Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Transfers, Lost Eating Contests, Rubiks cubes

May 26th 2015 

This past week I can't even really remember so much happened. It started with
Elder Hansen transferring out - headed to Buckingham (South west of The Richmond area) he is living in a trailer now so I hope he likes that...

The major events that happened were 4 things, 
1) we had an investigator come to church 
2) we were able to help a family 
3) we had a transfer planning and 
4) adjusting to two...

I’ll start with...

3) Just kidding lets go to

1) We had Bonnie come to church!!!  She really really likes it too!
The lesson that we had was about baptism (not our intent, but that’s just
the lesson that we are on this past week.) She commented about how much we
talk about the temple and that it was really cool to see the influence have
on each other and how it is really a family knit society.

 2) There is a family that we are helping with move stuff because they are
moving soon,  I really like them, they are super funny. It’s a mom and dad
and 6 kids (but one is in North Carolina for college so we haven't met him
yet to my knowledge...) and the ages range from 17-2 so its always a party
whenever we are over and they are up to something as always. They had us
over for dinner Memorial Day night and guess what we had, Pasta and Meat!!!
I was so stoked! I had an eating contest of pasta with the 7yr old and I
let him win (because he asked me to the contest starting after I had
thirds... so he beat me, he had 2 plates and I had 1 and a half when in the
competition (really five though) then after the contest was over I finished
the rest of my 5ths).

 3) Now we get to three... transfer planning, we literally planned for a
long time in depth for what we wanted to have happen this transfer perion and
the people we wanted to progress to what point and that was crazy... the cool
thing is, because it was planned and we showed how determined to bring
forth the spiritual planning to pass we have seen great success with Bonnie
wanting to be baptized and another new investigator who also wants to be

Rubies cubes different shapes 
The new investigator's name is Dylan and he is 16 years
old. He is super pro at solving rubix cubes and has memorized the
algorithms for 2by2 rubix cube all the way up to a 7by7 and triangle cubes
and spheres and even one with different size of blocks that gets super
weird when you mix it up. his best time on a 3by3 for solving is 23 seconds
or I think... might be 21 seconds... not sure, and he is a diehard fan of Naruto!!
Woohoo!!! love that series!! so we geeked out for about 5 or 6 minutes.
Dylan's dad is also helping us teach him and its fun to be at their house

4) The final thing was adjusting to two person companionship instead of three and let me tell you it is a lot more quiet then when there was three (mostly because
Its not as hectic with 3 people making food for a meal then it is with

With this ..... not much crazy stuff goes on all that much.
Hope all is well

Your son

Elder Day

Is there anything you'd like to know about the mission or anything you can

think of that you'd like to ask that I haven’t answered yet?

Antiquing, Finding, Teaching, Goodbye Elder

May 18, 2015

Let’s see, what didn't happen this week.... well we had transfer calls this past Saturday – every 6 weeks an opportunity to change locations- so I am staying in Staunton for this next 6 weeks, that should be exciting, but our trio of missionaries is breaking up and it is going to become a duo soon.

Elder Hansen is leaving this Tuesday for who knows where... and this is Elder Todd's last 6 weeks on the mission so I will be his companion for what’s called "killing off a missionary" which means that you are their last companion in the last 6 weeks of their mission.

Monday: our P Day (Preparation or personal day) Last week we went to the largest antique mall in the East coast in Verona, Virginia and we walked all through it. it was so big and there was so much stuff that there were street signs!!   and to get an item you wrote down the intersection that you walked by and the number of the booth that the stuff was at, then you asked the people at the front desk if they could come with you to the section you wrote down (i got some 1980 star wars collectable cards for 2 bucks on Back and 18th street booth 132 section C-3). Freaking a ton of stuff!

Verona Antique Mall 
Tuesday– Back to Missionary work- we went around “finding” in the morning and then had the opportunity to talk with a ton of cool people in the afternoon, one lady named Gina we met at the park and she told us her life story (which was super boss and crazy!) and then we discussed more the importance of having Christ centered life and she said she had seen many blessings come from being focused on the teachings of Christ. We said goodbye to 2 people who were leaving Mary Baldwin College this week with the semester ending- Nicole and Carolyn. Nicole is headed to Texas for a continuation of her education and Carolyn is returning to Mary Baldwin in the Fall.

Wednesday: I don't even remember what happened this day because we just had a ton of stuff moved around, although I did cut my own hair (which according to another missionary buddy of mine I need to work on a bit more before I go out in public.  I thought that was a hilarious comment and I guess partially true.

Thursday: Thursday we had a district meeting where I realized more fully that i have no clue how to delve into a subject and study it more fully. We also had dinner with one of the greatest families i have met in this area. The Carroll-,they are a younger couple with two big dogs. We had a good time over there talking about a broad range of topics and later in the week I found out that Sister Carroll was an efy counselor that I started the Especially for Youth week excursion in Redlands the same place and the same week I went. Freaky stuff.... so we kind of geeked out about that and some other stuff.  (See the letter from Sister Carroll dated May 15th) 

We then stopped by the Mancini household and talked with Brother Mancini and helping him out with stuff that he had going on (and for one of the first times in my life I was able to love mashed potatoes and his were freaking delicious, before that I could maybe eat them but I would swallow them and have a gucky feeling in my stomach)

Friday: We met Bonnie, that lady is awesome. She is in her later years of age in a trailer park and she is the most prepared lady I have ever met to hear about the Fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.... like ever.... its crazy. She has had a lot of experience with religion and she had some medical stuff with her son come up and her son's friends asked if they could send over some missionaries to give him a blessing and he said that he would like that. So missionaries came down and gave him a blessing and the illness he was going through just straight up went away after the blessing.  it was awesome to hear that story! We went over to Bishop's house for service and spaghetti and that was awesome too. We then had dinner with the Welch family and had enchiladas

Saturday: we basically had a bunch of service this day as well and filed paperwork for stuff that needed filing...... it was sooo much!!! And we got calls for transfers, found out elder Hansen is leaving :'(

Sunday: less active member visit day and goodbye for Elder Hansen day for the ward. We got to see a lot of cool people around the Staunton area and said goodbye to some members. Plus I found out a member of the ward just got her mission call to the San Fernando Spanish Speaking Mission. (Mekayla Beidler) and that is the mission that Santa Clarita (or where I live in California) is located!

My camera broke and the closest place I can fix it is in Newport News (which isn't even in our mission so I am thinking about mailing it home and having it be fixed there...)

Elder Day

Friday, May 15, 2015

Letter and recipes from Sister Carroll

May 15, 2015

Hello Elder Day and "Momma,"

I just have to tell you, Sister Day, that your son is a great missionary!  He's organized, responsible, and works hard... plus he has great taste in books and anime :-)  My husband and I love having him over and he and your family are welcome to stay with us anytime post-mission.
Small world in the church: I think that it's wonderful that I was an EFY counselor in Redlands, and now we are both in the same area!  We can geek out about EFY together!

Here are four recipes that I was able to type out... but I can't promise any definite measurements.  I am still looking for Chef's Penne Carbonara recipe because a) it is phenomenal and b) I've been craving it ever since we moved here.  Thanks to the help from the elders, I am now able to access my recipes.

Also, the pesto that I made for you was just from a jar. The best store brands that I have found are the Trader Joe's "Pesto Genovese" or Kroger's "Private Selection" brand of green pesto.  I make my own pesto (basil, garlic, pine nuts, cheese, olive oil), but it is hard to get the mix right without a Vitamix or other high-powered blender.
The pasta we had for dinner was just a cheese tortellini.  My favorite pre-packaged pasta to eat is butternut squash ravioli with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh parmesan, and crushed walnuts on top.

Thank you so much and let me know if you would like any more cooking ideas!
- Sister Arielle Carroll  From the Staunton Ward 

(Jeremy must have requested some recipes) 

(This is one where I don't have the measurements, sorry.)

  • Vine ripe tomatoes (approx. 6-8)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh minced garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar (not too much)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Italian Cheesecake
It's better if you make your own sweet crust, but I'm too lazy, and this works just as well :-)

2C Graham cracker crumbs
½C Sugar
½C Butter
Mix crumbs with sugar and melted butter.  Using a fork, press into the base and sides of a 9in pie pan to form a crust.

Cake Ingredients:
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
2 Eggs
2/3C plus 2T sugar
1C sour cream
2 tsp vanilla

  • Blend the cream cheese until smooth.  Blend in the eggs, 2/3C sugar, and 1tsp vanilla.  Pour into the crust and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine sour cream with 2T sugar and 1tsp vanilla.  Carefully spread the mixture over the cooled, baked filling. Return cake to 425 oven and for 10 minutes.  Let cool, and then chill overnight.
  • Top with your choice of fruit (I choose blueberries)

Pasta Lemone

Ingredients (I guesstimated these measurements):
  • 1 large yellow (or I like sweet) onion cut into small slivers (not squares. Don't make them too thin.)
  • 3 chicken breasts cut into very small cubes
  • Olive oil (a few cups)
  • Angel hair pasta (1-3 packages.  Good pasta this size should only need to cook for about 2 minutes.)
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese (as much as possible)
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start your water for the pasta (make sure it is heavily salted) so that it will come to a boil after your pan ingredients are simmering. 
Saute the onions in just a couple of Ts of olive oil until they are just beginning to brown.  Then, add the uncooked chicken.  The chicken should be cut into small enough pieces that it cooks in just a couple of minutes.  Then, add enough olive oil to cover the entire base of the pan in a thick layer… yes, it's a lot of oil.  Add a little salt and pepper.  Let all of your pan ingredients simmer together on low for several minutes.
While your pasta is cooking, get the cheese and about 1C of lemon juice ready.
As soon as the pasta is finished, drain it and place it in a large bowl.  Add all of your ingredients at once (chicken, onions, oil, cheese, lemon) and mix together quickly so that the cheese melts all the way through and does not clump.

Red Pepper Cream Sauce
Use over the pasta of your choice.  I also like to bake some bread so that I can mop up the extra sauce and cheese!

  • 6-8 large red peppers, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • Approx. 1T of Italian pepperoncinos (I had to look for these online.  They're basically hot peppers, but not a South American taste.)
  • Lots of heavy whipping cream… I'm really not sure how much.  Probably 3-4 pints.
  • Romano cheese… lots
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

On high heat, saute the onions and pepperoncinos in olive oil until soft.  (Don't stick your face in the steam… it's spicy.  This is when I wear my steampunk goggles!) Reduce heat to medium or medium-low. Pour in heavy whipping cream and stir constantly. 
Wait until the cream is heated to steaming, then add the diced red peppers and as much of the red pepper juice as possible.  The peppers should take up the majority of space in the pot.  You don't want too much cream because then the flavor will be weak.  Keep stirring so that the cream doesn't stick and until the peppers are cooked in the cream… this could take over an hour. 
Then, remove the sauce from heat and ladle it into a blender (make sure that the blender is not too full!  You don't want to burn yourself or melt the blender.)  Blend the sauce together so that it becomes a nice orange-red with no chunks. 
Return it to the pot on medium-low heat and add a lot of Romano cheese.  Cook it together for at least another 20 minutes.  Don't forget to stir!
Ladle the sauce over cooked pasta and top with even more cheese!

Cricket, Smokey, and Skype

May 11, 2015

This past week, not a lot happened. (plus I misplaced my planner right before coming to the library so I have to go off memory...)

This week we were able to teach Casey (a recent convert) more about the Plan of Salvation (otherwise known as the plan of Happiness) and discuss the importance of promises we make with God and the ability and opportunity to choose good from evil.

On Saturday we did service for a lady named Brooks at her barter store, we moved 400+ lbs. of plastic bags in boxes to the back of her store. And let me tell you, I am glad and thankful for Dollies (those things you can stack stuff on and roll 'em with a load on it). After that the dog that they had (named Cricket) escaped so me and Elder Todd and Elder Hansen all were chasing after Cricket for like 20 minutes and I ran onto some train tracks above Cricket out of her sight and peeled around her as Elder Todd and Hansen were walking up in front to keep her eyes distracted. We caught her eventually. 

After that we went to the USPS for some service of unloading food delivery trucks from 3-7:30 because the trucks were delayed and it was too far away to go proselyting so that was rough too, we probably lifted, and sorted through at least 12000 pounds of food.

 We taught a wiser fellow named Smokey S. who is 91 and loves talking about life questions with us that we answer with The Gospel of Jesus Christ by using the Book of Mormon and the Bible and personal life experiences.  

It's crazy how many questions can be answered with the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I finally understood the importance that the Book of Mormon is truly what holds our faith together in the sense of people have had the Bible for thousands of years and there are millions of different opinions that have sprouted up from that but the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, helps solidify the things we learn in the Bible and sifts out much of the confusion because without The Book of Mormon and modern Revelation, just like how there was modern revelation in the time of the Prophets and other volumes of scripture that they had to help sort out the confusion, we have no Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
Jeremy Skyping for Mother's Day

Yesterday was Mothers Day and me and my 2 companions were able to skype our families, I took the heat of the technological problems with Skype because the microphone didn't work so I got to see my family but I didn't really hear them through the computer, I had to call them up. That was interesting. but it was all sorted out with my two companions and the time that they had to skype their families so I was glad that they had a non-technological problem with talking with their families. (We only get to talk on the phone twice a year)