Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 28, 2010

ALrite Im going to try to keep this email pretty short, because everyone NEEDS to write the article at the end of this. I was sent it by a friend, and it is one of my favorites. JUST READ IT!
Ok so this week was good, we had 5 baptisms and a wedding so thing are looking pretty good. I set a goal at the begining of my mision for how many baptims I would like to take part in. Well just this month I realized that I have achieved it. I honestly did not know if I would be able to make it, and im realy excited I was able to meet the goal. Also this week was my Companion Elder Su`a´s Birthday. Well we ending up eating at a place called Sirloin. It is like ChuckArama. And Mexico was playing in the Mundial. That is the big big soccer championship. It was pretty crazy with all those fans, realy fun, but very sad when Mexico lost.
Also this week President Cox leaves. Tomorrow to be exact. So our new President will be here Tomorrow afternoon. It is realy weird to think that someone else will be in that position. But I will try and talk to him, and write you a quick email at some point this week.
Well that is most of the new news this week, please read this article!
Elder Paul
Transcript of Commencement Speech at Stanford given by Steve Jobs
6/14/2005 | Steve Jobs
Posted on Martes, 14 de Junio de 2005 06:18:09 p.m. by Swordmaker
Thank you. I'm honored to be with you today for your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. Truth be told, I never graduated from college and this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation.
Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months but then stayed around as a drop-in for another eighteen months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife, except that when I popped out, they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking, "We've got an unexpected baby boy. Do you want him?" They said, "Of course." My biological mother found out later that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would go to college.
This was the start in my life. And seventeen years later, I did go to college, but I naïvely chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and no idea of how college was going to help me figure it out, and here I was, spending all the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back, it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out, I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me and begin dropping in on the ones that looked far more interesting.
It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms. I returned Coke bottles for the five-cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example.
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer was beautifully hand-calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and sans-serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me, and we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts, and since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them.
If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class and personals computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.
Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later. Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever--because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
My second story is about love and loss. I was lucky. I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents' garage when I was twenty. We worked hard and in ten years, Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. We'd just released our finest creation, the Macintosh, a year earlier, and I'd just turned thirty, and then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew, we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so, things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge, and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our board of directors sided with him, and so at thirty, I was out, and very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down, that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure and I even thought about running away from the Valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me. I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I'd been rejected but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods in my life. During the next five years I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world's first computer-animated feature film, "Toy Story," and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.
In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT and I returned to Apple and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance, and Lorene and I have a wonderful family together.
I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it, and like any great relationship it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don't settle.
My third story is about death. When I was 17 I read a quote that went something like "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "no" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important thing I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctors' code for "prepare to die." It means to try and tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next ten years to tell them, in just a few months. It means to make sure that everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope, the doctor started crying, because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and, thankfully, I am fine now.
This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept. No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don't want to die to get there, and yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new. right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it's quite true. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalogue, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stuart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late Sixties, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. it was sort of like Google in paperback form thirty-five years before Google came along. I was idealistic, overflowing with neat tools and great notions. Stuart and his team put out several issues of the The Whole Earth Catalogue, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-Seventies and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath were the words, "Stay hungry, stay foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. "Stay hungry, stay foolish." And I have always wished that for myself, and now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay hungry, stay foolish.
Thank you all, very much.
My shoes can talk!
I see you . . .
Can you see me?
These belong in some sort of walking shoe museum!
At least we look good in our brand new suits!

June 28, 2010

Well ya I have been thinking about Emilys wedding, and I dont agree, but I will suport her no matter what.  But I did write her a pretty big letter, and she has promised me that she will write me back today or tomorrow. 
Also sorry about the shoes, I could not believe when my tennis were all the way through and then today my shoes fell completly apart. I think and hope with the 50$ that that will be perfect, and so you know im going to try and by some tennisshoes and some work shoes. So that would be good and thanks! 
Mom dont worry about me not focusing, I was realy glad you told me, and I reealy am pretty good at just thinking about what I need to think about. You know how good I am at tuning things out! :D

I love you lots,
Elder Paul

June 21, 2010

A Friend
Someone hit the light post in front of our house
A sweet new drink we found
A cool picture of my companion and me in front of a lovely pond
A convert bought my companion and me new suits - a little tight - but nice

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 14, 2010

Hey everyone,
Well It was realy good to hear from everyone. Well things are going pretty well here. I think i told everyone already about who my companion is and were I am. Well we had 2 baptisms last week and we are looking at about 7 more this week. The ward is realy awesome here, and so are the people. We have a problem rite now in the ward, of alot of the kids who have been baptised never had there registers sent in to the church offices, so we are doing alot of research finding all those families. Tomorrow we are going to be going to Leòn as a mission to go tell our good bys to Pres, and Sister Cox. It is crazy how weird it will be to not have them here in the mission. Our new Pres is Pres De Valle. He is from MOnterey Mx. One of my good friends Elder Larsen wrote me and told me that he is a member in his ward, and that he is realy fun. He will be bringing his wife and 4 daughters. It will be cool to have them all here, but i dont think we will be allowed any longer to go in the Pres. house. Pres DeValle will be coming the 28th of this month, and when he arrives i will be finding out for sure what date i will be coming home.
Lets see we have been working way hard, but it has been pretty hard to keep everyone going with pres Cox goign home so soon. Yesterday it started to rain, and man did it rain. It turned the road infront of our house into a river. And when I say river i men like a realy river. One brother from the ward gave us a ride home, and his car was realy realy struggling, especially because the water was coming into the floor boards. It was quite a crazy expierience.
Well I love you all, and cant wait to see ya,
Elder Paul.
P.S. My address is
Calle Torre Vieja #128
Col. Arbide
Leon, Guanajuato 37360
Mexico Leon Mission
PO Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
United States

June 7, 2010

I gave Elder Paul a bad time this week because my emails are always chatty and a little long and Ken's are pretty short. Ken, however, gets a special emails every week. I asked Elder Paul where mine was. :) This is that email:
Hey so here is teh letter dedicated to you. So Thank you so much for the emails every week. It realy is great to hear and talk to you every week. Well everything here is giong realy good. Mom I just want to tell you how much progress i have seen you make. You are doing great. Just keep it up. Something that i have realy been trying to do realy hard is to STOP, AND THINK. It is hard, we dont realy have it built into us to do this, but I realy like it. Even Our lord Jesus Christ did this. I like the storry when the people wanted to kill the woman who had commited adultry, i like that christ did not shoot rite back at them, and say listen guys.... no i like it because it said he knelt down and drew a figure in the sand, and then he replied. I think realy this can help us alot, but it is realy hard with the pride we have to do this. And that is the other thing that I have personally been trying to work on is being more humble. This is realy tough I know. We live in a world were we all want to be pridefull, everyone tells us to be pridefull, but i have realized the last little while when we try to change others, or try to force ourselves upone others, we are just being priderull. Well just a few thoughts but i want you to know i can see and hear the difference! I love you mom,
Elder Paul

June 7, 2010

Good day to all,
Well this week has been pretty crazy. I finatly got moved out of Irapuato. In total i finished up with about 10 months in that zone, and about 85 baptisms there, so it is great and i have alot of friends there. Now i am in the city of AguasCalientes, in teh state of AguasCalientes, and for you spanish speakers yes that does mean Hot Water, and yes the water is always pretty warm here, we dont even have to use a water heater. My new companion is Elder Su`a. I dont know if you remeber me talking about him, but we were together in Salamanca for a long time, and he is one of my favorite missionaries. We are zone leaders out here in the zone of Aguas Jardines. I cant believe how beautiful the city is! It is crazy they acturally have city people who come around and dump trash cans they have on every block! It is crazy it is cleans and smells good. And it is all built on rolling hills, so all though it is realy tough to walk around, it looks realy nice.
Lets see as far as teh work goes, we are going to be starting from scratch this week. The elders who were here in this area before, were both headed home, so the area realy got left alone, so it will be down to the ol grind again.
Other than that there is not too much new, i will try to send you all some picutres, 
I love you all
Elder Paul

June 1, 2010

Hey Everyone,

Well myldsmail.net is not working rite now in this internet so i am going to have to just write you all on this email, but please make sure to wrtie me back on the other one. Well this week has been way crazy. I think I did at least 50 baptismal interviews this last week, and my companion and i Had 10 baptisms this last week. That means we finished the monthe with 15. It was hard work but i still feel bad that we finished a bit under our goal. Well also it looks like i am going to be taking off next week for a new area. I will miss this area and my converts, but I think it will be good to have a bit of change. I just got back from a trip up to Leon. We had the Zone lead consilio. It was realy crazy knowing this is the last time that i will see pres Cox in one of those. We are all going to be going up to Leo non the 15 to wish him farewell. I know we have had our disagreements, but im realy going to be miss him alot, and cant wait to see him at our misión reunión in October.  Lets see other tan that we are just trying to work realy hard and keep everything going. 

I love you all,
Elder Paul

May 24, 2010

Good Day,
Well it has been a pretty crazy. We had four missionaries living with us. Well do to alot of problems the last two days, they just ended up leaving this morning. It was a huge headache, but looks like we will be done babysitting them for awhile. Well ya this week has been realy good full of lots of work. We are going to have 13 baptisms this week. They are realy going to be sweet converts. I also had to have a talk with a bunch of members who just dont realy understand that we are here to work and nothing else.
Other than that we are just trying to keep ourselves very busy, it is realy freaking me out how soon the go home day comes. It is crazy you definatly see two types of missionaries going home here, there are those who cant wait to go home, and count down the days, and then there are those that are just worried and work as hard as they can, so i am trying to be like the second type. But no matter what it is scarry i have to leave home, to go home!
I hope all is going well at home, i love you all
Elder Paul

May 17, 2010

Hey everyone,
Well me and Elder Tew are working realy hard. It is realy sad, we had interviews this last week with President cox, and he told me that i am going to be heading out to leon the 30th for my next assignment as zone leader. It is sad because in total i only em going to get aobut 4 weeks with my companions, wich is realy tough, because he is one of my favorites. Well other than that we have been working realy hard to get baptisms set up. We have four tonight, we have 8 on Friday, we have 16 on the 26th, and we have one on the 28th. THey are all way great! i love these people and it is realy cool because most of them are family members of converts and just because they have seen the changes of in the lifes of people they love, they have all started to listening. Our biggest struggle is going to be for the 16 for the 26th there are four of them that are not married. One of the families can pay for the wedding, but we are trying to figure out some way to help the others out,or see if we can get like a deal for having so many :)!
But that is one of the favors i want to ask, but can you see if ben or someone can sell some of my car stereo stuff? It looks like im going to need a good amount of money to realy get this done, so if you guys could sell PLEASE anything of mine to get 200$ or so, that would help out alot. I know you all worry about selling my stuff, but please do it, it is for a much greater cause than me having a few toys when i get home. Also, and im sorry to ask for it, but i am down to my last 3 allergy pills. Is there anyway to send those? Thank you for everything.
Ok so to get a storry in here realy quick. So we are teaching a guy named Israyel. He is the one who is going to be baptised the 28th. Well one day i got up in the morning and told my companion that we are going to change the area were we are knocking. I knew kinda were i wanted to knock but i had no idea why, since we were having alot of success in our other area. Well we were walking and i saw the street and knew it was that street and then the first door we knocked a guy walked out and invited us in. He told us his sister was a member and invited us in. THe lesson went well, but at the end we wanted to finish with a prayer. Well somthing new that i have started doing is asking all the inv to offer the prayer after the first lesson, and we can help them. I find this realy helps bring the spirit, and the people are not scared to pray at night, and find out if it is true. Well he started to cry as he was praying the next day we came back and challenged him and he exepted. He then told us that his pregnant wife and him were both in an accident three years ago. That his wife and child both died. He said he never has found a point to life after that happened. He said he finaly feels like he has a reason to be hear, and told us we not only are saving his soal, but his life as well.
To make it even more, yesturday his sister who is a member saw her brother in church with us, when she asked him what he was doing he got a huge smile and told her he was preparing for his baptism. She started to cry. After she told us that she could not believe it, and knows for sure that miracles do happen.

For me this has been one of my favorite expiriences, i cant wait to send you picutrues of Israyel and his baptism. Please keep up the prayers!
Elder Paul

May 3, 2010

So this letter is going to be realy short, but i will catch everyone up next week when we talk to you on the fone. Crazy that this is the last time. Well I am still waiting for my new companion to come, as he is stuck in the MTC waiting for his VISa. so it has been a realy busy week, being with about three differeent missionaries in different areas every day. But we did manage to hold a baptism for 2 inv from my area. Other than that there is not anything new. i reay cant wait to talk to everyone next week and ill send you the number and time sometime this week, oh is there a time that is best? and can you see if there is a time when i can talk to eric too?
I love you all
Elder Paul

April 26, 2010

Good looking

Baptism Cake

My shoes #1

My shoes #2

My shoes #3

Friend in the house


April 26, 2010

Hey Everyone,
Well this week was changes. I am still going to stay in the same area Ward Jacarandas in Irapuato, GTO. My companion left to the same area i started my mission in. He is still young, but i think we got him turned around, and he should be a realy good missionary. Well i am going to be District Leader this change, as well as I am going to be getting another Hijo (Kid) Yep that is rite im getting another greenie rite out of the MTC. Only problem is we are still waiting for them to get their visas so they can head this way. Oh and P.s. Elder Gray is in the same boat, he is D.L. and is getting an american kid. Life out here is still good, we had one baptism this past week. In total my hijo and i had 32 baptisms in the past 3 months we have been together, it was defintly a time feeled with lots of blessings.
Rite now we are working with about 30 investagators, it is a TON of work, but great. I think i almost have as many people i love here in MX as i do at home. Infact both of them realy feel like home now.
Well i am just going to relat a little storry i heard the other day. It was in spanish so i am going to try and translate. So there was a beautiful blue jay who lived in the top branches of the forest. He loved it there and loved to sing on his highest branch. One day he saw a stranger walking on the forest floor with a beautiful black box in his hands. Curiosity got the best of the blue jay, and he flew down perched on the man´s shoulder and asked him whaat was in the box. The man told him in the box he had juicy fat worms. The best worms that exsited. The bluy jay asked the man the cost of the worms. The man replied just one feather. The blue Jay thought and decided one feather in the place of working all day for a meal was a great oppurtunity. The blue jay found a small feather and plucked it out, yes it hurt badly, but soon the pain wasnt as great and as the man promised gave him a fat juicy worm. The blue jay flew back to his high branch pleased and full, and started to sing.
The next day the blue jay saw the man again, and repeating what he had done the day before got another worm. The blue jay continued this cycle day after day, soon the plucking of the feather did not hurt anymore, and he got a worm everyday, but he did notice it was getting harder and harder to fly up to his high branch. One day after trading one of his large wing feathers, the bird found he could no longer fly. He now had to hope on the ground, getting his feathers ruffled and dirty. The man no longer passed, for he had no use of this dirty bird, it was no more use to him. And the bird was left alone, without friends, and without hope.
I liked this story because sin is usualy the same way. We see something that looks good, at first it hurts, but afterwords we start to feel ok about it, and as we go on it gets easier and easier, until it becomes habbit. This is satan offering us something for us, if we are willing to break the commandments. SOmetimes the outcome feels good. But soon we will give up everything that realy makes us us. And then, when satan has no more use for us, when we are left withough hope...... he leaves.
Satan and sin are not friends. They are there to bring us down, they want us to be like him. But he is not a friend, when he has no more use for you..... he leaves.
Well hope you saw what i saw in the story!
I love you all,
Elder Paul