Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 6, 2015 The Place Where I Belong

Erik:Well, guys, I'm sure you already got the news, but I'm going to say it anyways.

I'm coming home.

When President Winder pulled me in and said that I wasn't going forward for another 21 months, I don't think I've ever been so disappointed in my life. I was so ready to give my all for 2 years, and now I can't believe that it's almost over. But you know what? After a bit of tears (mostly on my part) I realized that it wasn't my will that mattered, or President Winder's, or even the First Presidency's; it was God's. If God doesn't want me here, then I guess he wants me elsewhere. So I would just like to say:

Dad, thanks for being an inspiration for me to look up to. You always made sure that I was doing my absolute best at all times, and I'm glad of that.

Mom, thank you for always making sure I was healthy and pure. I want to always make you and Dad proud of me.

Emily, thanks for being at your absolute randomest. Your emails have helped me with a lot of stress in my 3 months.

And Jacob, thank you for being the absolute best big brother a guy like me could have. Everything that you write or draw makes me proud to be your brother.

I love you all, and I look forward to working as hard as ever this week. Thank you all for being my eternal family. God bless you all! 
D&C 124:49

President came over last night to talk to us about it.  We're surprised but resigned.  We knew going in that it might be this way.  Now we just need to learn to accept it and move on.  Sounds like you've already made peace with the decision.  We're sure proud of you.

Matthew 25:21


Hi son. We are so proud of you. We were also a bit disappointed because you are doing so great on your mission. Now, you will just have to keep doing great things in other areas and continue being a missionary in all you do. I know that Heavenly Father knows what will bring you the most peace and joy.  We know that we will have trials and tests of our obedience in this life, and this is just one of them. You are doing great and we pray for your strength and ability to handle this well. What a great experience and blessing this has been!  We will move forward and continue to serve and learn and grow!  We love you so much!!!!!!


June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015
to Tony, me, Emily, Jacob
Yup, I am officially dead from all this heat. I'm being completely serious when I say that the weather has been over 100 degrees and counting. SO HOT. Luckily, we are in a car-share with two other Elders, so we get it this week; and a good thing too, because every day this week is supposed to be over 100. So, pray for our health and safety, because we'll need it.

Glad to hear that all of you are doing well. Congrats on the future calling, Mom. Hope you do well! I will be sure to send Dad something for his birthday as soon as possible. We currently only have a few investigators lined up, and since summer started, we haven't been able to contact them due to them being out and doing summer stuff. But yesterday, we had the opportunity to talk to a woman named Errin Brown with an active family in the ward. She lost her husband in a car crash a few years ago, and her pastor helped her through that, but we shared Ether 12 with her, and she seemed to really like that, so pray for her as well, okay?

My certificate that says I am a missionary said that my official ending date is July 14, and I talked a bit with President Winder who said that I would come home for a few days before being set apart to be a missionary again, so you all get to see me for a few days! I really hope that we can talk about my experiences for a bit before I leave again :) This ward is definitely one of the best I could have, and I love Boise! Hope I can send you some pictures soon, but not right now, sorry! Love you all!

Emily:  So, are you going to continue on a mission officially? It is pretty hot up here too. It is in the nineties all week. Love ya!

Tara:   I'm sorry it is so hot... I do pray for your health and safety all the time. I'm glad you have someone interested in learning more and I will pray for her too. Tell us more about what will happen on the 14th? Do we come get you? Are you returning to the Boise mission? Any details would be great!

Erik:   I will tell you the details as soon as i get them, but I hope I return to Boise; it's hot, but fun!