Elder Nicholas Berrett is currently serving in the Billings Montana mission (serving most of Montana and a good portion of Wyoming) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is excited to serve the Lord and the people of Montana and Wyoming for the next two years!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Goood morning!

We did have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

On Thanksgiving we also went over to the Institute teachers house. We played signs and some name game with them for the rest of the day.

Sadly now that he antibiotics are gone I'm actually starting to feel sick again, however it isn't as bad so fingers crossed!

It was so hard to just lay around. I am so glad to get back to work :)

We have actually found several families to teach! We have Talena and her family,  Mark and his, and potentially new part member family. Talena is so close, she just doesn't think she's worthy to be baptized yet. And Mark has some family that doesn't want them to be baptized. So we'll see:) I got faith!

But ya! This week has been crazy! My first full week with Elder Tucker. We've hit a few patches but we have honestly gotten it all worked out. He thankfully is a good hardworking consecrated elder. 

Love you!

Never give up, Never Surrender!
-Elder Berrett

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Finally feeling better

Not much from Elder Berrett this week.  I don't think he sent out a group email, just answered a few of my questions. Fingers crossed he will continue to feel better.  I think all this sickness has been getting to him emotionally.   But I did get an email from one member, and a text from another, so I will include those at the bottom of this.

Good Morning!!!!!! :) :) :)

Things are going much better! While I was super sad to see Elder Hatch go, Elder Tucker is a fantastic man! And yes I am finally feeling better! Its been wonderful! I'm still finishing off those horse pills that they call Anti-biotics, but its been great!

And my new companion is Elder Tucker. He is from Carlsbad, CA. And we do get along really well! While sadly he is still resisting singing with me in sacrament meeting, which went well yesterday thankfully, We are having a ton of fun! He is a master at Foosball and the members that we live with have a foosball table so its been fun to play :). He is just as sarcastic as me which isn't good. My goal was to be less sarcastic this transfer! oh well. Maybe next transfer. :)

Elder Hatch is doing better. Billings has been good for him as much as he misses the people down here. He is actually starting to get feeling better too! 

Sadly I still have not found my ipad. I'm still holding out for it, But I do have the tablet now. I have mixed feelings about it. It behaves much more like a computer, which is nice, it has a port for an Micro SD card up to 128 GB which is nice. Gotta love that External memory. And it does have an Octo core with 3GB of RAM so more processing power. But gosh dangit I keep trying to do things on it that I did on my ipad. Like freakin screenshots. That took ages to figure out how to do. I'm sure I'll like it eventually but its super new and confusing. Dang, I'm not normally like this when I get my hands on new technology stuff. I guess I had a little bit more of my mom in me than I realized. :) 

We do have some plans (for Thanksgiving) ! and thankfully we just have a lunch and a dinner plan. It's perfect :) I'm super excited!

Never Give up, Never Surrender!
-Elder Berrett

"We had Elder Berrett and Elder Hatch over for dinner last night.  They are hard working young men. They were very grateful for dinner.  They left a really good spiritual thought with our family.  We appreciate the spirit that they brought with them.  We have two daughters out on missions and know how much parents like to receive pictures of their missionaries.  Here is a picture of Elder Berrett and Elder Hatch. If Elder Berrett is still here for Christmas I would be glad to shop for you (if what you want is available here in small town Wyoming) so you don't have to pay for shipping. You could use sites with free shipping and have things shipped here and I'll wrap them and deliver them if it would help you. If you would like to send him some Christmas goodies just let me know what and I'll make it for you. Have a great day! Neil and Sarah"

"Ran into your son in Wyoming tonight.  My parents moved to Gilbert about a year ago and my little brother is in Zach's seminary class!  Just wanted to send you a picture and let you know he is doing well!"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The week Where my companion almost gave me a heart attack, and practically had one himself.

Good Morning!

This week has been one heck of an adventure! Thankfully it has not snowed! Its gotten a little chilly, but no snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

To start off, MLC!!! (Mission Leadership Training) It was absolutely amazing! While I was still sicker than a dog, I got to be with Elder Hendricks for a couple of days! Its always wonderful being with that glorious man! Billings was absolutely wonderful! I finally got to eat at Panda, after what felt like ages thanks to Sister Nikkie. Also I got to sit by Elder Hendricks at MLC so that kind of made my week :) Also spending the night with them in the mission home was wonderful too! :)

After MLC though, I did start feeling a little better so we got to go outside for a couple of hours, it was wonderful! However the downside is that in that couple of hours I somehow managed to completely lose my ipad. So long story short unless I find it by Friday, I'll be paying a bunch of money and then getting a Samsung Tablet. I am seriously praying my half my guts out to find it. The other half I'm using to pray for you guys!

Wyoming is absolutely wonderful mom! I love it so much here! It seriously is the place that I need to be. My knee is doing ok. It still has its ups and downs, but I am again no longer taking pain medication for it! I've kicked that stuff! The headaches were pretty nasty after I stopped, but at least all of that is gone too :) But sadly we are still sick. Funny thing is the doctors don't know what we have. However the Good news of the week is that the antibiotics are working so I should hopefully be better by the end of the week!!!

Just to report on health this week, Elder Hatch got pretty sick and actually ended up the ER. Its been a week. I've taken my comp to the hospital, twice. Found out he's getting mid transferred to Billings, and still under quarantine. His resting heart rate got up to 175 (its supposed to be in the 80's). Thankfully we got that all sorted out and his heart is better now, however he is now getting mid-transferred to Billings this Friday.  So yes mid transferred. Because of how this is affecting his asthma.  They just want him to be near the actual hospitals. I don't blame them. and thankfully no, they aren't talking about sending him home. As for me because the Antibiotics and the codeine filled cough syrup are working they want me to actually train a new Zone Leader! He used to serve in the Gilbert mission too! That's all I know about him though. Well that and his name is Elder Tucker. Yes Antibiotics. They know that we have an infection of some kind. our white blood cell count is up to 24,000. normally its at 10,000. And all of the tests that they give us come back negative. Its really weird. and Thankfully no Black Mold. We are watching the members house for them and my companion with his asthma would have known if there was black mold. Plus thanks to the members we have a freakin Hospital grade Giant HEPA filter by our beds for him so the air we breathe is Hospital grade :) Plus EMERGEN-C for days has been great. 

However the lord has been seriously teaching me. I was going through those books that you have sent me and I have felt seriously impressed on how important the family is. I was going through all of those picture books that you have sent, those help a freakin ton! I love those things, especially on crappy days. I know that I am out here for you guys, and for others who can have this wonderful joy of eternal families. And all that has been such a relief to me this week. I love you guys so freakin much! I am so thankful for my wonderful family. You guys are all amazing!  

One perk to all of this resting however is the glorious studying that we have gotten to do! I am seriously so thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ. I think I mention this a ton in my emails, but I am so thankful for what he did for us. Due to all of the Stake and regional events I haven't been able to take the sacrament for 3 weeks. Thankfully we had some wonderful members bring us the sacrament yesterday and it was so absolutely fantastic!!! The Spirit was so strong I absolutely loved it!

Well I love you all! Hope that you all have a Fantastic week!

Never Give up, Never Surrender!

-Elder Berrett     

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The week where i finally get to sleep in my own bed.... sorta

Good evening!

As I write this, it is now 4:56 and we are on our way to Billings.
This last week has been nuts.

We got to start off this last week with transfers! We spent Monday through Wednesday with the Cowley elders. It was really nice to get to know them even better, even though they are both going home this transfer. That trip to Billings will be crazy. Also I got to say good bye to Elder Burch and wish him good luck. He's over in Elder Hendricks Zone now, so he's in good hands. :)

While we in Cowley Elder Hatch took the opportunity to introduce me to all of the people that he knows there. It was so wonderful! We got to play the piano and sing for families and eat tons of great food!  Seriously it was wonderful. We even got to make more Pumpkin stuff!  I'll attach some pictures of Elder Hatch and I's pumpkin.

As much fun as all that was, getting back to Powell and doing missionary work was just as great :) We got to actually meet quite a few more people in our area for a couple of days! We even contacted or set up lessons with all of the investigator/less-Active referrals we have been getting!

However of course near the end of the week I got sick. Again. Right now I'm on my way to MLC in Helena to infect the rest of the mission!

And at last my evil plans will be complete! Or elder Hatch will probably just give me one of his masks and I'll wear that. :) Right now I'm no longer weak feeling and dizzy, but now I can't talk because my throats is sore.  At least I can still work though! 

 I'm telling you my companion is absolutely fantastic! We have had so much fun together! And he does like nuts  :).  Speaking of nuts, I have a couple of people that I would send caramels to. :) And no, I don't have a deadline. And also there is a 99% chance that I won't be getting transferred. If one of us is, it will probably be my companion since he has been here longer. Also our land lady called and begged president to let us both stay till mid January because we are watching her house for her and she trusts us two. :) And I will be making it back to Greybull at least once, potentially. 

 My companion and I have found out the joys of mental health breaks. The lord has given us them with us being so sick lately. :) The only difference is that instead of watching Netflix we watched 17 Miracles, and the other two movies that are approved. Oh and animated Book of Mormon stories classics. :) Those are glorious! I forgot how cheesy those were. I actually wince at times while watching them. Kind of like a bad car wreck. 

Over all though, great week! Can't wait to see what this next week brings!

Never Give up, Never Surrender!
-Elder Berrett

Elder Hatch and I with our pumpkin!

Our Pumpkin!

Those are all sugar beets. We have piles like that all over the valley here 

Found this traveling trash can with Elder Hatch.

Saying Good Bye to Elder Stone.

District photos!

Another District photo!

And another one :)

I received a random text from someone in Billings.  She says "Your son is amazing! He is making me laugh."

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

No group email this week... just some responses to questions I asked, and a bunch of pictures. 

How are things? Finally feeling better?  Is Halloween a big deal in Powell?  Is it the kind of place where it’s all family friendly, and you can go out and talk to people, or is it a “stay in the apartment” kind of night??  Do you have any plans? 

Halloween is definitely a big deal in these small towns. Especially this place being a college town. It's definitely still family friendly, however it's now a mission wide rule that missionaries aren't to go out after 6. We are actually heading to Cowley, we are going to be there working out all of the transfer stuff till Wednesday night. We actually need to head out now, I'm going to keep writing but you won't get anything until late tonight when my iPad gets in wifi. Love you! 

How are things other than that?  Still rocking the whole zone leader thing?  Get along pretty well with your companion?

Things are going really well! Hahaha I'd like to think I'm doing more of a Matt Smith thing when it comes to being a Zone Leader. I just make it up as I go, laugh a lot, and try to help others along the way :) 

Oh my goodness my companion is the freakin best! I mean, we are complete opposites, but we get along so Well! Do you know the myersberg personality test? Well we took it the other day. Turns out I'm an ESFP.  It's actually explains a lot. You guys should all take it and tell me the results! 16personalities.com

Maddie was involved in the haunted hallway,  Zach was too, he helped build some of the set pieces, so he was proud of that.  But this year Maddie was an insane asylum patient.  Apparently she made a grown man cry.  He even threw his wife between himself and Maddie to protect himself, and ended up calling out the safe word to leave the haunted house, and which point Maddie switched gears, turned into her sweet self, and offered to escort him out, but he was too flipped out by her prior performance.  “No!  I don’t want you!”  She felt a little bad, but a little proud of herself at the same time.  Of course she decided that that day was a good day to give blood for the very first time :/  so she was lightheaded and exhausted, but had to work for like 8 hours.  I warned her.   But what do I know?

Hahaha I have literally showed all of the missionaries that I have been around that paragraph about Maddie. :) She is so awesome. :) 

So my companion has been going through all of those picture books that you send me, (which are the greatest things in the entire world) and he loves them too! I've been showing him pictures of the family, basically showing you guys off and telling stories :) I'm just so proud of you all! 

Holy cow.  I'm getting to the point where so many of the friends that I have are going home. In fact 3 of my new friends here are going home next transfer. Like I have to be the one to take them to Billings. It's crazy.

But ya! Sorry it's been a crazy day. We have been running all over. Ok. 7 min. Left. I'm going to send this off with the pictures I have. :)

Oh and by the way, I've been journaling more! I'm getting better! You can thank my companion :)

The members we are living with have a school bus collection.

Shout out to Squish! 

Sick days

Got curious. :)

Getting a haircut at a barbershop :)

Super healthy breakfast. I also had some Reese's peanut butter cereal. :)

Exchanges in Greybull. Elder Burch's mom sent me this picture. 

A member in Greybull had the boys over to decorate pumpkins.  She sent me this picture. 

Elder Nicholas John Berrett, the First

I stole this picture off of facebook.  I think it's a district meeting.  I have no idea. 

See the above caption.