Doctrine and Covenants 84:88

"And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." Doctrine and Covenants 84:88

Write to Elder Butterfield:

Current address:

Elder Nathan Butterfield
19014 Hickory Street
Sonoma CA 95476

Previous addresses:

155 Kathy Ellen Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94951

WEEK 9: Thanksgiving, Cali style!

December 1, 2014

Hey everybody!! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving week! We definitely did over here in California.

First, before I forget, we won't be emailing next Monday! We'll be writing on Thursday, December 11th instead!

So, I'll just go ahead and describe my Thanksgiving to you all!

We were blessed with basically a free morning to play sports! At 8:00 we started our turkey bowl, football game! We played with one of the English wards, for about 2 hours! It was tons of fun. Then, immediately after, we went back to the church and played volleyball for like 2 hours! There were 18 of us, so we played with 3 teams of 6. We actually have some really, really good players, and our games got really intense! Then, we finished off with an hour of basketball, my favorite :).

After the sports, we went and showered and changed. Then my companion and I, and two other elders, Elders Debora and Jeske, decided to go out for lunch.
As we were driving around, looking for some place to eat, we passed all sorts of restaurants. We saw Olive Garden, the Habit burger, Applebee's, Red Lobster, a sushi bar, a steakhouse, and some others that I can’t remember. They were all closed for Thanksgiving. The only places that we could find open were IHOP and Denny's! Haha, we did not want to spend our Thanksgiving in either of those, so we kept looking! We finally found a diner called Black Bear Diner and it was open! We went in and the food looked really, really good. Elder Jeske and I decided that since it was Thanksgiving, we would splurge a little, and we both ordered a steak! Pretty much everything here in California is expensive, and this diner was no exception. The steaks were $16 a piece!! A couple of minutes after we had all ordered, a man that was sitting at a nearby table, walked up to us and wished us a happy Thanksgiving, then told us all that all of our food had been paid for! I was in so much shock, that I didn't even know what to say! We thanked him tremendously, and wished him a happy Thanksgiving, and he left! A couple minutes later, the waitress came back over and informed us that he had also paid for 4 desserts! We were definitely thankful this Thanksgiving :). I'll send some pictures of the food we got!

After lunch, we had about 2 hours until dinner time, haha. We spent that time visiting with members and just kind of hanging out. Then for dinner we had a really, really good, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey and stuffing and everything :) It still didn't compare to Mom's though!

The next day, we were invited over for lunch to have some AWESOME turkey sandwiches! They were some of the best sandwiches I've ever had.

OH! And I weighed myself halfway through Thanksgiving! I was 161 pounds! That's 13 pounds heavier than I left home as ;) I dropped down again after, but I'm still at about 157, haha, so I'm already gaining tons of weight.

On Sunday, I gave my first talk as a missionary! It was 15 minutes long, about the sacrament. It was a really cool experience. I could definitely feel the hand of the Lord helping me communicate in Spanish with ease. Can't wait for my next chance to speak. Haha. Not. ;)

Well, there were some more things that happened, that I'll probably write about next week (including a shooting at a gas station, a couple miles from our apartment. 3 people died.)

I'll talk to you all on Thursday, December 11th! Love you!

Elder Butterfield

Oh, and I totally forgot to mention the dinner we had yesterday! It's called Menudo. It's the lining of a cow's stomach. Basically the most disgusting thing I've ever eaten. Only I and one other elder ate it. Here is a picture of it! And some more pictures from the week :)

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