Dear Family, Well, I guess I probably have told you I became a Zone Leader, but thanks for the headline! I thought it was pretty funny. well, I'll pass on your greetings to Elder Nasanbold, but sadly, due to a serious of unfortunate events (did a sequel movie ever come out for that?) I'll be going to a different zone to be with Elder Stephenson! So...I'll lose one great companion but gain a great companion. Both of them are really good. Life's been going pretty good. We saw conference over the last two days and I got to watch it Mongolian! It was a good test of my language skills and I defintely didn't catch all of it. The translators sometimes spoke pretty slowly and evenly. but sometimes if they got behind the speaker, they would start speaking really fast. It was funny. In one of the talks, the translator got waaaay behind the speaker, like two paragraphs, so he just skipped it and went right to where he was speaking at the time. That was funny. I learned a lot of things from conference, one of the most important is that we need to continually work to make ourselves more like Christ. It is a life-long pursuit. So, if you haven't made it yet, it's ok. Just keep pushing. One of the most important parts is having Christlike love. Every other single commandment flows from the first two greatest commandments: Love the Lord thy God will all your heart might mind and strength & Love your neighbor as thyself. So, in seeking to follow the Lord's other commandments, we should always seek to make sure we are doing it with love it our hearts for God and man. If there is no love in our hearts, it is like the gift spoken of in Moroni. If we give a gift grudgingly, or serve the Lord grudgingly, it's just as good to not have served! So serve with a smile and love in your hearts and then we can reap the greatest blessings of all! As it says in Alma, everything that we put out, comes back at us. Good for good, bad for bad. So we decided for ourselves what we receive. But, it doesn't always come right away so don't get discouraged! Alright, well I love you all! Uhm...about Grandpa's house...I kind of wanted to live there....I definitely want to help Grandma and Grandpa out. BUt instead of selling that house, can I just get it? Like, I'll work for it. And I'll definitely maintain it. But like...that' would be AWESOME. I was actually thinkinga bout that before and then you reminded me. What are your thoughts? Of course, if I get married it'd be nice to live there. K, well my companion's rushing me so I gotta go! Love ya all! ~Elder Cappuccio P.S. It looks like I'll have two options for when I can go home: April 24 or June 6. Each is 3 weeks from my 2 year mark. When do you think I should come home? I want your opinion mom! My thought is to stay till June 6 but let me know what you think! -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 22:02:19 -0400 Subject: In the Zone Dear James, It was good to hear from you and your new companion, say hi to him for us. Sounds like you will be keeping busy as a zone leader now. I hope you have more good stories for us this week. We had a good trip to Utah, my parents are thinking of selling their home and getting a condo, because the house is too much for them to take care of. I was hoping that you and Amy could stay there when you get back and help them out while you go to BYU. It would take quite a bit of cleaning and getting rid of stuff to get the house ready to sell, so ti won't be anytime soon. I counted and you have less than 8 months to go, don't know if you thought about that yet. Ben and Devin are getting home in 3 months or less.? It will be cool to have you all back and compare notes and scars. =) I was thinking you probably need all new clothes, because you have grown taller and are skinnier now. Does your suit still fit? They have tailor's there that make suits inexpensively if you need a new one. Or I could send you some suspenders.....also, I should be getting your Christmas stuff ready pretty soon. Do you have anything you might want to request? Hope you are ready for the winter weather. We are having nice weather finally and my air conditioning bill should be under $300 a month now. The watering system in the front yard has been leaking and I didn't get it fixed for a few months now and so it killed the palm tree ( the whole top fell off, it looks really sad) by rotting out the roots. I was always good at killing house plants, now I moving on to the bigger plants....so anyway, now I have to fix the watering system and dig up the palm tree. Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for all the great experiences and testimony you send up each week. We love you and pray for you. Keep the fire burning! Love always, mom
I remember people saying if you were bad they would send you to Outer Mongolia. In this case it's different, because James is good he's going on a mission to Mongolia.