Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Letter from Mission President

4 August 2015

Dear Brother and Sister Pachner,

Elder Chase William Pachner arrived safely to this mission 3 August 2015.  After prayerful consideration, Elder Parker Lee Jones was selected to be his companion.  We make every effort to assign only the very best missionaries to be trainers, as these first few months are critical in the life of a new missionary.   Enclosed are pictures of Elder Pachner with his companion and Sister Weidman and me.

During the course of his mission, Elder Pachner will be transferred to various areas within the mission; therefore, we ask that all his mail be sent to:

Elder Chase William Pachner
1591 East Temple Way                
California Los Angeles Mission
Los Angeles, CA 90024-5801

We are excited and grateful to have Elder Pachner serve in the California Los Angeles Mission.  Our desire is to help him succeed and magnify his calling.  We will do everything possible to see that he remains healthy, actively engaged, challenged, and happy in his missionary labors.  Please be assured that his welfare and happiness are of primary concern to us.  For ongoing and up-to-date information on this mission, you can visit our mission blog: californialosangelesmission.blogspot.com.

The enclosed information answers many of the questions frequently asked. Should you have any questions or concerns during the course of Elder Pachner’s mission, please do not hesitate to contact  me.

Sincerely yours,
David N. Weidman, President
California Los Angeles Mission

First week

First week
Hi everyone!!!
This week has been super hard.  My trainers name is Elder Jones.  He is a pretty cool guy!  Some times I don’t like his training style though.  It helps me learn and grow quickly but also means I’m hung out to dry sometimes.  Like he will tell me to contact someone on the street and I don’t always fully understand what they said or know what to say and I’ll turn to him and he will whisper little pointers but mostly has me do it all on my own.

  This week has been super hard on us.  We are in Lynwood which has part of Compton in it so it’s a little ghetto which isn’t too bad.  We have only been cursed out like 3 times :)  But this week all of our teaching appointments fell though so we really only taught two lessons with people on the street.  It was super hard for both of us because it was a lot of walking.  We contacted over 200 people in 6 days though.  We met a lot of people.  But all in all this week was super disappointing because all of our appointments fell through.  Last night Elder Jones and I were walking back to our apartment and he said I must be destined to be an amazing missionary because he has never seen someone attacked by the devil this early in their mission.  He said this has been his hardest week on the mission and he is surprised that I’m keeping such a good attitude!  But I know this week will be better!  I don’t have too much more time.  
I love you all so much!

Elder Pachner III

Saturday, August 1, 2015


Hey everyone!  

Things are going good here!  I can’t believe that I leave on Monday!!  I packed some of my suit case today and I realized it’s much easier to pack now because I just have to put everything I have in. hahaha.  My life for the next two years fits in two suit cases! hahaha.  So we had in field orientation yesterday which sucked.  It was pretty much for English Elders who have only been here for 6 days who haven't learned how to do all that stuff yet.  We had already learned it so it was a little boring.  But it was kind of cool because I got to talk to Elder Martinez a lot.  He is from Mexico.  When we would do practices I would talk to him in Spanish and he would talk to me in English.  Our instructors looked at us like we were crazy hahaha but it was fun. 

So this morning we ate breakfast in the temple and it was SO GOOD!!  I CANT WAIT TO HAVE REAL FOOD AGAIN!!!  I had a quiche that had crab in it.  It was so good!  Mom should start putting crab in it at Christmas! 

 Life is slowing down here.  We teach our last lesson tonight.  We have only taught like 4 times this week which is weird because normally we teach at least 8 by Friday. Esta bien.  I miss teaching.  I like seeing people’s lives change as they accept Jesus and God. It is so amazing to watch the difference in the light in people’s eyes change as they accept the gospel.   It is so amazing.  I am so happy I am able to serve the Lord.  I don’t know when my next p day will be.  I love you all.  Have a great time!  And for those of you who aren't called missionaries promise me that you will help the missionaries out!  Go on splits with them and help find your friends who are ready to receive the gospel.  The Lord calls missionaries for a full two years, but as members we chose to sign up to help.  It is part of our responsibility as members of the church.  That is what part of in field was about.  How as missionaries we can’t do it alone.  And members can’t do it alone either.  It takes both of us, working hand in hand to make it happen.  Hope you all have a good week!

Elder Pachner