January 2018 -- Hitting The Pavement

Well,  this last week has been great. It is finally 2018!!! 

I never would have thought that I would have had the experiences I have had this year. I have been spit on, had slushees and coffee thrown on me, plenty of people yell and cuss at me, dog bites,great friends, fantastic members, wonderful people, and amazing learning opportunities. I wouldn't trade it for anything. If you are thinking of going on a mission I would highly recommend it!!

I don't have any crazy stories to tell from this week. And the only interesting news is that my companion Elder Figgins is leaving for Oceanside. I am staying here in San Marcos and get Elder Willard,  who I served along with in Vista.  Never thought I would get him as a companion - mostly because he is a Spanish missionary and I am English. He is a great missionary and I am super excited to see what happens this year.

I hope that your break was great. What is your plans for 2018? How was New Years for ya?  Hope all was good.   I have my mri on the 16th.  I feel fine, so I am not that worried about it. I get a new companion today so we will see how that goes. Take care, mom. Hope all goes well for you! Love you.  My goal for this year is to become a better friend to my Savior. 

So,  it rained the whole day, a week ago, and this place flooded.  One road ran like a river, as high as just barely below my knees. Got completely soaked, but is was great!

We have been hitting the pavement hard this week (thanks for the new shoes). We have a solid week lined up with appointments. The hard work finally pays off. The members are so cool! If we are walking trying to see people are they are going out for lunch they just tell us to get in the car and feed us lunch. 

The weather has been heavenly --straight 72 degrees this week and sunny (glad i am not in Ukraine. Melody have fun in the snow). Other than that not to much to say other than it is a great time on a mission i love it and its never going to change no matter where you are serving.  (Oh, I am having so much fun in the snow, thank you!! Sestra Weiler)


Not really sure what to write down in the subject line. So hey is a good starter right? This week Elder Willard and I ended up walking into the exodus of a feminist protest. To the funnest time they are not really in the mood to listen to our message. It was a good thing that the protest was over when we walked through. Thank y'all for the letters they are great. We have been walking a lot to talk to people on the streets and at parks. Other than that the week has gone by fast already half way through the transfer.

This week was great. We hit the pavement hard and got 7 new potential investigators. All with a return appointment for this week. It is looking really good really exciting. It has been a while. The members here are great really want to help us with work and they are all starting to find people for us to meet.  

We were walking and a gangster pulls up in his low car and asks us if we are thirsty.  He then tells us to meet him at Taco Bell gives us $8 ... then drives off. Ya, that older gangs respect us -- it is the younger kids that don't care  --  they don't have the same respect for Jesus as the older ones do 


December 2017 -- Hot Time In the Ole Mish Tonight


So this week went great, as normal. We got to go to the San Diego temple.  It is a pretty place. 

We have been spending a lot of time finding people to teach, not much success, but at least I can meet new people, which I love to do, and keeps us busy during the day. 

This Sunday we got all the elders in the Zone to go caroling. It was a lot of fun, but kindof crazy that people will still shut the door in your face even when people are sining Christmas carols to them. On Saturday we helped the Methodist church in Escondido built a Bethlehem scene in their courtyard for the Bethlehem walk they do for Christmas. It is walk that takes you back in time to when Jesus was born, there are actors walking around and live animals in the stables. The old guy in charge of it would tell me that over and over and over again.  I don't think he believed I knew who Christ is.

I didn't really meet anyone that was crazy this week just a few people who don't like us in the mobile home park. Telling us that solicitors are not allowed there. So, we have started to say, " thank you (ma'am or sir) we are here to see members of our church congregation. But I will make sure to tell any solicitors that I see that they can't be here. Have a blessed day."  Love those southern sayings.  

Then to add on that I ran into 5 people that just try to bash but they always use the same things and always think that I don't know the bible. People are just crazy. I wouldn't trade this for anything.

Front Row: 
Me and Elder Figgins Comp
2nd Row: 
Sister Calderwood, Sister Portez, Sister Hamblin, Sister Fogg, Sister Wells, Elder Page, 
                Elder Van Dike, Elder Wall and Elder Flitton 
3rd Row: 
Sister Burdos
4th Row: 
Sister Gee, Sister Lee, Sister Fifita, Elder Cromer, 
Elder Lundquist(MTC Comp Love the Guy) Elder Noble, and Elder Draper
It is only half of the Zone I have 38 missionaries here including us in Escondido   

So this week was pretty eventful for me and the missionaries here in Carlsbad. The lilac fire was the closest to us down in Escondido. It was about 15 miles away from our house. It was coming right for our area till the wind changed. People here were finally happy for the Santa Anna winds, the flames started to move to the coast and burned down fallbrook and bonsai. All the missionaries in those areas got displaced and are in other areas for the time being. 

This is not photo from Elder Hyde -- Fire closing in on Vista CA
As for me I went on exchanges to the crazy town of Escondido again this time. We gave blessing to a lady that loves getting into fights and just got back from jail from the last fight she started. 

I had a eighty year old lady feel my chest by saying that she loved my tie then grab my arm when we were walking away telling me that she wants me to come back. 

Ate dinner with a active atheist that only comes to church cause he likes the music.  We got sick after that and think  maybe he tried to poison us:). 

Then when we were walking back from dinner we were hearing sirens going off like crazy and right after we step out of the private road.  We saw way the sirens were going off. There was 3 police cars chasing a suburban.  And man! --  were they flying. Burning rubber and topping out that old suburban. We were about 5 steps when that suburban drifted right into the road we were walking down followed by all the cars after that. We were protected on that one cause Elder Wall was going to go to the bathroom but decided not to, or if we would not have shared a message with the atheist -- We would have still been on the road in the middle of all the commotion.  That is all the stuff that is going on over here in Escondido and it is great. 

Mom, I am safe here.

Well, this week was fun.  I gave a training in Zone conference had to stand for about 3 hours and talk about the Why What and How of Personal Study.  It was great but I was so tried afterward. The weather has been in the low 50 in the morning and at night -- so the jackets have been really nice while caroling. Other than that nothing crazy happened this week.  Hope yall had and have a great week. Till next week  

This week some crazy things did happen,  I just wasn't going to put it in the mass email. So, I will just say it cause I don't know how to write it -- I messed my knee up again.  On P-day,  I was running  -- not full speed but faster than a jog towards some missionaries - when a small missionary stepped infront of me.  I side stepped on some really nasty uneven ground and my knee shot in and heard or felt a pop IDK I just know there was a pop. I don't really know what I did.  I can walk on it.  It doesn't hurt if I don't move it.  I wear my knee brace all the time.  It is crazy how one second can change the future  



Well,  the weather was great here... as normal.  We enjoyed temperatures in the 70's the whole week. Nothing too crazy happened this week --  other than it went by way to fast. We did some service this week.  It was great and then we had Christmas. It is a pretty hard day to work cause not a ton of people want to have you talk to them even though they are home. All in all it is a great time here. 

Hope that all your guys Christmas was great and you all had a great time. Have a safe happy New Years.


November 2017 -- It's A Small World


So this week has been a little bit different mostly because it has been overcast. Which was nice because it has been in the 60's all week.
 I have been on a lot of exchanges 
this last week  -- which is fun because  I get to talk to and get 
to know a bunch of different Elders. 
We have been working hard to find people that would be interested in hearing our message. 
Which is sweet cause there are so many people that live here and if I wasn't out here to talk to them I would never get to hear their story. 
It is like some people look up at the stars at night and marvel at the sight and vastness of the sky, but I have never really done that. To me it is when I am stopped at a stop light and look at all the peoples faces and think about each one of these faces has a story that has been going on for a while and is still being written at the same time as mine own. I marvel at the fact that I may never get to learn all of their stories, but I know that as soon as we meet  -- I am part of their story.  And that's what I am trying to do get my name in as many stories as I can.:)  

Spent a whole day in Spanish work, rode my bike a lot, saw a ton of crazy people, got a lot of pictures of cool cars, took some members of the ward out to do work, had to jump start missionaries cars, planned a video for our zone welcome, went to 4 district meetings and a bunch of church meetings, got yelled and cussed out by plenty of people while tracting, got a 40 pound weight vest from a member, taught seminary cause we were voluntold along with being volentold for choir, knocked on a lot of doors, talked to a lot of people, handed out a lot of copies of the Book of Mormon, got bit by a dog which ripped my pants, Plan-plan-prepare, taught lessons, eat dinner, give blessings, say prayers, lots of prayers, study the Book of Mormon, Study the Bible, study Preach My Gospel, share scriptures, bare testimony,Tell people that the Book of Mormon was writen a long time ago- translated a little while ago- but you can read it today, Talk about prophets, miracles on miracles on miracles, see peoples day brighten, have a hard time then a great time( way more great times), Always have a laugh ( People are funny), learn, teach, preach, listen, then learn again, Get inspiration were to go, have a great door side conversation, then have one shut in you face :), have people yell at you to come on in to their house to tell we do a great job and that they are thankful but not interested, talk to a Jehovah Witness that only speaks Spanish but understand the whole thing, People tell you they are not a fan of Joseph Smith which is a good thing cause they are a person not a fan, Blank stares, great come back, stupid cheesy jokes, Walking like Bigfoot from bluff creek film, inside jokes, naps, workout for 30 mins, hate the alarm clock then love it, Spanish referrals, talk to someone, ask them how they are doing, Play basketball in a white shirt and tie. no tread on shoes, ties are the only fun we have on a outfit, these are just some of the things that i do in a week, And i would trade it for a thing in the world. Love to work, LOVE the People, LOVE GOD. 

So this last week was transfer week and I am so glad that I am staying here in the Discovery Hills Ward in Escondido stake. I am thankful that  I get to keep my companion,  Elder Figgins, for another transfer. Other than that nothing really that new has gone on. We have been working with a part member family and he has said that he wants to start taking the missionary lessons. so that was a great day. A lot of less actives have texted us out of the blue this week saying how then need to come back to church and that they want our help and they set times for us to come over to talk with them. It is so good to see hard work pay off. I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that it is fun for ya'll.


Well, this week was great! It was hard to see a friend go home from the mission but that happens when you finish the 2 years. Don't have to much fun Elder Phillips. Other that that it has been great.  We have been working a lot with the less active part member families here and they are all so cool. Things are going great here and the #light the world is really exciting. Hope y'all have a great week and have fun getting in the Christmas mood.

The number of missionaries in Escondido zone is now up to 37 --  which is crazy there are a lot of cool missionaries here. Just to show how small the world is one of the missionaries that is here for the transfer waiting on a visa is Sister Gee.  She is is my zone for this transfer. It was pretty fun to connect that we kindof knew each other. I was getting to know the new missionaries in our zone and she said she was from Rexburg.  I asked if she was really from Sugar City, because I lived there for a little while and remembered there were a lot of Gee families from Sugar City. Then she looked at my name tag and asked if my dad was John Hyde.


I said, "O ya he is!". 
Then she remembered that we went to church together all because her dad still talks about John Hyde all the time.

October 2017 -- So....

So this week has, once again,  been great.   No complaints. We have been going around knocking doors a lot this transfer to see if any one is interested in hearing the gospel. We got our transfer calls on Saturday and I am going to the Escondido zone to the Discovery Hills Ward.  We will have two sets of missionaries there. Elder Wambeke, who just finished training, will be getting a new missionary to train on Tuesday.  So that is exciting! He has come a long way since his first day in the mission. Not a whole lot of new things are happening here other than people are getting ready for Halloween. So when we knock doors we have had a lot of people say, "aren't you too old to trick or treat?" or "You guys are too early to be trick or treating."

So, you guys know Elder Wambeke is going to train a new missionary -- which in mission lingo mean people can call me a grandpa. So, I am moving areas but it is literally only crossing a street that is right next to our apartment. I am just border hopping. I am going to be white washing and ward splitting at the same time so that was going to be interesting enough but then to add to it President Thomas called me to be a zone leader.  He released the last two zone leaders in Escondido,  so Elder Figgins and Iare both brand new and have no clue what the zone is going to be like.  

So I have almost been a week now in the Discovery Hills Ward in the Escondido Stake. It has been a real crazy experience white washing in to the ward. It is a little but hotter here than in Vista  -  it has been in the 90's the last couple of days. It has just been a real busy week. 

My zone has 36 missionaries in it  -- we are still trying to figure out all of their names. We have to give a training over the churches Christmas initiative  -- it is a secret,  so I cant tell you guys. I am still in a bike area which is nice. So dad,  you asked if I knew Sister Fogg.  Yes, I do -- She and her greenie are here in Disco Hills. Jacob is doing well out in Oregon he says that he is really enjoying church and institute. 


So,  nothing crazy happened here this week. But there are all the crazy people out on the streets. No joke there are a ton of plan crazy people that walk the streets in Escondido. I live in San Marcos,  so,  I don't have as many crazy people here but I have been on a couple of exchanges in Escondido and have seen a lot. Other than than nothing else has been going on

WOW! This week has flown bye. Because of our all day  p-day we have been planning this whole week for the Zone Halloween activities for tonight. Which should have a great turn out partly because all missionaries have to be there with us or at they're apartments at 6 tonight. We had 3 baptism as a zone this week! It has been really nice to get to go to each of them.  The work here in Escondido is moving really well.

Bottom row left E pierce, E Van Dike, E Stone, E Gull, E Kapp, E Wallace, E Wittorf, E Armstrong, S Clawson, S Mendez ( is right behind clawson)S Nieto, S Pierce  Middle left E Taylor, E Flitton, S Zogg, S Freebeirn, S Harker, S Robinson, S Daley, S Wineger( right behind Daley), S Poter, E Halstead, E Lundquist(MTC Comp), E Cromer, E Noble, E Me, E Fletcher, Top Left- S Portez, S Henrie, S Fogg, S Wells, S Lee, S Hamblin, S Brust, E Wall, E Figgins(My Comp) that is my zone


Will I Stay or Will I Go ...Now?

My Area -- Vista, CA

This week has been pretty crazy. 

My schedule has been booked for 
pretty much the whole day, for the last week 
and will be again for this week. 
I have had to go on a lot of exchanges, 
attend and direct meetings. 
With any spare time,  we have been 
knocking doors to find other investigators 
with hopes to share the things I know to be true and how they have shaped my  life. 

It has been sunny here in Cali and my hair is starting to become sun bleached --  quite notably lighter. 

General conference was great we got to watch all sessions has a zone at the Bobier building.   

This is the last week of the transfer, so I will know what is going to happen to me -- 
 if i stay here in vista or leave to another area. 

Leadership Council

Running Away, 28 Inches & 2 Years Away... 😏


So this week has been fun. I was asked to car share for a little while with these other elders in a different area. Their area is a full time car area, so I told them to just use the car and if I need it I will call and use it for as long as I need it so that they can be effective in their new area. Which means I have been walking for the last week and a half which is no problem, but to add on to it the temperature high the past week was in the triple digits and a decent amount of humidity it has been a lot of fun for me. My companion doesn't like it as much. It has been a great time here in Southern California. 

Thanks for the emails you guys.
This week has been a struggle.  I am having to deal with two elders that tend to make each other have a hard time and to top that --  one of the elders parents are not supportive to him. I have told him that if it continues to get worst that he can email my family and you guys will email him back. I think that a letter will be good for him right now if you could write a little to him that would be much appreciated. 

An area was reopened and it is a full time car area because it is just not safe to bike. They were not going to give them a car so the zone leaders and I had a long talk with the APs -- it ended up with me saying that for right now I will car share. So gave my car to the elders to help them.  Plus they are in a four man apartment and they don't have any ac on the top floor the apartment complex where it can get over to be 100 degrees -- so, I told them and the zone leaders that even though I don't have a big apartment they can sleep at mine 

These last 2 weeks I have been trying to make an effort to take on the harder part to try to make the missionaries in my district have a good mission. It  has been really cool -- cause I have noticed that even though I am trying to take on more and do more it is no harder to deal with than before.  I am learning that when you take on more for the Lord,  the Lord really helps. 

Another thing was that I don't like doing "normal" district meeting -- I like throwing other skills in -- like I had one to teach the Word of Wisdom and we practiced teaching following the prophet so to increase their understanding about the importance of prophets, then taught the WoW so that the person understood that it is important to do what the prophet says and the WoW is revealed by a prophet.

The new missionaries in my district haven't learned how to whisper quietly -- I was able to figure out they don't like the way I run my trainings. I have done really well with not getting angry I think that is more funny now how others act BUT it is all good --  cause my training are meant to help the people that are willing and ready to grow.  I am using the same training style that helped me out.  I like having fun and I think the way I have things set up helps others learn in a fun way. 

So so many members are talking about how much I have changed and I don't know about what they are talking about.  But I have noticed I seem to always have something to say and instead of just thinking about it and keeping it to myslef --  will say it.  And it seems that I am getting more out meetings.  I think it is because I am a participant -- I am acting and reacting.

I don't normally give a thought at the end of my emails --  but this scripture seemed to talk to me -- So, the Book of Mormon -- in the book of Mormon, chapter 5, verse 7, it says, 

-And it came to pass that we did again take to flight, 
and those whose flight was swifter than the Lamanites’
did escape, and those whose flight did not exceed the 
Lamanites’ were swept down and destroyed

A lot of the time we talk about putting on the Armor of God and taking the blows that Satan hits us with -- but that is not always the way it should be.  Sometimes we need to run away --  just like Joseph from Potipher's wife.  The verse doesn't just mean that those that are slower lose but that those that stayed a little too long were not able to get away.  I would elaborate more but I don't like typing. 

Also I share about not being the weak link in a chain that if the anchor is our testimony and the boat is us that is we find that one of our links is weak reforge it. Fix it now don't wait.


So, this week has been great and fast,  once again. 

Our investigator moved this week  -- but only across the street.. we are still able to teach her.  We are teaching her kids, too,  who just got back from North Carolina. 

The weather has been pretty constant in the high 80's and mid 90's this week, but is was ok because I still get the ocean breeze here in Vista. 

This week has been full of cheesy jokes with 12 year olds, bike wrecks (not me but my companion) talking about college football to people on the street when they don't want to hear gospel messages. 

Other than that it has been a normal week of missionary life.


So,  this week has been pretty fun and fast. 

We got to go the SoCal religious broadcast with Elder Cristofferson. It was great.  

Because it was during our dinner time, the Wach family  gave us money to buy dinner.  They said to either invite some more elders or go somewhere we hadn't gone before so. 

So.... we bought a 28 inch pizza! It feed all six elders that didn't have dinner that night.  

We helped this family move on Friday and they were really well organized by labeling every box!  Some of the boxes had some great labels. 

We have some really fun members in the Vista 5th ward that just make us laugh when we are out tracking, walking, or biking. Brother Demke drove up and at a stop light asked if we wanted to see him burn out in his mini van. He revved up the engine and took off, all we heard was a little squeak from the tire. At church he came up to us and asked if we like the sound of his fire breathing 4 cylinder. ​​ 


I have gone on so many exchanges this week with the Spanish elders here in Vista. Yesterday,  I went to the Spanish Ward services -- I was completely lost, but it is cool how you can feel the spirit so strongly even when you can't understand the language. 

It has been pretty chilly in the mornings.  We can actually see our breath but it won't stay that way -- it is going to get hot here in the next weeks. 

We are getting some of the missionaries from Puerto Rico coming to our mission for a little while. 

The only weird thing that happened was that we talked to a Scientologist.  He was reloading bullets and said,  in two years -- aliens are coming back.



So not much happened this week 
other than that I am staying here 
in the Vista 5th ward again. 

Which IS really exiting because
 I have made so many great friends.  

It is crazy to see all the kids go back to school summer is so short. 

Now that we have all these new missionaries 
ALL wards in Vista 
have at least one set of missionaries. 

Other than that it has been a pretty normal week --  FAST and FUN to be a part of!