Monday, September 28, 2009

First email to mom from Henry 9/28/2009

Hey, so my im in Farmington, MO. Crazy Huh? i thought so haha. My companion is elder martinez. hes really cool i like him alot. The mission is a lot more relaxed than i thought it would be. Which is really good cuz i was worried. Ummmm, i dont think the dear elder thing works out here....or at least martinez says his never yeah...i havent gotten any so yeah, i dont think it does. I can only email on pday. But i guess i can send letters any day i just have to put them in my mailbox. I havent gotten any mail from you yet. But hopefully it will be coming soon. Im glad to know you are all doing well. And that your riding the horses and all that fun stuff! I did see andy, but only at the transfer meeting, we talked and stuff. But i havent seen him since, were pretty far away i believe. Anyways, the mission is fun. Ive taught half a lesson so far, gone tracting and did the door approach a few times. And done a few "parking lot" contacts. lol its alot of fun. And like i said its alot more relaxed than i thought it would be. It's 11:02 right i wonder when you will get this email. Im happy! so dont worry about me cuz im doing awesome! the mission is really pretty fun, i just dont think its hit me yet how long im gunna be out here...but oh well. Ummm, yeah i went to church yesterday and got to meet everyone. Our area covers one whole ward, and a branch! crazy right?? so yeah we cover alot of area. We do have a car. A toyota Corolla! im the designated driver lol, but yeah i still havent gotten my bike yet. but i dont really need it here cuz we use the car and members with cars for everythign. Elder martinez has taught me a bunch hes the best. I really like him alot. Our apartment is nice enough, just kinda trashy, but not nearly as bad as it could be. I cleaned the bathroom this morning, you should be proud. Lol but yeah it was really really gross, so i cleaned it. Elder martinez made fun of me cuz i found a glade plugin under the sink so i plugged it in and he made fun of me lol. whatever tho we get along really well, we just make fun of each other all the time hahaha. Anyways, ill try and send you letters alot more often!!!!! its 11:07 now, ill send this email. THen if i have time write some more. Love YOU BYE!!!!!!
Posted by Henry's sisters and Mom :)

first pics

Henry & Devin at the MTC. Devin sent this pic home and his sweet Mom forwarded it along. Henry has not been able to send home any pictures yet. we are working on that :) Hopefully we will have some soon. 

Posted by Henry's sisters and Mom :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Phone Call Highlights

Henry was able to call home from the airport yesterday.  He sounded great.  
Here are some highlights:
-He did his own laundry at the MTC, but it wasn't to hard because the washers only have two buttons whites or colors. 
-He actually spent some money...not a Henry thing to do...he bought a natural leather bound journal...very cool and a few other supplies.
-He has met a lot of people....some very interesting and some not so much
-He and another elder made up a game...they killed some time by trying to toss pennies into each others shirt pockets! ha ha ha 
-He is very excited to get to St. Louis...he said they keep learning that their purpose is to help bring others to Christ and he is excited to get out and fulfill his purpose.
-He was the Leader at the he had to make sure everyone got on the plane! 
-He is doing great for now, but is not sure how things will be when ski season hits! At least its fairly flat in St. Louis. 
-He wants his friends to write him!  Especially two....You know who you are!
-He is learning a lot!
-He hopes his Blog is awesome!! ha ha ha
-well a lot more but I can't remember any more. I was just so excited to talk to him and now I can't remember it all! oh well...He is going to be great and we are very excited for him.
You rock little brother! 
Posted by Henry's sisters and Mom :)

Letters and Travels and that's what she said...

Henry sent us a letter last week from the MTC before he left.

In true Henry form, he had us laughing before we even READ the letter. Why, you ask? Because his 'stationary' for his mission is Dunder Mifflin paper that reads "That's what she said..." at the top. Classic Henry. Oh we miss you!! His letter basically said that he's doing great but is really excited to get out of the MTC and into the Mission Field. Yesterday was the big travel day. My Mom and Dad talked to Henry for a bit on the phone before his flight left. Henry told my dad that he was assigned to be the Travel Director for the 17 missionaries all flying on the same flight to St. Louis. I guess it was his responsibility to make sure all 17 made it safely there. Henry said he's enjoying getting to know all these other missionaries and has made some new friends. My mom said he sounds really happy.

Posted by Henry's sisters and Mom :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Letter From Henry

Posted by Henry's sisters and Mom :)
Here is a letter Hen sent me the other day! I am so proud of my little brother!!!

Hey Hilly!
I'm Good. I'm really happy Mom stopped the Diet Coke that is unbelievable! Sorry if my letters suck...I don't get much time to write.....anyways I would LOVE pictures, especially skiing ones! that would be awesome. I havent flew my kite here cuz I don't wanna get into trouble. Hopefully I will be able to fly it in St. Louis.
Sorry its not much.......the rest of his letters say he is doing well and that he hopes his blog is 'Awesome' 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Today Henry went to the MTC.  It was quite the adventure. We had breakfast at the O-Hop on the way. Yum.  A nice lady came over and asked Henry where he was going on his mission without even knowing he was going on a mission..I guess he stands out!  
We stopped by the Temple to take some pictures. 

Henry didn't want a picture with his awesome sister!  But we got one.  
It was very sad to drive away, but we are all very happy for Henry.  
He is off for his awesome adventure.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Trip to the Temple...

Henry received his own endowment at the Bountiful Temple. It was a very special day and we were all glad we could be there as a family together. Seeing all of our family in the temple together was just a reminder of how important it is that Henry is serving a mission. We are blessed with the knowledge Eternal Families and find so much joy and peace in that knowledge. However, there are so many wonderful people out there who don't know that they can be with their families after death - as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Henry will have the opportunity of serving his Heavenly Father by sharing His message. The Temple is such a perfect and beautiful place, it's no wonder the Spirit can be felt so amazingly strong there. After when we were at dinner eating the most yummiest chocolate cake ever we asked Henry what he thought of his first trip to the Temple. He said it was "awesome." And it is!


Sunday, August 16th was Henry's farewell.  He gave a great farewell talk all about the cause and effect of putting God first in your life.  After the farewell family, neighbors and friends came by for food and lots of visiting.  It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon.