone ill try and write a letter to you guys but Much LOVE

Monday, April 28, 2008

Our 5th letter from Jordan! Received on Friday April 25, 2008

Dear Mom & Dad,
So since my email time today really stunk since I forgot to log off,
oh well it's okay.
Thanks for the letters. My schedule is 6:00-6:30- wake up then eat at
7:00-7:30. Then we usually got to class for a couple of hours. Lunch
11:30. We get mail during lunch & dinner. Dinner is at 4:30-ya really
early it's crazy, but I don't seem to get too hungry, probably cause
we are too busy. After lunch we more class, so we typically have
class with teachers twice a day, then either a meeting or study
time-comp-1hour-personal -1 hour-1 hour language. I don't think I've
ever studied so hard but it is wonderful. We are only supposed to
write on PD's-Tuesdays. Thanks for writing through Dear elder, it's
nice. Is it free? We get back to our rooms at 9:30 & go to bed at
10:30. So not much time to do anything. I typically just brush my
teeth then write in my journal. But it's fun to kinda wind down.
There is so much I wanna tell you bit it's hard to write so I try &
just tell the important things. Our PD's we do laundry- that stinks,
write & get to go to the Temple. That's the awesome part! It's
amazing & I'm so thankful for that opportunity. I'm really going to
miss the Temple when I get to Italy.
How's life? How are you Dad? How's Penny? How is everything? I
really stink at this letter writing thing, but I hope I'll get better
for you guys. Mom will those forever stamps work when postage goes
Oh ya, bars of soap go really fast so should I buy some or will you
send some? I think it will be easier to buy some here, but I don't
know. I'll just get some.
Dad could you check my account (checking to see how much I have)?
Thanks Love you. Sorry again for being so needy, but thanks for
everything! Any kind of treats are nice. Jerky-
I'm getting along better with my Collega cause we are actually having
productive study & actually talking. Still doesn't change the fact
he's a little weird, but I'm sure I am too, in fact I know I am!
Mom the letter in Italian was cool but I had to have someone translate
it. You should do that again in a month! Aunt Elna & Aunt Julie both
wrote & Aunt Elna sent a package so that was nice.
Well, we just got back from the Temple & it was great. It's so
peaceful & relaxing, it kid of gives you the breath you need to get
through the rest of the week.
Thanks for forwarding Scott's letter to me. He gave some good advice
haha so that was nice.
So I mentioned that I was sick, well I caught a head cold that was
moving around our district. It was so miserable! It was so hard to
study & concentrate. I had a pounding headache & that made sleep
pretty crappy. But I asked for a blessing & it was really good.
Anziano Bailey gave it to me & the next day I started feeling better.
So that was a perfect example of the power of the Priesthood & I
really think it strengthened or coppia.
The language is ok. It's rough & you know me I HAVE to work, work,
work & work some more, but it will come I know it. I can't wait to
leave. For the past 2 weeks we have been working on PMG lesson 1-The
Restoration, but this week we start lesson 2. I think we teach it
twice at the TRC-where we teach real volunteers. Then I think in our
4 or 5 week we will teach in Italian. Crazy huh!
But all is well & thanks for the letters. Next week I'll try to do
separate emails to everyone, but we will see. Thanks again for
everything. Dad, how are the Jazz doing? I heard they beat Houston
in the 1st round??


Love, Anziano Mathis

P.S Next time the letter won't be so long, but I had to make up for my
email mistake

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Email (April 17)

Dear Mom & Dad,
I know I sent an email on Tuesday but I just want to tell you how much
I Love & appreciate you guys. You guys are the Best parents anyone
could ever want.

OK so the MTC is great although really busy & a lot of hard work. We
spend pretty much all our days in a classroom learning the lessons &
the language. I struggle with the language but I know it will come
through faith & persistence.

I hope all is well. How's work? Are you guys planning any cool trips?
I think you should. If you need take 2-3 months of my mission
payment & use my money to pay for it so you can go somewhere nice.
You guys deserve it.

Well my companion is great just different & it's hard to teach
together & talk about lessons. In fact it's difficult to talk to him.
I suppose I need to try harder.

We get to go to the Temple. I'm so excited! Although I think my comp
gave me a head cold along with our district leader so that's no good.
But it will go away as I work harder.

Mom, I'm really sorry for asking for so much. But could you maybe
send me 1 sweatshirt & 1 jacket for p-days, also 3 pair of white
socks? The ankle ones with gray on them. Mom, sorry for asking for
so much & if you can't please don't worry about it.

There is so much I wanna tell you but I don't want to write super long
letters & I seem to run blanks when I start writing. But I'll try to
be better with this letter thing. I promise. is biena (good). It will make it easier for me to
respond by email if you write from & I think it's free??

Love you guys.

Love, Anziano Mathis

P.S. Sorry it's not more specific & that I didn't ask more, it will get better.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Letter (April 22)

Thanks for the packages. I received one from dad with some candy, so thank you dad its always nice to have candy. Thank you mom I received the robe so thanks. Im going to have to write a letter home this week cause I dont know if I sent this to the right address and I dont know why but I only have 15 minutes. I dont know what the heck happened owell. Mom as far as sweater I ment a sweatshirt like my black total 90 one. As far as treats jerky would be nice and some more healthier treats but also some sweats but really I dont mind what. Just whatever is on sell and cheap. I really want appolizige for always wanting things but I want you guys to KNOW that you guys are the best, and I LOVE you so much.

I got an awesome letter from Jeff and I really appreciate him and the example he is to me I Love you Jeff.

James and Kiera also sent me a letter its so nice to hear from you guys and to see how life is. Thats so awesome audrey is potty trained!!! All is well here in the MTC but thanks so much for writing I really appreciate it and I'll try to send a letter. I love you guys.

Jared and Holly thanks so much for the letters your probably in SLC right now and thats pretty close to me haha Is abby potty trained yet?
Jared thanks for the sports updates, how are the Jazz doing???

Well my time is almost up and I dont know why I didnt get 30 minutes I suppose I forgot to log off when I checked it this morning... what bulll crap sorry for the languge but I will write a good letter today promise
I LOVE you all and appoligize for not being a better writer but I dont have a ton of stamps and I wanna savor them haha all is well I LOVE YOU GUYS

Love Anziano Mathis

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Letter from Anziano Mathis (April 15)

Well thank you for everything and for the letter and package I really appreciate it. You guys are the best and I love you so much. The MTC is wonderful the spirit is amazing although the language is tough, but I can bear my testimony and pray in Italian so thats great. We only have 30 minutes on the computer so I have to learn to type FAST. Since Im only a week in, Im still trying to adjust to a routine and etc. Therefore you whoever wrote me might get a response by letter cause I want to respond its just I cant type that fast to respond to everyone sorry, but I'll try and I'll figure something out. My companians name is Anziano Bailey from a tiny town in Washinghton state you can sure tell he is from a little town... kinda lacking normal social skills... Im sorry if that sounds mean cause Im tying and learning to love him hopefully he is doing the same. Well we had the oppotunity as companians to teach the first lesson in english at the TRC to a voulenter who acted like an investagator and then our teacher was watching us on a camera it was so awesome. Elder Bailey and I did pretty well for the first time and the teacher was really suprised how well we did for our first time, It was awesome even though it was just a volunteer the spirt that was there was amazing. Aside from the language I think the hardest thing is adjust to a companian I dont mind having a shadow all the time its just very difficult to teach and organize an outline but with faith and by acting on that faith all will be well. I suppose I need to be more patient and reach out to mu companian and try to get to know him personally. Although I think he made me and another anziano in our district sick so no biena.. Well the cafetira food is what I expected it to be like quantity over quality but its fine Im kinda use to it from Iowa. Well I think I have and idea as to why the spirit is so strong here we pray SO MUCH... we open everything will a prayer and close everything with a prayer. Its so humbling and I know that the only way to acomplish the Lords will is through his help!!! This is the Lords work not mine nor is it for me. Well our district is cool there are two Aussies they are so funny they just crack me up, especially one. The otehr is a convert of a year so its pretty amazing who strong his testimony is, in fact everyone in our zone has an amazing testimony very humbling. Our zone is about 2 weeks ahead of us and although they are the same age as us they seem so much older its crazy I suppose its cause I look up to them. I sometimes feel like im the only one in our district that cant get the languge but its only the first week. just a thought untill i get in the field please send letters through it will be easier for me since I only have 30 minutes on a computer i wont be able to read and respond. Im sorry its all jumbled but I'll try to respond to individual letters through email but we will see.. Mom can you send me some 3 pair of white socks in my drawer grey on them, a jacket, and a sweater if not let me know sorry to ask so much I love tou all so much!!!!
Anziano Mathis

Monday, April 14, 2008

First Letter from Jordan

Dear Mom & Dad,

Well it’s 8:20 and we are in our first district meeting, which is in a room the size of the computer room, it’s so packed when everyone is in here. There are 8 of us in our district & my companion’s name is Anziano Bailey, he is from Washington & really awesome. There are also 2 Australians in my district. They are so funny. Everyone here has such a great testimony & the spirit is so strong.

I believe there is a scripture which says put away the childish things & become submissive to the Lord...I think- Well anyways that’s what I got to do. The MTC is going to be a lot of work but that’s great. I feel like I have so much I want to say cause there are so many wonderful things that I learn & experience. Well thanks for everything. You guys are amazing & I’m so thankful for all you guys do for me. I Love you guys so much, so Thanks. I know this is The Lords work & I’m here for a great purpose which I know will come to pass. I’m so thankful for the Gospel & the role it plays in my life. I know The Book of Mormon is true & I’m so excited to serve the Lord & the people of Italy. I know this is where I’m supposed to be. Thanks for everything & I know the Church is true. Love you guys.

Love, Anziano Mathis

P.S. A Robe would be much easier here, do you think you could possible send one?? You can use The $50 I received from Giffords. Thanks love you

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Free same-day letter delivery to Provo MTC

There is a website called Dear Elder ( that offers FREE same-day letter service to the MTC in Provo. Just go to the link above and click the link that says "Write a Letter." This will allow you to get your letters to Elder Mathis much quicker. Jordan would love to hear from you.

Here is Jordan's MTC information:

MTC Box #:118
Mission Code: ITC-CAT
Estimated MTC Departure Date: 0609