I have been called to serve for 2 years in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission as a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Life in Belen

(Paraphased by Mom)

Hey. Soo...
Missionary work has been struggling in this ward. We have a very dedicated mission leader, Gerardo. We pray daily for guidance, and strive to work constructively with the bishopric and the ward to accomplish the goals we have for the area.

I was really happy to see Jeffery and Jeannette at the temple last week.

I love that talk by Elder Holland, too. (The Laborers in the Vineyard) It's the one that I have on my ipod that I always listen to.

Hey Mom, real quick, if you're online, can you send a picture of me before the mission? One with the longest hair you can find. I need to send it in today for a slideshow.

welp love you. 
Elder Graham

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekly Update

MOM you need to get on Amazon this very second!  And you need to order the movie called “Courageous.”  It’s your new favorite movie.  You need to watch it with as much of the family as you can and make sure that everyone in the world sees it.  I watched it last night because they said that it was a church movie.  Afterward i realized that it wasn’t made by the church but it’s the best movie.  You will cry the whole time.  It’s the best family movie ever made

If there are problems with getting signed up for classes for fall term because you’re not me missionaries have gotten permission to call and organize stuff like that.  Let me know if we need to organize that..  

The activity didn’t go too hot.  The person that was supposed to organize the video couldn’t get it figured out.  So i had to give an improve talk/devotional.  

In church we got to 110 in attendance but they changed the stake conference date back to give everyone more time so it can all get split...  So i won’t see it.  

That’s so cute that Gwen will be traveling alone.  She’s probably so big now.

I gotta go.  love you.

Elder Graham

Monday, July 9, 2012

View of Moroni

The view from my house

Hey.  So last week Randal, the father from a family that we will complete hopefully this week, had an accident in his work where his boss threw a brick through his window while he was working and glass shattered in his eyes. He has been alone with his 5 little boys ages 5 to 13 and all last week he had bandages over his eyes and was blind.  We took him around to a bunch of appointments all around Heredia and to San Jose. We had to take a lot of taxis so i took out money for that.  His girlfriend, who is a member, is in Nicaragua right now taking care of her papers so that they can get married and he can get baptized.
I met President Wilkenson and had an interview with him on Friday.  He’s way sweet.  He’s just like a regular guy. 
I’m out…love you!
Elder Graham

Monday, July 2, 2012

Surprise Changes and Waterfall Hike


Waterfall hike

Hey mom, Yeah, we got transferred to Belen, same zone, different area.  Very very wierd the changes.  I was pretty wierded out and confused.  I called and talked to president about and he explained a little.  Basically he gave me a mission.  This stake has been trying to get split to make another stake for a while and they’ve been really close.  And on the final Sunday in July (stake conference and my last Sunday in the country...) if every ward has an attendance of 120 then the stake will split.  Every ward hits that fairly easily but one...  Belen struggles with attendance.  So president said that it was on my shoulders to see if Costa Rica gets its first new stake in 9 years.  So the cool thing is that it’s the area with the temple.  I walk out my front door and i am right across the street from the temple.  So that’s pretty cool. So I have 4 more weeks to try and change things.. 

That’s lame about your birthday..  I’m sorry that went bad..  But you guys can still go to the temple today!  A cool thing about the area we are in is it’s the ward where all the temple missionaries live and yesterday we ate dinner with the temple president.  Pretty silly guy. 

Oh and i lost my mission debit card and i have to wait a few days to get the mission money so i have to take a little bit of money out...

But i gotta go.  Love you.