The family here for Thanksgiving has left :(. We had from Utah, McKelle & Casey, Grandma Ames, and Tareisa & Anthony, Rudy, Tessa, and AJ. We had on Thanksgiving Day as well, the Metzel Family, and the Charlton Family. It was great to have them. Thanks for coming!
"Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the new Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won't fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through." (Ye Are the Light of the World 350-51)
S0... the Spanish is coming along well. we actually started a goal today where we would only speak in spanish for the rest of the mtc, it is going to be super hard but so rewarding. We can only speak in english when we absolutely have to! Almost our entire district agreed to do it, and so far it is going pretty well. But of course, with every law there is a punishment affixed, so if we have an outburst in english, we have three choices: #1- to do 15 pull ups, #2 to do 40 push ups, #3 to have a piece of mail withheld for one day. I think its a pretty good system. :)
Family, our life is always going to be full of dificult situations. Always. Sometimes it may seem like things are impossible. The gap may just be too big. School work may seem overwhelming. Work may be crazy or health may not be so well. You may be trying to learn a language. There will always be difficult situations. But I know with out a shadow of a doubt that if we turn to Our Savior, He will be our stepping stone to help us across the gap. A gap that may be impossible to overcome on your own, you can turn to the Savior and He will help you safely across. But, in order for us to have His help, we have to ask him. Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you. He will help you with school, with work, with health, not having your son for two years. If we turn to the Savior and put all of our trust in Him, He will help us through any hard time. He will carry our burdens for us, that they may be light. Turn to the Lord and He will help you. I promise you that, I have witnessed it here in the MTC. It is impossible to learn a language and become a missionary that fast with out the help of the Savior
Elder Ames, in one of his letters to us on the day before he left the MTC said this, “Well it has been a great week. Although it has been really hard. It seems like everything is trying to keep us from entering the field at full strength. Last night at the fireside a man came and spoke to us and he had brought his friend who was a hispanic man who was recently converted. He didnt speak any english and so he bore his testimony in Spanish. While the speaker translated. But we could have understood it with out the translation. It was the perfect way to end our MTC experience. It was difficult to understand though, he talked really fast and slurred his words. It is not going to be an easy task to learn the language in the field. But I know that if we trust in the Lord, that we will be able to do it. I have no clue what to expect tomorrow. It is going to be crazy.”
I am sitting in a room right now, and no one is speaking english! I had to talk to a man in spanish yesterday fearlissing and I had know clue if he understood anything I said.
So on Saturday we had the baptism of Trinidad. I will send some pictures home today. I printed some out. But they probably won't get mailed till tomorrow. The baptism was incredible. The Spirit could be felt so strong. She was so ready, the only thing holding her back was her dad. She didn't want to disappoint her dad. Elder Rowley performed the baptism, and I ended up giving a talk. I wrote it in my journal so I will have it forever. (I am starting to figure out better ways of how I can preserve all of my memories :) ) The talk went surprisingly well. I knew that I wasn't the one talking, that I was receiving help of some kind, because the older ladies afterwards were saying, " He talks really well, are you sure he doesnt speak spanish" And I was even told that I had a good accent. There must be something in the water here. But Trinidad is incredible. She is going to be an amazing member of the church. I was so blessed to be a part of her special day.
Recently one of Sam's fans asked the question, How did Sam get to New York? Well, it has not taken long for the notoriety of Sam to spread across the country, so when the New York Botanical Gardens heard that there was a new YAM in town they immediately sent an agent out to Arizona and before you knew it Sam was on a leer jet heading back to New York City to be the official mascot of the NYBG. Sam will be there to meet and greet the people as they come to the gardens. The news of this famous yam has already caused the daily attendance to double. Parents and children are flocking to the gardens to see a real live yam. Sam has armed body guards and 24 hour care. Please check out the garden website at the link on the left side of the blog.
I have been told that people have probably started to think that I have gone crazy with this Sam the Yam stuff. It's just simply a side effect of medication. As you read the side effects of modern day medication, it can scare you. Why, if the illness that you have isn't going to kill you, the medication that you are prescribed to take to combat the illness will! But in my case, and the indication that I have gone crazy, the side effects I am having have, increased my sense of humor, allowing me to focus on some wholesome and creative family fun that I have not experienced before, utilizing the resources of photographs, internet, and other material, and has increased my appreciation for my friends and family, which hopefully brings us closer together and gives us the opportunity to share experiences that we otherwise would miss if we fail to take the time to share them, which, in the fast paced lifestyles that we often get caught up in, we truly can miss out on experiences that will help us cherish our associations one to another and hold them close in our hearts and memories. So, with that said, I carry on with my silly sense of creative energy and will keep posting the life and times of Sam the YAM! The Editor.
So many sirens and horns and people yelling. Fast walking and crazily driving. A car slammed into the Dolex store underneath us last week."
Taxi cabs drivers in New York City were brought to a screeching halt today when the same strange creature spotted yesterday in Central Park was jay walking on Broadway. No one could seem to get close to him as he was rather a fast mover. The busy streets of New York have never seen the likes of such a creature. Where did it come from? It certainly is the talk of New York City this evening. The taxis are now moving though, but where he will be next is another guess. Stay glued to the KYAM for the 10:00 news.
A strange looking creature (not Elder Ames) was seen in Central Park today by at least three different reports from concerned citizens. They said it had vines, leaves, and some type of protective shield around it. When approached to see what it might be, they were squirted with an orange colored chemical that stunned them right out of the park. It was obvious that this was something not to be messing with. The mounted police were notified but by the time they arrived at the point of sighting the creature had escaped and was no where to be found. It definitely was a strange experience for them. Better luck next time officer.
The most beloved lighthouse in America, thanks to the children's book "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge" by Hildegard H. Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward. The Little Red Lighthouse is actually correctly known as the Jeffreys Hook Lighthouse.
The current Jeffreys Hook Lighthouse was constructed in 1920 and commissioned in 1921, the second light on this site. Its purpose was to aid the navigation of shipping up the Hudson, the major transportation artery between New York City and the interior ports of Albany, Troy and beyond.
After the George Washington Bridge was constructed in the 1930s it was determined that the lighthouse was no longer needed and it was deactivated in 1947, and was scheduled for demolition. However, the children's book popularized the little lighthouse dwarfed by the bridge, and the millions of children tho loved The Little Red Lighthouse spoke out saving it from destruction. It was later deeded to New York City.
"In the heart of the big apple there is a missionary who loves his mother!"
Jordan's email failed to come through today because his time on the computer ran out and he did not no it, so we were a little down because we so much look forward to his emails, and he said that he had written a good long one.
So, to boost Leisa's spirits I decorated a small New York style cheese cake for her with this message. Maybe a little bit of cheese cake will be some comfort!
Kamrie, your Grandpa Ames was a veteran. He would be so proud of you. Your grandpa really loved you!
After being gone since last evening, SAM the YAM was returned by the yamnappers this afternoon. They pulled a slick one, asking me to go to the church to meet at 14:00. However, once we arrived there, they were to chicken to meet me face to face. I went home and found that SAM had been dropped off on the tailgate of the truck. I was indeed a happy reunion to have SAM back safe at home. The yamnappers got away without being seen. We hope to find them soon and bring justice to this felony.
More on the Sam the Yam Napping as it unfolds. This has become a state wide story as yamnapping has become more and more prevalent.
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