Monday, November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015
Hey everyone!

This week was interesting, to say the least. The day before Thanksgiving something really cool happened. One of the really big buildings at KU was getting old and the foundations were rotting away so they demolished it. Half of the town went down to see it so we went too. It was really cool I will try to include a video or two of the actual event. Thursday was of course Thanksgiving. It was a lot of fun. First we played in a turkey bowl that the three wards here set up. It was a lot of fun except I was very sore the next morning. Then we had been invited to a big luau Thanksgiving by one of the Samoan families in the ward. There was a tone of good food and they did a whole dancing program. It was a lot like the football team's luau. After that we played volleyball and basketball with them for a while.  Let's just say they get serious about their volleyball. To end the night we went over to another family in the ward who had signed up to feed us. The food was absolutely delicious. They cooked some of the best turkey I have ever had. It was very flavorful and not dry at all. And the. We ended the evening play board games. This family is serious about board games and they have some really fun ones. We are going back at 4:00 today to play some more. Yesterday though the week kind of went a little south. Elder Jorgensen and I were waiting for the other elders to come pick us up for church and they came in and said hey your bikes just got stolen. We went outside and sure enough they were both gone. They had seen the guy riding away on Elder Jorgensen's but did t realize it was his until they got to our house and saw that they were gone. It was a streak of bad luck we had done everything right they were locked up and we were right there in the house but some bum thought he needed it. Pray that he try's to sell it at a pawn shop or something.  We called the police and they came and got all of the information like serial numbers and stuff so if they try to sell them they will come up stolen. One of the members in the ward works for the police department and knows the officer that we talked to and she is pretty confidant that they will both turn up pretty soon. I hope she is right. 

Much love,
Elder Boyer

November 16, 2015

Hello everyone!

This week has been interesting. The highlight was definitely Friday when we got to have our interviews with President Bell. My first one in Garden was just a couple weeks after I got to the field so I was still kind of shell shocked, but this one was different. We talked about some things that I was having trouble adjusting to here in Lawrence and he gave me some great instruction. I think sometimes missionaries sugar coat a lot of what goes on out here but I don't want to do that, so I'll be totally honest  missions are hard and there are days that you just want to give up for one reason or another. As I've said before, things don't always go your way and you have to live with it. Sometimes you can do everything you think you are supposed to but you won't see success. It's at that point that you really have to trust that the Lord is letting you struggle for a purpose and if you keep on moving and don't give up you'll learn something valuable.

"Never Give Up, Don't Ever Give Up."
- Jim Valvano
- Elder Boyer