Monday, June 28, 2010

Transfered to Florissant Missouri

Henry has been transfered to Florissant, Missouri. We will post pictures when we get some from him. He is traveling by bike now and walking a lot. He has a new companion, Elder Denson from Fruit Heights, Utah. His birthday is this week and he will no longer be a teenager. Happy 20th Birthday Henry
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Life in Belleville

Henry has been in Belleville, Illinois for two transfers. It is just east of St. Louis Missouri. He has had two different companions while there. He is doing great and having a great mission.
Elder Murdoch out tracting with Henry.
Life is good in Belleville. Henry & his companion share this cool house. They have a lot of room for just the two of them. Henry has put up a punching bag in the basement and gets his exercise that way. Belleville is a small historic town in Illinois. They have had some good success there.
Henry & Elder Murdoch's Home Sweet Home.
This is the street Henry lives on in Belleville Illinois.

They use the mass transit system most of the time to get around in Belleville.
Elder Murdoch on the train.
Henry is with one of the Elders from the MTC
Group of Missionaries from his Zone.
Out tracting in a neighborhood and a circus was going on...so they got to ride elephants. How random.
How Henry is staying in shape for skiing and keeping his balance.
The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning...umm but not like this fire.
A peek into the life of a missionary. Henry is having a wonderful mission.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

For sure. Peace, Love and Happiness. Thats what the missionaries bring.
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Cobbled streets in Belleville
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Self portrait of a happy missionary!
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6 month mark tie burning

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Burning a tie at 6 month mark, can't wait to see the suit burning at 12 month!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Missionary Song

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Snow in Illinois


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What's with the sunglasses?

Is this some new look that people in Illinois are wearing? Or is it just someone with no TV to watch and nothing to do in the evening?
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Alan's river baptism



This is the St. Francis River. Henry baptized a new member named Alan in this river. Henry was very close to Alan and really happy for him to be baptized. It was a wonderful experience for them both. Even though it was really cold.
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Henry's Desk



Look how organized he is! Note the picture of Lucky and the Jeep and the Book of Mormons. You can tell that he is working hard.






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Here's Henry in his cool hat that his mother sent him because she thought he might get cold.





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Here's Henry standing by his car. We always knew he would be outstanding in his field!



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Missionary Fun



Smooshing Elder Melendezs' head...


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Elder Adams and Elder Melendez celebrate Christmas 2009

Christmas Day was a good day on the Mission! Henry received a big box from home filled with a ton of little individually wrapped gifts for both he and his companion, Elder Melendez. Each little gift inside the "Missionary Stocking" had a scripture reference to go with it. For example, in his stocking was a wrapped tube of deodorant with a scripture saying something to the extent of "Thou shalt not offend." We thought it was funny and Henry loved it.


Here is Elder Adam's Christmas Tree! They went out and got it on a P-Day.
We were glad their house had some festive decorations.

Elder Adams opening his Christmas presents. Lots of goodies, a few necessities and some fun things too...

Elder Melendez opening his Christmas presents from his family.

Of course, they made a Christmas Breakfast Missionary style...Looks like Alta Breakfast Burritos, yum!

After a fun Christmas Morning, it was off to do some visits and make some special phone calls to the family! We were so excited to 'hear' Henry's voice on the phone. He sounded great and we could tell he's growing up a little. It was very apparent that the Spirit was with him, even in a family phone call. We talked for a long time about the work he is doing and how he is feeling about it - he loves it. Merry Christmas our little missionary!! We love you and are SO pleased and proud with what you are doing!!


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Somebody's Eating a lot of squirrel...



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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

...transfers...



Henry had transfers about 2 weeks before Christmas and guess what, Elder Martinez got transferred! So Henry stayed in Farmington, Missouri and got a new companion, Elder Melendez from California. Elder Melendez has only been out on his mission about 5 weeks longer than Henry has so they are both still 'new' to being Missionaries. We got a tape from Henry (I hoping to find a way to put parts of it on here) In the tape, Elder Melendez and Henry SING!!!!! It was completely hilarious and had us all rolling, and crying tears from laughing SO hard! They sing "I Need Thee Every Hour" in a lovely duet of extreme bass and extreme soprano...it was great. Elder Melendez is funny. He and Henry have gotten along great.






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Mr. C, A great day...



Probably one of the most special experiences Henry has shared with us since he left is the story of Mr. "C". Henry describes him as a big gruff kind of guy, but a complete tender heart within. In fact, Henry compared him to Dad! Mr. "C's" story is particularly special. He was engaged to his sweetheart who sadly passed away from cancer. She was a member and her testimony touched Mr. C's heart. He had been having the missionary discussions prior to her passing and continued them after her passing. Henry said his baptism was especially touching. (Again, I will find the letter discussing Mr. C and put some direct quotes in there soon). The Bishop of their ward baptized Mr. C.

Henry just loves Mr. C. He said that from the very beginning, he had a bond with Mr. C and felt like he really understood him. He also loves that right after Mr. C was baptized, he begin being an amazing missionary member bringing friends and investigators to church. Henry also loves him because Mr. C loves to have the missionaries over and feed them.


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First Baptism



This was Henry's first baptism while in Farmington, Missouri. I need to go back to his letters and there will post some direct quotes from Henry about this day. Miss "A" is a 14 year-old girl from Missouri. Henry said this day was especially wonderful and memorable. (More info to follow once I find the letter about this baptism, give me a couple of days!)



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A Few Things You'd Find...

If you lived with our Missionary, Elder Henry Adams;
you might find these things around your house...



Henry learned to make 'towel animals' back when he was like 12.
You might reach for a towel and instead be greeted by this little doggie.




Henry picked up a harmonica a couple of weeks into his mission. I think he's enjoyed learning to play the church Hymns on it. Maybe at his homecoming he'll play us a song!




Although he probably hasn't needed this yet - we sent this to him because it's a Missionary Staple as far as summer weather goes. (And the title cracked us up too)



YUM! Who wouldn't want to be Elder Adams' companion when he cooks breakfast for you like this!!?? Here is a picture of a classic "Henry" breakfast...Swedish Pancakes!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Halloween, 2009



Happy Halloween!! A Ward member in Henry's Ward had this cool Mustard costume which we found hilarious on Henry. Maybe this made us laugh a little extra because back in the day Henry would come home hungry and look around the house for some food...after opening and closing EVERY cupboard and then peering in the fridge for the 'umptheenth' time he'd exclaim "this is a Mustard house...there's nothing to eat here but Mustard!"



Here is their Missionary Car...they decorated it for the Ward's Trunk Or Treat! It's a 'child eating monster!"

Back to work!

And off to another Zone Conference!





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Henry and Elder Martinez



Here's Henry and his companion Elder Martinez who is from Texas.



Heading out for some lunch after a Zone Conference...



Henry, Elder Martinez and the two missionaries serving in Ironton. Ironton is just a short drive away from Farmington. The Ironton missionaries share the same P-Day as the Farmington missionaries. Henry says that a lot of P-Days are spent goofing around with these guys. They've gone bowling, eaten a lot of Mc Donalds, and generally just been goofy guys on a day off.


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Tour de Henry's Pad in Farmington, MO

We thought it might be fun for you to take a tour of Henry's place in Farmington, Missouri. So sit back, imagine the life of Henry the Missionary, and enjoy the tour de Farmington! They live in one side of a little duplex in Farmington, Missouri. Near a cul-de-sac and under the shadows of a ginormous water tower.



This is where Henry and his companion, Elder Martinez live. They wake up at 6:30 in the morning, exercise and have a quick breakfast. Then they get ready for the day, and have an hour of personal scripture study followed by another hour of companionship scripture study. They pray a lot and head out the door for the day. The spend their days sharing the Gospel and return home and the end of each day feeling...well, really tired. However, in addition to tired they feel happy and satisfied knowing they are doing the Lord's work. What an experience!!



Here is a picture Henry took of snow in Missouri. We can just imagine how excited Henry was to see snow. Sorry, Elder Adams; no skiing this year!



This is Henry and his companion's room. Ha ha ha, can you guess which side is Henry's? If you know him at all, you know his side is the Left side. In fact, Henry told us that he cleaned the WHOLE duplex down within a few days of arriving there. He said it was...pretty gross. After a good cleaning, I think he was ready to call it home.



Here is the lovely "Toyota" they spend a lot of their time in...



Notice Henry's oober packed and un-organized closet, lol. Got to love the 'wardrobe!'



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