Monday, September 11, 2017

The end is near

This was a good week. It is has been weird with the end of my mission approaching rapidly. It kind just hit me the other day that missions actually have an end. 
But we are having a good time. We sat down with the senior missionaries and our recent converts to get going on their family history and it was pretty cool. It made me want to do some of my own. I love these converts.

Honestly I am just happy to be a missionary for right now. I just started reading the Book of Mormon again, and I hope to finish it before I finish my mission. I really like my ward. Elder Coca is learning a ton of Spanish, we just finished reading the Book of Mormon for Niños together. There was such a difference from how he reads now from when we started. 

It is still way different still having a new mission president but I like the guy. Idk if he will ever be able to replace President Taylor in my heart, but he is a good guy. 

I have been studying all the general conference talks by Richard G. Scott, he does his own Spanish translation for his talks. It's been fun to really study one apostle and learn from him. His Spanish really isn't that bad for an 80 year old white guy. 

The word is progressing here, we are teaching repentance with love and boldness and people seem to be listening. Some people need to spiritually wake up a little bit.

Les Quiero,

Elder Pattee


PS
I broke my back last week doing service for the hurricane. We moved so much water it would blow your mind! The other people that were with us were dumber than Harry and Loyd. We have a new lesbian couple we are teaching that came to church for the first time this week so that was pretty dope!

PSS
Also if anyone was curious, I got more flat tires than I have fingers and
toes this week....


My district looking fly



Monday, August 28, 2017

Keepin it White

The best thing that happened this week by far was the baptism of Mica Ela and Ana. On Sunday we got to confirm both Ana and Mica Ela members of the Church. Elder Coca confirmed Mica Ela and I confirmed Ana. Valentin moved back down to Mexico with his family and he's going to baptize another one of his daughters. Love that guy.

Elder Coca, Ana, Mica Ela



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sabes que, te voy a bautizar

We had a sweet baptism for Valentin. His wife came up from Mexico to see it! Ana Ocampo and Mica Ela are doing awesome, they passed their interviews with flying colors. They are all set to be baptized next
Saturday.
Elder Coca and I should be staying together. My other son Elder Hogg is training which means I am going to be a grandpa.
Lots of good stuff going on. We had our mission presidents fireside last night. We filled up the whole Stake center with investigators, it is  people cool getting all missions investigators in one place. Two Stake presidents spoke, some recent converts spoke and we had some cash money musical numbers.

I will try and write more next week, love y'all

Elder Trev


Valentin




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Work smarter not harder

Life is chill here in The TDM. The strongest convert ever got baptized from my last area. Valentine is getting baptized on Saturday. And honestly the Lord is just blessing us. I wish I had the time to sit and write y'all but legit the mission is awesome.

Love,
Elder Trev



Elders Pearce & Andersen

Elders Coco, Pattee and Hogg


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another week here in Paradise

Another week here in Paradise. I legit really love this place. We have the most awesome family that is progressing nicely. It's an 84 year old grandma and her 19 her old granddaughter. The daughter is best friends with someone from my first area, who is now on a mission in Mexico. They finally told us this week that they want to get baptized and the mom of the granddaughter, who is a less active member came church for the first time in a long time yesterday. 

We had a lesson with them this week, the grandma told us she hadn't drank coffee in 8 days! I was so happy. I asked her why she had decided to stop and she said "because you said it was bad for me". She says it's really hard but we promised her it would be worth it. 

Pretty sure I got heat stoke on Saturday. We helped two different families move. Then had some long bike rides and I was not feeling my best. It's hot here but I survived. This summer has gone by so fast. 

There's this less active guy that I really like. He flips cars for a living and I just think it's so cool. Anyways, he is sealed to his family and everything but he moved out and now he lives in his shop. Every Sunday he tells me he will come, then he never does. Anyways this week I told him we were going to bike to his house Sunday morning before church and then he would take us from there. Anyways we went over there yesterday morning and he was all ready to go, it was awesome. I told everyone he was coming and no one believed me. But when we walked in together everyone really welcomed him. 

We live with two other Elders and they are having serious problems in their companionship. It's terrible! They will probably get emergency transferred today.

Anyways I love you,

Elder Pattee

Psalms 82:6 



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Square Tires

Life is good here in Irving. We are going with the members. I like my new son, Elder Coca. He looks exactly like the guy from Wizards of Waverly Place, it's pretty funny. 

We had a sick meeting with our new misión president yesterday and we are getting a lot of good stuff. It's kinda weird having to explain stuff to your mission president but the guy is a stud, he is a freaking Harvard graduate!

Anyways our investigators daughter got baptized in Mexico (see pic).  He came up to me after church and asked me to baptize him, so that will be pretty rad in a couple weeks!

We brought one of the priest out with us this week on bikes, at like the 3rd house he tossed his cookies. My companion and I were dying. I felt really bad, the kid had all the signs of heat strokes. It was a hard day for me and the priest, we both fell off our bikes! Another missionary broke my bike on an exchange so I was on the worlds worst bike! It had square tires with no tread, the peddle was bent and the seat was all sorts of messed up.  Anyways,  because there was no tread when I turned my bike slipped right out from underneath me.

I was reading Jacob 5 this morning in Spanish and my mind was just so enlighten! That's a bomb chapter

Love,
Elder Trev
Xoxo

Baptism in Mexico of our investigators daughter 
Elder Coco/Justin Russo


Special Trev








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