December 14, 2012
Subject: I’m the King of New York!!
Whats up familia!!!!
So i know you all want to know about new york but ill get to that at the end. so, funny story first. there are air fresheners in the bathrooms here (awesome idea) and they spray like every 5 min. anyway there is one right above the urinal, and so i was doing my thing ya know and then all of the sudden this thing squirts me in the eye! I freaked out it was really funny haha.
Oh k so cool check this out! We got knew Elders this week and Elder Saxton is in my zone! Like Saxton from the Ranch! sooooo flippen cool! ill take a picture with him on sunday but haha i thought it was awesome. Oh my Gosh PAIGE!!! you got your call! i cant belive it! Phillipines! so awesome! im soooooo excited for you and so proud. You're awesome! But CHATO!!! (its our portuguese word for shoot or dang it, its so fun to say ;) ) Im so upset that youre coming into the mtc 2 FLIPPEN days before i leave! chato! but its fine i guess.... I told sister Braithwaite (presidents wife, who is sooo cool and reminds me of grandma stoker) about it and shes like oh man that is so cruel! I love the Braithwaites they are awesome. Tessa, wow i cant believe you had cannon on 1212121212! You held him in till the last second huh? yeah you know it. We all know you just wanted to be on the news! haha jk.
Oh mom the nerf this is behind my bed. like in between the wall and my bed. check all around the sides too. Elder Mcgettigan is dying he keeps asking me did you mom send you that hoop yet?! haha! oh btw babes he wrote you a lettter today :):) hahahaha. Oh but we have a christmas tree and light so dont send any. however they dont really decorate the mtc that much. i guess so we stay focused and not homesick. its weird christmas is in like 10 days...
Hannha! i wrote you a letter today but i just wanted to say i love you!
Elder Chatwin, yeah i know him! he was here in the mtc and left last week. hes a stud and i bet he's tearin it up in Angola right now! im so jealous of him, already out there! but i only have 4 more weeks. Oh i leave Jan 14 btw. go to dallas, have a 4 hour layover there. then fly to london and have freaking 12 hour layover there! and i dont think we can leave the airport... bust oh well. then its like another 10 hours untill Luanda.
Everyone Thank you for the Christmas cards theyre awesome! Roberts, GandG stoker, and Turleys shout out to you! oh Mom, Holy cow i am sooooo impressed with our christmas card this year! it rocks! sooo good. its Quality as elder o'malley would say. As for gifts for the elders in my zone.... just a picture of christ. There's 57 right now but we'll be getting more before christmas!
Well We had an Elder in my district go home on thursday. it was really sad, and broke my heart. i just love him so much and it was so sad to see him go. were all going to keep writing him and encouraging him though. however i think it made our district take everything more seriously which is what needs to happen.
Darin! You are such a boss! gettin the shoutout from Coach ernst! thats what im takin about! I hope you had a good birthday. it sounded amazing. Marissa, Holy cow girl. You be lookin mighty fine at winter formal!! ooooooo baby!
Babes, Youre just the best. i love you so much. Keep being happy and always smile.
Mom wanted to know some of my zl responsibilities so heres a super short list and is not all of them.
Welcome the new missionaries
Show them EVERYTHING about the mtc
make rounds to all the missionaries dorms each night
meet with all the DL's every week
Meet with the presidency like 2 or 3 times a week. sometimes more
Love and uplift all the Elders!
Okay now the NY trip. Baller!
soo we drove to the airport which was so awesome just to see the outside world! we had the coolest driver who told us about what was going on in the world and about his wife. he reminded me of zander from college. but then we got to the airport and had some mcdonalds fries... HEAVEN. k not really but at the time they were. anyway. Flew on the red eye to new york. I got a whole row to my self it was awesome. then we got there at 3 in the morning utah time. freaking hardly any sleep. went to the manhatten temple where an elder jones (sr. elder) met us. he's from phoenix and used to be in the temple presidency. and we had breakfast right next to the temple whcih that was celestial kingdom status. soo good. then right before we left the temple i ran into the nyny North mission president and introduced my self to him and told him to tell Elder kerr hi for me. they were having transfers like the next day so i wonder if he really did. if you find anything out report back please. k then we took the subway to the consulate. while doing that there was this black lady who was a little crazy.. Priase the lord you know? that kind of thing. but ya gotta love her! then we went through grand central station and that was cool. Just seeing the outside world and being in it but being a missionary was awesome! luanda is going to be so sick! k then we got to the consulate, did our thing (finger prints basically) the whole thing took like 20 min. haha a whole trip for 20 min it was kinda funny. then we had our driver take us back to the airport. our driver was awesome though. he was from mali africa and was so tight. i started asking about his life and he was married had 5 kids and one grandkid. theyve lived in queens for 25 years . his oldest son had died like 3 months ago. Im telling you this guy was a golden investigator! so by that time we were at the airport and so long story short i gave him a BoM with mormon.org written inside, challenged him to read it and all that jazz and through mormon.org he could get in touch with the missionaries. IT WAAS SO AWESOME!! I just like already love him and i want to teach him! but i cant. oh well. maybe one day ill find out if he ever joined.
Then we got to the airport ate some more good food. Darin i saw on the tv that Blake Griffen had some SICK dunks on the lakers. wow. so awesome. then we got on the plane and came home! oh ps i was the only one who placed the book of mormon ;) like a boss missionary. k then on the way home i smoozed our driver into taking us to in n out! how cool is that! it was soo good. such a good trip. then came back here met the new missionarys went to the temple this morning and taht was my week!
Thank you to everyone for the letters this week. they were awesome and helped so much. I love you all to death!
Love Elder Tingey
P.S. Megan im so excited to see where you go on your mission! oh and xan im so pumped for you! Paige, Xan and Megan, you are all going to be great missionaries!