Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Buena Vista



Sounds like things are really heating up back home... yikes. haha Here it is the complete opposite. We have had some record lows and snow even fell in Santiago which is pretty crazy that doesnt happen all too often so everyone was pretty excited about that. Out here in the coast we didnt get any snow just some good cold is all.

This week was a great one. President gave us the idea to organize soccer games at night time in the church with the lights on so we started that this week and had a great turn out of members and kids and even some investigators. After the game Elder Clements and I got picked up by a member family from a ward in my last zone who recognized me and invited us over to their condo to have once with them. So that was pretty cool we got to have some good completos with them and then headed back home that night.

We helped Sandra and Braulio (the worlds bigget pool people) move their condos they moved from a really nice place to a super nice place... haha we had to drag their fridge across a bunch of sand. That

was another one of those who would have ever thought moments. Dragging a fridge across some man made beach in chile. Just another day in the life I guess.


We also had divisions this week and I got to go with Elder Tiev. How crazy right? So that was fun to be his first division in the mission. He is already speaking spanish well and it was good to work a day with him. This last week we found a family that is super cool.

they are name Guillermo and Sylvia and Florencia and Javier. It is not often that you find an entire family that is interested that have never heard about the church before but they are super cool and are already in love with the idea of going to the celestial kingdom together. I am also in love with the idea of them being able to do that.

We are also working with a bunch of part member families who have kids that are ready to get baptized and helping them come back to church and remember about all the things that they have learned. 

I hope that everyone is doing well and that nobody is going to have any more forest fires this week. Lets try to just chill out a little ok?? 

Keep on keepin on.

Elder Holdstock

PS.

This was from a letter sent home by Elder Tiev this week:
This week was a really, really long week but at the same time it felt like it flew by. First off lets start on tuesday! I had a great time spending the whole day and night with the One and Only ELDER HOLDSTOCK! Ah It was such a great experience and anybody who knew him I bet you could understand what I mean when I say he´s an amazing missionary. Nothing less than you'd expect and I look up to the example he's set. I learned a lot from him. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Low Key

This week was a pretty low key one. We had a good Sunday yesterday and had quite a few people in church. The vacation season is starting up again for winter break out here so El Quisco is filling up quite a bit but not with people that live here but with people who are visiting from out of town. I cant remember if I ever told you but the worlds biggest pool (or so they say) is in our Sector. It is called San Alfonso Del Mar. and it really is huge. It is like a giant 6 building hotel and along the entire length of it is this huge swimming pool. Anyway the general manager of that entire place is a member. And his wife is not. So we teach her.
Image result for san alfonso del mar

This place is pretty crazy because the diversity is incredible. We can go from teaching someone who lives in the garage of someones summer home to teaching someone who lives in a pent house over looking the worlds biggest pool in the same day. What that means is that the gospel doesnt have a demographic. It is for literally everyone. Doesnt matter where you live or how you live the light of Christ can and will reach you if you allow it to.
A lot of time though it takes a little bit of a sacrifice to live the gospel and qualify for its blessings. One of my favorite scriptures this week Is Ether 12:6 That talks about how god will bless us but never before we exercise our faith.
But the Lord will always bless us if we exercise our faith. He will always make us better buoy us up and help us progress. And if endure well God promises to visit us.
Mosiah 14:14 And will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that evenyou cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will do thatye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of surety that I, theLord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

It sounds like you all had a great fourth of July!! We celebrated here with our ward mission leader who gave us some barbeque so that was pretty great! I hope that you celebrated with lots of Fireworks and that Abby can run faster and jump higher now that she is 11!

Elder Holdstock

Monday, July 3, 2017

I saw a pillar of light this week.




hehe. This is just a little bit a way from our house out here in Algarrobo.

This week we had a good week! We had a normal sunday without rain and in our chapel so people actually came to church! We have found some pretty cool people too. 

Last night we taught a bunch of haitians that asked us all the right questions like how do we know which of all the churches are true? and How can I follow Jesus Christ?? And How can I go on a mission like you guys? When lessons like that happen you always look around to make sure that there arent any hidden cameras and that we are not getting punked. 

We helped reconstruct some houses this last week as well because the investigators of another sector had a house burn down a little bit. So that was fun to help them build a little bit. 

July 4th Manana!!! WE are pretty excited. Our ward mission leader has invited us over to a barbeque so that we can celebrate Independence day correctly. Chile lost yesterday so there were no fireworks that I could just call 4th of july fireworks. So that was too bad. But it was also funny because everyone asked me if I was German.... everyone always thinks I am german. 

I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well! Sounds like you are enjoying summer.

This week we also ate with some members. The wife is canadian and the husband is chilean but he speaks english perfectly. They live Like an hour up a canyon on top of this little mountain. But every once in a while you have moments in your life where you realize where you are and what youre doing and it is just like wow... who would have imagined. And that was one of them. How many people can say that they are a missionary eating lunch with a canadian chilean family on top of a mountain on the coast of Chile with 4 rotweilers outside??

The mission is pretty cool. Hope everyone enjoys the fireworks.

Keep it up.

Elder Holdstock

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

River Rafting in June


Monday, June 19, 2017

AAHHHLOO


Week one from the coast has come to a close but it has been a great one! We had a baptism this week... not really but kind of.. haha. So what happend is that at the end of last change the other sector in our ward baptized a little 8 year old girl. Because our ward is huuuuge so there are four missionaries in it. But turns out that the missionary that baptized her used his left arm... and that doesnt fly... you have to use your right arm to baptize someone... but they realized the mistake and so we had to baptize her again... but she ended up choosing elder Clements to baptize her this time because the other missionary had had transfers. Anyway we got her baptized again and this time it counts. except she didnt show up yesterday to get confirmed soooo she might have to get baptized 3 times.... haha.



This week I have just been getting to know the sector because it is very large. It is like 5 different coastal cities. I dont think I will ever know all of it. I have been feeling like I am on the oregon coast because there is tons of forest but it is right on the beach too. It is way pretty.
When it rains out here it pours. on friday we had a training in a different part of the mission so we had to take a bus out for that... but when we got back home it was raining sooo hard holy. we ran home and found that all our lights are out. so we had to go to the store and buy candles. On the way to the store a huge bus drove by and drennnnnched us it was just really funny. we were soaked. But we got home and lit all the candles right as the power came back.
Look who I found!! Elder Tiev just got here! He is actually in my district. so that is pretty cool.



Sometimes to go from one part of the sector to the other it is faster to go through the forests so we go hiking every once in a while too.... 


Yesterday we had a 4th floor last door moment as we had been knocking doors alll day just trying to find someone and it was super late and when it is cold and late the chileans have even more excuses to not let you in... but we got to the end of a super long street and knocked the last house on it and the guy let us in automatically. They were super cool so we hope they can progress lots!
i hope everyone is having a great summer so far!!

Rip it up.

Elder Holdstock

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

AHHLO

Changes happened yesterday. I am now on the other side of the mission in El Quisco. It is a little beach town. It is one of the biggest sectors in the mission because most of the houses here are empty during the winter because it is like a tourist area where people come from out of town to stay for the summer. And you will never guess who my companion is.... Elder Clements. The guy that you guys met in skype. We actually used to be companions for a few minutes back in my first sector. But now we are officially together. It is kinda crazy! But we are excited. 

My last week in Ochagavia was awesome. We had a lot of cool things happen. I cant remember if I told you about Hector or not.. but Hector is a guy that used to go to church like a long long time ago. But when we knocked on his door. it was super late and so he asked us immediately to come back another day. We went back and taught him and he was super awesome. Anyway this week he had to get to church so that he could work towards his baptism... but the problem is that he is a super involved guy in the community he has a lot of leadership positions in lots of organizations and things like that. But we told him that we really knew that he would love church. We read 1 nephi 3:7 with him which talks about that the lord will prepare that way for us to keep his commandments. And without us saying anything Hector said that he wasnt the type of guy to put things off. So he picked up his phone and called his son to cancel their commitment sunday and then after the lesson went to resign from one of his organizations so that he would be able to go to church on sunday. It was an incredible example of faith that Hector showed. Sometimes you leave lessons and just dont even believe what happened.

I went to say goodbye to mario who is that spouse of the russian orthodox I think I have talked about before. He is a cool guy. but when we were leaving he asked if one of us had a dad that was a doctor... So I said that I did. And he just laughed a little. Then he told us that he had seen like a flash forward sort of thing (He has told us that he has flash forwards sometimes. Like de ja vu but reverse where he sees something that will happen in the future weird I know) But that I was there with his family. And a doctor so that was kinda crazy that he saw that... who knows maybe someday we will all be back here. 

I hope that everyone is getting off to a great start of their summer!! Thanks for keeping me updated on everything! I love hearing from ya. 

Keep on keepin on.

Elder Holdstock


This is Elder Donoso.  He gets left with a member family and they are supposed to share the contents of his backpack with their non-member friends.




Elder Lunt.  This is the companion Clayton just left as he headed for his new area.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hola hola hola!

we are entering into our last week of the change. The entire mission is pretty much leaving these next 2 changes so we are going to be super super super young. Like we are going to be receiving close to 40 new missionaries in the next 3 months. So things are pretty crazy right now. 

Our week was great though. We have been finding a lot of awesome people this week. Our tactic is we literally just talk to everyone and anyone. If they are in the street in their house doesnt matter we just talk to them. We met this guy named jose this week in the street. Jose has one of the coolest mustaches I have ever seen and is 24 years old. He lives in front of the church actually but has never been in his life. He went with us this last sunday and had a great time. 

We also met a guy named Hector who when we knocked on his door said I was wanting to talk to you guys can you come by tomorrow?? And so of course we said yes.. but we tried to act cool about it ya feel? but turns out he went to church like thirty years ago for like 6 months but never got baptized and is like rearranging his whole schedule so he can go to church on sundays. 

Fabiano is coming along slowly but surely. We are just super homies with him... and we decided to tell him that his baptismal interview was this week even though we still arent even sure if he wants to get baptized or not.. but he has been an investigator for 15 years so all rules are off... hehe just kidding but pray for him because he is the only piece of the puzzle that is missing so that some day his family can get sealed in the temple. 

I hope everything is great at home... it sounds like there is a little bit of savagery when it comes to soccer. that is what I am talking about. 

Elder Holdstock

Monday, May 29, 2017

AHHHLOOO (that´s how you get people to come to the door in chile)

This week was great! We were able to have a visit from Elder Packard of the 70 this past week and he gave us some great trainings. He served as a mission president in Spain a long time ago and just taught us things that will help us be better teachers and better missionaries. He and his wife both speak spanish so that was fun that they were able to talk to everyone themselves without a translator. One of the things he talked about was helping investigators connect the dots. Like in a dot to dot. The gospel of Jesus Christ is like that. There are lots of principles we teach but every principle has a reason and a connecting line that helps create the image of eternal life and exaltation. 

Yesterday in the Gospel principles class they were talking about baptism and a recent convert named San Louis was there. He is haitian and just a funny guy. Anyway the teacher was talking about how when she got baptized she had to use both of her hands to plug her ears because for some reason she cant let water into her ears. But when he heard that he just thought it was so funny for some reason and just died laughing and he has a laugh that is super contagious and so of course the rest of us died too. We were there like 5 minutes just laughing... If you didnt laugh this week you gotta do it again because laughing is life.

Karina got baptized this last week as well! Her mom is a member of about 3 years. She used to be Adventista I am not really sure how to say that in english but you get the idea. But this week she finally felt ready to take that step and get baptized so that was awesome to see her make that decision.

Elder Donoso has also been hard at work. He was with a family this week named the nuñez family and the mom used to be a sister missionary in washington dc so she speaks pretty decent english but we were in their apartment building and we had just finished up teaching a lesson and were coming down the stairs when I saw hermana nuñez outside a door and she just looked at me and said élder this lady wants to receive you guys. She decided that her and her daughter would just take out elder donoso and start knocking a few doors in her building when she found this young girl who has been passing through some hard times and invited her to listen to us. I was blown away that this lady just went out and started knocking doors in her apartment building to find someone for us to teach. We are going to have a lesson with her new friend this week. 

We are also teaching another man named Fabiano who is the dad of a family of members. he is from Rio De Janeiro and is such a homie. He used to never go to church with his family but has started to go just recently. He always wears a beanie so we are trying to find out if he can just wear a white beanie when he gets baptized. haha just kidding but he is awesome he just has a little bit of fear about making a commitment and not being able to keep it or falling after he has been made clean. But that is the best part about Jesus is that everytime we come to him with a sincere heart he will help us and lift us up.

We have so many great people here in our sector and so many people that are already changing their lives and becoming better people. That is what the great part about being a missionary is. Seeing how people change based on their love for our savior. He loves us and he only asks that we give a portion of that love back to him. 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

Elder Holdstock

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Miracles

This week we were blessed to see lots of miracles and lots of tender mercies. At the end of last week were a Little bit out of breath we felt like we had done all we could and just hadn't seen the fruits of any of our labors. But this week we just decided to refocus set new goals put our faith in the lord and do are part. It is incredible how the lord will always bless us with what we need in the very momento we need it. Not when we always think we do but when he knows it is prudent.

We have been teaching a girl named Karina for over a change, she is the daughter of a convert and has been coming to church for a while now. She used to be Adventist but has been receiving the lessons from us.. We didnt feel like she had a ton of interest though and didn't really know what we could do to help her even progress at all. But this week we went and had a lesson with her and it is one time in my life that I can say that I don't remember what we said but it felt good and she accepted everything we had to invite her to do. It was a miracle to see how the lord Works in his own time.

Margot came to church this week which was awesome it has been four or five weeks of trying to get her to come and something always would happen and she wouldnt be able to. But this time she got there. I am certain she had the time of her life. after sunday school I told her she had to go to another class with all the women and she just said 'oh how fun'. 

Sometimes I cant remember what I have told in my emails and no so sorry if I ever repeat things.. RIP. but our first day together we met a menos activa named gabriella. And the best thing about menos activas is that sometimes they have kids who arent baptized. We were actually looking for someone else when we found her and she helped us find where we were going and we started to converse with her and found out she was a member. She told us her husband was in the hospital and about to have surgery and really sick. She asked if we could go give him a blessing unfortunaltely we couldnt because it was outside of our misión but we told her we would have someone from the Ward take care of him. The bishop sent one of his counselors to give the blessing to this hermano. Anyway we went and visited them and we met the guy that was sick and he told us he was completely healed that they did surgery and the next day he was healed. Hermana Gabriella has come to church two sundays in a row now and is a great example to her family.

Just always remember that with prayers of faith and action God will bless you and lift you beyond the potential that you know but he will lift you to the potential he sees in you. Hope everyone had a swell week!!

Elder Holdstock

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Yesterday was the bomb.com!! Everybody looked so great and so much older and a little bit wiser too!! 



This week was a good one we had stake conference and like I told ya last night they asked me to play the piano... I have played the piano in church just about every sunday I have been here in chile. And they usually just choose whatever songs they want and so dad asked if I had learned any new hymns and I have because I try to just play whatever they ask me to.. haha I am getting a lot better at sight reading I think Grandma Smart would be so proud!

This week was a good one. We committed our russian orthodox investigator Romina to go to church every sunday with us and read and pray with all her might so that she can get an answer from god. We went to church with an haitiana friend who was excited and getting ready for baptism when she told us that this week she will be moving to another neighborhood that is not part of our sector. But we will for sure send the missionaries to her house to finish what we started. 

 Today was a crazy day because I had to go do my visa... I had to go become legal. So we ran around like crazy and waited in lots of lines. in one of the buildings they would only let me in alone becuase my companion was not doing his visa so he had to stay outside. So I was alone for the first in my mission. But it was ok because I made friends with some people from venezuela next to me and like two people infront of me was a colombian who is a member we all started talking about the book of mormon... and then an haitiano asked me what the difference was between Jehovah and Jesus Christ so I explained to him how we believe Jesus Christ is the Jehovah of the old testament but it was just really cool that there we were in the middle of these huge lines and like ten of us were just all talking about the gospel. They all left with pass along cards and I for sure took down their addresses.

I hope this next week with soccer goes so great and everyone wins. I pray for you all on the daily and hope that youre doing wonderfully. Don´t forget to say your prayers because that is the most important.

Keep ripping it up!

Elder Holdstock

Monday, May 8, 2017

SpANgLisH

SpANgLisH on the upppppp this week. haha That is no joke it is so hard to keep all your good spanish habits when you are with another gringo... But I thought I would just start off by telling you a little about my new companion Elder Lunt. You know how I said that I have already had a Nate companion in the mision? And i was waiting for a tanner companion?? Well... i am still waiting but Elder Lunt is my Jake Graves companion. Haha they are so similar it is not even funny. We started this week by just going to town and talking to literally every person we ever saw. It has been a good week in total! We have had a lot of good lessons with lots of great people. That is one thing that I have learned on the mission is how to love people and how to see them as Christ sees them as the precious souls that they are.

They are ripping apart our chapel so we now have to go to a chapel outside of our sector which we thought was going to mess us up but we were happy to see lots of people at church with us!! Even our Russian Orthodox investigator came to church for the first time with us in her life. 

Shoot it is crazy that soccer is already over!! It sounds like despite the results everyone at least had a good time! There is a soccer stadium in the middle of my sector and they play games every weekend.. I dont get tronky until we walk by the stadium at night and the lights are all on a fight breaks out in the middle of the field. (tronky is what we say when somebody is thinking about something they miss at the house.) So just enjoy your time playing soccer deal?

Thankfully I haven't gotten any fleas yet and I am not planning on it. I have been in pretty nice houses so far and I have been enjoying all the rice and chicken that we have been eating.

I love you all and hope this next week is just the best!! Is it getting hot yet??


Elder Holdstock

P.S. I think we are going to be able to skype this Sunday at like 6:30 our time like chile time... I lost track of how many hours apart we are but I know dad is intelligent and he will be able to figure it out.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Shake and Bake

This week as I am sure you heard on the news it has been pretty shakey here in chile! But I have only felt when little temblor. Nothing has happened but everyone is predicting that an earthquake is coming! RIP. It was funny when the first temblor happened. We were in a lesson with an old man called hector. It started to temblar a little bit and I wasnt really sure if it was real or not but then my companion looked at me and said esta temblando... which means this is a temblor. He is chilean and he was more nervous that I was he was like yeah lets go outside. but hector just laughed and told us that that was nothing. He wasnt about to get up out of his chair to move outside. all in all it lasted about 45 seconds! The other ones we didnt feel because we were walking out in the street and when you are moving you dont really feel them. 

We had changes yesterday! That is one of the reasons i didnt get to write home yesterday because we had changes and because it was a holiday yesterday and nobody works on holidays here so the computer places were all closed. I am now with Elder Lunt from Utaaah. He is my first gringo companion! We actually lived together for like 2 weeks in my other sector but now we are working together! 

We finished this week teaching Margot who is the mom of Raul I cant remember if I told you guys about her or not. I think I might of but its ok I will tell you again. She has a book of mormon that one of her friends gave to her over 30 years ago but she never read it. Because she thought it was an american book... and she has hard feelings towards america but I think she is starting to like me at least a little bit. She has started to read the book of mormon and loves it! 

The book of mormon really is awesome and it is the best way we have to learn and receive a testimony that the church is true. there is now way that the book of mormon was written by men that werent inspired of god it just is to complex and too perfect. 

I hope the soccer games are all going well. and everyone is scoring lots of goals!! It is crazy that the soccer season is already ending!!

Hope everyone is so so good!!

Elder holdstock

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This Week Didn’t Make Any Censed

Surprise I've officially been counted as a part of chile. (The subject line is for all of you that think of lost my pun ability) This week we were censed. So we had to stay in the house until they passed by to count us. Everyone in chile actually had to be in their houses.. it was the law. So everyone was off work and nothing was open and they just had to wait until the census people passed by to do their stuff.

This week has been a good one! We have been working with a guy named Raul who was the very first person Elder Lazo and I found together our first day in the sector. He is 50 years old and lives with his mom Margot. We have started to help him stop smoking. So to try and help we have been doing something active everyday for like 30 mins.. we play soccer.. ping pong.. basketball. we played chess and he kicked our trash... But it has been great to see his progress when we found him he hardly knew how to pray.. now he is asking that the Lord will help him stop smoking! 



His mom is a little more stubborn but the other day she admitted to us that we were starting to convince her.. but we told her that isnt the idea.. haha she showed us a book of mormon that she has had in her closet for like 30 years and has never read it but now she is going to start. 

We have also been teaching a russian orthodox named romina... haha in preach my gospel it talks about that we should try and get people who have converted from the same religion to go to lessons with us... but it has been pretty hard to find and former russian orthodox... She gave us some potatoes and onions and pictures of angels this week.. then we went rushin home. hehe

Steve is our hatiano friend who is awesome. Thankfully he speaks spanish perfectly and so I can actually talk to him. our other hatians are a little harder to teach because neither me nor elder Lazo are fluent in creole.. but we are trying igual... We taught steve about the word of wisdom this week and he was just so excited... haha I have never seen anyone so excited to stop drinking tea in my life. haha he told us he was so glad we told him because he had no idea before hand that God didnt want us to drink coffee or tea but now that he knows he wont ever drink it again.

This week we also ate some brazilian food with an hermana de brazil so shout out  to the cortitiba mission right?? Don't worry mom's is stilll lots better than even the brazilians. 

I hope everyone is just doing swell and learning spanish so we can talk when we get back because I am losing my ability to speak english sooo sorry!

Rip it Upp

Elder Holdstock


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Semana Santa

How do Chileans celebrate Easter you ask?? The same way they celebrate everything else they eat and sleep and don't go to work! This week has been a great one. Here they celebrate easter the entire week. It is called Semana Santa, and I was honestly trying to remember if we celebrate the whole week in the USA or no... because I dont think that we do but maybe we do... ahh and if we do what is it called?? Holy week?

Any way this week was semana santa and we had a great week sharing the Prince of Peace video with lots and lots of people. My favorite thing about the easter campaign this year is the theme scripture which is:

For unto us child is bornunto us son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, CounsellorThe mighty GodThe everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

every description of the savior gets a little bit stronger and more powerful until at the end finishes with ¨prince of peace¨ and that really is so fitting for a description of Jesus Christ. He is so powerful and wonderful but we will always remember and need to be closer to him because of his gentleness, kindness and the peace he can bring to our lives. The hope he can give us in the difficult times. 

This week we taught so many lessons like we just walked from lesson to lesson and had zero time to even think which was great! Sunday we were able to see the fruits of our efforts with lots of people at church with us. We did a special musical number... well I played the piano and my companion sang it was good even though his voice cracked a few times and he felt really bad we could at least feel the spirit! HAha funny thing about my companion is he reminds me like 75 percent of nate he is just not quiite as funny but other that that it is like a chilean version of nate and so now I am just waiting for my turn with a chilean version of tanner. 

Chile is chilling out a little bit hehe. (If I used that joke last week I am sorry) but it has been wonderful it is like fall time here and we have been enjoying working in the good weather.

I hope that soccer is wonderful and that everyone is scoring me lots of goals. 

Lots of Love!!

Elder Holdstock

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Capilla Abierta Side walk chalk Hot Cold Who Knows what (April 10, 2017)

This week has been a busy one! We had an Open Chapel for the Stake this week which is where they convert the stake center into like a portable visitors center complete with the Christus and everything.. haha it is kinda funny actually because the Christus is a picture of the one in Salt Lake Printed on a pendant sort of thing but either way it was still cool! We had a good time the whole entire zone was in our sector for a few hours running around like crazy inviting everyone and anyone to come check it out. We are excited to see all the results this week.

Elder Lazo and I hit the Feria this weekend but we didnt give out juice... we drew the plan of salvation out on the ground with sidewalk chalk. and invited everyone to the open chapel. It was fun. Feria is life. I always forget to take pictures.... sorry.

We played with teddy bears this week..... awkward I know.... hahaha To help the members in the ward get excited about Misisonary work we bought a teddy bear cut apart a white shirt put the white shirt on the bear put a tie on the bear made him a name tag and made him a backpack. His name is Elder Donoso... which is punny if you know spanish because noso in spanish is bear. hahaha We give him to a family each week and their job is to gift the materials that are in Elder Donosos backpack. Every one seemed pretty excited about it. 

this week we found a russian orthodox lady that is super chill and always invites us in to talk with her. Russian orthodox's are a dime a dozen here... not. 

We have also started to teach english classes because i know english pretty well and we thought it might be a good way to get people to come to the church! Our first one was ehh three members came but they all promised to bring their friends next time.

I hope everyone has a wonderful easter and watches the easter videos because they are awesome!!! 

Keep it real

And keep rippin it up.

Elder Holdstock


P.s. this is what happens when you go play soccer at the chapel and forget to pack a tie... but there is a rag laying around. 





PPS. i might be getting slow and losing my touch but today I juggled 357 times without dropping it.. so #watchout @Mitchell @Sam