Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016 - Riley!!!

Riley you need to find a guy named Austin Putnam who works at discovery ranch, he started 3 weeks ago. He's one of my investigators.

Elder Strong

March 31, 2016 - Nother Email

So todays been pretty weird, besides it being my first Pday. This morning on our way to switch out our bed sheets, I got ditched by my companion who went off with another Elder in our Zone and two other Elders from my district. It kinda pissed me off because they didn't tell anybody what they were doing and none of them have the power to authorize a split, only me and one other Elder can do that. Next we don't get nice food in our Pday clothes, only when you are dressed in a shirt and tie can you get into the lunch room. So I have a sack breakfast that sucks so i'm eating it while writing. 

Elder ------ is boging me down, all he does is whine all day and doesn't prepare or study anything because he says "the Spirit will help me" well Christ can't draw from an empty well and you have to put forth the effort in order to get help and he just can't get that through his head. It suck but i'm used to having to pull a weak young mans wait, i'm thankful for the blessings from the Priest's Quorum. (If he doesn't change, I doubt he lasts in the field) 

I'm supper excited for today though, we're going to the temple and I convinced everyone but Elder ------ to do the endowment session, and not just Initiatory.

It's so hard to end these emails, plus all I want to do is call you, I never liked texting or emails. 

Well I have stuff I should be doing so im going to get to it. I just love you all so much I needed to try to get in another email, pictures will come soon.

Elder Strong

March 31, 2016 - better map

March 31, 2016 - Another friggin email

My Companions are still emailing so I guess I will too. My laundry is already done so I just have to wait for them to finish theirs. If they would have just came with me their stuff would be done, but that's none of my business.
Dad, Elder Dick in my district is from Canada and is a hunter. I was telling him how you were going to do a barrel swap on that 300 Ultra but then I couldn't remember what it was going to make it, let me know. 
Also make sure I get some Samurai pics so they know what im talking about. Its hard to explain especially when I refuse to call them jeeps. Oh and one of my investigators worked at Contractor's Recourse, Chad Talbot. He said he worked for Chad about a year ago and all I remember is that Chad promised my Investigator a job as a salesman and then dropped him behind a desk instead so he quit. Pretty Crazy
Elder Black is really cool too. He's from Salt Lake and played Rugby, and was big in the FFA.

Thats probably the last for today. 

Love you!!!

March 31, 2016 - Even More

March 31, 2016 - More - Some scenery

It makes me smile that my son, who has lived 15 minutes from the MTC his entire life sent me scenery pictures.

March 31, 2016 - Pics

 Provo Temple
 my district
 my zone
First 2 Sisters I don't know but are in my zone
Sis. Jaurez, Sis. Gomez, Sis. Ferrel (like Will Pharel), Sis. Waters, Elder Hagen, Flores
Me, Moore, Dick, Williams, Black, Elders kneeling L to R - Pratt and MCconkey 
the other district in my zone

March 31,2016 - Whats Up!!

Hey everybody, everything is still going awesome! The days are finally getting faster and easier. I don't fall asleep during class like I would at school so that's awesome! The classes are long and hard but we can always look forward to the mission field where you only have to study for two hours in the morning instead of four. I have been writing letters for a couple of days after writing in my journal, I don't know if that's against the rules or not but at least I wasn't going to send them until today. I forgot to bring my camera so I'll have to send you another email later.

Im sorry Cassie, I know you guys have been doing better all year, you deserved to do better than fourth but I know you tried your hardest even if others didn't. 
Dad, Im sorry I left you with the women. If I could have I would have brought you with me so you could have a better chance of survival. Im glad you were able to finish the oven, I hope it works. See if it'll do HotPockets. When you put in a V6 well have to build an oven for it to (most likely you'll have to) if there is even enough room for one. 
I hope Riley and Amanda are doing well! I think about Riley a lot, I try to imagine what he would be doing to get through the hard parts in the MTC, it helps a lot except when I think he would have called someone a fairy. (I've resisted so far)
I trying to make sure this is a good one, but I've got like 2 or 3 letters already and i plan on writing more to send today. I have a list of some stuff I need, nothing major so don't stress. It'll just be easier to send it now while i'm in the MTC.

Well I have to switch my wash and get breakfast, talk to you later!!!

LOVE Elder Strong

Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 26, 2016

Today we received our first letter from Elder Jason Strong.
It was pretty great to hear from him. He sounds so happy and positive.

March 23, 2016

First communication from the MTC (same day! It was awesome!)

Angels already looking out for us and my son. 
Got this great picture from a good friend of ours JC Taylor. 
(Scott's YM President/Scout Leader growing up)

This is his MTC companion Elder Morales-Flores from Richmond Virginia.

(JC texted me and offered to hand deliver a package to Jason so I gave him his Easter package.)

March 23, 2016

Today is the day. It is hard to believe I received my call 36 days ago!
Ready or not here I come. (I'm ready!)

Fun memory, they were having a fire drill when I arrived at the MTC so I just went to the North Parking Lot (for who knows how long)

March 22, 2016

Today we had a great time together celebrating Cassie's accomplishment and spending quality time together before I go into the MTC

March 21, 2016

We got some family pictures taken before I left (even though I really didn't want to but my mom made me)

March 14, 2016

My best friend Alex received his mission call to th Toronto Canada Mission

March 13, 2016

Today I spoke in church for my Farewell

March 11, 2016

Bishop Garzand took mine and Alex Gutierrez's missionary 
pictures just hours before we pick up Jared Gutierrez from the airport after his mission.

February 25, 2016

Today I went the Payson Temple

Feburary 17, 2016

Today I received my call to the Kennewick Washington Mission