Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Week whatever week this is‏

Goddag!!! Hvordan Går det? Jeg er meget smuk!

Wow, another week down! I've been out 1 month already! Well, in 2 days its a month. I can't believe how fast its going! I'm already 1/24 of the way done with my mish!

Sorry, I don't really have any good stories to tell you. Not much exciting things happen here. Every day is basically the same thing. Study...
I feel like I'm learning so much. This last week, the language has really taken off. Now that I have a foundation, I can now learn a ton of new vocab. Me and my comp have taught a few lessons in Danish already. Its pretty cool. Camron, if you read this, I just wanna say that Danish is at least 50 times better than Japanese.

Mom, I'm glad you like the pictures that I sent home. Sorry that there weren't more of me, but you know how I am with pictures, I like to make them artistic. I'll try to respond to the questions and comments you had.

Yeah, its cool that Ældste Shreeve hasn't seen snow. He was fascinated with it for awhile. Funny story, he was looking off to the side admiring the snow, and he walked directly into a metal pole! Hahahaha! And he hit it hard! It was pretty funny. I think he is over the snow now, and he is just freezing.

Yeah, me and Ælsdste Hansen are about the same height, I'm actually about a half an inch taller.. just sayin. Ældste Van Nevel is way funny. He really does remind me a ton of Elder Calhun. He isn't the DL, but even better, he and Ældste Shreeve are the Zone Leaders.

Yeah, we spend a lot of time studying in that room. It can get pretty boring sometimes but I learn so much. I'll be glad though when I leave here and never have to go to that room again.

For our Thanksgiving Service Project we put together some humanitarian kits. It was a good experience, the best though was listening to Elder Holland talk afterwards.

I'm glad you liked my temple pics. I really like how they turned out. The temple looks really pretty at night time so I just had to take a bunch of pictures. No, I haven't run into anyone I know at the temple yet. But before it snowed, when the MTC field was open I played soccer out there a couple times and it was weird to think who was driving by that I might know. Something thats kinda sad is the temple is closing until jan 5 for renovations. So today will be my last time at the temple for awhile.
I'm glad you liked the pictures of our pathetic Christmas tree too. It really brings the Christmas Spirit. It's crazy that Christmas is almost here! It doesn't feel like Christmas to me at all! It going to be way different, but I'm excited to see what I'll do here on Christmas. I bet they will have an Apostle talk! My guess is Dieter F Uchtdorf. But who knows?

(If anyone reading this wants to see the pics, just go over to my house sometime. I'm sure my mom would love to have you over and look through them with you)

That must have been fun to see Garebear and the rest of the Bonhams. How are they all doing? I haven't seen them in so long.

Well, I guess I have a few things that happened this week that I can tell you about. First of all, in one day the Dutch Elders and the English Elders all left. Our branch went from about 40 people to literally 6 Elders!! It was sad to say goodbye to them. Today though, we got 22 new missionaries in our branch. It'll be nice to get to know them, and to not be the newbies anymore. ;)

Umm, the devotional speaker yesterday was Richard J Maynes, of the Seventy, and his wife. It was pretty good, but I am ready for another Apostle.

Oh yeah, here is the update on Ælste Van Nevel's foot. It is basically healed! He no longer limps or anything, so that is great!

Well, other than that, nothing is new. Sorry I don't have any good stories. When I go to Denmark I'm sure I'll have plenty of good stories to tell you.

My email time has come to a close, so I have to get going. Thanks everyone who has sent me letters, and keep them coming please. I'll try my best to respond to them. Glædelig Jul!!! (Merry Christmas)

Vi ses (see ya)

Love Ældste Tyler Lee

Goddag!!! Hvordan Går det? Jeg er meget smuk!

Goddag min familie! Hvordan går det? Everything is still going well. Sorry I don't ever have any cool stories or anything in my emails. Not much excitement happens here at the MTC. I'm sure when I get to Denmark I'll have plenty of great stories to tell you. I have a few things to tell you about though, so here it goes.

I've been here for over a month already! Can you believe that?! Because I sure can't! It's gone by so fast! I'm more than half way done with my MTC experience! (Well, if I get my visa on time) The Danish is definitely coming. I now teach entirely in Danish! And I've only been here for 5 weeks!!! We've taught several lessons in Danish now, and it goes really well. Each time we are able to say more, and understand the investigator more. I'm completely losing all of my Japanese speaking ability. A few days ago I ran into some missionaries from Japan so I tried to talk with them for awhile, but I COULDN"T! I seriously would try, but It would come out in Danish!

Yesterday Neil L Anderson, of the Quorum of the Twelve, came to the devotional. He gave a great talk! I remember when he first spoke at conference a few months ago, and how he seemed kind of nervous or unsure, but he has completely changed into an Apostle. He gave an awesome talk about Christ. So now I've heard from 3 Apostles while I've been here! And I'm hoping for another one on Christmas!

Wow! Christmas!!! I still can't believe it's here! It's starting to feel a little bit more like Christmas to me, but without our Christmas traditions its just not the same. I'll miss you all an extra amount on Christmas. I'm excited to open presents! I still haven't gotten the gifts from you, but I hope they get here before Christmas. I've also gotten a few other presents from friends and family.

The Proselyting Center (formerly known as the Referral Center) has been awesome! Well, for the last couple weeks I hated it, cuz I would call tons of people, but every single one would go to an answering machine, or they would hang up on me. But on friday I went and called a lady named Debra. She had called for a copy of the Together Forever DVD so I called her back and talked to her a little about family and the restoration, and I shared my testimony with her. She seemed really open to it, but her husband is Baptist and doesn't want anything to do with it, so she wouldn't let me send some missionaries over there. She did however say that I could call her back and tell her more, so after the holidays I'll call her back, and hopefully I'll be able to bless her life. :)
Oh yeah, also that same day at the PC, I called a guy who's name was "Teddy Bear Childcare Martinez" HAHAHAHAHA He didn't answer, It went to the answering machine, but I thought that was hilarious!

This week, Chelsey sent me and my comps some In n Out cheeseburgers and fries in the mail! It was the best package ever! (No offense to you and the packages you sent me, mom) The burgers were so good! Everyone in our building was so jealous of me. They couldn't believe that someone sent me burgers in the mail. Hahaha. Thanks again Chels!

um, the new missionaries are pretty cool. It's weird, it seems like they are so much younger than us month long missionaries. They all turn to us for advice, and its cool being the cool experienced missionaries for awhile. It won't be like that for much longer. One of the new missionaries in our area is Elder Unga, Harvey Unga's lil bro. He is way cool, and he has an Optimus Prime voice that sounds exactly like the real thing. Its awesome! In a week or two, some new Dutch missionaries are coming in, and one of them is Donny Osmand's kid. Its kinda cool who I meet here.

I still haven't had to give the talk in sacrement meeting yet, but It's got to be here soon. I did however have to give the lesson in our district meeting on sunday. And I wasn't even told that I had to until 9:30 the night before! It actually went really well though.

Well, I'm just about out of time. The 30 minutes for email is the fastest 30 minutes ever! I'll talk to you later. Thank you so much for everything! And I love you! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Love Ældste Tyler Lee

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dec.9, 2009

Hey everyone!!! I am out of breath right now because I just sprinted back from the Temple. It took longer than we thought it would and we don't have much email time. I don't have my letters or anything with me right now, cuz we didn't have time to go back to our room to get them, so I will try my best to remember what you asked and said. I'm having trouble remembering what happened this week because it has gone by so fast!! It seems like yesterday was my last P-Day! It is crazy how fast it is going! Overall, it was a very good week. And I'm not just saying that so you will feel good, Mom. It really has been great here. Yeah, I have some times that are hard, but the good parts outway the bad by far. I got some pictures devoloped and I'm going to send them home soon, so you can see what I've been up to. If you want, you can scan some of them and put them up on the blog or something. There has been some really good food here lately. And I have probably eaten more than I should have. A couple days ago they had some spicy boneless chickin wings that tasted a ton like Winger's Sticky Fingers!!! They weren't as good as Wingers, but it was still really good. They also have a crab and shrimp salad that tastes a ton like Grandma's crab salad! It's delicious! Oh and they have Blueberry Muffintops, so that makes me pretty happy. :) We had another great devotional last night. The speaker was Claudio R. M. Costa, from the Presidency of the Seventy. He has a crazy awesome accent. It was fun to listen to him just because of his accent, but he also gave an amazing talk about planning. Yeah, I know, planning doesn't sound like a very interesting topic, but it was a way good talk. Dang, I had a list of things I wanted to talk about, but I don't have it with me and I forgot everything... Oh, thanks for the stamps. It saved me like 7 bucks. And thanks for the letters you send. The Dear Elder site is back in action, so feel free to use that as much as you want. So I was called as the Branch Music Coordinator (because I was the only person who knows how to lead music...) So that basically means that I choose the hymns for sundays and try to find someone to play the piano. My branch president says that I should relearn how to play the piono... But I don't know about that. Well, everything is going great. The progressive investigator thing is going well. I'm amazed at how much I can actually comprehend and speak! I still have a ton to learn though. I still sing in the choir every week. It is actually pretty fun. Who woulda thought? Oh yeah, since Tani, Tia, and Jansen wrote me, I'll write them all write now. I'll try to remember what they asked me. Tani, Hey lil sis! How's everything going? How's school and all that fun stuff? I'm just partying here at the MTC. Yeah, of course I still do the hand thing when I eat. And no, of course it doesn't annoy everyone, cuz its not even a weird thing to do. You're just a weird kid for thinking its weird. I miss you Tani. Tia, How's it going lil cutie? That's so cool how good you are doing in school!! You are one smart little kid! You should write me a letter sometime and show me how good you are at cursive. Are you excited for Christmas?! I miss you too Tia! Janny Sue, What up Dawg?! Are all of your bones still intact? Be careful with all your flips and junk. Why the heck would that commercial about a camera remind you of me? Thats weird. How are you liking high school? I miss you too, punk. So what do all you kids want for Christmas? Its just around the corner, although it doesn't feel like it at all to me. Have you been naughty or nice? Well, I'm almost out of time. Mom, I still need Camron's address so I can get a hold of him. He sent me a dear elder the first week and I can't get back to him. I love you all and I miss you. Remember to write me many letters! ;)Have a great week, and Glædelig Jul!!! (Happy Christmas) (Its not pronounced anything like you might think...See ya later!! Love Ældste Tyler Lee

Monday, December 7, 2009

Handwritten letter 12/04/09

Hey there!
Here is a bill for you. I had to get the 2 Hepitis booster shots yesterday, and they cost $117! I'll let you take care of that.

I just recently learned that the Dear Elder site has been down for a few days so I haven't been getting those. I don't know if you have sent any recently, but if you have I haven't gotten them. I don't know how long it will be down for.

So I guess it's the last episode of Monk tonight, right? I'll just have to wait for a couple years before I see it. I wonder what big movies and TV shows I wil miss.

hmmm, what has happened here recently? Well, we started a progressive investigator thing. My teacher acts like and investigator and yesterday we contacted him in the "park", (in Danish), and set up a teaching appointment. We are teaching him the first lesson tonight in Danish.

Well that's about it for now.

Have a great week! I'l sen you another email on Wednesday. Bye bye!
Love AEldste Lee

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dec. 2, 2009

Hey there family, and anyone else who reads this!! Hvordan går det?! (How goes it?) This week has been really good. I can't believe how fast this past week has gone by. It seems like just yesterday was my last P-Day! I'm trying to think of what happened this past week, but I'm having trouble remembering. We had another devotional on Tuesday. The Church Primary President, Sister Lant, and her husband spoke at it. It was really good. I sang in the choir again. Oh yeah, We have gone to the prosilyting (or however its spelled) center (formorly known as the Referal Center, it was recently changed) I've been talking to this investigator, Charles Daniels on the phone who read the book of mormon and believes that it is true, he also believes that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, but he is reluctant to have the missionaries come over because he lives with his parents and they really oppose the church. So I have been talking with him and trying to help him. It is so cool talking to these people, because it is real missionary work, not just fake MTC practice stuff. Something that is really hard living without is music! It is now a rule at the MTC that we cannot have ANY music at all! Because some missionary brought an Ipod touch and got on the internet. So I can't listen to anything! So I guess that is probably a big reason that I am going to choir, so I can actually hear music. I go to the temple on P-days. I'm gonna go there right after I'm done emailing. It was closed last week because of Thanksgiving, so this will be my first time since I've been here. I'm pretty excited! I heard about the BYU-Utah game! It sounds like it was a great game! I bet Jansen was pretty bummed out about the outcome. My friend Alice sent me a University of Utah tie pin in a package because she knows that I'm a BYU fan, so on the day of the big game I wore a red tie and U of U pin. So Ældste Van Nevel, the one who fell off the bed, he went to the doctor yesterday and found out that he fractured his heel! It was like his second day here and he already broke his foot! He is going back to the hospital later today to see what needs to be done about it. I hope it doesn't hold him back or anything. There are a lot of Christmas lights up now at the MTC. It is really pretty. We also decorated a little christmas tree and put it in our room. It is crazy that Christmas is almost here! It doesn't feel like Christmas at all! Yeah mom, don't worry, I'm taking plenty of pictures. The mtc can print them off for pretty cheap, so sometime soon I will print some and send them home. That is awesome to hear about Jeremy and Heidi's news!!! That's exciting! Tell them congrats. Oh yeah, I had a few things I wanted to tell you. First of all, I need Camron's address and/or email address. He sent me a Dear Elder, but it had our home address so I don't know how to get a letter to him. And also I would prefer if while I'm in the MTC you only send me Dear Elders or hand written letters, not emails. Because I don't get to read the emails until Wednesday's, and I only have a half an hour for email. So that would be great if you do that. Well I'm just about out of time, so I gotta get going. Let me know how everyone is doing, and tell them hi for me. Have a great week!! Love Ældste Lee

Monday, November 30, 2009

Handwritten letter 11/27/09

Hey Family!
So although my P-Day is Wednesday, I have an hour and a half for letters on Friday mornings because they had to schedule some service into our P-Day instead of on Friday mornings like it's suppose to be. If that makes sense.
So anyway, I have a few things to say. First of all, thanks for the package!!! It was like Christmas! All the guys were jealous of my "Fancy Lunchable". It was delicious. Oh and I forgot, thanks for the secret package you packed. I can never have enough Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
A couple days ago, me and my comp met Sister Elizabeth Smart. She bore her testimony to us about why she was serving a mission. She has a great spirit about her.
Also while I have been here I've run into a few people I know. I've talked to Breck Lewis, Jason Simons, Tyler Pugh and a few guys from school. They all seem to be doing great.
Thanksgiving was awesome! We had a devotional and Jeffery R Holland and his wife talked! That's 2 apostles in 3 days! It was way good. We also had a pretty good Thanksgiving dinner. And we did some humanitarian service project. How was Thanksgiving for you all?
Oh yeah, Sorry to hear about the Rubiks Cube. I guess Tia will have to figure out how to solve it.
There is something I want to tell you about my companion, AEldste Hansen. He is a cool guy and all, but he snores worse than anyone I have ever seen! For the first week I hardly slept at all, but I got some earplugs now so it's all good.
Umm, what else is going on?
Oh yeah, I don't want to gain 20 pounds here like Camron did, so I've been running 1 to 2 miles each day. Mom and Dad, you should be proud of that.
Well, I gotta get going.
Have a great week.
Love, Aldste Lee

Handwritten letter 11/25/09

Hey Family!
There are a few things that I forgot to tell you about in the email. I'm not sure when you will get this letter because of Thanksgiving and all. And that brings me to the first thing, Happy Thanksgiving!!! To me it doesn't even seem like the holidays are here. I don't even have any time to think about it. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving at Grandma and Grandpa's place, and have a great time at the condo.
Something else that I forgot to mention is that Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke here yesterday at a deveotional, (and his wife). It was way good. This might surprise you, I sang in the choir for it. We sang my favorite hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
So how is everyone doing? Is everybody getting by without me? Are Jerry and Trent getting excited for their missions? I know that they will both do great.
Well, I miss you all, sometimes. I don't have very much time to even think about home. I was thinkin today that I am around 1/104th of the way done with my mission already! ha ha. I'l be home in no time!
Well, tell everyone hi, and tell them I miss them. Have a great Thanksgiving and a great week!
Jeg elsker dig!
Love, AEldste Lee

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First letter from the MTC!

Hey Family! And everyone else who might read this message!! I bet you spent this last week wondering if I was still alive. My P-Day is on Wednesday, so that is when I will be sending mail. So to save time, I think I will send you a message about what has been going on, and then you can post it on the blog or whatever. And also, make sure you post a link to the blog on my facebook or something. Alrighty, The first week at the MTC has been great! It is a ton of hard work, but the spirit is always so strong here. I am amazed at how much I have already learned. In the short time I have been here, I have already learned a ton about the lessons, and my Danish is coming along. I can already bear my testimony, pray, and introduce myself, along with a few other phrases in Danish! Mom, your Danish is coming along nicely too. But I'll bet anything you pronounce it wrong. 'Jeg elsker dig' is not pronounced like Jeg elsker dig. It is pronounced more like 'Yai elskeh die' My companion is a cool guy. His name is Aeldse Hansen. He is from Portland Oregon. And the rest of my district is awesome. Our district is only 4 people, and we are all going to Denmark. The other 2 guys are Aeldste Shreeve and Aeldste Van Nevel. They are all really cool and we have already grown really close. My first meal at the MTC was one that I will never forget. I had turkey and potatoes and gravy. I will never forget it because after I got all my food, I dropped my tray on the ground and everything shattered and got all over the ground. I got potatoes all over my pants and shoes... How's that for a first meal? The food for the most part is pretty good though. Last night I had the opportunity to help with a blessing. Aeldste Van Nevel fell off his bed a few days ago (top bunk) and hurt his leg. He has been limping ever since, so he asked us to give him a blessing. I did the annointing, and Aelste Shreeve, our district leader, sealed the annointing and gave him a blessing. It was a great opportunity. Oh yeah, on Friday we went to the Referal Center, where people call in for the free book of mormon or dvd or whatever. So I talked with a few people there. It was way cool. I'm excited to go back there. Well I'm getting short on time so I'll finish this up. I miss you all. Tell the family hi. And mom, don't worry too much about me, I'm doing fine. Jeg ved at Jesu Kristi Kirke af Sidste Dages Hellige er sand. Jeg ved at evengeliet er sand. Jeg ved at Gud gengave sit evengeliem gennem Joseph Smith, oh jeg ved at Joseph Smith var en profet. Alrighty, Have a great week! Jeg elsker dig!!! Love Aeldste Lee

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Manti Temple

We took Tyler to the Manti Temple on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 to take out his endowments. What a great day! Grandma Sharron and Grandpa Ed were able to join Tyler, Camron, Tom and me. The temple president and matron spent 20 minutes with Tyler and Tom in their office and gave some very good teaching and advice. What a neat thing to have 2 of your kids in the temple with you!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You have been called to serve in the Denmark, Copenhagen Danish Mission!

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After waiting 5 days in Japan, Tyler was able to come home and open "The Call"! What a surprise to hear Denmark, Copenhagen! We are all very excited! It will be fun to start learning all about Denmark, the language, the culture, the people! Congrats Tyler! You will be a fabulous missionary! He doesn't leave until November 18th, (Tom's birthday). He will probably be nice and ready to get on his way!