Sunday, November 22, 2009


Dear Family!
Wow, what a day it's been! Transfer day...I'm all packed up now and ready to go to LaJunta. You were right dad, by the time this mission is over I will be a professional packer! If I get moved every transfer I'll have to pack and unpack all this stuff seventeen times! Crazy!
Oh, mom, you'll get a kick out of this. A member gave Elder Oakes and I and two other missionaries in our area, Elder Toney and Elder Burton, each 20.00 to go out and eat somewhere nice! She said, "I better not hear you went to McDonalds!"
So we all decided to go to the Olive Garden. By the time we had ordered dinner and dessert our bill came out to $60.00. The waitress, who we had been talking to about our missions and what it was all about, came back and asked if there was anything else we wanted. We said no and were getting ready to pay when...can you guess?
When she said, "O.K. Well, just so you know, my manager has taken care of your bill this evening. Thank you for following your dreqams and doing something so great!"
The four of us must have looked so dumb! We didn't say anything for a few seconds. We just stared at each other and then at her and then back at each other! We couldn't believe it! A sixty dollar Olive Garden meal for free! Missions Rock!
Well tonight another member of the ward is taking us out to a place called the Texas Roadhouse. Now that sounds like a happenin' place! I shouldn't get used to it though because I hear you don't get too many member dinners in LaJunta! (We'll see if that's true.)
Man I can't believe that I've been on my mission for three full months already! It really doesn't seem that long! Time is really flying. I mean there's only 17 transfers to a full two year mission and I've just completed my first one. Don't get me wrong, I still have a ways to go but if it goes like this first transfer did then it's going to come real quick!
Oh, so just to clarify. So far I have been a part of three baptisms. One boy who was going to be baptized didn't have the support of his family and so we had to move on. It was really hard but it's what President Pfile said to do so we did it! But the other three baptisms were awesome! They're all doing great and one of them now has the Aaronic Priesthood and is a good strong member of the Priest Quorum. His mom should be getting baptized next week, but I'll be gone so I won't be there for that.
Oh...haha..It was really funny. When Elder Oakes baptized Jim he forgot to take the cell phone out of his pocket and it started buzzing (underwater) during the "dunking process"! Jim said thanks to that he'll never forget his baptism! The phone didn't work for a couple days after that but it's working again now!
Well, my bike is still holding up pretty well and I haven't had any flat tires since the last one I told you about, so it's been a while! (Knock on wood!)
Well, it's time for me to run again! (That's the new story of my life!) So I'll talk to week I guess!
Love you all tons!

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