Friday, February 20, 2015

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 7:40 AM
This week was pretty uneventful. Slow days but a quick week. We have a lot of people that we are teaching but most of them are youth who do not have their parents permission to be baptized because their parents are divorced or whatnot. It's pretty annoying when the kids are super excited to get baptized and then their parents are holding them back. But that's how life goes so we just have to grin and bear it I guess.
This week we went over to a members house who has a TON of pet snakes and in order to feed them they keep a rat farm in their garage. It's pretty cool how it all works (until the rats chew through the cage and get out). They've probably got about 25 pythons and a few boas in their house. One of them is a good 7-8 feet long. So we had fun playing with all of those last night. 
There are some people here in Belton that were taught a while back but have not been progressing at all. They are still awesome people though and they invited us over for dinner so we went over on Saturday and had some awesome chicken curry. They taught us that if you eat it with quartered onion layers then your onion layer is like a spoon and it adds a little extra spicy to it too which is good. Definitely one of the better meals that I've had on my mission (although raw onion and chicken curry don't give you the nicest breath in the world).
Our stake gave us a training on Family History this week. It was pretty interesting and we have actually been able to use it quite a bit in our teaching/finding efforts. I also got to see our family tree which is something I was never interested in before but now I think it's pretty cool. So hopefully we will get to use family history more as we go out and visit people.
I found a really cool scripture in Romans 8:38-39 this week that says "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." I just think that is so cool because it shows the level and depth of the love that our Heavenly Father has for each one of us. It's also comforting to know that no matter how far we fall or how far from the path we stray, God will always love us and will give us the opportunity to overcome and trial or shortcoming that we have.
That's pretty much it for the week. IT"S STILL WARM (knock on wood). Please pray that we will keep getting warm weather... I'd really appreciate it haha. As long as it doesnt snow I am happy I guess. Anyways, I love you! Make it a great week!
         -Elder Nyholm
P.s. You can tell the sister missionaries that Elders can do crafty stuff :) Also here's the big snake ...



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