Monday, July 31, 2017

Sneaky Service & Sweet Surprises 7/24

Hey Everyone!

First off Happy Parents day!  (that was Sunday the 23rd)
Let Grammy and Grandpa know I say Happy birthday to the both of them!!!!!

There is a couple who kind of lost their way.  They have gone to church some here and there but they did not see the full need to come all of the time.  Their Grand daughter went on a mission and has been trying to work on them since she has gotten back without any progress.  She invited us to try and start working on them too.  We have come pretty close with them through service. Also we have been sharing the gospel more and more with them to help have it in their home.  Well this week was their 3rd week in a row of coming to church.  Plus in weeks past their granddaughter has texted and invited them the morning of and this week she did not.  They still came and all on their own. We are so happy to see them and  a lot of the ward members are too.

This week we were also given a great surprise.  Every Saturday morning we go as a district and play Ultimate Frisbee with some members and Military guys. This week we were getting out of the car and another familiar car pulled up.  It was the car of a former Investigator who moved to Utah to go to school.  We were very confused for a second, knowing that her brother could not drive yet and her mom would not be coming to Frisbee.  Then Karen stepped out of the car!  She had come back for a quick trip home.  Also she told us that while she was out in Utah that she had gotten baptized!  She has been Investigating the church for 5 years now and finally got to where she wanted to be!

This week we also had some fun service opportunities. First, a lady in the ward whose husband is deployed and children have things to do 24/7. Oh plus she just had her Gall Bladder taken out.  Well needless to say she needed some help.  Her yard was out of control and so we went over to help her out.  She just asked us to do her front yard but we were sneaky, and before she knew it we were already half way done with her back yard too!  Of course we could not just stop halfway and so we talked her into letting us finish.  She was very Grateful and we were very happy to help. Also one night we were coming home in a massive rain/thunder/lightning storm.  Along our way we passed a guy who had come around a corner and hit a deep puddle that ended up swamping his engine.  We knew what the right thing was to do.  We were trying to get back to our apartment because it was safer and almost curfew but we decided to turn back.  As we got to this man, he was sitting in his car crying in despair not know what to do.  We knocked on his window and told him we were going to push him to the nearest parking lot, out of the middle of the road and the puddle.  As we were doing this, a member saw our white shirts and stopped to ask if all was alright. We told him we were safe and okay, but this man  was stranded.  That member kindly accepted our invitation to help this man out and drive him where he needed to go.  I am very grateful for the opportunities of service I have to render everywhere I go and know that is blesses those around us showing that God is watching out for our needs!

Well we were in a Family Home Evening this week and for the activity we played "poor puppy".  This is a game where once in a circle the one in the middle acts like a puppy and approaches someone.  The puppy's objective is to get the person they are approaching to smile or laugh.  While the person being approached has to say "poor puppy"  three times while petting the puppy's head.  If they smile they are in the middle. If they do not crack then the person in the middle has to move on to another victim.  Well My family has played this in our home and has conditioned me to the ways of "poor puppy".  I smashed all vices used against me and not once had to go into the middle.  I was a stone cold dream crusher! (He can always make me  crack a smile though!)

Mom: Yeah last week it hit up to 113 with the index and there were heat advisories out.  It does not feel as hot as Valdosta though,so I am doing pretty good.  Do girls get the menigicockle shot?  That sounds like a pretty good week!  And tons of fun for Poopy when he gets back. How did he get to go to high adventure?  Lucky!  I am glad you have a doctor now too so I know you are safe.  Yeah let's just hope Caden does not give Preslee pink eye! (Travis gave it to him when he was just a newborn baby--gotta love big 2 year old brothers!!) I was talking to someone about that the other day.  Our ward mission leader is from Eugene, OR and I was talking about our Oregon trek each summer and how we have our McDonalds and DQ stops memorized!:p  I love you mom!

Tali: Awe cute baby kittens.  Is ash one of the evil Siamese  cats Trav gave you?  Are you going to get to keep the kitty or give it away?  And you are lucky you are all up to date on shots for the next 2 and 1/2 years.  I hope I am good that long too!  I love you Tali!

Tay:  Did you catch any monster fish on high adventure?  And how was the new Spiderman movie?  I have heard mixed reviews?  That is so weird some of your friends are turning 18 because that means you are next! Oh hey do you have Joseph's number?  It was his bday on the 19th of July and I was wondering if you could help a brother out by sending him a text wishing him a late happy bday from me!?  Thanks bro!  I love you Tay!

Audrey: I am just over one ward.  There are not any areas in our mission with missionaries over multiple wards.  Most wards  down here actually have multiple sets of missionaries in each ward. Like right now there are sisters and elders in my ward. In the other ward in our district it is all elders but there are 3 sets in that ward.  It makes it fun and sometimes frustrating when others start to step on toes. So no stress for me on Sundays.  The sisters here only have one ward and are still late so I am glad you at least had a valid excuse with extra wards to get to! Congrats on the job!  And glad y'all are getting settled back.  Hope you have a great week!

Travis:  Dude things are good!  Ok so my comp told me about some games I wanted to ask you about?  Have you ever played Mass Effect orS Dishonored?  He said they are two of his favorite games and that I should try them when I get back?  o I thought I would let you know about them or see if you knew about them?  Yeah dude here is something you can do for me you should take a picture of the skate park or at the skate park and send it to me!:)  Dude have fun and be safe on the boys trip!   Are they widening 44 or just making it new?  Good luck on the job hunt bro I will be praying for you!  I miss and Love you to Trav!!!

G4: I want to see both of those movies way bad!!!!!  And yeah that is pretty sad about the kittens sister.  Also you got a free what???? Like a toilet drop in?  I love you Grace!

Dad:dang that High adventure sounds like a blast.  I am sorry to hear that you got popped in the head but glad to know it wasn't too bad.  Also that nothing to outrageous happened.  A couple injured packs is much better than a couple injured boys.  I hope Bishop is ok.  There was an elder here that while we were playing volley ball tweaked his neck.  He called the mission nurse over it and she told him to just take 2 Ibuprophin.  Well let's just say the mission is a big step for him.  He asked her if that was a prescription drug:p  I was rolling laughing.  He has grown a lot in the few months he has been out.  Good luck at your job I am always praying for You!  I love you dad!!

Love you all!

Elder Legg

Flash Flood & Miracles 7/31

Hey Everyone!

Warning Transfers are next week, Tuesday the 8th.  DO NOT send mail passed Wednesday the 2nd.

This week was awesome and crazy!  It all started when Elder Campos and I were out contacting people.  It rained for the most part of the first half of the week.  Nothing to out of the normal though.  Then Wednesday came and while we were out a mother of all storms rolls out of no where.  We are walking and we feel a light sprinkle and just both think oh no.  Little sprinkles in GA never stay little or sprinkles.  With in a minute large drops were tumbling down.  We were soaked and then the thunder and lightning struck.  It was all around and very close.  The streets started to turn into rivers and the rivers turned to flood plains.  It brought in flash floods and we were traipsing in water above our ankles.  We got 6 inches of water in one hour.  It was a fun storm, but slightly unnerving.  A member lived nearby, but was not home so we stood under their porch for about 10 minutes then decided to keep going.  It was a wild ride!

As I mentioned already this storm caused some flash flooding.  Saturday we got to go and help out the community for those whose houses were flooded.  One particularly that we helped out with has to get destroyed.  The flooding hit in less than 5 minutes and the water's power was too much that it pushed a Chevy 2500 from the front to backyard and moved the house off of its foundation.  The house was a few feet off the ground and the water level was still a foot and a half along the inside.  The lady living there jumped out her front door and had to swim to the street before she could touch the ground to walk. All 3 of their cars are totaled only the the truck could be seen out of the water.  It was truly a sad sight to see their lives turn upside down in minutes. I am super glad we were able to go and help them.

This week there was a 5th Sunday discussion by the Bishopric. They wanted all of the teachers to be there too so we, as the missionaries, took over Primary.  The sisters had singing time and we had sharing time.  We stole our sharing time Idea out of the Aug 2017 Ensign.  We did an object lesson. There were two kids each holding a box.  The one we filled with cans that had negative words and phrases written on them. In the other we placed balloons with positive words and phrases on them.  The boxes were our loads or burdens that we all carry.  If we put cans or negative things piled on top of our burdens they get heavier and harder to carry.  When we put balloons or positive things piled on out burdens they  are still there, but are easily carried.  We need to look for positive things to surround ourselves with and give positive feed back to others so their burdens can be easily managed also.

There is this lady whom we have been trying to teach for a little bit but she is having a rough time recognizing the spirit. We know she feels it from the change of demeanor she has, from the time we get there to the time we leave.  The amount of stress and anxiety that are wearing her down seem to melt away, example of our sharing time lesson, I think so! A really cool miracle happened for her this week though. We went and visited her. She is a single mom of 2, out of a job, and has hospital bills to pay thanks to a car accident.  Also a dealership bill to pay for the car damage.  Well she expressed to us her rope of faith looked like it was coming to an end and the light at the end of the tunnel was fading away.  We gave her a Book of Mormon and shared our Testimony of the added strength to Faith in Jesus Christ and Hope that can come and has blessed our lives from reading it.  She took it and we left.  About a hour later she sent us a text.  She told us the light at the end of tunnel was coming back a little and faith was still to be seen.  She had received a call from the car dealership telling her an anonymous person came and paid her bill. Miracle!!

Also another lady we are trying to teach wowed us.  We have not been able to meet with her for a month and a half since she has been having eye surgeries.  She did not want us coming over and to not be able to keep commitments for reading.  We left her with a Book of Mormon though.  We saw her for the second time last week and she had had two of the three surgeries.  She told us she had to use three magnifiers and could still only read three words at a time but that she is half way through the Book of Mormon!

Mom:  Well mom you can notch off another weather disaster I have gone through.  Was Tali praying for me to have Floods?  Haha because I had some Flash ones here.  It looks and sounds like you are having a blast at the coast I wish I could be there with y'all.  And wow we are just about as far away as we can be with you at Cape Blanco and me here. I guess we took all of the rain for this last week on this side of the states! It has been dumping down. (Totally dry on the OR coast) My insect bites are mostly healed now still some little things to be completely gone but no more itching thank goodness!!  Did you talk to the missionaries in Burns? Or offer to buy them a drink?  I can tell you that would probably make their day!!!  Only the AP's in our mission have a truck. (They drove a truck in Burns, OR) We ride in a mini van with the Martinez elders
I  love you mom!

G4: Hey I bought a new water bottle last week too. Look at us twinners go!  Sister why are all of your emails now about boys? Are you a 14 year old girl or something?  The Rouge River boat trip is way fun though huh!  Good job at the farmers market sister keep it up! Love you Grace!

Tali: You didn't throw up from any of your car or boat sickness did you?  That is really sad you were too big to float in the little river stream thing at the end of Grammy's walk.  Digging for agates does sound like a good idea.  I hope you have fun and let me know what you name the kitten! Love you Tali!

Travis: Packing man I am like a pro mover now.  We do a lot of moving with lot of colleges and military people in like every area of our mission.  The turn over is ridiculous.  Hey man good luck with your job hunt and I love you too!!

Hunter: Hey thanks for helping Trav out man.  Also I hope soccer goes well this year.  I will miss that but I will be back by second semester to see some FX stuff so have fun and make it great ok!  I love you man!!

Tay:  How often do you have softball games with dad?  And man thanks for helping trav out I hope they are taking care of you.  Are you getting fed?  I know you are probably not getting sleep.  haha.  Love you tay!

Audrey: Yeah it has been hot here too but not as hot as it was last summer and I am ok with that.  Lately it has been cooler though since we have got lots of rain.  We got floods last week and it made it way humid.  And yes packing and unpacking are way tedious and annoying.  Have a great week.  Love ya!
Dad: Love you dad!

Love you all!!!


       House off of its foundation

Look at that little face....awwww

I got a disc given to me for Frisbee!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Termites, and Virginia Creeper, and Chiggers OH MY!!

This is a Vietnamese dish called Pho(fu)  It is way good, if you have a chance to try it, Do it!

Hey Everyone!

Alrigthy so for any one who is wondering why I did not email on Monday and why I am doing it today, let me tell you why.  No there was not a holiday to close the libraries and in this area we have a family history center at the church we use so that would not effect us any ways.  Well what happened is our mission President has made a slight change.  He received a good amount of complaints from throughout the mission that many museums and historical things were closed on Mondays. Also that hair salons were and bowling alleys are closed a lot on Mondays.  Missionaries wanted to participate in all of these activities and could not since it was not Preparation day.  Well President Grayson came up with his solution for this and it is that once each transfer cycle on the fourth week Preparation day will now be on Tuesday instead of Mondays.  This is the first time this is happening and it will happen every 6 weeks from now on out.

Alright now on to the meat of the week.  These past 2 weeks the Vivint salesmen have been bringing a non member co-worker to church with them.  Well he has been loving it and asking lots of questions.  He has run into some problems recently and is in a humbling situation of life right now.  Also he is searching for a direction to take his life.  He is 21 and super nice.  Well this last week we met with him and taught him the message of the Restoration.  He loved it and is our newest investigator.  In the first lesson he accepted the invitation to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by some one holding the priesthood authority of God.  He is working towards August 5th and we are super excited! He came to church again and loves every moment.

As for myself I have had some bad luck this week.  It all started off when I was on exchanges we went and preformed service for an elderly couple.  We were pulling weeds and as I was doing this I felt a twinge of pain on my wrist.  I though nothing of it because there were pokey weeds and I was not wearing gloves.  Then it happened again though and AGAIN!  This time I paid it attention and there was a termite sitting there.  I smacked it off not thinking too much of it.  Well later that day my wrist was super itchy and the bite swelled up.  That night I woke up and my wrist felt like it was on fire and itched like I have never felt before.  Then I woke up in the morning and a third of my arm was swollen.  It was bright red and warm and Itchy! It was swollen enough to take away most of the mobility of my wrist.  It was like this for about 3 days but then finally went down and eventually completely away.  As for part two I am not entirely sure what has caused this?  I woke up one morning with my other arm itching.  I could see some little bumps all over it.  I think the cause is Virginia creeper oil.  We were doing some other service tearing that out and it can cause similar reactions to poison Ivy.  Well it has spread further on my one arm and to other places of my body.  Although I think the other parts of my body might be a different cause...possibly chiggers.  The other parts of my body include my belly button and thigh and the in between section. It is not a pleasant experience!

He said it looked worse in person

Mom: Wow that sounds like a pretty crazy and cool race in McCall!  Was it super pretty along the way? Or were you to focused on your next gasp of air to really pay attention to the scenery?  You did pretty great though I would say and am really proud of you!  I hope your knees and shoulder feel better! I love you mom!

Travis:  re you guys looking for places to stay too or what is your plan for that?  Are you going to be in Boise or out around?  And man finding jobs is the pits!  Everyone down here complains about it.  I am glad you are having fun though and that your spirits are high.  I am super excited you are going to be back around home like super!  I miss good Mexican food it is not nearly as good out here since it is not as authentic.  You would ask for the extra spicy sauce!  I love you Travis!

Audrey:  Moving is  a way stressful time!  I have never had to do it from my own personal home but I have done it helping plenty of others.  Especially out here we move people like almost once a week.  I always say we are missionaries first and professional movers second!:p  I wish I could have gone to the concert with y'all i bet it was a blast.  I hope y'all find jobs and I will pray for Travis and you.  That is a great story and yes it is true I hate Shots! I don't  get shots out here oops.  Thanks for the Email have a great week!

Tay:  Bro I miss BYS so much so I am glad you had fun. How was Vocal Point I listen to a lot of their stuff out here.  I hope High adventure goes well even though you are sore. Where are you going?  I love you Tay!

G4: how did Lexi like BYS? That is some good missionary work sister! Yes you are  way hard to wake up I can vouch for that.  Also I am glad that you had fun sister I knew you would.  And ewww gross no match making at BYS.  Why did you not like planet of the Apes?  I love you Grace!

Tali: Aww sister that is to cute that you almost cried sister at the Train concert.  I was thinking of the Chinese buffet not too long ago and we will have to go when I get back.  Haha did you get the $25 for finding the mouth guard and having to grab it out of that nasty stuff?  I hope so! I love you Tali!

Dad: I am happy that you are doing so well in work and that you are able to work with Sarah and her team again.  That is super awesome.  That sounds like a boss high adventure though. I would totally try and come if i were home.  I hope the boys fish a lot and that they catch their meals.  I love you Dad!!!

I love you all!
Elder Legg

The Clark's/Boyd's Feed Them Well

I told them that I had hoped Tyson would grow a little on his mission, but I never expected he would shrink!!

Lauren & the boys

Feeding them at Cracker Barrel 

Feeding them at Zaxby's

Feeding them peach cobbler, but Grandma said it wasn't homemade this time because the heat index was 105* that day!!

Happy Fourth of July

Hey Everyone!

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone had a blast with fireworks, family, and friends.  Usually on the mission we are asked to go inside at 6 pm and stay inside to stay safe from the rowdiness. This year however, the mission president told us that we were allowed to stay out and expected to be responsible.  As for the time that we got to stay out,  we were asked to help some members move.  We loaded up trucks and unloaded them in a storage unit.  We got to see a few fireworks as we helped.  The big show for Evans though was going off in a park right next to our apartment so we watched a little bit before we had to be inside.

There is a sister in the ward who's husband is out of town for a good while.  Well she has had a rough time keeping up with the yard and other outside chores of the house.  Elder Campos and I went over one day this week to help her out and I think we almost did more harm than good?  We needed to mow her lawn and so we pulled out her tractor mower and it would not start and so I started to mess with it while Elder Campos grabbed the push mower.  Well I am no mechanic like my dad but I figured it out.  It was the battery and nothing big.  Well we got the front yard mowed with the push mower.  Then we were going to put a new front door on for her.  We got the old one off easy and the new one on pretty easy.  There had to be problems though.  The door sat too low and would not close due to the threshold.  We had to take it off and replace the old door. As we did this though, the door knob broke.  It would not engage to pull the latch out of the way.  Well after some minutes of tearing it apart and trying to figure it out, I got the door open.  Also we got it partially fixed so that you could open the door from the outside.  However, you still can not open it from the inside.  It was a wild ride but everything worked out in the end, for the most part.

Just a few fun facts of the week.  We were invited to a young single adults activity and they played two rounds of chair soccer.  I just happened to win both rounds!  And this was not just against some Joe schmoes.  One of the people was the captain of his soccer team in high school. Another girl had played soccer her whole life, and one was out here for summer sales and plays for Utah State.  Then we also got to go and play regular soccer with a bunch of them this morning too.

Mom:   We had a district meeting and one of our fun intro questions was "if you could smell like anything in nature what would it be?" you just know I said "Freshly bloomed honey suckle carried by an ocean breeze". I got voted for the best answer! (It's what we smell when we run on the Oregon Coast) I love you mom!

Tali: Swimming sounds way nice did it feel good in the warm weather?  Yeah Donna was probably a good choice to ride with. Did you get to drive any?  And did you have fun with baby Harper? Love you sister enjoy the week as a single child!:)

G4: I am glad you had a lot of fun driving on the 4wheelers and on the trip sister.  Did you catch the cat or just let it live under the porch?  Sister I am sure that you will have a blast at BYS!  The choice is yours and not your groups or your counselors!  Have a great week and just let it change you!:)  I know you can do it!  I love you Grace!

Tay: It looked like the trip was tons of fun and I wish I could have been there too Bro!  It sounds like y'all have just been go go go for the last couple weeks.  Man you better have a blast and make this BYS the best one ever!!!  Oh and have fun at McCall and do not let mom beat you!;) I love you Tay!

Audrey: Yeah I love all  of the fun places there are to go in the Black Hills.  My passion for disliking bugs has grown since I have been down here. There are a lot and big and weird ones and ones that are annoying. I just am not a bug lover.  I am getting decently tan out here.  I do not have the good tanning skin like Trav and Tay though so it is just okay.  I did a lot of service out side and it was way hot and sunny this past week so I did get more tan this week and my tan lines are bomb!  I wish I was going to the Train concert!! but I hope y'all get some good rest before being on the move again. and I am way excited for y'all to be in Boise by the time I get back!!! Have fun!!

Travis: Bro one of my Companions was telling me about that series and I was going to read them when I got back!  That is so cool you have them and so now I do not have to go and find them! Also have you read the newer Norse Gods series from Riordan yet?  Are they any good?  Those are some other books I want to read when I get back.  Also Bro I am stoked that you are going to be moving back to Boise this fall so you will be close to visit when I get back!  I am way jealy of the Train concert man I so want to go but I hope you have a blast and I love you more Trav!!

Love you all!

Elder Legg

Fourth Fun!!

Carilyn made them 4th of July tie dye shirts & sent the accessories
Elder Smith headed to the Ogden, UT Mission this week 

Elder Murray headed to the Arcadia, CA Spanish speaking mission this week

Lots of Service

Hey everyone!

This week we got to go and do service for a member family in our ward.  They are an elderly couple and needed help cleaning up their back yard.  Also they needed under their house and deck cleared out.  I got the under the house job and my back hurt so bad. It is more than a crawl space but by no means can you stand up either.  All of the stuff under the house had not been seen in over six years. There were somethings that were still fine quality items but most of it was junk.  The old man is a little bit of a hoarder and wanted to keep everything but the lady said whatever you do don't listen to him.  He has not used or asked for it in 6 years and I think he will be fine without it.  So we took all of it and got rid of it. And we cleared their back yard out some too.  The sisters started weed wacking and were still trying to do it when we were done clearing out the junk and so the elders took that over and it was done very quickly.  There was also this cemented tire that was a old tether-ball pole and it was flipped upside down in the dirt.  We did not know this.  The cement itself made the tire a couple hundred pounds on its own.  I tried to flip it up on my own and was completely shamed until I found out there was a 6 foot pole in the ground with it, stopping it from flipping.  We got about 4 of us elders and were able to flip it up finally.  Then we had to carry it to the front of the house and throw it in a giant junk in a box dumpster.  It took some effort but we got it.

There was a child of record baptism this week and we were asked to do one, well two, jobs.  We were asked to open up the church and to fill the font.  We were very successful on opening the church, the font, however, is a different story.  We turned the water on and but it was filling very slowly.  It was early enough it would be full in time though. To make it warm though we turned off the cold water.  It slowed the flow down.  Well we forgot to check if the drain was down.  It was not.  so when we slowed the flow it was not strong enough to keep filling the font.  Ten minutes before we checked on it and it had lowered a lot!  It was a good thing it was only a child getting baptized and not an adult.  Elder Campos had to roll up his pants and sleeves and take his shoes and socks off to get in the font and close the plug.  So the day was saved thank goodness!!!!

Mom: I have gotten the chance to look into family history the last little bit.  There is a website that is awesome!  It is called "" it is teamed up with family search and it makes it easy to search for ordinances and lots of other stuff.  Oh and I found out that only like 10 members of our ward index, so the family should get into that and help out.  I am one of those 10 members.  It is super easy I found out so don't let it intimidate you. That's what I let happen for the longest time.  Oh and add Darlene and Gary and Wyatt to the thank you list please!:) Love you mom!!!

Tay: Love you bro!

G4: love you grace!

Tali:Love you tali!

Travis+Audrey: Love y'all!

Dad: hope you are having a blast on the trip love you dad!

Love you all!!!!

Elder Legg

Images around his area....

Wearing his Georgia Bulldog shirt a family gave him

6/26 Pictures

                                  Scripture Power!!

Yep, that's Tyson!!
Rug Burn Knees from Nerf War

"Totally had to knock on this door!"(His best friend Dylan's mom totally needed that when her kids were little!!)
(That's still one of her favorite sayings!!)
(About the punching in the throat, not the have a nice day!! Hahahaha!!)