"For God hath not given the spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND." 2 Timothy 1:7
Do not be afraid or ashamed of the gospel you bear, for Christ is your companion wherever you go!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August 5, 2012

Dad, I just have to say, I am an Elder not a Braden haha. It is a very important calling, so important. I'm in charge of saving souls and if I don’t do my best, I’m in trouble with Lord haha. Time flies like it’s nothing, next week is my 9 month mark, it’s going by so fast.   It was a great week to meet with President Kezerian and get some great advice on how to be a more effective missionary for my Savior. President Kezerian told me in our interview last week that I need to get moving just a little faster because my mission is getting shorter and shorter...and it definitely is.  President Kezerian has deeply inspired my life, he helped me so much last week it is amazing.  He told me the Lord loves me and that He wants me here at this time. He said I am doing what the Lord wants me to do.  President also said that he vividly knew I should be here in Napier at this time because the Lord vividly revealed it to him.  I believe that.  We have the Priesthood of God, the right to become Kings and Priests forever after the order of Melchezidek, to have Eternal Life even as our Father in Heaven has, which eternal life is the life God lives himself. We have the authority to have things revealed to us, to move mountains and create worlds without end if we are worthy, sanctified and willing.  It is this priesthood that caused that great miracle with Grandpa, that wasn’t coincidence, I know it was the power of God.  I read a book called "Drawing on the Powers of Heaven" it’s only 88 pages and it changed my life and my perspective.  You should find it and read it dad, it is absolutely amazing.

I’m glad to always hear of the great things going on back home.  I am over joyed to hear from you today mom.  It’s just been a rough week but we keep moving forward.  I sure hope people feel the spirit I take to their home, I pray it will always. People treat us like we are monsters haha. I know that this is the work of my Savior though so I will keep pushing right along!  I’m glad to prepare the lessons for family home evening haha, that’s awesome!  I have learned so much about the priesthood over the past few weeks and we truly don’t live up to our privilege to have the Priesthood, we always need to be working harder and harder so that we can use this great blessing of power righteously.  We need to be ready for the promptings of the spirit and in the right mindset to hear them so that we can be guided in the light of Christ. Thank you Mom for raising me to realize the great blessings and privileges we have.  I am truly humbled each and every day when I put my badge on to represent the Lord Jesus Christ in bringing our Father's children to the knowledge of the truth.  President Kezerian told me he had a Vivid revelation from the Lord to send me to this area to be District Leader at this time. I am truly blessed to have such a great mission President.  He told me that the Lord loves me and I just burst into tears, because you know me I always think I’m twenty steps behind the mark but I’m in fact twenty steps ahead.  I love my savior and I will burn as many shoes as I can in his service.

I haven’t got a suit yet, it’s going to cost me about 179 dollars here and if I need shoes another 50 so I am just saving my money up. I will let you know what I need and when I need it.  Mom can you just save what you are going to send me and send it for my birthday? then that’s the half way mark and I should be able to use it all for another year.  Thank you mom for your support temporally and spiritually. I am so grateful for you Mom.  And when you send something, can you cut it in half and I will give the other to my companion? Love you Mom!

Oh Mom, the members love me now! hahaha. I got myself loved. the oldest member in the branch calls me her "pakeha grandson" hahaha. Pakeha is like saying white people. We had a stake songfest on Saturday where each ward had to sing one hymn, a primary song and a fun song and then they had five minutes to dance on stage. Well our priesthood is relatively small so I got to participate in the songfest.  Well we sang you can make the pathway bright, you are my sunshine and Jesus wants me for a sunbeam then danced to dancing queen and waterloo by Abba hahahaha. Well Mom I went all out and had everyone laughing so hard as I was dancing in my suit, some of the members got me on camera so I will see if I can get the footage for you because It was absolutely hilarious, well our ward won a prize for it so I was happy and as I was walking off stage everyone was like "ki ora elder' "great dancing elder" "good one bro." hahahaha. It was so funny. So all the kids and the members and the youth love me to pieces now so when I asked for referrals they all hop skipped jumped to give us some people to visit hahaha. I will look for that lady that Shae met. She is lucky she mixed up the nationality in America because it wouldn’t have been good if she mixed it up here ha-ha, aussies and kiwis are like PG and AF ha-ha. 

I am glad Brooklyn found the good things out of girls camp, sounds like me after scout camp haha.  Love you Brooklyn! I hope they both had fun!! 

Well Trevan this is it man, moving out and becoming a man! Good luck with everything my brother. keep working hard and please remember nothing matters but eternal life, that place is full of party kids, have the courage to say no and remember the Lord is with you wherever you go! I hope you have a great few weeks left with the family! Prepare well to move because it makes for a happy life! Love you my brother.

Oh wow that’s uhm.....that’s not good. Was it the same knee she had problems with before? oh no! Well I better pray for her right now.  Did it slice any tendons or ACL or mcl or meniscus or anything? Far out.  Well she shouldn’t of said bring it on.  I believe in the priesthood of God, if she was blessed to heal and serve a faithful mission she will, especially if the blessing came from her father!  I know it’s the power of God, she will be healed just like anyone. \

Tell her it’s okay, the Lord loves her and he wants the best for her. He knew this was coming, he's coming to the rescue.  He will provide for her, she doesn’t need to worry about the money, the Lord wants her testimony and her divine gift to love everyone around her. I hope she's okay. She will be healed sooner than she thinks, give it 9 weeks, that’s right 3 weeks early! hahaha. :) Hang in there Jessica, the pain will be gone.  Mom have her read Revelation chapter 2-4 and to look for all the verses with the word "overcome" and to look at everything she is promised!! And also to read D&C 122.

I love you Mommy! thank you for everything, all your love, support and care for me.  I am working hard for you, all is going well here.  I am excited to serve the Lord for another 14 months.  I love you. Keep moving forward Mom.

Hey Dad, I hope those agents figure it out before my two years are up or they might lose their Job to me, I will be pre-trained in sales :)  hahaha.  I pray for you every night dad to have the perseverance and the patience to keep moving forward in this Job you have been in for 22 years  keep up the hard work dad.  I think I finally realize how hard it really is doing the same job everyday, the same things over and over again.  But It’s a blessing to have a job and it’s a blessing to be a missionary.  I found that if we let ourselves look negative at things, we just get more frustrated and tired.  Keep going strong Dad.  I want you to read Revelation chapters 2-4 and pick out all of the verses that use the word "overcome." and look at all the blessings that come when we overcome things in this life temporal and spiritual. And I know Heavenly Father doesn’t get annoyed, I think he just laughs at us :) hahahaha.

That is so awesome those two trips you had with Trevan, wish I could be there, but I’m here. That’s great you are spending as much time with him as possible. I really enjoyed all the things we did right before I left, I really appreciate it dad.  I love you so much for the many opportunities you have given me to learn, experience and grow in this life. Thank you Dad.

I hope you all have a great time at Lake Powell!! Make sure someone does the seal action and noises :) hahaha.  Don’t get to tan, I might mistake you for a Maori when I get home haha. Thanks for the email Dad and the great fishing stories, I know the 18 inch cutthroat will be 24 inches by the time I get home :) hahahaq. Love you Dad, have a great week.

Love Elder Cottle  

July 29, 2012

You are more than welcome for the pictures. Its about time i get them emailed to you. I was not able to print pictures last week. I am in the city today though so I can get some printed! I am on exchange with Elder Heinricks from Alberta Canada! He is the Zone Leader here, an awesome missionary.  I'm glad you liked the pictures Mom.  It has been a great week, we have some good people to teach the gospel this week, it will be alot of fun.  I work with the members alot in the area and I was able to go on a few trade offs this week.  I have been blessed to have many experiences with the spirit this week using the Priesthood of God. We are so blessed to have the Priesthood of God is a blessing far beyond our level of understanding. The authority to bless the sick and dishearted is a great blessing. 

I have some great friends in this ward, Bro. Mowser, Bro. Maaka, Biship Tohiariki, Bro. and Sis. Halbert. I always have great relationships with the members for some reason.  Everyday is knock knock knock here.  I'm excited for the blessings that will come because of patience.

This week I was able to attend a Melchezidek Priesthood Fireside where a man Henewini (Selwyn) Jones spoke. (look him up on the internet, he is basically new zealands John Bytheway.) He is so awesome. He spoke on Covenants and the Priesthood.  In Exodus we learn about how covenants were made.  The covenants were made through a sacrifice, (our covenants are made by the sacrifice of Christ and also the sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit) by taking an unblemished animal usually a lamb . And when the lamb was sacrificed, the covenant was made.  And where there is a covenant there is a penalty for breaking the covenant.  When they made covenants they promised God to keep the covenant and receive the penalty for breaking it if they broke the promise. Well the penalty for breaking the covenant was that what they did to sacrifice the animal would happen to them. Crazy huh? Well we learn that when Judas, Christ's apostle broke the covenant and betrayed Jesus, he was hung and his insides spilled out (just like the animal used for the sacrifice).  Crazy! Our covenants are so serious. 

 Then He talked about the Priesthood and took us to the Doctrine and covenants and also Timothy in the bible where it talks about perilous times.  He said that the Priesthood of God could stop an atomic bomb, a pandemic, a plague, a war even if we SANCTIFY OURSELVES then he gave ten points to sanctify ourselves.  1. Morning and evening prayers individual and family. 2. Live worthy of the companionship of the holy ghost by keeping all commandaments 3. Maintain love trust and understanding, and also support in the family unit 4. Maintain positive thoughts actions and conversation, anger will drive the holy ghost and it will take a long time to get it back. 5. Keep fit and healthy with regular exercise and good eating and sleeping habits. 6. Stand in holy places and accept counsel from leaders 7. Be involved daily in missionary work 8. Live the word of wisdom to the fullest and maintain high moral standard, be honest and true. 9. have short and long term goals. work and save to achieve them. 10. Renew Covenants weekly and keep the sabbath day holy.  (sorry two more :) 11. Give service regularly. 12. Regular temple attendance.  Remember, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to sanctify ourselves and get in the habit of these twelve things but we are promised to be so powerful in the priesthood that we can use it to heal the sick, and even raise the dead and help the blind to see and even move mountains.  If we can exercise faith enought to sanctify ourselves and keep all the commandments removing ourselves from the world, we have faith enought to move mountains!

It is great to hear from you mom, please give this message to the whole family for family night tonight.

That is so awesome Trevan is up on the wakeboard now! :) And Jessica can take my spot (and my life jacket if she makes it smell good :) on the boat at lake powel only if she promises to do a 360 backflip aeriel on the wakeboard and sends me a picture of it :) hahahaha, nah! Jokes. Go have fun Jessica! I hope you all have a great trip to lake powell send me pictures okay???  It sounds like you are all doing great! Brooklyn congrats on lead Cello.  Girls keep staying beautiful! :)

Sorry time is short.
I love you all with all my heart, might mind and soul.

Love Elder Cottle

Dear Mount Mahogany 8th Ward Young Men July 15, 2012

Dear Bro. Chris Blackhurst & MM 8th Ward Young Men.

Having been on the mission for eight months to the day now, I have learned many things about life and especially about the Gospel of Jesus Christ that I could have learned no where else in the world.  I have been thankful for what I had done to prepare to serve the Lord for two years but also wish I could go back and do a few things to prepare more effectively.  I am thankful for the work ethic I fostered before coming out here because without it I would have been wasting my time.  Above all things, hard work pays the most and goes the furthest.  Here are a few suggestions for each of you to prepare effectively to serve the mission.

1. Read the Book of Mormon, Study it!

2. Read the Bible, at least the New Testament.  The world knows the Bible and if you know the Bible, you can have a greater influence on people.    You can link the Bible to the Book of Mormon in many ways.  Study and find those links. Find the links to the Restoration.

3. Study Preach My Gospel.  Get Familiar with the lessons now, get familiar with the mission schedule. If you think you can learn them in the MTC,   you are mistaken.  There are so many things that go on in the mission field you don't have time to learn the doctrines last minute.  Start now.

"Before ye seek to declare my word, seek to obtain my word."

 In the mission we declare the word of God, so seek to obtain it now!

4. Begin Talking with everyone you come in contact with, practice starting conversations and getting to know people quickly.  I have seen so much   time wasted because missionaries are scared to talk with people.  You are expected to talk with 150-200 people every week and have a gospel   discussion with them. Become a talker now, develop those people skills.

 2 Timothy 1:7-"For God hath not given the spirit of fear, but of POWER   and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND." Do not be afraid or ashamed of the gospel you bear, for Christ is your companion wherever you go!

5. Be Prepared! When you get to the mission field you get trained for 12 weeks, after those 12 you could be training like me haha. And after only seven   months you could be a district leader, I’ve seen missionaries become leaders in the mission after just three months. Be prepared to take anything   by the horns.

6. BE EXACTLY OBEDIENT. Obedience is the price we pay for miracles. By obedience we show our faith to our Heavenly Father.  By obedience  we obtain the spirit and without the spirit we cannot do anything! Practice being submissive, obedient and humble.  At times wethink  rules are dumb  but they are there for our joy and happiness, just accept them as they come. Pray for strength.

7. Do Everything to make your testimony hard as rock.  "Remember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer who is Christ the son of God that  ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea his shafts in the whirlwind, yea when all his hail and his   mighty storm shall beat upon you it shall have no pwer over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon  which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, wheron if men build they cannot fall."  The Lord is building us into men on the mission. And we can   recieve no witness until after the trial of our faith.  Our faith is constantly tested and tried in the mission field. Build upon that rock now so that you   will not be shaken in anything.

The mission is awesome! You will meet great people, you will see miracles, your faith will become as iron. You will come to know the gospel more vastly. The Gospel is so complete and so simple yet so complicated, we learn more everyday, but we can learn more and faster than ever on the mission.

The mission is 10 years of university, only the professor is God Himself, all powerful, all loving all knowledgable.  You gain skills and trades here far beyond anything you can learn at home.  Maybe sometimes we feel the gospel is boring, church is boring, the scriptures are boring.  Above all, I testify that The Gospel of Christ is everything! Nothing else matters.  Ipod, X-box, computer, facebook, movies, tv..you name all the material things of the world and it all adds up to nothing.  Money cannot buy salvation, it cannot purchase true happiness. Only Christ can purchase true happiness and salvation through His blood. Come unto Him and purchase bread without money and without price. Bring other to Him. Come on a mission and experience the greatest blessing of life. Come experience the joy, the treasures, the wisdom. Nothing else matters!

In Mosiah Chapter 9 we learn about the people of Zeniff and their war with the Lamanites to take back their own land.  Zeniff arms the people with bows, arrows, cimeters, swords, clubs and all manner of weapons of war that they could INVENT! They took upon themselves the full armor of God, the breastplate of faith, the helmet of salvation the sword of truth. They prayed and supplicated with the Lord that they might be successful that the Lord would deliver them!  God hear their prayers and delivered them out of the hands of the Lamanites.  Now liken this to yourselves. Prepare for battle, your time is almost here. It comes quick.  Take upon yourselves the full armor of God, pray for strength, arm yourselves with all manner of weapons that you can INVENT!  The scriptures, your prayers, your fasting, your love for the Savior, take up all these weapons and join the ranks!

I Testify that this is the Work of Our Savior Jesus Christ, this is His great and marvelous work and a wonder.  Fill yourselves with the attributes of Christ, learn them in PMG chapter 6.  They will bless you.  Drink deeply from the words of life in the scriptures daily, they will bless your life. I Testify that God lives, He has a great plan for us, Christ Lives, He has saved us from sin and death.  Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, Christ directs His church through Him. Joseph Smith did see God the Father and His son Jesus Christ He was a prophet of God! The Book of Mormon is True.

 In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Braden Cottle

New Zealand Wellington Mission

Missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ

New Zealand Pictures 2012

Elder Cottle Waitara New Zealand
Elder Cottle with Xavier , Elder Ross and Elder Fafita

This one's for Dad and Trevan

Xavier's Baptism

July 22, 2012

Well I’m glad I was able to send a letter to the YM . That’s great! I have many weaknesses but I am blessed with the ability to articulate and convey my thoughts and feelings and knowledge (the little I have)  You know those things I said in my letter to them are very real, it is scary how real they are.  Miracles don’t just come to us, miracles can only be experienced and opened by a triple tumbler combination lock. One tumbler falls when we exercise faith to pray, the next tumbler falls according to our personal righteousness, and the last tumbler falls in place if the thing we ask for is expedient in his infinite wisdom. So yes exact obedience is the price we pay for miracles. Miracles fill the hunger of our spirit, just like buying food at the grocery store to fill our physical hunger, we must also check out with the miracle. These things are not just free, but the Lord has shown us the way to acquire all things we stand in need of through faith, prayer, and obedience. I’m glad that those young men were able to take something away from the things I had to say.
I'm glad to hear that Trevan was able to make it to the High Adventure Camp! I hope he is doing better.  Ironically we just gave a priesthood blessing to a little girl who just had her tonsils out, she had a website up on her computer that allowed her to type what she had to say then the computer would say it, pretty cool. That camp must have been awesome, I glad dad and Trevan had such a great time. Dad is going on all these fishing trips now that I’m gone, I must be bad luck.....keep catching those fish dad cus when I get home, no more fish :) hahaha. Hope you and Trevan have a great time on the fishing trip at Island Park! Hey Trevan, hope you feel better man, keep being strong dude.  You sound like you are getting huge man! I better step up my work out in the morning or you will be stronger and taller one day ha-ha.

Brooklyn, I am so proud of you, soloing in front of hundreds of people! shux! keep up the good voice. Everyday I practice the hymns and try to sing like you but it just doesn’t work so I started singing while pulling back and forth on the skin of my neck, my companion can’t stop laughing when I do that! :) Keep practicing that violin and cello, haha, keep doing so well at sounding out the song :) Shaelynne, stop driving so much! can you even see over the steering wheel? hahaha, just kidding. That must be exciting having all that freedom to drive and take Brooklyn everywhere and do fun things.  Continue to be safe. Don’t ever drive before having a prayer of faith for safety!
Who is reading their scriptures everyday????? I have a challenge. Finish the Book of Mormon by Christmas! Will you all strive to finish by Christmas?? I promise that as you read the Book of Mormon, you can apply everything you learn to your everyday life, it takes some thought, but I promise that it will bless you in your life, you will have more strength to do the many busy things you have to do, you will feel the peace and love of our heavenly father enter in your hearts, you will feel the holy spirit leading you and guiding you, you will have increase desire and strength to choose the right! 

My area is going okay.  Those baptism dates were for a couple of younger boys and they fell through because we want to get the whole family. Everyday we experience miracles on the streets we knock.  On Friday we knocked all day long! We found this  man named Morris who told us about some experiences he has had through prayer, he got a job, he is now able to buy a house for his family and then he said, "and now you two show up to my door." we gave him a Book of Mormon and then taught the entire first lesson there on his doorstep.  We have given out more than six BOM's this week so our area is getting blessed. My companion Elder Eneri was able to do his first baptism this week in the sisters area for a Kirabus family.  That was a neat experience. The girl had a big fluffy white dress on so He had to dunk her for practice then baptize :) Elder Eneri put her under the water then kept pushing the dress down haha, I wish I could show you what it looked like.  What a neat experience.  There are people getting baptized in my last area and in New Plymouth where I worked for three weeks. Things are going well.  I’m excited for the things ahead.  I have 100% of the members trust here in Omahu ward in Napier. It’s awesome. Yesterday I was able to give four priesthood blessings to people with the flu.  There is a flu epidemic in new Zealand and its knocking everyone flat, I thought I got it this morning but it was just that dumb migraine I get once in a while. but Christchurch has a lot of people in the hospital, anyways, remember in your prayers.  Christchurch must be a wicked place, earthquakes and plagues. 
Keep up the great work family, I love you all.
Love Elder Cottle.

P.S. Mom thank you for always thinking of me, I can feel your love everyday. I am doing good on my uniform, Just go day by day.  I have really learned how to sew by hand haha!  I will let you know what else I need :) Thank You mom!!! I’m getting pictures today and am also attaching some to this email.

July 15, 2012

It has been a great week in my new area in the Omahu ward. We get fed every night of the week and Im becoming a big boy :) haha. I am safe from my bike crash, not a scratch on me just had pound to the ground :) but i am lucky there wasnt a car because I wrecked into the middle of the road haha :) Miracles happen!
I dont know whats going on with me out here, Im growing, changing, and who knows what next.  My first week as District Leader went well.  The District Leader is responsible for conveying information from the mission President to the other missionaries, every week we have a District meeting where we help eachother learn how to become better missionaries. I am in charge of six missionaries and all of their areas. I record numbers for each companionship and add them together and send them into the zone.  Last night was a late night, didnt get down until 11pm, I guess thats what happens. I was on the phone with the Zone Leaders until 1030 sorting things out for the district.  My area isnt doing to well but since district meeting on thursday the other two areas in the district caught on fire.  The sisters in the district set four baptism dates and have 15 progressing investigators. The Zone leader set two baptism dates and have 7 progressing. We have two dates  and only 2 progressing so everyday is knock knock who's there. haha. ITs great though.  Im sorry I dont have much time again.  I am terrible.  We actually have more of a work day than a p-day today haha.
Thank you for helping me out mom :) You're the best at working everything out haha!
Its great to hear about Jessica, you and the family are very kind and loving to her.  Thats awesome thank you.  Thats cool to hear that you went over when she opened her call.  I know she has strong faith, she is excited.  I know that she is called there for a wise purpose in God.  She will be great, I mean look at the sisters in my district.
I will keep Trevan in my prayers.
I Love you ! :)

Love, Elder Braden Cottle

July 8, 2012

Yeah Elder Tamale has gone home.  He was sad to leave but now im in his area with his companion :) I took 100 dollars out of that account because I need to buy a suit when I find a good deal, I gave one to Elder Temahuki, he really needed it. And the one that Elder tamale gave me I am giving to Elder Eneri my companion. So Im left to one suit thats getting pretty tight haha. But I haven't bought a suit yet, you know me, I will look for the best deals haha. I will do pictures today I promise. Thank you for reminding me. Ive been meaning to do it it was just hard, didnt get to do anything I wanted with my last companion. Its great to be here in the Omahu Ward in Napier, awesome place, we have a dinner appointment every night of the week!!! Im really going to gain weight now! haha. Its funny being district leader to the zone leaders and the sisters, all older in the mission haha. I must need to learn something!  Its been good here we have a ward missionary, Rodney, he comes with us everyday, he is with us right now too haha. We have some good laughs. 
Crazy Shae is drivin on the road now? watch out!!! first they hit the curb then the mailboxes :) hahaha. Awesome shae!! Trevan is too big for a motorcycle haha. What is he thinking? tell him mission first, think mission first. jBrooklyn sang at the Roundup??? What!! Go cowgirl brooklyn! Keep up the great talents and hard work!

I have a new favorite scripture, 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind...Therefore be partakers in the afflictions of Christ"

Love Elder Cottle

Dear Mom,
My travel to my new area was great, 8 hours on the bus haha. Im excited to be here and to have the opportunity to serve as a District Leader. The Area is low in investigators so Elder Eneri and I are knocking doors everyday! The ward mission leader is 75 years old but still going hard. The Bishop is great. Im excited to be in a real chapel in a real ward again :) haha. Elder Tamale did well here so im excited to follow him up. The Earthquake was a 7.0 but was very deep in the earth, thats why it traveled so far but didnt do so much damage. Ive learned alot about earthquakes here. There is the size of the waves then the depth of the wave then the shape of of wave that they account for. I am okay and as a matter of fact we were only 50 kilometers away from the point and didnt even feel it. I think Mt Taranaki blocked the waves where Waitara is at. I am very excited to be in this wonderful area to start fresh and to work harder than ever!

Thats a great story you shared with me about the seminary teacher and the student. When kids would be disobedient in our seminary class, Bro Macfarlane would do 10 pushups for everythings the class did wrong during the day. thats when I was the class seminary president. It was similiar the kids learned alot about the atonement of Jesus Christ. Thankyou mom for the wonderful emails.
I will write for bro. blackhurst and send it in an email next week!! I hope thats okay, i dont have time today on the computer.

I love you Mom, thank you for everything you do!! I just want to let you know I might be buying a suit soon, and my white shirts are depleting, also my shoes are near worn out, both haha! the ones with the square toe are running really thin. So you can be pleased to know im working hard :) I love you all lots!! Keep up the great work and be safe. Dont forget your scriptures and your prayers everynight!!!

Love Elder Cottle

P.S. This week after being dropped off in my new area with Elder Eneri, we were riding the bikes back to the flat in the dark...I was dumb riding no handed and looking all around the area. I turned and looked at my companion in front of me and realized I was going to hit him. Well you know how we have the rear brakes on the right hand and the front brakes on the left hand in the states? yeah its opposite here and I grabbed the front break and went head over in my suit onto the ground hahahahahahhahaha, But I walked away without a scratch hahaha. Miracles! Angels must have caught me. I popped up like i used to in football and lacrosse and my companion was like "are you okay?!" I was like yeah that was nothing, lets go. hahahaha. He just stood there and laughed. so my first hours in my new area were pretty awesome!! So the flat was really dirty but today we made it spick and span. We worked bpretty hard the past few days and have five new investigators to go visit this week. All is well! Thank you Mom, I love you!

July 1, 2012

Happy Birthday DAD!!!
Hope you have a fantastic day. 47 this year huh? Wow. :) I sent a card, I hope you got it by now, if not, sorry.  I found out about transfers on Saturday morning.  Well I finished training here in Waitara and I am leaving. I am going to Omahu, Napier in Hawks Bay, the paradise of the mission, I knew being obedient would pay off.  And here is the crazy news, President Kezerian called on Saturday morning, we are not supposed to know about transfers until the Monday, but he called Saturday and thanked me for training and for doing a good job in my area. Then He told me I would be moving to Omahu, Napier Area....Where I will be serving as a District Leader. I will be with a missionary from the Kirabus Islands Elder Eneri. Funny thing is my Trainer Elder Tamale was is the district leader in the area I am going to and he is going home this week, and I'm going to take his place.

Last night we were visiting all our members in the area and one of our members Bro. McDonald came home with a bunch of Lamprey Eeels, didnt even kill them and threw them in the oven alive.  Then he gave us a big feed of eels.  I ate four of them. Guts and all, man they are good! We get the best seafood down here. Its been a great week and Im looking forward to my new area.  All the missionaries in the district are older than me so its going to be funny being the district leader. But I came here to Serve the Savior and make my family proud so im taking the steps and doing my best. Thank you dad for the email.  Good to hear from you. I hope you have a great birthday! Love you

Mom, How are you today? Im so sorry I havent sent letters for a while, I havn't even got around to sending pictures, im so sorry. My whole mind and strength is towards helping my companion  and serve this branch.  Now Im going District Leader so I will be super busy now! I love you, I promise, I know the best way to show it is to do my best out here and make you proud.  I am doing well and am happy

I love you MOm

Love Elder Cottle

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