Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Six months to sexy

Elder Coca is a baller. I love my new son. His name is Spanish for Coke so all members think it's hilarious.

Anyways, I wanted to share a miracle. Last week, we got a referral from the missionaries in Mexico. It was for a man whose wife is being taught by the missionaries over there. Anyways, we went to find him (his name is
Valentine). The address we were given only had the number of the apartment building, not the apartment number. So we just decided to knock the whole building, figuring we would probably find him as we asked around. While we were  knocking, we found an unknown part-member family from Central America! Then, through the mission office, we got in touch with the missionaries in Mexico. They gave us Valentines phone number and within the hour we were in a lesson with him.

Sunday, both Valentine and the new family from Central America came to church. It's cool to see how the Lord works. Valentines family is getting baptized on Saturday and I am sure he won't be far behind. This is good for Elder Coca and I. 

We bike like the dickens out here, but it's good as I continue my six months to sexy.

Love,

Elder Trev

Elder Coca and Valentine



Friday, June 30, 2017

Biking our tails off



Elder Hogg



You gotta know the bad to appreciate the good...

We have had some good stuff happen here. Tons of people I have taught from old areas are getting baptized, so that's awesome.
Here in the next week or so we will be having a baptism for a black man from Haiti. He comes to the Spanish branch because he knows Spanish and French but not English. He is really awesome guy.
I have been learning a lot of patience with my new companion; he is a good person but a hard companion at least for me. The transfer is already half over though and then he goes home. Plus we have been going on exchanges so I have time to get away. We live in an apartment with 4 missionaries and I am the only one that doesn't like Star Trek and world of war craft etc...it's a different world for sure.  But, you gotta know the bad to appreciate the good.
Our area is doing awesome though. The family in the picture is way cool though. We went over there and they would never answer.  I knew there was non-members in the house so we kept calling and going over. Finally we caught the mom outside cleaning her car one day and just got talking. I asked her if she had ever tried a root beer float before and she said no (they don't really sell root beer in Mexico). Anyways I convinced her to let us come back and make root beer floats with her kids. It was delicious and we ended up having a great lesson.
The son is a member and wants to pass the sacrament and the little girl asked us to baptize her. It great; I call it the root beer float miracle.
I am reading the New Testament now because I finished the Book of Mormon
last week. Turns out that book is true too!

I love y'all 
Elder Pattee


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Basically in Mexico

We had a good week. I am basically in Mexico now, most days we don't even speak English. It's also an all bike area. It's pretty fun and we have some cool investigators. I have been memorizing the living Christ, it is helping me a lot to stay focused.

I did my laundry this morning and somehow a red crayon got in there. When we pulled ALL of my white shirts and my garments out of the dryer, everything was tie die. I spent all morning with a scrub brush and bleach, which helped quite a bit actually. I am going to keep scrubbing tonight when I get home. It was pretty rough.

We both got flat tires this week and it rained so hard that we would've been dryer jumping in a pool.

That makes me so sad to hear about bishop. I really love him. 
I hope he gets better. 

love y'all

Elder Trev


I am in Irving. My address is
1721 E Grauwyler Rd #117 Irving Tx


Elder Davis

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Healing

We had a good week. My face and hand are not perfect but both are healing really well. We took another trip up to Oklahoma and it went really well. We had some good lessons.
Our investigators are doing well. We are just praying for miracles. Here is a picture of my investigators house. They actually live there.

Love you all,

Elder Pattee



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dog bit, tornado and a rash

Hey Y'all

We had a good week, 12 non-members came to Sacrament meeting yesterday. There was some pretty bad tornadoes here this weekend. We are totally fine.  The members said that it was the worst one they have had around here in 40 years. We are good out here in Gilmer though.
Elder Balls and I are heading up to Idabell, Oklahoma today to go hiking with the missionaries up there. They are the only companionship in that area so they are always alone on P-days and their area is not doing so great so we wanted to go do something fun with them.
I have had kind of a rough week. I got bit by a German Shepard and it was pretty deep, but we just decided to super glue it.  Now I have this rash on my face and my lips are like doubled in size. I don't think the rash is connected to the dog bit because the bit is healing well.
 No need to worry, I am sure I'll be fine. I didn't want to go to the hospital because they would have killed the dog that bit me;  it was our best investigators dog. Anyways if my face doesn't get better in the next couple days I'll go to the hospital.

I love y'all

Elder Pattee

Broken Bow River Oklahoma



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Que bárbaro

This was fast. We are so behind in our area. We have been helping out the other missionaries in our zone, so we haven't been in our area very much this week.
It was cool though I got to go up to Oklahoma and Arkansas and I was super close to Louisiana. The areas we went to for the most part are just having a hard time and the companionships weren't getting along. I got home and was super grateful to have the companion I have and the area I have. #SientoBendecido
Conference was great we had a bunch of investigators watching conference with different members, some of the talks were great for them! Not to mention our mission president got called to be a 70 and didn't even tell us. No one was really too surprised because the man is a baller but I was a little taken back by how soon it was.
We had Zone meeting this week and it was awesome. It was a meeting I'll never forget.
Time is flying by here in Gilmer. We found a new investigator named Charlie this week that I am really hopeful about.
Anyways
Love
Y'all
Elder Trev



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pure Joy

The best part of the week was going to Dallas to see my favorite people in the world. It was so fun. I loved going to the temple with them. It was pure joy. We went to lunch after wards and ate goat, it was pretty good.
We are working hard to find, teach and baptize. We have some great members here.  Alivia Brown will be getting baptized on April 15th, she is so cool. We are praying for miracles to have more people come unto Christ.
I included a picture of Elder Nguwa and I in a moment of pure joy.

Elder Trev


Dallas Temple trip with Plano family  for Ana to receive her endowments



'Letter" from March 20th

Today was the birthday for one of the elders in my zone so we grilled fajitas for him. It was really fun and I think everyone had a good time.
We have a lot of good stuff going on here. We are going to play soccer though so I got to go.

Les quiero

Elder Pattee
Elder Nguwa


Monday, March 13, 2017

Goodbye Plano:( Hello Gilmer:)

It was so hard for me leaving Plano. I feel like I left my children behind. But I know the new Elder that replaced me and he is the man so that was comforting.
Our ward here is a MACHINE, we are out with members everyday on splits. Our bishop even set a baptismal date for us at church yesterday.
I have been reading a lot in the New Testament and it's so good. I really enjoy reading about our Savior. 
Today we are driving to Dallas so we can go to the temple tomorrow.
Literally everyone here smokes. Everywhere we go there's cigarette upon cigarette.  This is basically a pure English area right now so feel free to email me in Spanish because I am going to lose it fast.
Right now we  are teaching a teenager named Conner. He is literally a genius, defiantly to smart for his own good. He is a sweet kid but he doesn't believe in God or Jesus Christ, which is like the first time I have seen that my whole mission. Everyone here at least says they believe in Jesus even if they don't really mean it. It's been difficult teaching him, last night I think we made some progress though, in that he thinks he felt the spirit. Because he is so smart he loves to read, once he reads the Book of Mormon his heart will melt into Jesus's hand.

Shouts to all the ballers out in Plano, I miss y'all so much!
Love,
Elder Pattee

PS. Oh yeah my new companion is form the Congo and has a crazy story. I still don't know all of it but maybe I'll fill you in next week. 
LES QUIERO


Elder Hans Nguwa

Zone Leader

Dear Brother and Sister Pattee,  

I am pleased to inform you that your son, Elder Trevor Pattee has been called to serve as a Zone Leader in the Texas Dallas Mission.  I believe that his ability to lead by example and his willingness to serve others will be a great benefit to the mission and to the Lord's work. 

This will be a great opportunity for him to develop his leadership and organizational skills.  He will have responsibility for giving workshops and training those in his Zone.  He will still have a proselyting area and will be most effective as he shows by example how missionary work can be done. 

Your faith and prayers in his behalf will be heard by our Father in Heaven and felt by your son and those he serves.  We appreciate your support and sacrifices to allow him to serve here. 

May the Lord bless you and your family in all that you do. 

Sincerely,




Brian K. Taylor, President
Texas Dallas Mission

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Last Supper in Plano

Plano has been good to me

Hey so I am not sick anymore. Life is good here in Plano. I feel so comfortable here, I know all the members really well. The branch president and I are literally best friends. I have been here 6 months so I'll probably be transferred next week. Plano has been good to me.

We had some awesome baptisms this week for people that I absolutely love. I really think Joseph will serve a mission and Ana will be going to the temple before I know it. We are going to do baptisms for the dead, with all these converts here soon.  We gave Juan the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday. We had some other investigators at the baptisms this week which are really looking solid. Here are some picks from the baptism.

Love,
Elder Trev

PS
We don't baptize people for numbers... But I just checked the mission numbers and we officially led the mission this month :)

Joseph and Ana

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I Think My Comp Gave Me Cancer..



We had an amazing week. I have been super sick but we still have to get stuff done. We spend most of our P-day today preparing the most golden women ever for baptism. I loved it but I think my companion wasn't as happy. I have been super stress out all week because one of my favorite investigators had a problem with question 4 in their baptism interview. They finally got their interview from president today over the phone. So I sat in on it and it turns out it was just a miscommunication that happened in the first interview. I feel so much better now I was also able to interview a black woman named Key for baptism for another companionship in my district; that went really well. Elder Hogg writes the best group emails though! I attached it below
Love, Elder Pattee and Hogg

So last week there was a citizenship conference thing here in Plano. A member signed us up to have a table there to kind of advertise our free English class. It turned out to be a great place to find new people to tach the gospel to as well! One of the people at this conference was a lady that runs a non-profit immigration center thing. It's like a small office where they help you fill out the necessary forms and stuff to help and get your citizenship. Well we talked to her and now we help out a day or two a week over there. Just helping people fill out forms and stuff. We're also the only white people lol. The lady that runs it loves us and took us to lunch. She always tells us that we were sent there by God to help them.

There's a waiting room that's always packed with Hispanics every morning waiting to talk to the people that help them with their cases. The other morning she asked us to say a prayer at the start of the day. It's kind of  religious place too. It has Baptist in the name but it's not connected to any church or anything. So Elder Pattee stood up to give it and then everyone in the room stood up too. It was kind of funny. 

This week Elder Pattee has also been super sick with something fierce. His eyes have been pretty bloodshot and he's been blowing his nose constantly and been having headaches. He's been jokingly saying I gave him cancer. Well It's a rule here for areas with cars to not drive them at least one day a week. So this past Thursday we biked everywhere. We figured we biked at least 20 miles and it was killing me but especially killing Elder Pattee. We tried to ask members for rides (we had someone lined up for later in the night but they got sick) but nobody was answering their phones. So for our one appointment we biked across the city of Plano and knocked on the door, exhausted, and they said they weren't feeling well and to come back next week. It wasn't a total waste. We visited an old investigator in the same complex for a couple of minutes before biking home. I'm sure someone, somewhere, was blessed for it.

On Tuesday a call came down the line, all the way from the top. Elder Neil L. Anderson was coming to the mission. For our meeting with him he had specifically requested a large rolly-aroudn whiteboard and we were tasked at finding one. We immediately jumped in the car to check our building and nothing. Only chalkboards. So we called the district and one of the other buildings in Plano (there are 3) had one. So we told the APS and they picked it up. Mission Apostolic Whiteboard: Accomplished. 
The next day it came down the line he wanted a lapel mic. We called our resident tech guru (Bro. Nine) and sure enough he had one. We're not sure why the APs were calling us about these things. He was going to be in the Richardson building and there's other companionships that aren't any further away. It's probably because of our awesome faith and willingness to help and Apostle of the Lord, and our humility.

Friday was the meeting with Elder Anderson and that was cool. We were divided into groups based on our zones and got to take a group photo with him. Then we lined up and got to shake his hand as we entered the chapel. He was traveling with an area seventy: Elder Wilson (i think?) and a general authority seventy: Elder Pearson. So now I've shaken to Apostles' hands (the other, Elder Oaks when he visited Milwaukee).

He talked like dad at the pulpit, one hand in his pocket, the other gesturing and moving his paper. His talk was almost entirely about Christ. He spoke mostly about making sure we sure up our testimony of Jesus Christ here on our mission. He essentially challenged us to memorize 10 scriptures from the New Testament and 10 from the Book of Mormon that personally testify of Christ. That way they "resonate in your soul for the rest of your life." He said you can't really be a disciple of Jesus Christ if you break his commandments (he used the Law of Chastity as an example). Sure, you can believe in him, but only at a surface level. For if you have a deep understanding and belief in him (that's where the memorized scriptures com in ) you wouldn't break the commandments. Faith is alive, he said, if it's not growing it's shrinking. 

He also mentioned that the First Presidency and The Twelve are worried that Christ and the Atonement are being mentioned separately and talked about as two separate thaaings. He also said, "I hope you don't argue with people that believe in Christ. Celebrate with them and if they say we believe in a different Christ, tell them you celebrate that they believe in their Christ." (We're not supposed to argue with anybody for the record btw lol)

Elder Anderson mentioned earlier on that he was going to get to specific stuff about our mission but we're pretty sure he ran out of time (the meeting went way over). He didn't really get into any numbers or anything like he hinted he would. He didn't even use our whiteboard! He was in meetings with President Taylor all the last couple days so I'm sure he knows what he was going to say.
After the meeting we all stood up and he and the rest of the stand walked out and he said "goodbye, we love!" Afterwards Elder El-Bakri got up on the stand (he's an AP so he runs meetings sometimes) to announce on last thing. It was all quiet and somber in there after Elder Anderson walked out and Elder El-Bakri gets up on the stand and says "That was awesome!" It sounds stupid trying to explain it but it made everyone crack up haha. 

Elder Anderson had an adult fireside the next night, that was broadcast to 14 stake centers in the Dallas area. The stake building he broadcasted from was ours! We only got to go though if we were bringing investigators. We had an investigator there and two less actives. We realized nobody set up translation though, so Elder Pattee did it best he could. He was still crazy sick but he got to sit up on the far end of the stand and he translated for an APOSTAL. I sat in the back waiting for our people to get there so I could give them the headphones. I probably very well could have sat in the back rows of the stand, but I didn't want to have to come down off the stand, and walk all the way to the back, in the middle of Elder Anderson talk.

During that meeting he also talked about families and how important it is to guide our children in the way of Christ. Oh yea! I think he accidentally told us he's a Republican. 
There's a senior couple in our mission that he knows personally, and he was talking about how callings or careers or sides you choose, whatever really don't matter to the Lord. Only that you remain righteous, have faith and follow the commandments and how awesome it was that they were serving out here. I don't remember how exactly he said it, but he brought up Harry Reid as an example of a church member who people don't agree with, but still does what he's supposed to, and that's what matters.  I think he didn't want to get political so he just kind of said "well, anyway, we love him because he's a member." Everyone kind of laughed because it accidently sounded like he was saying 'we love him, even if he is a democrat' lol. And during the fireside he said, last time he was in the Dallas area they met with Rex Tillerson, who is now Secretary of State. He said he doesn't know about the politics of it all, but they found him to be a very honorable man. I guess Rex told them he was worried that things like the Law of Chastity weren't being taught in churches very well around here.
We had 2 baptisms on Valentine's day (9 and 11 years old) and 2 more this coming Saturday! That'll be 5 this month. Elder Pattee did the baptisms in Spanish and I did the confirmation for the 11 year old in English, because even though his mother speaks almost entirely Spanish, he knows almost none. They are an amazing family though. 



Trev's  District with Elder Anderson