Monday, December 26, 2016

December 19 and 24, 2016: Collected Emails

To: Jacob Rice
Date: December 19, 2016 at 11:16 AM
Subject: Jubjubjub

Well, it sounds like you're doing pretty well back home. Make sure to make the most of the holiday break.

We had kind of a funny experience this last little while. We got some peppers from Brother T. (the ward mission leader in Duncan) and the south elders challenged Elder J. and me to eat them whole. These are peppers called "dog's teeth." (That's exactly what they look like.) I wasn't at all up for burning my taste buds off right before dinner. Elder J., on the other hand, popped it right in! He's super sensitive to spicy things (or so he tells me) so I'm not sure what got into him, but he immediately started sweating and he tried to spit it out the car window. (We were driving.) The wind blew it right back into his face and eyes! It definitely wasn't funny in the moment, but it's all laughs now! Just a random story—thought you might be interested.

Love you, Jacob!
Elder Rice 😬

To: Nathan Rice
Date: December 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM
Subject: A little about the mission

I hope that one finger doesn't end up gimpy. It's not too important for writing, though, right?

So I'm just going to share a little about the mission, considering it's coming up here for you.

Get good at budgeting! We've got $135 a month for food—no more, no less. A lot of healthy stuff might be a little more expensive, but I've found that every little bit of healthiness counts. Living on ramen is an awful experience. So that stuff's kind of obvious.

Try to wake up every day at 5:45 and do a little exercising. The white handbook will tell you 6:30, but in truth, it’s harder to wake up then. Get your showering and breakfast done 7-8. Then we basically study and prepare for the day from 8-10. You'll never have been more interested in the scriptures, but for the first little while, you ought to spend most of your time in Preach My Gospel. If you try reading before the mission, don't start at the beginning. Read the sections for the first three lessons and know them by heart. You'll be way ahead of the game. The MTC and mission will help it become more natural. (No rote recitations!)

Always commit to making your companion your friend, but don't sacrifice standards if they're living the "lower law." You'll see that living the lower law is not easier.

Preparation day will have a lot of spare time (usually). You'll do laundry, emailing, shopping, and anything else you need to prepare for the week. The rest of the day is open for approved activities.

Sorry if that all was pretty dry. I'll tell you about something exciting next week.

Love you, Nathan!
Elder Rice

To: Everyone
Date: December 24, 2016 at 1:53 PM
Subject: Epistle General

Well, I'm talking to all of you tomorrow, so I guess I won't say much in this email. Just wanted to let you know, I'll be jumping on around 3:15 using FaceTime. I've got pictures this time!

Lost my name tag for a minute. Modified Elder R.'s. No one ever noticed! (To be honest, nobody really reads the tag except for the Jesus Christ part.)

Not quite as good as the actual scene.

To: Jacob Rice
Date: December 24, 2016 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: Broseph

Guess what! Got another cool story! Make sure to share this one with everyone else. One of our investigators, S. C., came to our church for the first time this last week. We had been planning on setting a baptismal date with her all ready, but before we started to extend that date to her in the lesson, she told us a dream she had that Sunday. She saw Jesus Christ baptizing a large group of people and then he turned to her and said, "Prepare yourself for your new life!" She's getting baptized on February 15!

Well, that's it for now.

Love you, Jacob!
Elder Rice