"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~Joyce Brothers.
This blog started out to be a way of reporting on Tom's mission adventure. I soon realized that there's just a lot going on in life that I don't want to forget about. Our lives are busy, happy and full and I hope to capture some of the excitement in this blog.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Week Five - Last Week in the MTC - Anxious to Get to Texas!!
David at the big devotional, in the choir, the night before he leaves the MTC!
David and Spencer front row at the devotional!
Historic devotional for missionaries at the MTC!
Hola hola hola!
Sounds like everything is good at home! After I finished emailing
last week, I realized that I never really acknowledge anything you say.
Haha sorry about that! I just panic about having time to tell you
everything I want to tell you! But I love hearing
about everything that is going on at home, especially Toby! It brings a
smile to my face when I imagine you opening the basement door and
seeing him jump around with excitement with his tail going crazy! I
miss my baby! Also, that's funny about the missionaries
coming over. Only a great mom like you could think so quick on your
feet like that! I'm happy to hear that you are going to farewells and
homecomings! I know all is well at home, the Lord is looking out for
all of us! Also, grandma I got your cookies!
No one makes a snickerdoodle like you! My fellow missionaries and I
very much enjoyed all those treats!
I got a short email from Elder Baker today. It was really neat to hear from him and know that he has been thinking about me.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY PADRE!!!!!!! I'm glad you got my letter, and I hope you had a muy grande y emocionado dia!!!!! Love ya!
Yesterday morning we moved to YView. Packing was indeed a hassle,
but I guess it was good to have a practice pack for the real deal on
Monday. There are parts about the west campus I really like, and there
are parts that I am not to happy about. But
overall I'm pretty happy about it. Elder Powell have a room to
ourselves, and the other room in the apartment is Elder Clingo and
Mickle. They are the zone leaders, so Elder Powell and I can't get away
with any funny business! Hehe but they are cool! We
have a kitchen and a COUCH! When we first got there I just laid on the
couch for like an hour! It's funny how many things I already miss.
And I am working on a funny picture, but I'm having a hard time with
it! But I'll get it to you next week! So the
residence is awesome, at Y View. Across the street is RainTree, and
that is where the cafeteria and classes are. The classes are small and
dark and ghetto, probably my least favorite part about the move. But
it's okay, I only spend 10 hours a day in there.
The temporary cafeteria is in the pool house. Really small, and hardly
no variety here. Pero lo es todo bien! I don't even care! The room
across the hall from us has 6 elders, 3 from our district and 3 others
in our zone. There ac doesn't work and it
is literally 90 degrees in there. So they slept in our apartment on
the floor last night haha.
We got our travel plans on Friday!!!!!!!!!! We meet at the travel
desk at 4:30 Monday morning, and our flight leaves at 8:50, according to
Elder Powell. Our travel group consists of 24 missionaries, so I'm
worried it is going to be difficult to call
in the airport, but I honestly have no idea how it works, or what time
exactly I will be calling. But it will be in the morning. One thing
you might want to look into is sending me a go phone. I heard lots of
missionaries do that. It's just a really cheap
cell phone and you pay to have it activated for like 2 days, and then
you throw it away. If it's not too difficult and you could get it to me
by Saturday, it might not be a bad way to go. Elder Adams is doing
that. Then I won't have to wait in line and
I would have mucho mas tiempo to talk to you! But if not, I'm sure I
could squeeze in a phone call to you with the pay phone. It' up to
you! Also, I found out that we can have two suitcases, a backpack, and a
carry on. After packing up yesterday, I think
another bag might be nice. I was thinking a small, simple, black
duffle bag or shoulder bag or sompin like that would work well. I hate
to be a burden, and I'm sure I could make it work with what I have, but
if you need something to do this weekend, you
could get me a carry on. Whatever you think!
I feel like I have been spending lots of money. Not sure how much
exactly, but it seems like a lot! and I apologize! most of what I
spend money on is books, bc I need everything in English and Spanish!
but i have also had to get my suits and a couple
ties dry cleaned this week. Sorry, let me know if i need to cut back, I
try to spend as little as possible! I keep getting these emails every
week saying that my card is a DEBIT not a CREDIT card, or something like
that. Makes me feel like I am doing something
wrong!? : /
This Sunday I was chosen to give a talk in sacrament meeting.... in
Spanish. I was already prepared with a talk, so I pretty much just
read it, pero yo estaba muy nervioso! But I did it and it went well.
Elder Watkins and Elder Olsen got here last Wednesday. I got pics with both of them! I'll send home if I have time!
I said goodbye to my bff Elder Lambert on Monday. He gone! I am proud and excited for him.
This week we had two breakdowns in our district. First tears I've
seen since being here! Elder Powell got frustrated bc he wants there to
be a set way to teach, and it's not that way. You do what the spirit
tells you to do, and it's difficult. But
we are both learning and getting better at it. Last night Elder
Leavitt brokedown and was having a really hard time. He doens't think
too highly of himself and was just beating himself up about a lot of
things. But he slept in our room last night with Elder
Powell and I and I had a good long talk with him and I think I was able
to help. This whole mission thing ain't easy!!
The last couple of days I have not had the best attitude. First
two days that I could honestly say I did not want to be hear. I
couldn't pin point the cause of my attitude. Whether it was the fact
that I'm still sick and constantly have a sore throat
or congestion and a cough(it hasn't gotten any worse, don't worry, but
it definitely hasn't gone away) or if it's just that I'm sick of the
mtc, or I'm just not converted enough to my mission yet. I lost the
fire and desire for the last couple days, but today
has been really good and I am determined to make my last days in the
mtc my best days in the mtc!
Si, I received your package, thanks! but no more food please, anything you send now I'll just have to pack up!
I didn't get to host any new missionaries, unfortunately. But our
teaching experience with the new missionaries last week went well! It
was not easy, those investigators are determined to embarrass us and
make it difficult for us, like in the real world.
But it was funny, fun, and a good experience for the both of us!
I'm going to need some new shoes, but no rush. I have heard ecco's
are really good, but I think I want some classy brown ones. Just
something that would go good with navy and dark grey! 11.5 shoe size,
just to be safe. No rush!
Thanks for the update on the playoffs! I'm sure I'll hear the final outcome sometime this week.
My last pday in the mtc! The next time you hear from me, I'll be in Texas!!! I'm so anxious to get out of here!
I love hearing from you, and I love and miss you all!
Elder Williams p.s...
I'm emailing from a different computer this week, and I can't find
the camera card slot. So sorry, no pictures this week! I'll trry to
send a bunch next week!
Also, we got to eat outside the mtc today for lunch! The west
campus has access to Brigham's Landing, a little strip mall down the
street. We ate at Burger's Supreme and it was maravillosa! It is
pretty much exactly like Apollo and Crown. Most exciting
thng about my day!