Monday, January 21, 2013

Im So Stoked!!!

Yes, things here have been good this week, the weather is great and we have been out and working hard like the dungeon squirrels who make all of Apple's electronics.

The Davis family decided to discontinue the lessons which destroyed Elder Kuila. That is the first time that has happened to him on his mission, poor guy. They accepted a baptismal invitation during the first lesson, but for whatever reason, chose not to pursue.
We are working and trying to find more who are ready!
If you wouldn't mind sending pictures on a card, that would be the best thing. In exchange, I shall send back the card I currently have with all of my pictures.
I love you, my Papa-Man!
BY THE WAY, I found a Baskin Robin's! It is just like old times!!! Peanut butter!!!!
                                                                     -Elder Ryan A. Bell

Monday, January 14, 2013


Oh my goodness, you people!
Hearken! For I have much to tell this week.
You know those weeks that are just mind-blowingly crazy? Not the kind that are too good to be true or the kind that are so depressing you just want to sleep forever; but just the kind where you laugh yourself into beautiful, hysterical bliss as someone puts you in a straightjacket and takes you away.
So earlier this week, on Monday, Elder Kuila wanted to go to GNC for some protein powder. Then randomly as we pulled in the parking lot, he decided that he no longer wanted to go there and went into Big Lots! instead. While we were checking out with our prized possessions at Big Lots! One of the cashiers started asking Elder Kuila what company he worked for. I got to watch proudly as my man, Elder Kuila talked to a cashier named Shanique (Not Sha-knee-Qwa) about the Church, got her information, and she expressed her interest. It was awesome! He was floored afterwards and misattributed his excitement to wanting to marry Shanique. (Another trademark of polynesians).
Then, on Tuesday, we went to do some community service for a Christian Store (similar to the D.I.) and were reorganizing a CD shelf, while looking through the CD's of course. I pulled out all the Enya ones and the Jurassic Park soundtrack and determined to buy them. Then Elder Kuila gives me the greatest thing that ever could have happened to me- a CD from my wife, Selena Gomez. It was her Kiss & Tell CD. That made me whole week! I bought them all!
Then on Wednesday, we went to meet with a less-active young man named Chad who is 19 and preparing (Hopefully) for a mission. We have been reading the Book of Mormon with him for a couple of weeks and at the end, we always invite him to say the closing prayer. Of course he does, as he was raised in the Church and is very good at giving quick prayers as we all are. We had just told him to ask to know if the Book of Mormon is true in his prayer. He gave the same prayer he always did, completely ommitting what we had asked him to pray for- "Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this day, thank you for our blessings, thank you that the missionaries could come over, please help everyone, in the name..... amen." While we were still kneeling we said, "That was a great prayer, but try it again and this time ask SPECIFICALLY if the Book of Mormon is true." He was a little thrown off by that, but nonetheless, he agreed and started a second prayer much different than the first.
"Dear Heavenly Father........ I......I want to...........will you just......."
It was beautifully awkward. There was a completely different feeling in this second prayer. It was sincere, it was genuine; he was talking to Heavenly Father and He, in turn was speaking back. It was not eloquent, in fact, children often pray more smoothly than he did. But in this prayer, he got it right! He awkwardly asked Heavenly Father, stumbling over his words if the Book of Mormon was true. After he said "amen" we all just sat there kneeling in silence.
No one said a word!
Then, Chad broke it when he said softly, "I felt something." "Something I haven't felt in a long time."
We had many other miracles, miraculously met and taught two new investigators, went to Baskin Robins for the first time in over a year, found a new restaurant, got an awesome box with a SWEET little digital picture frame, and got to have Elder Ballard come to our mission.
It was a week.... a week in TEXAS!
                                                                        -Elder Ryan A. Bell

Monday, January 7, 2013

Rainy and Cold

Hola Papertos!

E-mailing today from an Apple Store at the Woodlands Mall. All the apartment offices and such that we usually e-mail at are closed so we get to do this today! You probably are online right now helping people troubleshoot and set up their new Mac's right now, huh?

I am stoked about the boxes that I have gotten! Thank you so much! I have a feeling that the Starbucks Hot Chocolate had a lot to do with you. THANK YOU! Since I can't really go into Starbucks shops, I have had to abstain for an entire year, but the hour of my deliverance is come! Hallelujah, it came in the mail! YEA!

I got a pretty cool little envelope in the mail from members of the ward writing at the ward Christmas party. It's kinda strange not recognizing many of the people who wrote, but it was awesome to hear from everyone.

Well, MERRY CHRISTMAS, my good man! I will most definitely be speaking with you tomorrow. Make sure you put cookies out and continue watching all those great Christmas movies and specials as you have time.


                                                      -Elder Ryan A. Bell