Hi Mom and Dad,
I love you!!!
I met some people on Sunday when we were walking around the temple grounds who were from Virginia, but their son is serving in Reno. Elder Todd, I think his name was. I don’t think we’ve met him.
All the girls in their emails said that it hasn’t rained. Someone said I must have taken the rain with me, and it’s just been making me think. I’ve been praying for home and for the farm and the weather there everyday since I’ve been here because I know how stressed Dad and the boys are about everything. But the Lord has promised us that as we keep His commandments we’ll prosper in the land. And we’re keeping His commandments, so somehow, we’re going to prosper, because He’s not going to break his promises.
I didn’t really cry much after I said bye to you guys a the airport. But when we took off from Orlando and left American soil it was pretty rough. I really cried a lot. Man I just love America so much! That’s one of the things I’ve realized since bieng here.
When we got off the plane a guy form the MTC met us and we took the coach (bus) to the MTC. I’ve known for a long time that there would be members of our family here waiting for me when I got here, and they were, because I could feel them. It’s really comforting that I’ll never be alone, and I won’t be the whole time that I’m here. We passed signs on the drive for Sheffield and I wanted so bad to go there!
I’m not going to deny, I cried a lot the first few nights. In fact last night was the first night I didn’t and I’m not sure why. But I just really wanted home and all you guys. It was really rough. But that was when I was scared of all the things we were learning. We’ve been teaching fake investigators this week, but they’re real. I don’t know how to explain it, but I was scared to teach people, and I think that’s why I was so homesick. But I’m not afraid anymore. Because I’ve learned that it’s not me that teaches, it’s the spirit, so I don’t stress about it anymore. And now that I’m not scared, I’m not homesick. I still miss you guys a lot, but it doesn’t hurt as much. Just keep praying for me. Its my goal to not want to leave when its time to come home.
There are 40 missionaries in this MTC, and with the MTC is a distribution center, stake center, family history center, and then the temple. We are going to the temple in an hour, and I’m really excited for that. We went on a Church history tour this morning and it was amazing! I kept thinking the whole time, ”I wish dad was here!” Dad, we went to Downham, and Chatburn, and where Pres. Hinckley lived, and where Heber C. Kimball and the others were attacked by the evil spirits! You’ve GOT to come see it. I’ll try to send pictures but I might not have time this week.
It’s really diverse in the MTC. There are people form Finland, Norway, Australia, South Africa, China, Guatemala, and a bunch of other places. My companion and I are in charge of the choir, and you’d think it would sound weird with so many different accents, but it sounds mysteriously beautiful. These Elders from Finland sang a Finnish song for some of us on Sunday. They sounded like drunken sailors, but it made me laugh, so it was a good thing.
It’s very green and beautiful. And its easy to run because there’s so much oxygen. There’s a ton more I need to tell you, but I don’t have time.
This picture is of Pendle Hill, Dad.
We sang Called to Serve in the Downham chapel, but I don’t know if the video will come through.
I love you so much!
I’m getting less homesick, but I still miss you guys!