Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Almost Birthday- Letter to Dad May 27, 2013

HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! It feels like just yesterday, I was writing you a letter on the P-Day before your last birthday telling you that you age like George Clooney. So awesome! What are your birthday plans? They better take you somewhere real nice n' fancy. Like Chili's. That's high-class stuff.

Just kidding, go to Tucano's. Make Jordan pay.


                                                 Your FAVORITE Son
                                                  -Elder Ryan A. Bell

P.S. Thanks for sharing this mission with me!

Monday, May 20, 2013

That's RIGHT I'm your favorite son!

Hey Dad!
That's RIGHT I'm your favorite son! I never hear from the other two on the same P-Day. Once every 3 or 4 weeks I will get something from Jordan; Zach will write about the same frequency.
And Jordan..... very interesting there. I figured as much. They gave up on any prospect of reproducing...
Personally, I am doing alright.  Some good prospects for this week, so I will definitely let you know how it goes.
I am reading through the New Testament right now and am almost through Romans. The Bible is incredible! I have not read the New Testament through since I was but a lad! It is wonderful! What are you studying these days and learning from Church, family study, etc?
Thank you for all your wonderful prayers! Thank you for telling me that you are proud of me and expressing your compliments and love. That helps so much. Your caring for me means a lot. I think often of some of our experiences before I left and treasure these; things as simple as going to Farr's for some peanut butter ice cream and seeing those F-16's fly over, or you coming home and us watching Netflix together after a frustrating day at work, and then going to get some Wendi's Sukiyaki, sitting in the hot tub and talking, etc.
I look forward to those again!
I love you, Dad!
                                                                        -Elder Ryan A. Bell

Monday, May 13, 2013

Picture Time

Elders McKell, Williams, Harms and Bell out in Katy, TX

President Pingree's Message to his Mission

Dear Sisters and Elders – 

I hope that each of you were able to speak with your parents yesterday and that you had a meaningful experience with them.  Please know that not only are you in our prayers, but your families are also.  We recognize the sacrifices many of them are making so that you can be here.
Today, I want to re-emphasize the Texas Houston Mission's areas of focus for 2013.  Certainly, there are many other principles of effective missionary work, but at this time I feel impressed that we need to pay particular attention to the following four:
1.     Prepare for the Spirit every day (planning, morning schedule, living Missionary Handbook)
2.     Talk with everyone (invitations to learn, asking for referrals)
3.     Have a member present at every possible lesson
4.     Baptize each month
As we faithfully strive to implement these four principles in our day-to-day efforts, we will see the overall performance of the mission improve in other areas as well.  Please review these areas of focus as a companionship and prayerfully determine how to integrate them more fully in your proselyting efforts.
Thank you for your examples of faith and devotion.  Have a great week!
President Pingree

Editors Note: I have had the chance to meet Pres Pingree and I have talked with him and Sister Pingree on various occasions during Ry's time out in the field.... I am so glad we have such great Mission Presidents and their esteemed Wife's for our Guys and Gals serving in the Mission Field!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Hello Father Letter to Dad May 6, 2013

Hello Father!
Thanks for your e-mail today and for your words of encouragement! Yes, time passes away like a dream; it is already May. Soon the summer will roll on.
Cool to hear about Mom's work and your employment options as well. That is sweet stuff, I guess only July will tell what happens.
Betty Kennel, an investigator that I have been helping to teach for the last couple of months informed us all on Friday that she has decided to be baptized on June 15th at 12:00 pm, so I am excited for her! In the mean time, we will keep teaching her and building her faith while trying to find and teach someone who will get baptized in May. EVERY MONTH, baby!
Anyway, proud of you! Have a good week.
                                                                                                     -Elder Ryan A. Bell