Dear Family and everyone else,
The White Boyes
Hello family and everyone else,
So at the MTC, nobody bothered in asking the 3 of us who were going to Fresno if it was our laundry day. I'm just glad I did it before I left. That is really exciting Makayla is getting married. Too bad I am going to miss it. Tell her to send a wedding invitation to me. I still would like to see it. I also didn't realize that today is president's Day. I was wondering why the flags were up around here in Clovis. Now I know.
I live with the Nelson's just for this week. My companion is from Alberta Canada. They are having another person moving in. So, sometime this week, me and Elder Boyes are moving to the Richie's house. lovely couple. The husband is a Chiropractic/message therapist. So it will be interesting. The ward is getting together with the mission president to find a more permanent place for me and my companion to stay. I forgot my camera again. Sorry. At least your all getting some pictures from someone at least. Things are really busy here in Clovis. It's just North of Fresno. The ward here is spectacular. They just had their ward conference this Sunday. They are really making a crackdown on missionary work. We only have 2 current investigators. However, they are really busy. Both have broken families, and want to create a better life together as they start having kids. So me and my companion are really hopeful for them. As we go out and meet the members, we sometimes do street contacting. We got 3 more possible investigators. It's slow, but at least it's some progress. We do not go tracting. It's not effective. We rely on the members to make friends and invite non-members to church. For Valentine's day, me and my companion got heart shaped boxes full of chocolate and chocolate covered strawberries. Elder Boyes is a health nut. Chaston Hill, if you are reading this, I want you to know that he reminds me of you. I love him as my trainer and as my first companion. He gets out of the mission field on I think May 6th. I will still be in this area for another 3 months after he leaves. For a total of 6 months. We also did some service at a members house. We are fed dinner every night. So it's great. Went shopping and got some yogurt finally. I have been wanting yogurt for a long time now. Clovis is more of a really rich suburb. The houses are big and beautiful. At the Nelson's, we live in a room upstairs with our personal bathroom. So it's really nice. Oh and yes, I am riding my bike everywhere. Well that's sad for Kayleigh, she will be in my prayers. I also realized how important visiting teaching is to members. It makes people feel loved, and welcome. It is a lesser chance for members to fall inactive.
Until next week
It's now been a week since I have entered the MTC. The spirit is so strong here. I have learned so much in such a short time. The food here is everything I have imagined and more. Their strawberry covered and stuffed donuts are to die for. Many lines so you can have a mix of everything everyday. By the way, I accidentally sent in my written letter to home that I was becoming Zone Leader. That was my mistake. I am actually District Leader. I exaggerated my emotions that night of how hard it will be. I came to find out that it is really easy. I talk to my companion, and the other senior companion that we bunk with. As a district, we love and talk to each other. I feel so blessed meeting such wonderful friends and missionaries. I also found out that I will be heading to the airport with the other 2 who are going to Fresno with me ON FEBRUARY 11th. Elder Stanger my companion however, will be going with some of the other sisters who are going to Sacramento. So, our whole district is going to California English speaking. As a District Leader, I get the mail for everyone, and run district meetings on Sunday, and Tuesdays. So yesterday, we had our first devotional here at the MTC. Elder Schweitzer of the 70. His words testified of what I learned from myself. As a district, we went and took these assessments. One of these, was Christlike attributes. I found that I was weak in my faith and Hope. I have learned more on what I need to do to strengthen them. For the lord said, I will make your weak things become strong. On the second day here, it was a stress bomb. So much do to in little time. After each day, it got a little easier each day. I have control of my stress now, and I have come to learn to trust in myself and the Holy Ghost's promptings. I have taught a fake investigator Eddie, who is my evening teacher. We came to learn he lacks in committing himself in something. Also, a real investigator from UVU. We shared James 1:5 and he didn't know he could question his own church. It reminded me of a science movie quote, "Question everything. I also helped teach a member or 2 to help spread the gospel as well. The missionaries really do need members to help bring others unto Christ. Also to fellowship the converts as well. Well, until then, I don't know the next time I will send something. Next Wednesday will be too chaotic. UNTIL THEN, GOD BE WITH YOU ALL TILL WE MEET AGAIN!
Dear family and world,
I am alive and well. I already love all the Elders I bunk with. My companion here is Elder Stanger. He is going to Sacramento, CA. The other two are Elder Hibbert and Elder Ashton. They are going to Fresno--same as me.
I am pleased to announce that I will be zone leader here. I thought I was already loaded with stuff; now I've got more to learn--to learn how to be a leader. Mission prep at home mostly teaches the lessons. Here at the MTC, they teach how to make friends with companions and investigators. We learn how to twist lessons to fit investigators needs.
My P-day will be Wednesday. I heard they send off missionaries on Mondays. Love you all so much. Until Wednesday.
I am ready to serve the lord. I invite others to come unto Christ.