Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oct. 28, 2008

!Buenos Dias mi Familia!
How the heck have you been?This week has been great! Sorry i didnt write yesterday. Our zone had the opportunity to go help out at the open house for the temple. It was so amazing! The temple is so beautiful. We get to go back Saturday and help again. That day i get to take people through. I cant wait. I wish you were all here, especially Jared, so you could go through and see how amazing it is. Well everything else here in Mexico has been great. We got another baptism this last sunday. We were suppose to have 2 bue when we went to pick her up she wasnt home.:( i was pretty sad because i was suppose to baptise her. Oh well i guess she wasnt ready . So how is everything else going for you all? How is Briana? is Brooke looking like a pregnant lady yet :) haha. Well you need to let me know how the family is doing. ilove you all so much! Well i showed everyone the picture of our family and everyone just stares in awe. They say i have the biggest family they have ever seen. Haha well i better get going. I love you all alot!!
Elder Reed
Oh here is a scripture that has helped me alot. Mormon 9: 24 You know this mexico water can be deadly. :) i love you all

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October 28, 2008

Hey briana
it is so crazy how fast time flys. I guess it is because we stay busy :) well all is going good here. I had another baptism this past sunday. I love seeing people lives change because of the gospel. Well i dont have that much time but i want you to know how much i love you and your family. Make sure that you are always sharing this gospel. It is so amazing. Ilove you
elder Reed

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First picture from Mexico

This is the first picture we have from Elder Reed in Mexico.
We think that is his whole kitchen

Monday, October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

Hola Mi Madre!!!!
Well all is going great here in Mexico. The language is coming surely but slowey. My comp. is so amazing but he leaves for home next transfer so i will be getting a new companion. Well my baptism went great. His name was Hector Guadarrama. He is 11 years old. I will try to figure out how to send you some pictures. I was really nervous to baptize him because i was afraid i was going to mess up the words but i did it without a mess up. People even came up to me after the baptizim and said that i had the gift of tounges because i spoke perfect spanish :) Its amazing how the Lord will help you in your time of need. Well now for a funny story. I was talking to some investigators last week and they were asking me a bunch of questions like where i was from and how many people where in my family. Well one person asked me "Esta cansado" which means are you tired. Well i said YES because we had a hard day of walking. Well to my surprise he said "Esta casado" whch means are you married :) hahaha everyone was making fun of me and my comp still wont let me live it down. Everytime we see that investigstor they ask me "Esta casado" but i make sure to answer no. Well everting else is going great. I am really lokking forward to the redediation of the Mexico temple! Its is going to be awesome. Oh my area is in Ixstapaluca. it is called Iscalli. Kinda wierd i know. Well i better get going but let me know how everting else is going. I love you all so much!!!!
Love Elder Reed

Monday, October 13, 2008

Oct 13, 2008

Hey family. Well i am here in Mexico.It is such a culture change. I love it though. My comp is a native who doesnt speak any english. His name is Elder Meija. He is such a good example to me. Well i walk about 20 miles a day here so my calves are gonna get freakin huge :) i am going to baptize my first person next Sunday. I cant wait!!! The language is pretty difficult and it is hard for me to communicate but i know the lord will help me. I will take some picturse today and get them to you next monday. I love you all so much and boy do i have some funny stories for you. Well i g2g i am sorry this is soo short but i dont have that much time. LOVE YOU ALL SOME MUCH!!!!
Elder Reed

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mexico ready or not

Oct 6, 2008

We received a call from Elder Reed today on his way down to Mexico City. It was so great to listen, hear and feel of the testimony that he carries with him. Each of his brothers and sisters were able to talk with him during his layover in the Los Angeles airport. I will try and write a few of the things that he said and hopefully I will get them right. Elder Reed, I have a hard time calling him that as he is my Johnny, said he loved the MTC and the spirit that is there. He told us that while he was there he tried to learn as much as he could and that the time flew by. He was the district leader of 10 Elders and that he felt like a therapist as he would get an earful at times. He was able to give 7 blessings in his 8 weeks at the MTC. He also said that his district had many trials and that only 5 or 6 of his district is heading down to Mexico as some Elders weren't ready to go either because of physical, emotional or girlfriend problems which brought to mind the parable of the 10 virgins. He said he loved general conference and took 25 pages of notes and that it went all to fast. We ask if he sang in the choir during the priesthood session and he said that he didn't. He signed up to be in the choir but needed an Elder to go with him. He finally convinced someone in his district to go with him and during one of the practices they were to fill out a survey. He said that he was busy and didn't get the survey filled out and so he didn't get to sing in conference. He said it was all right though because he couldn't have taken any notes. During Elder Reeds flight to Los Angeles he said that he gave 1 pass along card out and he said that he wanted to give a first discussion on his way to Mexico City. (He sounds like a missionary) He bore his testimony to us in Spanish and we were all impressed as he didn't know any Spanish before he left other than a few words you pick up by living in Arizona. He said that in the MTC they said that if he was obedient that he would be able to speak Spanish fluent in 5 months. He said that he has been praying to get a native companion so that he can learn Spanish better. At the end of our phone call all the grandkids came in and ask if they could sing a song for John and than they sang "Called to Serve". We were all choked up at the power even the grandkids felt by the spirit that missionary work and the power of the gospel. We are all so grateful for Elder Reed and the spirit that he carries with him and the sacrifice he is making to bring the people of Mexico the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sept. 25, 2008

Hey Momma & Dad,

How is everything going? Are you staying busy with work? How is Jared doing? Well I heard that Briana is pregnant. That is so exciting. I can't believe how fast time is flying right now. It just keeps going faster and faster. Well if I get my Visa I leave in 10 days. That is so fast! I am so excited! Well I have been learning alot and am studying more than ever. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be engaged in this wonderful work. Thanks for being the greatest parents in the whole entire world! I love you so much please let me know if I can do anything to help you out.
Love Elder Reed
Here are some pictures. Oh, could you send some piz of our family. Thank you

Jared you better make sure that you obey the rules when you are on your mission. Missionaries have special powers. :)

What do you think? Do I look good in glasses? Ha Ha

I had to act a little retarted. :) I couldn't see anything in those glasses. lol