Nov 7, 2012

Hi everyone,

Jared is doing good, he made it through the storm without even knowing how bad it was.  He said he will be going to the South New York mission to help with clean up.

Jun 20, 2012

Hellooooooo everyone!

OK, so you know that the story you told about how when you went to
Brazil you thought they were speaking Japanese? My first day here, my
companion and I were walking and we passed some people and I asked my
companion, "are they speaking Arabic?" They were speaking Spanish....
I really thought it was Arabic too.

I don't remember if I told you this but something that we have been
doing for service is going to the old headquarters of George
Washington and working on the garden there. Its really cool because
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and a bunch of other people
walked on the grounds that I am working on! Its cool to think of.

Today is P-day and guess what I'm doing?? I'm going to the Yankee
game!!! They are playing the Braves, so that's going to be awesome :)
We'll be sitting in the nosebleed, but who cares! Last week for P-day
we walked from one end of central park to the other. It was really
cool, its a huge park. Lots of cool things to see.

Just yesterday I had my first "conversation" in Spanish. We knocked a
door, and usually my companion takes over when it gets to a part of
the conversation that I cant understand, but yesterday he didn't do
that and made me keep talking to the person at the door. Turns out I
can speak Spanish to them and understand what they are saying back.

So our apartment has become overrun with cockroaches. Its great!
Luckily I don't care that much, and I've made it a game to find them
and kill them. They are super small cockroaches, they are about the
size of this 0 <---  But yeah, I can kill about 15 cockroaches in the
space of 1 to 2 minutes, that's how many there are. The food I buy is
in cans and stuff so they cant get to it.

So I think that you guys should experience the kind of food that I
have to eat. So here is a recipe, and this is only for 1 person, only
one serving, so adjust it to fit the family, but to feed 1 person (the
amount of food that I get served) boil 1.5 cups of rice with
seasoning, cover the rice in a whole can of Goya Kidney beans, and
then on top put a whole chicken breast or thigh. Do it, I'm really
interested in seeing if you can eat it all. And then after you do
finish it off, try it again the same amount, as if you had a second
dinner appointment. My stomach has turned into a bottomless pit. I'm
always hungry, so no matter how much I get fed I can always eat more.

No, I'm not a master of the subway yet, They are super confusing... I
know how to use the one in my area, but other than that everywhere
else doesn't make sense. There's drug dealers all over, and they try
to sell to the missionaries too. It's funny when they do.

For breakfast I usually just have oatmeal. For lunch and dinner when
we don't have an appointment I just eat some sort of can of soup, like
spaghetti-ohs or ravioli or something.

My clothes are doing OK, although some shirts have tiny holes in them
and stuff, but whatever. I don't know how that could happen since I
don't do anything crazy in them. One of my shirts has been completely
ruined with a stain on the back, grease from door hinges or something,
but I still wear the shirt.

We have cell phones here too, but I don't have it since I'm not senior
companion. Actually I have it now because I'm on splits because my
companion got really good seats at the game today, but I wasn't going
to spend 50 bucks for tickets. He got a deal because he knows people
that work at the field, so hes right on the 3rd base line. So he's
with other elders and I'm here with the other elders and we are going
to the nosebleeds! Yay!

Tell grandpa that I hope he gets better!

Whats Zak's MTC address?



May 17, 2012

Jared is on his way to New York

 Elder Jared Colton
New York, New York North Mission
700 White Plains Rd-Suite 315
Scarsdale, NY 10583

May 3, 2012

MTC Pictures

Jared seems to be enjoying the MTC. He says the food is ok and that he has not gained any weight! (Scott and Jared have a little bet going on about Weight gain in the MTC)

Mar 28, 2012

Jared is in the MTC (Missionary Training Center)

The last picture before he leaves
The family at the Provo Temple. It was here that Jared got to run over his cell phone.
Elder Colton

Mar 15, 2012

Mission Call

Dear Elder Colton;

You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the New York New York North Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Spanish language. Your assignment may be modified according to the needs of the mission president.

You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As Such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, living mission rules, and following the counsel of your mission president. As you devote your time and attention to serving the Lord, leaving behind all other personal affairs, the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you and pray htat the Lord will help you become an effective missionary.

You will be set apart as a missionary by your stake president. Please send your written acceptance promptly, endorsed by your bishop


President Thomas Monson