Happy Father's Day!

In April, as we were doing interviews, I asked each missionary to share with me some words of advice, wisdom, counsel or one liners that they remember their parents sharing with them. I listed all their thoughts from their mothers the end of April for Mother's Day. I promised I would share their thoughts from their fathers for Father's Day.

Elder Ah Mu - Stay close to the Lord and pray often.
Elder Alcorn - Don't be the best Joe or Bob you can be....be the best Jake that you can be!
Elder Alexander - Have uncommon common sense!
Elder Alford - It doesn't matter what you're going through in life, if you look for the good, you can make
any experience fun.
Elder Anderson - Lead, follow or get out of the way!
Elder Andrews - Make sure you learn something new everyday.
Elder Asay - Pray to the Lord about 'this', I know that he will help you.
Elder Askham - 1) One of the biggest things girls are always going to notice is how you treat your
mother, treat her well. 2) Always drink your milk!
Elder Austin - Use the scriptures, they will bless your life. "I'm not a scripture geek, I'm a prophet
geek". Love you Dad.
Elder Barnard - Return with honor.
Elder Barnes - If you mess up I'll kill you :-)
Elder Barton - Listen to your mother!
Elder Bassett - Work hard and bring people the gospel.
Elder Bell - Going on a mission is the most important thing I wanted you to do.
Elder Bertagnole - Don't do a halfway job.
Elder Bowe - Smile! Even a man of steel has to worry about rust. Build your own fire and it will warm
you twice. Best two years, yes, but also the hardest. Sometimes it's not the best for you but you're
the best to help someone else. Apply cross country and endure!
Elder Bowzer - Be quiet and eat your food! He taught me to always try new things and to man-up!
Elder Boyce - Go ask your mother!
Elder Bradsher - If the police bring you to my door, I'm telling them that I don't know you! If I die while
you are on your mission, don't come home.
Elder Brough -"Open your mouth and the Lord will fill it." "Badger, we don't need no stinking badger!"
Elder Bunnell - Work hard, push through the hard times and do your best.
Elder Burch - Don't give up!
Elder Burton - Just be patient!
Elder Bush - " Do it well and correctly the first time"....that is the biggest piece of advice ever.
Elder Byers - 'Honor your priesthood.' 'If I catch you drinking, I will break every bone in your body.
'Always fulfill your duties as a priesthood holder.'
Elder Callejas - Never give up.
Elder Callirgos - Come back safe.
Elder Camp - 'Stronger men than you have fallen' ... be humble, not overconfident. 'True work is
more work than playing.' 'If you make an exception to your standards once, you will do it again
and again.' My fathers best wisdom came in his own example. He is the most obedient, diligent,
hardworking man I know....and he expected that of others as well.
Elder Carleton - Listen to your mission president and obey.
Ekder Carr - 'I have found the enemy....it is me.' Only compare yourself to yourself, never compare
yourself to those around you, as success for them isn't success for you.
Elder Ceneno - He always wants me to be sure of my decisions because each one of them will have an
effect on my life.
Elder Cevallos - My father had a lot of words of advice for me. He told me obedience is a very
important factor. He told me that Satan works extra hard on successful missionaries, so I should
always be sure to obey even the smallest of rules to make sure there is no chance of straying off the pass.
Elder Chamberlain - Be as obedient as you can. Love the people, love your companion, but most
importantly love God.
Elder Childs - (best friend's mom and dad shared this) - Serve faithfully and you and your family will be blessed.
Elder Christopher Christensen - Squeeze the trigger, don't pull the trigger....meaning slow down and
think before you act.
Elder John Christensen - Don't worry about home, nothing will change by the time you get back. If it
does you will have changed by then too.
Elder Clapp - "Want to go dive in the ocean?"
Elder Clavijo - "yo te apoyare en todo lo que hagas", "no recibas lo negativo" "La felicidad se
encuentra en uno, no en nuestras circumstancias", "No generalizes tusopiniones", Te quiero y adoro.
Sister Clevenger - When we joined this church we knew it wasn't going to be easy. It is difficult but it
will be worth it in the end. I know you can get through anything. You are an amazing daughter and I
am so proud of you.
Elder Coad - 'Stay alive!'
Elder Constantino - "You can't help everyone, but help everyone you can"...while doing yard work together
Elder Cook - Be diligent now and be diligent forever.
Elder Cooper - He taught by example.
Elder Corvalan - Do what God expects of you no matter what. Be an example of the believers.
Elder Daines - Serve with honor, return with honor.
Elder Davis - Don't watch rated-R movies. Don't get shot, if someone shoots you, shoot back.
Elder Denker - When he bore his testimony I knew that he knew. He always bore powerful testimonies.
The love and encouragement and trust my parents give me has been everything.
Sister Dixon - I am so proud of you.
Elder Downs - Follow the white handbook and you will never fail and you will always be protected.
Always remain worthy of the Lords priesthood.
Elder Dunn - Don't do anything stupid. When mom isn't happy, no body's happy! Yes, dear, I'm sorry!
Elder Elmer - My father always told me to stay strong in the church and have great courage.
Elder Estes - Do your best. Do what you need to do. Never do anything you would be too
embarrassed to describe to paramedics.
Elder Fackrell - If you don't want to do the work, you won't!
Elder Fairbanks - Don't underestimate what you are capable of.
Elder Farnsworth - Work hardy and pray for your investigators. If you think that it is a one man job,
then do it yourself!
Elder Feldman - Do your best and the Lord will do the rest. Be humble, work hard, trust in the Lord
and everything will work out all right.
Elder Ferris - There will be moments when life will seem hard, but your trials that will make you stronger.
Elder Fetner - My dad said to our missionaries when we were investigating "I wish I had had an
opportunity like yours when I was your age." That is when I knew I would go on a mission if I
joined the church.
Elder Figuerrez - Rely on the Savior Jesus Christ in all that you do.
Elder Fish - Awesome!
Elder Flores - He taught me how to work hard, he told me to always come home tired and to always be
busy and to teach by the spirit always. "Apaga el telephono"
Elder Francis - Do not criticize others for differences. People don't want you to solve their problems;
they want you to listen while they solve their own. No throwing balls in the house!!
Elder Fulbright - Don't sweat the small stuff. Keep the rules and you won't get in trouble.
Elder Gawrych - You can make it one day at a time, you can keep on doing it and I know it will get easier
in time.
Elder Grady - Remember who you are and who you represent.
Elder Graff - If you don't know what to do put on your shoes and get to work.
Elder Grover - Other people don't always know what you're talking about.
Elder Harding - Go big or go home!
Elder Hartman - Missions are the only opportunity to dedicate 100% of your life to the Lord.
Elder Hawkins - My dad e-mailed and told me about his 21st birthday in the mission field. He said in
that area he felt such strong love for the people and his companions all the time. This helped
me have a stronger desire to do as Mormon said, "Pray for His love."
Elder Henderson - The worst punishment is to let down those you love.
Elder Hugie - My dad has stressed the importance of prayer while I'm a missionary.
Elder Humphrey - Make me proud.
Elder Irwin - "Two of the best people in bad circumstances will eventually fall." "Of the people I deal
with (as Branch President) if there are problems, they arise from not doing one of three things--
studying the scriptures, praying or going to church."
Elder Jiminez - You have a way of connecting with everybody. You are just like my father...even the
street dogs loved him.
Elder Jithame - Going to church blesses families.
Elder Johnson - If you get an airplane then make sure to register it on land that is in a country that you
don't have to pay tax!
Elder Jones - Go to work and get it done.
Elder Josephson - Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without! Goose-it!
Elder Justice - "You'll never make it to next year, boy..." "You never have to work for someone else."
"Always follow the spirit."
Elder Kakau - Love everyone that you run into. Make them remember you as the Elder who was very
sincere with them.
Elder Kamalamalama - "Ask your mom"
Elder Kiaha - Love the people, love your companion, love everyone.
Sister Knighton - The whole world is crazy, except me and you. And sometimes I wonder about you!
Be a leader in example.
Elder Lane - Don't be stupid. There is someone there waiting for you.
Elder Larsen - Follow the rules to allow the spirit's guidance. Rules are there for a reason. Have fun.
Elder Larson - If you don't feel like praying, the best thing to do is pray.
Elder Layton - Keep the Holy Ghost and teach. My brother said - Be completely honest with yourself
and everyone around you at all times. That's it.
Elder Lee - Alma 26:22 "If you repent and have a desire for the work, and do the word, the mysteries of
God will be opened unto you. You shall see miracles." He shared that scripture before my setting
apart by the stake president. While he was setting me apart in the blessing it was mentioned that
I should be like unto Ammon.
Sister Leilua - Love your mission president and his wife, love your companion, love everyone you
teach. Never be discouraged, listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and pray always.!
Elder Lento - (Elder Olsen's companion, Elder Alder) - Be the companion that you would want to have.
Elder Liddiard - When the times get so tough on the mission that you want to quit, always remember
that you can use your experiences to help other people in the future.
Elder Lloyd - "My Boy! Keep the Lloyd Swagger!"
Elder Sergio Lopez - Don't ever get discouraged, don't ever give up, don't have any regrets, don't be
afraid to be great.
Elder Venancio Lopez - You're smart. Whatever goals you make in life, make sure you achieve them.
Elder Lougee - Be good!
Sister Mack - Faaitoito (diligence) te tuni nora (trust in the Lord).  Be friendly to everyone.  Imagine
    people  in their whites when you teach them.  Follow-up is the most important thing you can do.
Elder Markle -When repainting a house make sure when you remove the old paint that you stand with
   the wind or else you'll get the paint chips in your eye!
Elder Marks - Never any specifics that come to mind but he always pushed me to be my best and was a
   great example in all aspects of his life.  He supported me in all sports, education, spiritually and most
   of all  for my mission.
Elder Marler - "Son, this is not a deomcracy.  It is a benelovent dictatorship."
Elder Matekel - Go to the dentist!
Elder Mathis - Work hard.
Sister Maumau - Love your companion, be humble, pray always and quit being so  hard on
    yourself.  Sis....get to work!  -- Sonee Maumau
Elder McClellan - Learn how to pray.
Elder McCoy - Work hard; don't give up."
Elder McOmie - work hard, forget yourself, and find those people who are waiting for you and the
    message of the restoration.
Elder McPherson - "One elephant bite at a time."  "Be positive."
Elder Miller - You are be-awesome!  You are halping so many.  I'm so proud of you.  Keep it up!
Elder Millington - I love you, proud of you, be safe, have fun, never change and do your best.
Elder Moreno - Work with the light that you have, every people in th world have this light and it can
    increase with your light and your example.   Be obedient, be strong, be humble.  Keep the spirit and
    always smile!
Elder Mouser - You man not always feel ready for lifes challenges, but lifes challenges will be ready
   for you.
Elder Norman - Don't buy a car on your mission!
Elder Ostler - Be nice to everyone, even if you don't know them.
Elder Packard - O, be wise, what can I say more?
Elder Pearson - Work hard, and don't find your wife while on your mission.
Elder Peters - Never put twinkies on your pizza!  Whatever choice you make, the results are on you.
Elder Petersen - You're in denial!  and that is not the river in Egypt!  (He said that fairly often)
Elder Pomee - Be humble, always love your companions and if you dare touch your companion, he is  
    going to hurt you!
Elder Quintana - Don't do anything stupid!
Elder Reid - Keep the gas tank always above the halfway mark.
Elder Retuerto - Always work hard and try my best.  In a hard time, look for happiness and smile.
Elder Reyes Sanchez - Work, love, respect others.  Be kind with others.
Elder James Rice - Nothing good happens at night.
Elder Trevor Rice - Trevor, think before you do something!
Elder Roberts - Safe driving and hard work!
Elder Robinson - Don't do anything sutpid!
Elder Michael Robison -Don't worry about other elders.  The mission will bless you.
Elder Brandon Rogers  - I don't know, did you aaask your mom?
Elder Rogers - (Grandpa) Don't do anything I would do!
Elder Rolfson - DOesn't matter what you do, be the best!  Don't be stupid!
Elder Rothert - I love you....anyways.   Keep smiling.
Elder Schank - Don't do anything stupid.
Elder Schleiffarth  - I love you, you are my favorite son!
Elder Sellers - My dad has shared how important a mission is and how proud he is of me serving.  He
   understands what a blessing it is, and his letters help me to realize that I am able to fulfil my calling.
Elder Siddoway - When you do something, do it right the first time.
Elder Simmons - You know everything you need to know.  Don't mess up!
Elder Smith - Finish strong.  Do what is right.  Do the job right, not half right.
Elder Smithey - He used the same advice President Gordon B. Hinckley received from his father while
   on  his mission; "Forget yourself and go to work!"
Elder Snow - No means no!  When I would say I would want something he would say "I want a million
    dollars."  What part of stop don't you understand?
Elder Sombke - No matter what you've heard from me, you mission president is always right when you
    are his missionary.
Sister Spencer - My father is a wonderful support to me and always encourages me to keep learning
   and growing in the gospel.
Elder Spencer - My dad taught me whe ti is time to work, work hard.  When it is time to play, play hard!
Sister Sprouse - Never judge (dad) .  Give the mission all you have got!  The Lord will always be there
     for  you. (stepdad)
Elder Stanton - No matter how right you think you are, there is always someone who can step in and
   intervene.  Don't ever get even or mad...just get ahead!
Elder Stevens - What's the good word?  Now we're cooki' with gas!  Seize the day!
Elder Stevens - My dad has always told me to work hard.  He is a football coach, so he told me to work
   on the mission field like I do on the football field.
Elder Strong - The harder you work the more you will get out of it. The reward will be greater with more
Elder Stucki - Preach My Gospel is such a valuable tool  Use it and apply it and you will have success
   as as missionary.  Work hard!
Elder Sugiyama - Stop crying, rub some dirt in it.  They told me at the orphanage that you were a hard
   worker!   You missed a spot.  Work hard and always do your best.
Elder Sullivan - Make me proud!
Elder Tanner - Work hard and enjoy your mission while it lasts..
Elder Tapusoa - Never give up or put your head down.   Represent your family.
Elder Taylor - What has always stuck out to me more than anything is my dads amazing example of
   selfless service, dedication to my family and hard work with no complaints.
Elder Terry - Work hard, pray harder and be 100% obedient.  Work like it all depends on you.  Pray
   like it all depends on the Lord.
Elder Theurer - Keys to a successful mission --Worthy, Obedient, Work hard!
Elder Thompson - Don't do anything stupid!
Elder Tindall - It's not what happens to us that makes us better people but  how we handle what
   happens to us.
Elder Tipa - O le a'oa'oga lava a lo'u tama ia te a'u ma o'u uso i matou afiafi fa'aleaiga ina ia ou aoao mai i
    la  a'oa'oga mai i le a'oa'oga a le Tupua Solomona i Tusa o Fa'ataoto 1:8-9
Elder Torres - Always be obedient, record every good      second of your life, be a good example, serve
   the lord always.
Elder Towns - Don't go a day without learning something, if you learned nothing, the day was wasted.
Elder Uland - "Speed kills, but velocity has direction."  I interpret that to mean that you can spend time
    and energy on something, but you won't get anywhere without focus. (because speed is only a rate
    but  velocity is speed in a given direction).  It is a math geek thing.
Elder Velez - Find a wife that will love your kids.  Don't do drugs.  If someone is messing with the
    family fight back.  If you fight, you better win.
Elder Villalobos - In whatever you do, do the best in it.
Sister Walker - Remember to pray for the family at home.  I'm proud of you (showed by actions). Do
    your  best.
Elder Weaver - Tough titty said the kitty but the milks still good!
Elder Weed - Your mouth is going to get you into trouble.     Frank Weed      Just do what you are
    supposed to do.    David
Elder Weekes - My dad always told me that 'eagles don't run around in the chicken coop'.  As members
   of the church we stick out to the world, and we should always act as representatives of Christ.
Elder Welker - What is right is not always the easiest.
Elder Cody Williams - Keep up the good work.
Elder Wilson - I love you but I don't want to see you for two years!
Elder Wiscombe - Plan your work and work your plan.
Elder Wood - Study the Book of Mormon.   Work, work, worl all the time!
Sister Woznow - Remember who you are.  You are tenacious, go and work hard.
Elder Wright - Don't fall off the roof.
Elder Zanudo - My dad shared Psalms 15 and explained the importance of the temple to me.  He asked
     me if I  was ready and worthy to enter the temple.  He  told me always remember who you are and 
     with who you've made covenants.
Elder Zegarra - Keep up the good work.  Be yourself.

Once again...another marvelous work and a wonder has taken place...transfers...June 14, 2011

On to the next chapter.......

On the evening of June 13th we had a farewell dinner and testimony meeting with the ten Elders that are leaving our mission. This is always a bittersweet evening. We love the missionaries that serve here and it is always hard to tell them good-bye but we are also excited to see them move on to the next chapter in their lives....education, marriage, carreers. We wish you the best!

 Elder Hartman

 Elder Wiscombe

 Elder Terry

 Elder Coad

 Elder Uland

 Eldere Davis

 Elder Carleton

 Eldere Stucki

 Elder Burton

 Elder Pearson

We also released four Elders to go home a little bit early so they could
spend some time with their family before leaving home again to start school. 
Good Luck as you hit the books!

Elder Jacob Martin

Elder Hill
Elder Modawell and Elder Nick Martin

New Missionaries

One June 13th we welcomed eleven new elders to the mission. We greeted them at the airport, went to the mission home for breakfast and some orientation. We then traveled to the mission office for lunch and more orientation. Later in the afternoon they paired up with missionaires serving in the Las Vegas area. They had the opportunity to teach that evening and stay in missionary apartments. The next morning they were given the assignments to their new areas and met their new companions.
We are always excited for new missionaries to come....they are happy, excited, apprehensive, tired, hungry, ready to hit the ground running and full of anticipation as to who they will be serving with and where they will be serving

Elder Markle
Elder Alexander

Elder Larson

 Elder Weeks

 Elder Alford

 Elder Mouser

 Elder Harding

Elder Strong

Elder Bell

 Elder Stevens

 Elder Lee

P-Day Hiking with Sisters

Last week on P-Day we gathered the Sisters serving in the south area of the mission and went hiking up Ice Box Canyon in  Red Rock Canyon.  It was a fun day.  It started out being a cold windy morning but ended up being a perfect day for a hike.  The only thing that would have made it more perfect is if we could have had the Sisters from the north area with us.

Sisters Spencer, Leilua,Dixon,Clevenger, Sprouse, Walker, Wright, Elder Wright

Sisters Black, Clevenger, Walker, Sprouse,Dixon, Leilua,Wright, Spencer

Thanks Elder Wright...a fun time was had by all!

Welcome Elder and Sister Bradshaw

We welcome Elder and Sister Bradshaw to our mission office staff.  The Bradshaws are coming from Saratoga Springs, Utah.  Sister Bradshw will be taking over Sister Wright's responsibilites and Elder Bradshasw will be taking over Elder Wright's responsibilites.  We are excited to have them here and welcome them to the the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission.....the best mission in the church!

June Zone Leader Council - North and South

As missioaries go home, changes take place in leadership. Elder Hill went home a few weeks ago and Elder Schlieffarth was called to serve as the new Assistant to the President. We appreciated all that Elder Hill did and we welcome Elder Schlieffarth on board. We also welcome some new Zone Leaders, some new District leaders and some new trainers who have been asked to serve. We appreciate all who have been serving in these assignments and welcome those who have recently been asked to serve.

Zone Leader Councils

Elders Stevens, Rice, Kiaha, Pearson, Schleiffarth, Liddiard, Irwin, Matekel, Tapusoa, Stucki

Elders Williams, Rice, Pomee, Schlieffarth, Spencer, Josephson, Towns, Hensley, Kamalamalama, Valez, Bush, Byers
Elders Rice, Hill, Schlieffarth

May 2011 Zone Conferences

Zone Conferences are held quarterly. There are nine zones in the mission. Four in the north area -- Reno, Reno North, Fallon and Carson City. There are five in the south area -- Tulle Springs, Lone Mountain, Red Rock, Las Vegas and South.

Tule Springs Zone

Lone Mountain Zone

Redrock Zone

South Zone

Las Vegas Zone

Carson City Zone

Fallon Zone

Reno Zone

Reno North Zone

Senior Missionaries

Senior Missionaries
Elders Josephson, Petersen, Miller and Constantino singing a special musical number
at South Zone Conference

Elders Tapasoa and Pearson singing at  Carson City Zone Conference

As part of our training in Zone Conference we continured to do role playing. The role playing took place in the 'living room' of the investigator. The lesson "The Restoration" was taught. There are eight segments to the lesson. For every segment we called a different companionship to come up and teach . They had no advance notice and they had five minutes to teach the information. It was an incredible experience to listen to the missionaries teach. Each companionship did a wonderful job. 

Vehicle inspection takes place at every Zone Conference