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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Personal Scripture Study...



Here is how Henry does his Personal Scripture Study. Makes the hour go by nicely. "Hey Elder Adams, save some of those M&M's for your Companionship Study!!"

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A short clip...

We realized the camera we sent Henry with can take very short video clips. Here is Henry back in October, um, entertaining his fellow missionaries. Henry, we appreciate your silly mode and am certain that it aides you in the mission field as well. Thanks for making us laugh!

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The Colors of Fall in Missouri

The beautiful fall colors in Farmington, Missouri.


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Enjoying the Fall Weather in Farmington, Missouri




Here's Henry enjoying playing in the leaves at his church building there in Farmington.

These pictures were from back in early October. We're playing a bit of 'catch up' with pictures keeping Henry's blog updated.

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Update Letter to the Davis Creek 3rd Ward


"Hey Davis Creek 3rd Ward! It's been really nice to hear from those of you who have written me! Missouri is wonderful! I'm serving in Farmington, MO, which I find really ironic but also really cool. The work is going great, since I've come out we've had 2 baptisms; and as of last night, set a date for a 3rd on January 2nd! So the work is really moving forward. One thing I've really learned out here is how true this church really is. Of course I know it is, but I had no idea how strongly it proves itself. This church is undoubtedly the one and only true church of Jesus Christ. I know it with all of my heart, and its such an amazing experience to see investigators come to know it for themselves too.

One experience I'd really like to share; one of our newest investigators named Bobby. We were teaching him and watched the 'Restoration,' DVD with him. As soon as the DVD was over he asked us, "I really want to read some of that book. (the Book of Mormon) Can you get me a copy?" And of course we did. And he has been reading. But as we finished teaching him on our second visit he told us that after studying and looking for religion for 22 YEARS, we've made more sense to him than anyone. I really enjoy meeting with Bobby. The Spirit is always really strong in our appointments with him.

I just want to bear testimony that I know Joseph Smith saw what he saw, and I know that this truly is, a great, and marvelous work. And I'm proud to be a part of it. I hope all is going well in Farmington, Utah! I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all the great examples you have all been to me as I've grown up. Keep up the good work!

~ Elder Adams

p.s. all you young men, get out there and serve the Lord with all your heart, might, mind, and strength. Represent. DC3!


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