Kentucky, Louisville Mission

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 8- "Thou Shalt Love the Lord thy God With all thy Heart, and With all thy Soul, and With all thy Mind."

What's Up!
So we didn't have P-day yesterday because it was memorial day and they wanted us to try and contact people because no one had work or school but literally Shelbyville was empty!  There's not alot to do here so I think everyone left town but it worked out okay because the library was closed so I wouldn't' have been able to email you guys anyway!
How is everything!  I miss you guys a ton and I was kinda bummed out this week missing Lily's birthday and Memorial Day and the beginning of summer and I just kinda missed all you guys alot!  But we have a bunch of talks and hymns that we listen to when we drive and we listed to a talk given by Jeffery R. Holland in October 2012 called "The First Great commandment" and it really really motivated me and made me want to work really hard!  We talk to alot of people and  alot of Hispanics are really nice and willing to talk to us but a lot of the time they just don't believe us which really frustrating to me!  We got a referral from the English elders who said they tracked into a Hispanic lady named Isabelle but they talked to her a little and they said she sounded interested so we went and saw her later that week and we asked her if she had talked with the other missionaries and she was like yeah but I don't speak English so I have no idea what they were talking about hahaha but she let us in and let us talk to her and she was really nice!  when we walked in we immediately found out she was Catholic because she had the virgin Mary and Crucifix' all over her wall and she was really nick and receptive to our message and we taught her the whole first lesson and she just nodded the whole time and didn't have any questions but at the end of the lesson we asked her to read the Book of Mormon and she was just like not its not true so I don't want to read it and it was super frustrating and took the wind out of my sails but she agreed to keep meeting with us so pray for Isabelle.
Another person you can pray for is Gisifredo!  I don't know if I've told you about him but his one of our investigators and he is from Mexico and he is here working and his family is still back in Mexico going to school and he sends them money home but he is kinda a crazy guy haha he has a pretty serious drinking and smoking problem and every time we teach him he is really receptive and grateful for us and we had one of the members in the ward come with us to teach him about the word of wisdom and our member, Lorenzo, really related to Gisifredo and really taught him why and how and what he needed to do to quit these bad habits and Gisifredo got up in the middle of our lesson and pulled his cigarettes out of his pockets and slammed them in the trash can and it honestly made me so happy to see him want to change and feel so empowered and he told us that he thought that we were just going to get mad at him for doing bad things like other churches had but that we actually wanted to help him, he was really really grateful and after the lesson he said he felt really good and it made me really happy to see.

Here are a few pictures:
At transfer meetings for the brand new missionaries they have to stand in front and wear the sorting hat and it tells you what area you are going to first.  Vidaure captured this beauty haha my face explains exactly how I felt!

There's a little store by our house called Guatamex and one day we stopped and go ourselves a horchata!

So there was a crazy crazy storm the other night and I got video of it but I can't send it on here like it was super hot all day and about 8 o'clock the sky like changed color and it was literally raining sideways and the sky was like a dark green color but the power went out and we had our flashlights but we didn't have any candles except for some birthday candles so we made a make shift little holder for them out of an orange!

Family night at a members!  They had pineapple with this chili powder stuff called chilisito and it literally changed my life haha its amazing! I already bought some!...and we had mini sombrero hats!
Our drive to church...

Anyway I love all you guys very much and its great to hear from you!
Para siempre Dios este con vos!

Elder Follett

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 7-"For Behold the Field is White Already to Harvest"

I MADE IT! SHELBYVILLE KENTUCKY!  Im so happy to be here! Its so great! It's a dinky little town kinda in between Louisville and Lexington and its super pretty!  So this is really weird but my trainer is named Elder Vidaure and he entered the Provo MTC on June 12, 2013 and he was originally supposed to be my MTC Companion isn't that crazy!  He said his packet said Elder Follett when he got there but they changed it and he was in a trio with Elder Pyper who is related to the Pyper's in our ward!  But Elder Vidaure is a really great guy and like the perfect trainer!  He knows a lot and his Spanish is really good so I've been learning a lot!  It is super great here! Jack will like this, we have a 2014 Ford Fusion and its super nice!  We have a limit on how many miles we can drive so we usually just walk everywhere if its close enough!  There is actually pretty good amount of Hispanic people that live here and they are all really nice!  Even if they aren't interested they will listen to what we have to say and they'll let you come back and teach them but the real problem is finding people who are actually sincerely interested.  So in Shelbyville there is me and Elder V. who are Spanish speaking and there's 2 English Elders who we live with and then there are 2 hermanas who are spanish as well and we split the city with them so we only have like half of an already smallish town but there's plenty of work to do!  Its so greatto finally be here! So yeah Mondays are my P days now so thats when you will all hear from me.  I love all your emails and those pictures dad sent me are great!  I would love to go down to Mexico with Emma and Jack that would be way fun!  Tell them to start practicing their Spanish!   Love you guys so much and hope you all have a good week!

Para siempre Dios este con vos!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kentucky, Louisville Mission

Elder Follett arrived in Louisville on Monday, His companion is Elder Vidaure and his address is

Elder Follett
159 Baker Dr #310
Shelbyville, KY 40065
 Elder Follett with President and Sister Woodbury

Map of Shelbyville, KY 
Shelbyville is located just East of Louisville between Lexington and Louisville.

 Street View of Baker Dr.  It looks alot like Texas which I know Elder Follett will love!  It will feel like home!,-85.25105,3a,75y,127h,90t/data=!3m3!1e1!3m1!2e0!6m1!1e1

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Week 5-"And Peter Answereth and Saith unto Him, Thou Art the Christ."

What's up family! This week has been another great week!  It's my last here in the CCM and I'm so excited to get to KY!  I feel like I've learned so much and it seems like it took forever but at the same time I feel like I just got here.  So I found out that I'm leaving the CCM at 3 in the morning on Monday so my last day here is Sunday which is super exciting!  I also found out that I'll be skyping  you guys from 4:30 to 5:00 my time which is 3:30-4:00 your time.  I'm super excited to see all you guys!

So in my study of the scriptures this week I;ve really liked studying the main gospels like Matthew and John and Luke and I was reading in Luke and one of my new scripture heroes has become Peter and I really like the story in Luke 22 about him denying that he knew Jesus 3 times before the roster crows but after that he became one of his most faithful servants and one of the best missionaries so I really love the story of Peter.  We also learned in a class about how there are no scriptures that talk about Jesus smiling or being happy but there are scriptures about Jesus weeping and when we have hard times to remember that Jesus was a man of sorrows and he knows everything we ever feel so that gave me a lot of comfort.  I'M SO EXCITED FOR CACHE! That seriously is the perfect mission for him and he's going to have so much fun!  That's way cool Emma is becoming a volleyball stud! I actually played this morning with a bunch of other guys!  I will for sure keep Jack in my prayers and I have no doubt he will make those teams but the problem will be trying to choose which one!  That's cool you guys went to Sam and Evans wedding and even cooler Court didn't  catch the bouquet haha.  Did you guys like the Samoan food?  That is so hilarious about Ash and Jake's house not having hot water haha. I'm sure she's just loving that.

I am so ready to preach! Maybe not in Spanish but I'll keep working on it!  I love you guys and can't wait to see you all on Sunday! 

Para siempre Dios este con vos!
Love Elder Follett

Elder Selfie.......I also get at least one of these on my camera a week haha it's Elder Eldredge from AF and Elder Ord from Orange County in the background.  Also if you look close enough you can find my gnome!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Week 4-"And Being in An Agony He Prayed More Earnestly"

May 1, 2014
What's up Family! I missed you guys so much this week!  It was super hard!  How was the wedding?!  The pictures looked gorgeous!  I seriously feel like I've been here for so long but its only been a month! I've learned so much!  How did the inside wedding turn out? Was Bridzilla okay with it? I miss watching Jack's games and just tell him stay positive and control what you can control!  Just work hard and don't give the coaches any reasons to not like him!  That's super hard when you don't feel like your getting the playing time you deserve but if you stick through with it you'll be a lot better for it!  I was reading in the scriptures the other day and I read Mosiah Chapter 4 and I thought it was a pretty good defense for picking up hitch hikers. haha
So I got called to be a Zone Leader! Which is pretty cool! It's been a huge blessing and we haven't met our new district yet because they got here yesterday but I'm super excited!  They have twin girls which is cool and their last name is Ricolini so they are some of my people haha.  I really wanna learn Italian when I get home since its pretty similar to Spanish. My Spanish is already way better then I ever thought it would be but its still terrible haha.
We had the opportunity to go to the Mexico City Temple which was amazing!  It is closed for renovation or something but we got to go through the visitors center and it was super cool! The CCM here used to be an LDS school and the B stands for somebody's name that is important but we don't really know and all the teachers just say it stand for the B word, Bautismo. haha.
So on Sunday we had a lesson about blessing the sick and afflicted and it was way cool. We talked about why we use olive oil and the symbolism that it has and we learned that Gethsemane actually means olive press and how Chirst was pressed for our sins just like the extra virgin olive oil is perfect and pressed to get the oil so I thought it was really cool.
I loved all the pictures you guys sent!  The ones of Belle are adorable!  I loved my missionary moments wall! I miss all you guys so much and I can't wait to Skype with you!  I still don't know what time were doing it but as soon as I know I will tell you!  If you guys get a chance watch the Mormon message called "Hola soy Valentin" It was really cool and made me really excited to teach people with problems but it mostly made me miss my momma a lot haha I love you very much and I'll send you some pictures here in a minute!  It's weird because its super hard to be away from you guys but I feel so happy here!  Its the best feeling ever!

Para siempre Dios este con vos!
Elder Follett