December 8, 2012
My time at the MTC is coming to a close. It's really weird to think about. I'm
about to ACTUALLY START BEING A MISSIONARY.... Woot! So I've gotten lots of
stuff from various people and I'll break it down so you know who I'm talking
to. None of it will be confidential though, so feel free to read the whole
Mom: Thanks so much for all the cookies. Stop. Please don't send
more for now, I'm drowning in sugar. Stop. For Christmas I would also love to
have my black/checkered slip-on shoes and some of my all-white socks, the ones
in my drawer not the ones in Dad's drawer those are dross, so dross, or maybe I
should just buy those things in Oregon. STOP. I actually brought my letters
today so I can answer your questions. I haven't climbed a single tree or
building while I've been here. I went to the temple with my district which was
awesome. Things are all good. Of course I'm keeping the rules, all except
wearing flip-flops in the shower which I absolutely REFUSE to do (not that
that's really a rule anyways, it's more of a guideline anyways). I just got my
hair cut! That's cool that you got my room painted finally. I hope you don't
stress too much about the little chico. He'll come to our family when he's
ready to (maybe we'll get a baby boy for Christmas! Our own babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes! :D ) and I'm just annoyed that I won't get to see him for two
years. Or so. I am SO excited for Christmas. Missionary work is going to be
AMAZING with all that Christmas cheer around. Hey could you send me the list of
people you send these e-mails to? I also need Kristen's address, so you should
bug somebody about it. Thanks and love!
Dad: That's really cool that
you got to help with the sandy project! I'm sure it was a super fun
experience. Hey did you send that one super secret thing I left with you before
I got on the plane? How's stuff going?
Luke: You have to respond to my
letter before I respond to yours. Then I'll respond to both of them. Actually
in the two new districts we got in our zone, there's a bunch of missionaries
going to D.C. South (you live in that mission right?) so definitely ask new
missionaries if they know me. In fact, an Elder Seal is going to D.C. South and
he came from Oregon! So we're trading homes!!! (actually he's from Portland
which is right outside my mission, but you know, it's still cool) How do I sound
different in my letters?
HAPPYHAPPYHAPPYHAPPYIDIDN"TFORGETYOURBIRTHDAY!!!!!!! Did you get the extremely
expensive birthday card I hand-picked specially for you and didn't put any
effort into making myself? ;)
Lindy: I'ma so glad
you wrote me! I'll write you back by snail-mail eventually!!!! And thanks for
the thumbprint cookies and fudge. I almost died when I opened it.
Grandpa Shum: That's awesome that you're doing missionary work too!
As part of our online missionary tasks we watched a video about how to find
investigators through genealogy so that's really cool that you've been doing
that! Keep up the family history work! That's missionary work also, and it's
just as important as living missionary work!
Grandma Shum: Thanks so
much for the Christmas sweets, they're delicious! Also thanks for keeping in
touch! I'm sorry to hear about Pete and Natalie. Give them my love and tell
them I pray for them. The Brad Wilcox talk sounds interesting but I don't know
yet if there's a rule about talks on cd. Did you know I took a mission
preparation class from Brad Wilcox at BYU? It was really cool. I'm glad to
hear about the family history and well-doing just don't let it wear you out too
AJ Shums: I'm so happy to hear about the new addition!! (although
I wanted you to name him Levi Daniel but you know...) Seth will have lots of
cousins to play with! Brittany I got SO EXCITED when I heard about your
decision to go on a mission. Sister missionaries are the greatest!!! As times
get worse, it's becoming critical that more and more young people are endowed
with power from on high. I'm not sure how far along you are in the decision
making process, but it's super awesome any way you look at it. I'm definitely
expecting a letter when you get your mission call. :) Enoch, I'm really sorry
that you're going through this pain. I think about you often and pray for you
daily. I love all of you and hope everything goes well for
Walkers: So I was kind of dumbstruck when I got those cupcakes.
That was right before I got a huge box of treats from Grandma and Lindy and then
I just about died. But it made me laugh. :D I tried all of them and they're
all amazingly delicious but I haven't gotten around to eating them all yet
haha. I'm so happy for you Hailey!!!!!!!! I don't know any more about your
mission stuff than I do about Brittany's so all the same things I said to her
apply to you. Write me when you get your call! You'll be an amazing
missionary! I love you all!
Georgia fam: I haven't heard much news from
your side! You can e-mail or dear elder if anything exciting happens! Any
babies born? Any crazy family parties? I would love to hear from any and all
of you! I also love any and all of you!
Everyone: I love you! Thanks
for the letters, I will reply!
p.s. There's been some rumors (well, more
than rumors really) that China will open up to missionary work soon. Stay on
the lookout. ;)