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  1. Elder Pritchard - Keeping Busy Howdy! Two weeks ago, I wen't to Plovdiv for exchanges with differnt missionaries, it was super fun and I learned that I absolutely love Plovdiv! The only chapel that the church has built is in Plovdiv. Besides that, the week was uneventful. This last week has been crazy and I don't really have a lot of time to cover it all! Last Monday we left Stara Zagora and went to Plovdiv for two days. We did a service project for disabled children by helping this organization from Los Angeles build a little ranch for horses. The whole thing was built in six days, which was so awesome and was definitely built with intent and speed. We went one day early because one of the other missionaries were showed a gun. Great stuff! While we were in Plovdiv, my companion was brushing his teeth one night and a whole half of his tooth chipped off, so we had to leave the third day and go to Sofia so he could get his tooth fixed. While we were there, I went on exchanges with other missionaries and helped one of the members move a mattress to our mission presidents apartment. I saw everyone in Sofia in that one day, we had pizza with all of the missionaries serving there and it was great to see everyone again. The next day, we left Sofia and went back to our assigned city Stara Zagora by train. When we arrived, my companion was super sick so we stayed in the apartment, and he was sick most of the next day too, it was pretty bad. We went back to work, and it has been really great to be back in our city! But lo and behold, I'm going to Sofia today a zone conference with the area presidency. So looks like I get no break. But no worries, I love traveling! That's all I have to report at this time, still working hard! Still having fun! Until next week, Love, Elder Pritchard / Wade / Swade / The Pritch / Whatever name is created for me that I don't remember PICTURES ALBUM PICTURES
  2. Elder Pritchard - one last thing [Week 16 Bonus - Ed.] In Bulgaria, Easter is celebrated on the 28th, so happy Easter to all of y'all Americans!
  3. Elder Pritchard - Week something Здравейте! Ако имаш Исус Христос в твоят живот, ще имаш щастие. So many things happened over the past few weeks but to write about everything would be too much. I'll give a run down. My new area is really cool. We have to travel between Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Sliven, and Yombal throughout the week. There's two companionships to cover all of these cities. It's really cool because each city is one to two hours away from each other. We have a virtual branch which means all of these cities go to one call where we all have the same Sacrament meeting with speakers and all of that. It's great because the smaller congregations get support from each other. We had zone conference which we had to travel to Sofia for. Three hour bus ride there. We stayed the night then traveled back. Zone conference was great because of the insights we got within the mission. We also did a communism tour in Sofia. New missionaries came in so I'm no longer the newest kid on the block. We have 37 missionaries right now. 8 Turkish, 2 Farsi, and the rest Bulgarian. General conference was amazing, if there was any conference that I've watched in my very short time as a member that has been so inspiring, it was this one. I loved all of it so much. Elder Holland was absolutely great for sharing the message of dressing and punctuality regarding Sacrament meeting. President Nelson was on the dot with his 'Come follow me' talk, and this priesthood session was so powerful, the best priesthood session I've listened to. Along with the 12 temples announced in October, 8 temples were announced during general conference: Pago Pago, American Samoa; Okinawa City, Okinawa; Neiafu, Tonga; Tooele Valley, Utah; Moses Lake, Washington; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Antofagasta, Chile; Budapest, Hungary. Now the members here in Bulgaria don't have to go all the way to Ukraine or Germany. They can now go to Hungary which is way closer. When I was in Sliven on Saturday I sang with others at a retirement home, the people there were so loving. I went to Plovdiv (which is the cultural capital of EU this year) last night for dinner. I stayed there for the night and oh my goodness do I love Plovdiv. The city is so beautiful. Plovdiv is the only city in Bulgaria that the church has built a meeting house from scratch. Well that's all for my chaotic time here in Bulgaria. I wonderfully don't have a lot of time to talk more, but it is so exciting here. Hope y'all have a great week! Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES ENTIRE ALBUM
  4. Elder Pritchard - Transfers - Embassy - Escape Room - General Conference Well, the last two weeks I did not send an email. I apologize but I'm definitely not sorry! I've been super busy with calling home, and just doing fun P-day stuff. Last Monday, a few of us went to the U.S. Embassy and had a tour, it is so cool to be in the foreign services, they get to go everywhere! I learned a lot. For example if I do something dumb, I can't just run to the embassy and boom, I'm protected. Also, U.S. Embassies are not U.S. Soil, so the movies are lies. Woe unto the liar. The last two Mondays I've also done some really fun escape rooms! One was an ancient Egypt like escape and one was a bank robbery escape, super fun! General Conference was so amazing, the talks were definitely made for us in this day. How beautiful it is to have eight more temples announced! That means as of now, they have 47 Temples to finish! A temple was just dedicated in Rome. Now regarding missionary work. We have found some amazing people who are eager to learn about the Gospel. We've taught a lot about the restoration. One of the people we are teaching is really close to baptism. We had transfer meeting with the whole mission over video chat, and so it is, I'm being transferred to Stara Zagora and will be serving with Elder Gregory! I'm really excited to be leaving Sofia to continue to press forward in the Lord's work, for this is the Lord's Church! Until my future email, Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES Entire Album
  5. Elder Pritchard - Half Past Pie Hello! It is so amazing to see all of my friends starting to go on missions. Kairo, Britton, Joselyn, Emma, and Caroline. How amazing it is to see you press forward in the Lord's work. You are playing a huge part in the work to bring the Gospel to all nations, kindreds, and tongues. I always read my friends Hudson's and Carrington's emails, and to see the work going all over the world is truly inspiring. California is producing platinum missionaries, and will continue to do so (even though some of you have only been in Cal. for a short amount of time). To look back, and to see all of the relationships I've had with very wonderful friends, fills my heart with joy. There is not much for me to report on this week. I ween on two forms of exchanges with missionaries the last week due to necessity to attend certain lessons with transport. It was a great week with a great pie day. I didn't eat much pie, but I definitely get to taste a few, they were excellent. My companion and I went to a senior couple's apartment for dinner with a member and two friends. They were really awesome and we had a lot of fun and were able to bring the Spirit into the home. This is all I have, teaching, teaching, and more teaching. The language shall come. The Lord's work shall hasten. Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Until next week, Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES Entire Album
  6. Elder Pritchard - Expansion To Contact How wonderful this week has been! We've been teaching a good amount of people and are finding people on days that is usually harder to. The other day we were walking towards the university and we saw about 100 camouflaged uniforms with rifles. My trainer said "this is not good", which I replied, "aren't you from Texas?" Against someone's will, we walked towards them anyways. It was a staging point for a parade. That's all. They all had AK variant rifles, it was really cool. Баба Марта (Baba Marta) is a celebration of the beginning of spring. It's really culturally cool because everyone buys bracelets for their friends. I've collected quite a few which makes me look like a bracelet man. Eventually, we take the bracelets and hang them on tree branches. What about the rule that says no bracelets unless for medical purposes? No idea. I'll learn the language through the culture. My mission has been given access to Instagram this last week, and the mission president has been instructed to not give instructions with it. So we have free rain with how we can apply the Gospel. If you want, you can follow me on Instagram '@wade_pritchard'. Of course, we've had access to Facebook for a while. That's all I have to report for now. I'm with my companion for one more transfer, and we're having zone conference tonight and tomorrow. We went bowling today as a district and it's the best day of my life. Until next week, Love, Elder Pritchard Also in one of the pictures, is my name is Farsi, or Persian. PICTURES
  7. Elder Pritchard Week 12 One Month in Field! Howdy! It's a good day to have a good day! But it's an amazing day to make it the best day of your life! This week is pretty standard, I've been working hard, getting contacts, and it has been awesome! We've been contacting this guy for a while now, he was born and raised in Bulgaria but lived in the States for 20 years. He moved back to Bulgaria and he's a higher up in this winery business in Bulgaria. He's not a member, and not necessarily interested in the church. But he's been really good for us by networking with other big people in other companies as well. It's good for us because if we're able to bring the wealthy unto Christ, the Church will have a very stable foundation. We need that here. We're going to visit his winery on the other side of the country this Saturday, it's a big event so we're looking forward to it. My mission president is excited about it, so its all around a good thing! On Sunday, we had a branch conference, which happens once a year. My favorite person in the branch is the first counselor in the mission presidency. He's born and raised in Bulgaria, he served a mission in California and is definitely a strong member. He conducted the conference. He read a scripture that mentioned bringing 3,000 souls unto Christ. He waited, and then said, "You know, we almost did that here when the church was first established." A lot of people started to laugh, but one lady got uptight and started ranting about, "where are these people now" and so on. It was kind of sad, does she not realize that we have to be members on other days besides Sunday? That it's just as well as her job as it is ours to bring these souls to come unto Christ? Even though I don't understand Bulgarian that much yet, any time the first counselor smiles, I know someone is saying something not so intelligent. So I always ask someone what just happened. I'm never disappointed. Well, that's all for me. Another day, another contact. I hope y'all had a good week, I love reading emails, I plan to keep responding! Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
  8. Elder Pritchard Week 11 Living the dream! So this week was really awesome. I've been working really hard and were receiving a lot of people of interest. So a few of us missionaries went to НДК (National Palace of Culture), its a recreational place on Tuesday and did this thing called white-boarding. We wrote a question "what brings you happiness" and everyone writes their answers as they walk by. We received a lot of contacts doing this. It's really successful. I had my first zone conference! I learned a lot, and the standards here are definitely high. This mission means business. We work hard, we have fun. Everything works out. I went on exchanges with another Elder. He almost got in a fight because a car almost hit him. I gotta kick out of it. The person hopped out his car so I just grabbed the gentleman and put myself in his face, I told him no, he calmed down very quickly. He got back in his car and drove off. Church was really good, I'm starting to understand more. We're teaching some stubborn but very intelligent people. It's hard to get them to get to church, but it's only been two weeks, I'm sure that they will come around. I miss you all at home, and in the MTC. It's really amazing being here, I love the people, and occasionally, they love me back. Until next week, with my love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
  9. Старейшина причард Week 10 I Made It! Здравейте! How shall I start? My last day in the MTC included a lot of pictures with people and no sleep. We left at around 3:45 A.M. and took transport with missionaries going to California and Albania. Our flight to Chicago was with the Albanians. We were at the Chicago Airport for about five hours. My companion and I were eating food when we heard two custodial workers speaking to each other in Bulgarian! We were able to talk to them for a few minutes. We got on our plane to Germany, usually, I can sleep on planes, but not these flights. We landed at the Munich Airport with minimal time to spare, rushed to our next flight and took off. It's nice to be in a smaller plane where you take off in five minutes and climb quickly. Europe is so beautiful. We landed in Sofia and were promptly greeted by our mission president, his wife, and a few missionaries. We got to the mission home, which used to be the Cuban embassy. We got familiarized, took pictures and then I went street contacting with my Trainer Elder Dinning. He is so awesome and is really helping me with the language, we've been working hard and having fun. I've been assigned to Sofia with him. Bulgaria is so beautiful, the people are straight forward which is so nice. It's good to get right to the point. The next day we had orientation and all the good stuff. The Lynch's are a senior office couple here, and the food they make is so good. On Sunday I was able to bear my testimony in church. There were a good amount of people there. There are a few American embassy workers and their families that go so we have translating equipment for them. It's awesome. We don't wear our name's outside. We can contact how we want. There's a great amount of work to do here, and we're in it. I'm so excited to be here. The food is amazing, my companion is cool, and Bulgaria is special. I'm excited to be here, I know this is where I'm supposed to be. Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
  10. Старейшина Pritchard Week 8 I Feel It Coming! It's real now, it was before, but this is intense. Last Friday we received our flight plans, which changes the whole perspective. I wanted to leave the next day! I don't dislike the MTC at all, but when you get teased with your travel plans, you want it to happen immediately. ITINERARY REDACTED It's truly exciting! I'm supposed to be leaving the MTC at 03:45, so almost the same time it was when we had to leave to get our visas in L.A. on our sixth day here. On Sunday, we had a devotional, I forgot the speakers' names. Това е okay. My companion accompanied a special musical number during the devotional, so I was the page-turner. Let me tell you, I am the best page-turner to ever walk the planet. You would not be wrong to assume that everyone wanted to talk to me after the devotional, the other people were definitely not as important as me. On Tuesday, my companion accompanied another special musical number in private for the devotional speaker. Sister Hunt. who is in my district, sang. Due to the wonderful talents of the district, it gave me an opportunity to meet the Relief Society general president, Sister Jean B. Bingham, and her husband. Now for all of y'all who aren't familiar, the Relief Society is one of the largest and oldest women's organizations in the world, with about seven million members, and climbing. After they played, we promptly left and went to get food, we then listened to Sister Bingham and Brother Bingham speak to us. Their devotional was truly inspiring. Remember, we all have our agency, we choose what we desire. The days fly by so fast, it's insane. I found out from my teacher when he left Bulgaria Israel, Israel, God Is Calling, Come to Zion, Come to Zion. Until Bulgaria, Love, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ADDRESS REDACTED ADDRESS REDACTED Please do NOT use my name, Elder Pritchard on packages but only write W. Pritchard somewhere on the box (not in the address) and send an email to the mission office (EMAIL REDACTED) with a picture of the package and its contents. Letters and postcards can be sent with the full name of Wade Pritchard. Until Bulgaria, Love, Старейшина Причард PICTURES
  11. Elder Pritchard Week 7 2019 Howdy y'all! I miss all of you so much! The countdown to the field is happening, I have two weeks left in the MTC! I'm pretty happy with myself teaching, you can feel the inspiration at the right time. It's funny, you come prepared to teach a lesson regarding a certain topic, and when you get in the lesson, you feel the prompting to teach something completely different. Act upon your promptings! We had our first Skype TRC lesson, the person we taught is a painter in Bulgaria, he's a member, and I understood a good portion of nothing about what he was saying. But what I do know, is that sharing scriptures is not hard, and speaking about the message is not too difficult. For our Tuesday devotional we had the general president of the Sunday School of The Church, Tad R. Callister come. It was awesome to hear from him. He talked about how we should act when receiving revelation. There is obviously something important behind revelation if it keeps being brought up. In General Conference, President Nelson spoke about how we should strive to receive our own revelation. Elder Bednar told us to not struggle with not feeling the moment of revelation, Brother Callister talked about what we have to do to receive it. Revelation is important, Heavenly Father desires for us to receive guidance and answers, we have to do our part and put ourselves in the position to receive it. Brother Callister has written three books which I own, The Inevitable Apostasy, The Blueprint of Christ's Church, and The Infinite Atonement. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to hear someone speak who has written books that I actually read at home. I leave the Missionary Training Center on January 15th. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ADDRESS REDACTED ADDRESS REDACTED Please do NOT use my name, Elder Pritchard on packages but only write W. Pritchard somewhere on the box (not in the address) and send an email to the mission office (REDACTED) with a picture of the package and its contents. Letters and postcards can be sent with the full name of Wade Pritchard. I'm off to the Temple today, I encourage anyone who has not been recently, that is able to go, should go. It's an amazing experience. That is all. I know that my Redeemer lives. Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
  12. Старейшина Причард Week 6 Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!!!! Spending this amazing time here in the MTC was so awesome. On Christmas Eve, we had a Nativity scene. A whole bunch of little children acted it out and sung for the whole MTC. What guts they have! The MTC President and his wife are so funny. They had couches and everything moved into the auditorium, and they were dressed all comfortable. After the Nativity, we ate then watched "A Christmas Carol". On Christmas day, we watched "My Broken Horse Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life". I got to Skype my parents on Christmas. It was so awesome to see them and talk to them. Check it out, my whole family is still healthy! Something about blessings? It's true! I spoke some gibberish for my parents, they loved it. I sure do miss them! Now check this out. Our Christmas Devotional was given by Susan Kae Bednar and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Bednar spoke about how we receive revelation. Most of the time, we pray for an answer, about what we should do, and then we wait. We keep waiting till something happens. The way we should approach it is by asking our Heavenly Father for guidance, for an answer, but then take a path, and start doing what is right. The revelation you need to receive will put itself into your mind where it needs to. How do you know if your receiving revelation? Stop worrying about it, all good things come from God. How do you know if your being prompted by the Holy Ghost? Stop worrying about it, all good things come from God. David Archuleta came to the MTC and sang for us that night, it was awesome! Christmas at the MTC was amazing, and it was so spiritual. Just over two weeks and I'll be out of here. I love all of you! Until Next week, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
  13. Старейшина Причард Week 5 (It's Wade!) Good day! One month down! A month has flown by, it's been insane. The Finnish, Croatians, and one Dutch left on Monday. They were so cool, it sucks to see them leave, but that's the MTC for ya! The Polish and Bulgarians are now the oldest district in the zone, and one of the oldest districts in the MTC. and to think, we still have four more weeks here. The funny part is, those four weeks will fly. Yesterday, we received new Finnish and Icelandic missionaries. They are awesome. It's crazy that they are coming in right before Christmas, but they will be blessed immensely. We also had our last in-person TRC yesterday, so for now on, on Fridays, starting next Friday, we will be teaching lessons over Skype with Bulgarians, I don't even know how to hold a conversation, so God speed. Today, we have the opportunity to clean the Provo Temple for three hours, I'm looking forward to it. The Temple will be shut down for holidays. Christmas Is Temple Endowment I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, that Heavenly Father loves all of us, and there's still a lot of work to be done of the earth today. Everything will happen on God's timing. As we strive to build a relationship with Heavenly Father and pour our heart out to him, we will be blessed immensely. Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
  14. Sorry, I fell behind on posting these. The good news is that I have a LOT more to post. Here is the first one. Elder Pritchard Week 4! Здравейте! Every day that I'm here, I gain so much. Honestly, there's not much to say at this point, as you could imagine, every week we have the same stuff on the same days, it's always fun, but to write about it, is a different story. We adopted the ASL (sign language) missionaries in our zone unofficially since I've gotten here. They left this week. The Dutch and Mongolians also left. We got new missionaries in the zone, Slovaks, Czechs, and Dutch. We had TRC yesterday, which means we taught members that served in Bulgaria, in Bulgarian. It was super fun, hard, and the Светия Дух (Holy Spirit) was so strong. If I know the words, I can easily put the sentences together, but its really hard for me to recall the words. My district is super tight, we all get along well. I'm down to answer questions and all of that good stuff. Take note, the 15th, I'll be halfway through the MTC. It's lit. I also got my new tag, the attached photo is a whole bunch of missionaries reporting to different areas. My name is on the left side, the tag under my name is my name in Bulgarian. I am taking more things to heart every day. Jesus Christ is our Savior, He lives. I know that that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is restored in its fullness, today. The power that existed in his earthly ministry, is here today. That I, along with many others, am called of God to preach the Gospel to every nation, kindred, and tongue. Press onward, ever onward. Love, Elder Pritchard PICTURES
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