Dear Mommy :)
Question and Answer time
with Elder Eagle :) [I asked him 20 random
questions! Dallin’s MOM]
1. So you have a new
companion? I bet that is fun! Sounds like you really like him.
Yes I have a new
companion and we are instant best friends. He is such a bro and just makes this
work so much fun. I honestly consider him one of my best friends. It’s weird
how you spend literally 24/7 together and, if you click, you just become close
in like a couple days. I’ve only been with him a couple days and, ma,n I want
him to be in the frat house with me and Bunji. It’s pretty awesome. He knows
the language super well, he actually helps me and corrected me when I mess up
which is just completely amazing. I’m learning so much this transfer. This is
the transfer where you really see how much of the language you really know. It’s
2. Where is he from?
He is from Rexburg
Idaho!! "Mormon-ville USA" is what he calls it!
3. What do you have in
We have everything in
common. He is just such an easy guy to get along with and everything is going
well. We talk 24/7 and can just talk about anything. I honestly could serve
with him for my full 2 years and I would be completely fine with that!! He is a
sporty guy, played football and such. Has a good looking girlfriend so I know
he can’t be tooo weird... haha That's a really good indicator of if a guy is
cool or not is pictures of his lady friends :)
4. Are you the senior companion
I am not the senior
companion because he is technically like 3 months older than me in the mission.
But were both really young so it’s hard to look at him and the
"senior" but he is better at the language and teaching skills so
yeah. But he’s new to this area so I have to do ALOT!!!
5. Anything else you can
tell us about him?
He is definitely a bro
for sure and Frat-house material. He is a good guy. We work really hard and we
play hard too :) It’s all about having balance and doing the Lord’s work, but
doing it in a way that is effective and fun and we’re really good with that
balance. Don't worry :)
6. How is the language
coming? Sounds like you are being forced to use it more!
The language is flowing
like no other. I have to use it so much and I am the one who had to introduce
him and lead lessons and do a lot of the talking. We’re pretty good about 50-50
teaching and talking. I have grown the much in these last 2 weeks. It’s weird
that I felt completely comfortable approaching someone and talking to them. I'm
far from fluent, but give me a couple more months. It’s all about gaining
confidence and once you have that, you aren't afraid to make the mistakes and
such. One thing I noticed is just to act like you know the language. That's
what I do and it gives me loads of confidence to the point where I realize that
I do know the language pretty good. It’s nice. And I'm only going to improve.
The trick is to just not slow down.
7. What is the most
unusual thing you've seen IN the ocean?
Old WWII ship parts!!
Everywhere!! I see lots of just washed up garbage. I found an old Super
Nintendo that I brought back to our apartment. I'm waiting for some controllers
and some games to wash up too!! (Fingers Crossed!!) Haha [Always the jokester, isn’t he? MOM]
8. What is the most
unusual thing you've seen on the beach?
Refer to the last
answer... In the ocean, just the MASSIVE tuna fishing ships that put the 1000
foot ships in Duluth to shame!!
9. Who is the coolest
kid you've met so far?
Coolest Elder... Man
there are soo many I definitely can’t put just one up there. Parkinson would be
high up! But there are like 10 homies who are just amazing that I would work
with in a heartbeat. Marshallese person... Just any of the members... they are
so amazing. They are all so funny and they think I am hilarious so it’s
awesome. Probably cuz I'm saying things wrong and act like I know what I'm
10. What is the best
conversion story you've heard?
The best conversion
story is my own conversion. I knew this gospel was true when I left, but it has
only gotten deeper and stronger since I have been here. Also Bill and Mina. I
got the opportunity to baptize Mina a week ago and I was the one who started
teaching her. The fact that 2 months ago she didn't know the simple truths that
bring such joy and peace into people’s lives to now knowing and striving her
best to follow the gospel of Christ is awesome. I literally put hope into her
eyes. Seeing that transformation has been the most fulfilling thing I have done
out here. I don't care if I can’t help anyone else out, I rescued the one. Mina
and her family mean so much to me. Also Betna. Same story with her. It was
awesome. I got to baptize them both on the same day.
11. What is your
Scotcheroos? What a
silly question. Haha I got all the ingredients to make them and I made them for
FHE with bishop’s family and they are IN LOVE with me now. haha They want me to
make them every week and the kids want to have Family Home Evening every other
12. Does anyone there
remind you of anyone here?
Brother Mewa is Art's
twin brother!! They look the same and act the same its nuts!!!! Other than that
every now and then, but I can’t think of any right now!!
13. How are you doing
Parkinson and I are
being health freaks right now!!! And to be completely honest I'm getting
ripped... We work out super hard, bike all day and eat soooo healthy. We plan
out all of our meals, it’s wonderful. I hope I can keep it up. I'm about 155
pounds right now, I'm benching 220 (reps) and feeling amazing. One day we biked
30 miles because some complications happened for a person’s wedding and we had
to help cuz they didn't have cars!!
14. How are your teeth
doing? You mentioned that they were giving you some trouble and I hope that
they can be fixed if you need them to be.
My teeth are doing alright.
I'm gonna schedule a dentist visit. I don't know, I might have to go to Hawaii
to have work done, but hopefully not.
15. Do you feel like you
are being watched over by Parker? I know that he is in Heaven being a
missionary there and that he loves you and is watching over you and hoping for
I feel like he's on my
shoulders. I know he helps me. It’s like I'm not talking to people alone. It's
like he’s right there teaching people with me. It’s unreal and I know he’s
helping me do my work for these people.
16. Do you sleep in beds
or on the floor like in the movie, The Other Side of Heaven?
The house I'm in right
now has beds, but in some of the houses we’ll be on the floor. I can’t wait. That’ll be good and hard. The
bed I have right now is great!!
17. What's the grossest
bug/ critter you've seen so far?
Don't know what they are
called... but it’s a spider that no joke the body of it not including the legs
is the size of Dad's fist... And man those things are scary.... Boy am I a
18. Are you feeling
I'm not trunky. I'm
doing really well. Just sometimes it’s hard to not think about home! But having
a companion who is just easy to talk to and get your mind of things helped. Trust
me, it’s not the weather that I am missing... hahaha Its perfect here
and I am in no way excited to come home to that!! It’s my family that I
miss. Just being with you guys is awesome and I miss that. But I'm helping
create eternal families out here so It’s gonna be okay :) I keep my head in the
game. Don't you worry!!
19. Question is private!
is private too – Dalln’s MOM
20. Are you happy and
safe (no more "accidentally" falling into the ocean?
No more falling into the
ocean. I'm being as obedient as I can, but I'm not perfect so there is room to
improve. But I know that when I am obedient I feel better, work harder and have
better success. Trust me that I know what I need to do :)
I'm disappointed in
Tanner for not getting that 300c yet... Gosh if I was there, he would have
bought it by now... I know you guys miss my leadership :( It’s okay though.
They always say you only realize how much you need them, after they are gone, but
don't you worry babe I'll be back to get our house back in order soon :) Man,
what would you guys do without me... I'm excited about Logan taking a trip out
to Utah and doing what he loves. Ashley is great and I really do like her. So
who knows what will happen? I hope Conner is enjoying working and Macey is
staying away from the boyz.... geez.... don't worry when I (the enforcer/guardian
of the Ingalls family) get home, I'll be able to resume responsibility and get
things in working order again... hahaha
I got Dad's package
today and pounded those Sprees!! I'm eating healthy but I'm not insane!!!!
hahaha keep up the good work. I love you all and love everything you are doing
for me. You guys are awesome and just keep being people that our Father in
Heaven want us to be. Just roll with the punches and flow with the ocean.
Answers to Dad’s
questions in his letter:
1. I baptized Mina
Takiah and Betna Jelan (pronounced sailor) on the 1st of June!!
2. The house we built
was actually super good!! I never knew I had it in me. It hasn't fallen over
yet so I did something right!!!
3. We get our new mission
president this month. At the end!! So hopefully I get to meet him at a mission
conference or something!! I don't know President Shaw the best, but I love the
guy... he’s amazing.
I love you all!!! The
memory card, I sent it home last Monday so you should get it soon!!! Hopefully
everything goes well with it. Pray!! Keep it real and I will be right back!!!
Love you All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Elder Eagle :)