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Nathan’s second group email

Dear Everybody,

Thanks for all your emails and advice (especially Dad). I don't always have time to respond to each letter individually, but I always read them. And the advice really helps a lot.

The earthquake yesterday was a little bit of a weird experience. We were all sitting in the comedor (the cafeteria) when it started rumbling a little. The whole room (which is pretty noisy) went silent for about five seconds, a siren went off, the lights started flickering, and everybody immediately jumped out of their seats and rushed to the earthquake safe zones we’ve been told to go to in emergencies. The rumbling ended after about 40 seconds and nothing really happened, but it was still a little crazy. I’ve now felt the waves of two earthquakes in my life.

It rained a ton this week, which is good because Elder P. gets really excited whenever it rains for whatever reason. I also learned that he likes to play the piano, too. He can’t read sheet music anymore because he quit lessons when h…
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Email to Mom

Elder P., Elder S., and I are starting to get along really well. I’m not sure that will stop Elder P. from going home, though. Elder P. met with the CCM president and received a priesthood blessing to know what to do. He’s currently fasting to receive an answer. I don’t know what he’ll do in the end, but he seems to really, really want to go home. The thing is, I feel more confident than ever that he would make a great missionary if he continued. Even though he can be pessimistic and unmotivated, he has a strong testimony, he always focuses on the investigator in our lessons, and he’s very sympathetic to those in need of help. It’s ultimately his decision, though.

There’s a large variety of food here. Tuesdays are always pizza night. I really like the tacos, though. They’re quite different from what you get at Taco Bell.

Thanks for the package last week! Maybe if I get to send you guys a package, I can put some Latino candy in it. There are these things called Bueno bars that I think…

Life in México

Dear Everybody,

The last week of my life feels more like six months. It's hard to communicate how crazy everything has been, so probably only Parker, Mom and Dad will understand.

Warning: my emails may have a lot of typos in them because the computers here are set to autocorrect to Spanish. Almost every word I type has a red squiggly line underneath it.

My trip here was fine. I got some Biscoff cookies on the plane, and they fed us pizza when we arrived at the MTC, or as they call it here, the CCM (Centro de Capacitación Misional de México). I met my first companion, Elder P., shortly after arriving at the CCM. Dad might remember him as the elder who shook my hand in the airport parking lot right before I left. He was extremely quiet at first, so I assumed that was just his personality. But as the first day passed, the stress wore on him, things got worse, until he suffered something of an emotional breakdown in the bathroom. I did my best to comfort him, and he agreed to see the…

Made it to the Mexico MTC!

Hey Mom and Dad,

This is just a quick email to let you know that I made it to the Mexico MTC safely. Everything's moving really fast, the Spanish keyboards are weird, I'm super hungry, and my next P-day isn't until next week. I won´t be able take any photos here except on P-day, so sorry, but my photos of the MTC will probably be pretty limited.

I'll send a longer message next week!

Love,
Elder Rice

Blog Repurposing

My second son Nathan will be leaving on a mission next Tuesday. I'm going to repurpose this blog as a spot for posting his emails home to the family. If you'd like to correspond with him yourself, contact me at ldspoet -at- gmail.com and I will send you his email address.
I've archived and deleted all mission emails from my oldest son Parker Rice from 2015-2017.

Anger Management, Cub Scout Style

Just wanted to record a little episode about my youngest, Jacob, before I forget.



The other day, I walked to a neighbor's house to pick him up from Wolf Den. The scene was a little crazy as eight or nine 8-year-old boys ran around the front yard, laughing and roughhousing.

Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a confrontation between two of the little Cubs. One boy was aggressively objecting that another had broken one of the many obscure rules to a made-up game they were playing. The "rule breaker" became increasingly agitated until he lost his temper and began to kick the first boy. At that moment, Jacob inserted himself directly between both of them. Looking the kicker in the eyes and holding him by the arms, he repeated over and over, "Calm down, Cohen, calm down!" The boy listened to Jacob and quickly stopped. Everyone went back to playing, forgetting what all the fuss was about.

Until Jacob was about 5 years old, HE was the one getting frustrated and kick…

FHE Lesson 4: LDS Teachings on Homosexuality

Source material for this lesson:

"Mormonism and Gender Issues / Same-sex Attraction," fairmormon.org "Navigating the Labyrinth Surrounding Homosexual Desire," Joshua Johanson, Proceedings of the 2012 FAIR Conference, Aug. 2012
"Why We Do Some of the Things We Do," Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1999
"Same-gender Attraction," Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, Oct. 1995
"The Family: A Proclamation to the World," LDS.org


1. What is homosexuality, or same sex attraction (SSA)?

SSA is when a woman is attracted to other women, or a man is attracted to other men. They may also feel some degree of attraction to members of the opposite sex at the same time (bi-sexual), or they may only be attracted to members of their own sex.Joshua Johanson, who has SSA, explains: "According to the dictionary, homosexuality could refer to sexual orientation or behaviors. I think most of the miscommunication around this issue comes from confusing these two definition…