Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ryan Letter June 17, 2013

Dear Neuhaus Family,
We are so close to getting our first baptisms in Guayaramerin. This place hasn't had a baptism in 6months! We need to kill this drought. This past week we had 251 contacts and 25 lessons. We worked hard. And we didnt even get to work on thursday because my companion got super sick. I'm pumped for this week. Hopefully we'll be able to commit the two people that are sooo close to baptism here. I got faith. Just need a little action from the investigators and we're set.

Man, I've never hated dogs more in my life. I've ran away from more dogs here than ever in my life haha. There's freaking rotweilers and pitbulls everywhere and man they are mean!!! It's hilarious, my companion thinks it is super funny that I'm scared of them. I even had to kick one in the face the other day because it came running at us. Not gonna lie I felt like a stud ha. Oh and then the other day we saw some making love....we just looked, laughed, and then ran as fast as we could to the next street over because these people started looking at us like "what you've never seen that before?" it was pretty funny.

Talk about stress. Not about my own problems but others. This week we made a plan of action for one of our investigators who is an alcoholic, hopefully he sticks with it and breaks his habit. He's a great guy who has the desire to be baptized, just gotta break his trial. We have faith! I know all things are possible through Christ.

This week I got to see a MONKEY!!!!!! A menos activo flia in our branch has a pet monkey, how sick is that?! It was going crazy, I don't think it likes being tied up too much. It wouldn't let me pick it up which was too bad ha. And when the families son tried to pick it up it bit his finger. Not cool. OH and lots of people here have pet Parrots. They are tight! We find dead animals all over the road too. This place is too cool. Love the jungle, just wish it was just a little less hot! ha.
All in all I've been loving the mish. The language is coming along fine, I can teach half of the lesson now and let my companion teach the other half. I know this is only because of my faith in Heavenly Father and the Gift of Tongues. It's hard to be out here and away from you guys. I'll have moments where I imagine what each one of you will look like by the time I get back (I'm sure Dad will probably be bald hahaha) it's pretty sad. Just know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers each and everyday. Only 22 more months til you get to see me! I've already got a pretty great farmers tan going, I'm sure I'll be crazy dark by the time my mission is over. Oh and I'm in great shape, I've never enjoyed working out in the mornings more. It kills all of my stress...and theres alot of stress out here.
I've never loved the Latino people more, I know that life here is incredibly hard. Some of the rules stink like I can't give the little kids a hug when they come up and grab my leg, I know that's all they want and need to make their day. But rules are rules. And when we are obedient to the rules we will be blessed so I gotta follow them cause we definitely need those blessings.
Last week I bought two soccer jerseys for 50 bolivianos. That's like $7.05. I love it. I'm falling in love with the sport of Futbol. My companion is good enough to play for the Argentina team, he turned it down because they play on Sundays, his dad played professional futbol and he saw how playing on sundays wasn't worth it. Big testimony builder. It's too bad I'm not in Sao Paolo, Brazil for the world cup next year. Theres rumours going around that the missionaries are gonna be able to go because literally everyone in the whole city will be there or watching the games so proselyting won't be possible. Jealous. ha.
Stay close to the gospel while you guys are in TN. I know that because of the gospel I am who I am today. Study the scriptures as a family and have family home evening each week. Only through Christ
can we acheive true happiness in this life.
Love and Miss you guys alot, Stay close to the Lord, he's the only path to happiness in this life.
Elder Neuhaus
On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM, <> wrote:
Dear Elder Neuhaus,
 Sorry didn't write to you this week we didn't have a home computer.  We love you and were getting ready to go home to Tennessee. I hope this catches you well you still sitting at the computer so you know your mom loves you!
Have a great great week Elder!  We are so proud of you. Love you lots, mom

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 17, 2013, at 8:22 AM, Ryan Neuhaus <> wrote:
dear Laura,
It is freaking awesome! I will definitely let you ride it with me. I miss you and love you too!
Elder Neuhaus
On Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 10:44 PM, <> wrote:
Dear ryan
I think  it is cool  how you get to ride a motorcycle.
And if  you do  get a motorcycle you  have to let me ride with you.
 mark sent you a  letter then  Andrew pussed send and sent it to  the wrong 
persen.Ryan IIove you and miss you so much.

 Sent from my iPad

On May 29, 2013, at 7:40 AM, wrote:
Dear  Ryan, I have miss you so much .why do they call the MTC theCCM?we all love you! Do good!
Love ,
Natalie.                                            Sent from my iPhone

On May 28, 2013, at 3:21 PM, Ryan Neuhaus <> wrote:
Hey Family,
I have had a good week. Only 5 more days in the CCM! Yay!!! ha.
Umm do you mind looking it up in the past emails i have sent you? i dont have much time to send emails and i have about 10 different people writing me right now so i'm trying to split up my time so that i can at least send everyone a line or too.
I bet that was still an awesome time. I'm jealous you guys got to be on the beach and in the water. I won't have that for another 23 months at least! Haha i bet brad was bummed out. I hope he was still grateful they got to go. He'll definitely treasure that memory like i treasure going to Spain with dad.
That dude is huge!!!! No steriods?!?! wow. Maybe i'll get that big by the end of my mission. 150 pushups and 300 situps every night so far :)
I went to the temple for the last time for 23 months today. Really felt the spirit. Put your guys names in the temple one last time today. I hope you feel the Lords love and blessings in your life each and everyday. You guys are constantly in my prayers. Teaching investigators has helped convert me to the gospel even more than i was before i came out here. ive realized that even if i dont baptize a single person throughout my entire person i need to be converted to the gospel more than when i was here.
I'm almost done with the book Jesus The Christ. Did you that Christ did not even know that he was the savior of the world until he was 30 years of age? He understood that he was Gods son but did not realize his purpose until he was baptized by John the Baptist. Incredible. Such an amazing book.
Spanish is coming along as it comes. I understand everyone no matter how fast they are speaking and I can read with a great fluid accent but coming up with words in my head is hard on the spot. I'm ready for a latino companion so i will be pushed harder everyday.
So far the mission has been everything I have needed and more. I am grateful for every opportunity I have gotten here and have made lots of friends. Tell Mom that I might have even found my next girlfriend when I get back ;) Hermana Adams. Really nice girl from Conifer, Colorado. She actually knew Jon Layne when he lived there.
Today we got to go to Pizza Hut. We managed to convince the Mission President to allow us to since it was our last p'day and we miss american food. Pizza has never tasted so good. Bought a watch, a CTR (HLJ) ring, and a Peru soccer jersey. Everything is super cheap here. It'll be even cheaper in Bolivia. 1 american dollar is 7 bolivianos.
I hope you guys have been enjoying your excursions lately. Sounds like you have had alot of fun. I miss you guys alot and tell everyone about you and all of your little adventures. Everyone thinks i'm just a little rich kid but i see how the Lord has blessed my life. I am grateful for the example you guys have set for me as parents and i hope to replicate that with my own family someday. I've had to give 3 blessings to sick people here so far. I've kind of played "doctor" here as well. I never realized this but by watching how you, bishop lifferth, and other doctors have treated people i've picked up some stuff. Maybe it's the Lord encouraging me to become a doctor like you. I dont know, we'll see. I have lots of time. People around me call me "Doctor Neuhaus" its funny.
Love and Miss you guys alot. Stay safe and live the commandments of the Lord. He will bless you.
Elder Neuhaus
On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM, Matthew Neuhaus <> wrote:
Elder Neuhaus,

Hope you had a great week.  We really enjoy your letters.  I know you told us before who your companions were but I'm a little slow.   Can you tell me again so I can add it to the blog we have started for you?

This past weekend I took brad, Gabe, josh and Andrew to California.   I would have sent a picture of a huge fish but we didn't catch one.   We were 50 miles off the coast and saw lots of dolphins and sea lions.  We caught 39 fish, all small rockfish.  Brad only caught one.  He wasn't very happy.   It was fun though.

We spent Saturday morning at Venice beach.  They were having a powerlifting competition and the picture I attached is the kids with a world champion power lifter named CT Fletcher.  At one point he bench pressed 710lbs.  He is 52 now.  Oh, and he is 100% natural.  No steroids.  He was huge.

Other than that not a lot to report.  We are heading back to Tennessee in a couple of weeks.  About the time you get to bolivia.    I bet you are excited to get to the field.   Enjoy your last couple of weeks at the MTC and going to the temple.  You will miss it.   I'm impressed that you are reading Jesus the Christ.   Reading the books you have will definately help you be a better missionary and will strengthen you understanding of the Savior.

You are in our prayers!   Love you Ryan.


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