Friday, January 21, 2011
This morning I was on the LDS Headlines page and I saw the story about a Missionary who was killed in Jamaica on the 17th of January. I began weeping...for his family.
I thought back to when Greg McOsker died while on his mission. He wasn't feeling well so the District went ahead and had their weekly meeting in the front room. He was in the bedroom resting. He suffered from an aneurysm (sp?). It was in an instant and he was gone. He was the cutest nicest boy...the one that all of the moms in the ward dreamed of capturing for their son-in-law. The Lord needed him on the other side.
My heart goes out to Elder Walker's family.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
When I was growing up in the Gracemor Neighborhood in suburban Kansas City MO, I remember the friends we had. It was a new development. We were young families. There were only 7 in our family (Momma & Daddy and we 5 girls) when we moved in. Over the years we became 10 (with the addition of 3 brothers). I pretty much had my friends next door. There was Russell Sickman to the south of us, and Jeri, Linda, and Ray Moulder to the north...and the Thompson's just past them. My older sisters "branched out". My sister Jonna had a friend who lived up the block and around the corner. Our backyards ALMOST joined. They were/are the Simpson's. (That was WAY before the cartoon show.) Chris used to come over. She and Jonna were very good friends. Chris was always smiling and I still remember her cute laugh/giggle.
Just the other day, Chris took the photo of the Kansas City Temple that is above. Chris grew up and moved away from Gracemor--as many of us have. (She's about 5 minutes away from Momma and Daddy.) She and Jonna still keep in contact. The photo is from Chris' home, from her deck. I'm so glad she shared it. I hope she doesn't mind that I am sharing it with you. When the Temple is completed, I hope Chris will visit the Open House.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Here is his letter we got in the wee hours of this morning.
SO I have about five minutes to be able to write you because we are a little pressed for time from the Temple trip. It was a wonderful and fun experience and am super grateful for it though. We were in a super fancy travel bus that actually isn't too uncommon for Taiwan and really cheap. We watched classic church films all of the way up. It's fun to see the old videos from the past and how much the church's productions have improved. I wonder what they are going to be coming out with next?
This week has been just about as cold as it gets here in Taiwan. So yeah, we sleep with the heater on and a few extra blankets, it's good though. The people in Taiwan just wear really huge coats all of the time instead of making houses that can contain any sort of heat. Infact, most of the places that we go will have their doors open wide all day. So yeah, pretty insane. I'm still trying to get used to it. Another thing that I'm still getting used to is that we take our shoes off at everybodies home. I love the Idea actually, but I think that I may have to invest in some slip-on shoes so that we can be in and out of people's houses quicker and be able to do more for the Lord in less time.
Thank-you all for your mail. I love getting mail from you all. The Lord is there and watches out for all of his children. I love that fact.
Well, I'll write more next week, but THank-you again for all of the love that is being sent to me. I love ya all!
Last week he mentioned that his preparation day would be moved--but gave no indication as to why. I'm so happy he was able to go to the Taipei Temple! I wonder how often they get to go.
He sounds good, but I know I need to "pump-it-up" on the letter side! Our family is good about writing emails (I'm so thankful that that is available to us), but I need to do better about handwritten letters.
If any of you wish to write him--do so! Here's his address. We've been asked to write to this (his Mission Home address) and the mail will be given to him. That makes it easier I suppose. Only one address to memorize for the rest of the time. :D
Elder Colby Sanford
Taiwan Taichung Mission
498-11 Wu Chuan Rd.
498-11 Wu Chuan Rd.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I guess I'm melancholy right this minute... Today I've felt pushed and tugged ... stretched here and there.... Sometimes I feel I'm not in control of my life and I'm hurt and kinda annoyed by those who are trying to control me. I'm not making a bunch of sense. Maybe I should just go to bed. Life really IS good...My family loves me and I love them... It's sad to feel sad. It'll seem better tomorrow. I hope!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A friend of ours, Mario Hernandez, works at the Salt Lake City airport and ran into Colby by accident (for reals!). I'm glad he got to see Colby.
This photo is of our handsome son Elder Sanford. The Elder with light brown hair - under the TV screen, at the tip of Colby's left shoulder, is his companion Elder Olsen. The photo of his Mission President and "travelling company" in the previous blog entry was taken AFTER this one of course--- 15 or so hours after...
Monday, January 3, 2011
YAY! We have a letter. It's so good to know he's there, safe, likes his companion and is enjoying the work!!! Happiness! He sounds so happy!!! Here's his letter:
Well, I'm here! My new companion is Elder Buenning. He's moved all around his whole life, but he's half american half cantonese. He's a really hard worker, diligent goal setter and over all great second companion. We're serving in the Tai Ping mission. It includes Dong Xu, Tai Ping and Zhong Xu, and let me tell you, it's so awesome. I'm living almost in the heart of Tai Chung. I'll send pictures as soon as I figure out how they work! pretty much it's just like any big city. Populated. Oh and there are about two times as many scooters here as there are people. Like no joke, every nook and crany has a scooter parked in it. Pretty much on of the most insane things I've seen.
After getting off the phone with you guys, I got on the airplane. Pretty nice airplane. Pretty good food. Insanely long flight. Insane. 14 hours and 32 minutes total. Pretty close to death. So I was stoked when it finally landed. We waited for our luggage and then went and met the mission president and his wife and the Assistants. They were all pretty happy. We stayed the next day and a half there at the mission home doing orentation. We slept in the Zone leader's appartment. THen we went running in the morning. It was actually really fun. Friday, we went and met our trainers. And so the work began! I"m talking to everybody that I can. At every light, at every intersection. I'm trying to find the souls that the Lord has set up for me to find. So far, I've found 3. I thought that I found 4, but one of them put a fake phone number. Lame. It's really tiring work and I get rejected alot, but I love it. Elder Buenning is pushing me hard, which is exactly what I need. I got my bike. Elder Buenning and I put this crate thing on the back so that I could hold things in it that I need. Like my bag. and my jacket. It's very nice. Also, the stores here are awesome. THe missionaries call them "Dong Xi" stores, which means Stuff Stores. and that is exactly it is. You go in and they just have bunches and bunches of stuff. It's pretty insane. And it is all pretty cheap too. right now the exchange is about 33 to 1, Kuai to Dollar. Nice. I can usually eat pretty nicely for about 80-100 Kuai. OH and the Fruit here is amazing. THey have every fruit you could ever imagine! and it's all so delicious. So good. THe church members were nice. I really liked going to church. We teach our lessons there... when the investigator shows up. THey actually usually don't, but some do, and that is awesome. Right now were teaching an 11 year old that is pretty timid. We need to meet his parents though. I hope that will go well this week. Oh, and on the second day, we had a funeral to go to (didn't Dad have one his first day ?) Flowers EVERYWHERE. That was crazy. They take death seriously here.
Well everything is going wonderfully here and I'll be more organized next week, I'm a little rushed today because I don't know exactally how to do this. It's great here though! Keep on doing the family things, I know they will help each and every one of you.
Love ya all!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Check my math, but I've been calculating this all wrong. Well, a little wrong. If it's 8 a.m. here and 11 p.m. there that's FIFTEEN hours different, right? 8 to 8 is 12 hours. Then 8 to 11 is 3 hours...12 hours + 3 hours = 15 hours. Math has never been my strong suite....It's a miracle that I figured this out NOW...the other question is---- Why didn't anyone correct my math before now?
Saturday, January 1, 2011
One of Goo's goals this year is to read 100 books she also wants to write reviews here on moms blog
I read a book in two minites it was about the art in ABC'S .I like it because i like art and there is an ABC hunt on every page. I want you to know that I got the idea from Mirielle to blog about the books 100 TIMES! But I like it and I want to do the alphabet until my 26 book.