We have 4 outstanding young men in our small ward in Liberty, Texas that have been called to serve a mission. It will be fun to have our ward family follow their experiences through this blog. Elder Clegg left July 20,2011 for the Idaho, Pocatello mission, Elder Waddell left July 27, 2011 for the Alaska, Anchorage Spanish speaking mission, Elder Escobar left in August for the Massachusetts, Boston mission, and Elder Tellez left September 14, 2011 for the Mexico, Veracruz Spanish speaking mission. We are so very excited that these fine young men have chosen to serve the Lord.

Click on the dearelder link below for a great way to write our missionaries!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just 4 more days in the MTC for Trinity

I think it would probably be better if I just got one when I got there. It's not gonna be freezing or anything I don't think so i'll be able to handle it until I get to go get one. oh and man I didn't bring my letter here but the mission address changed.... so i'll send a letter with it in there. and we did get our travel plans last friday! my flight leaves to seattle at 8:30 monday morning so i'll be calling before 9:30 your time in the morning. I'm not sure exactly what time and if I don't call then then it'll be around 1 or 2 your time when i can call from seattle. It's crazy we only have 3 more class times. one today and 2 on saturday! tomorrow we have in field orientation allllll dayyy. yesterday was our last gym time which was sad. especially since I doubt i'll be playing soccer anytime soon in Alaska ha. thanks for the letters and such it's always nice hearing from home about what's going on. I'll try to write everyone today. i think i'll have more time than normal. Oh yeah so octobers ensign is dedicated to The Book of Mormon. It's awesome. and guess who came to our devotional to talk about it? Russell M. Nelson! we got lucky with 3 apostles! He just talked about the history of it and the importance of it. he talked about the purposes of it and what a great blessing that we're not taking advantage of it is. it was great. His grandaughter is here preparing for a mission right now and he interacted with people and she was one of them it was funny. I decided that i'm going to start getting cheap Books of Mormon and only mark one or two specific things in each. My first one is just going to have all the blessings and promises and everytime it calls people to repentance. hopefully by the time i'm old i'll have a whole bookshelf of them ha. and maybe i will have learned some things by then. We're all getting better at teaching and speaking spanish. we had to door contact and that was weird and didn't go so well ha but we'll do over 14000 of those if we just do the minimum daily. soooo i'm not toooo worried about that. I tried to teach something in english yesterday and it was kind of hard. I had to make a conscious effort not to say a lot of things in spanish and it just didn't feel organized and didn't flow ha. maybe it was just because i had a bad lesson but who knows. So our last sunday is a fast sunday so nobody will have to give a talk but i'm pretty sure we're all bearing our testimonies and we're singing a song for departure. elder smith and i have to be at the travel office at 5 in the morning monday.... i'm gonna be tired ha does adam pretty much speak spanish now? or has he been doing most things in english there? cause i'm still worried about not having anyone to bail me out when i have no idea what a door contact or investigator says. everyone else will have senior companions to help them with the language and such but i guess i'll just have to look like a fool most of the time until i figure stuff out. pero esta bien. estoy atezado. oh i got my hair cut today because it's mandatory before we leave. i think it looks better now. oh john is in the laundry room with me right now.... kinda weird but cool ha oh when i send my next card back i'm going to have pictures with john and i at the map and separate ones with everett and i at the map. we need to crop one of them so there's one with all three of us haha well i'm out of time i love you and all is well in zion
                  Elder Waddell

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