May 30, 2011
Tonight we have transfers so we still don’t know what is going to happen. I hope that I don’t have changes, but if I do then it’s cool- I’ll just have to live with that. lol well I am doing great. It’s been another good week. A little hard because we didn’t have the baptism that we planned on. But the good thing is that we have a baptism on the 11th that is sure. His name is Jose Luis, he is the boyfriend of a member. So we are excited for that. Wow! There are so many things that are changing back at home. I can’t believe that Brooke Brown is married and also that Jamie T is also getting married. What is going on with the people back at home? They are all going crazy. Russell gets back only in 10 days? That is also way crazy. I really can’t believe what I am hearing. So little old Julia is now graduated, that also is really hard for me to believe. lol Really Braxton and Emily too? In the pics they still look so little and graduation is for big people. lol Now that I am getting closer to home, things are really starting to change. lol Dang so why didn’t Janae tell him that she was my sister? Oscar is the man! I love that guy. I sure hope that when he was talking about me he was only saying good things. lol just playin. Hey question?? Is Oscar playing football for Butte?? I know that he was planning on playing there before I left, but I haven’t heard anything since the day I left about that guy. Ok so mom I still haven’t gotten my flight papers but when I do you will be the first one to know. The only thing I know is that I am supposed to go home the 9th of August, but I still don’t know how I feel about that. lol ok so to tell you all about what’s going on in my life. First today we went to play Frisbee again at the park and it was raining all night so we played in the mud and it was sooo sweet. Oh other thing is that Elder Smith my second son… Well during this last week he got changed to Cuenca and now is in my district! lol today he was there to play with us and I had forgotten how much of a beast that guy really is! He is awesome! lol But yah it’s cool to see how well he is doing later in the mission. I also got to see my first son at the conference that we had with Elder Gonzalez. Yah, Richard G. Scott couldn’t make it so we listen to Elder Gonzalez. So that was cool. That man is soooooo powerful. He knows the scriptures like no one. Really it motivated me so much to just keep working and to study more in the scriptures, or better said, memorize them. He was way powerful. Ok so what more can I tell you all about? I love the mission. Really I am enjoying every minute. This sector is a little hard. I mean it was easier in the beginning but now we are struggling just a little bit. I mean we do have Jose Luis that will be getting baptized really soon, but the thing is after his baptism he will be member and that means that we have to keep working and keep looking for new people. It’s hard but I know that we will have success and the Lord will guide us in this work. We just need to trust in him and be obedient. Really I am trying as hard as I can to not think of home and be as obedient as I possibly can. Sometimes it’s a little hard, but I can do it. Well, to tell you the truth I can’t think of anything more to say so I just would like to finish with my testimony. I want you all to know that I love this work. I love the Church. I realized that before the mission I really didn’t have a testimony and I really didn’t know that much about the church. But in these last few months I have grown so much. I didn’t think it was possible to be so far away from my family and love ones but still be so happy. Really it’s hard to put it into words the way I feel or the gratitude that I feel towards the Church and mostly to my Savior, my Lord, Jesus Christ. I feel closer to him then I have ever felt. I know that he loves us. I know that this is his church and this is his work. Every baptism that I have is not for me, but it’s for him. I KNOW with all my heart that He lives. That he was sent by our loving Heavenly Father, to suffer for our sins, to carry our pains, to give us an example, to give us hope, and to give us happiness. He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my light, my friend and my older brother. I know that he called Joseph Smith to be a prophet and that he guided him to the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Him. The words in that book have done so much for my life and for the lives of so many. I know that we have a prophet that guides us today; I don’t doubt it because I feel the love that he has for this work and for his master and teacher Jesus Christ. God lives and loves us. His son is are salvacion and are only hope back to our Father. Christ lives and this is his church and I am a missionary of his church!! What more could I ask for??? Family I love you all so much and I am soo happy that we will be together forever. Parents, you’re more than I could ever ask for, and I am truly the luckiest Elder alive. I thank you for everything!!! I love you all and hope you have a great week.