Hey Family!Well it sounds like it has been a crazy and sad week back home. That is sad to hear about Elder Burton. I actually heard about that at the parade on Pioneer Day. That is tough. But I am sure he is in a better place now. That is why it is so awesome to know that we can be with the people we love forever. The Gospel can provide us with so much strength. I hope his family is doing ok. I have been praying for them a lot. That is tough. It also sounds like everyone else has been pretty busy. Julie congratulations on your calling! It sounds like you are doing some good missionary work. Karen and Alvin, congrats on your calling as well. That sounds like fun! And Karen and Alvin I got your package! Thank you so much!! It was all delicious. It was in the sun all day so when I opened it up it was all nice and warm like it had just been baked. Amazing!! I hope I am not stealing all of your treats Alvin. Alvin have you got your score back for the MCAT? Robbie do you think you are ready to take it again? Cammie I am glad to hear you are getting use to Cardston. It isn't too bad right? And Dad there are 8 missionaries in Cardston? What do they do with them all? You should sent them all out on a blitz to the reservation! Just kidding.
Well this week was pretty good. We got to be in another parade on Pioneer Day in Spanish Fork! And I saw Uncle Jim and Aunt Janelle again. It is like we are neighbors. The parade was actually a really good experience. We got to walk behind the 2000 stripling warriors in the parade. And I really think there were 2000 of them. There was a lot! While we were walking, I saw a couple people off to the side crying. The Spirit was so strong in that Parade. It sounds weird, but it is true. There was one guy who was dressed in a suit and tie and it looked like he had just returned home from a mission. He was waving at us and crying. I think he really missed his mission. It made me realize how special of an opportunity I have right now to be on a mission. There is so many people that the Lord has prepared for us and we have the opportunity to be instruments in His hands. It is such a blessing. I can't believe I have already been out for over two months.
I will try and answer a few more questions. We do a lot of different things on P-days. It depends on the day. We always do laundry and shopping and stuff like that. Last week we actually went golfing with the Mission President. It was fun! I wish I could put. Other than that I actually did not too bad. Mom we are the only Elders in that trailer. It is nice to have a lot of space. We usually get about and hour and a half for emails. I like it. It gives us time to say what we need to say. I am pretty sure the Provo temple is open now. Or at least it should be really soon. As far as music goes Mom, you can surprise me. Some can listen to stuff like EFY music, John Schmidt, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and stuff like that. But there is no rush on that.
I also have some other good news. My visa came!! I am headed to Australia in 2 days!!! Just kidding. It did come though. I was told that my last night in the Utah Provo Mission will be on August 26th. So I am guessing that means I will be leaving on August 27th? They said they would give me more information when it gets closer. I think I have to wait for a month because that is when the next tranfer in Brisbane is. I am excited though!
Well the work is still moving forward here. I love it!! We are actually working with a ton of kids now as well. Most of their families are less active so we always get them to sit in on the lesson. We are teaching a 12 year old boy, a 9 year old girl, and four 8 year old boys. They are all working towards baptism! So I hope I get to be here for a few of them before I head to Australia. Something that I have really tried to focus on this week is seeing how the Lord works on people. When you meet all these different people on your mission, you really see how unique each person is. The Lord has really given each individual there own set of experiences to learn and grow. Whether the experiences are good or bad, we can always learn something from them. The Lord is always shaping us into who He wants us to become. And I really believe that is why we are called to the missions we are. There are people there that only we can reach out to, but only with the help of the Lord. I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives, and it is only through His atonement that we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. I am so grateful for a Savior and a Family that loves me. I hope you all have an amazing week! Love you all!