Thursday, October 6, 2011

week one complete.

Elder Flitton has been serving for a whole week already!
I don't know about you guys, but this week actually went pretty quick.
Personally, I feel like he has just been away on a trip for the last week, and I am about ready to get a phone call or something from him...but we all know that isn't happening.

Wednesday's are his P Days, so his mom and grandma got emails from him!
He wrote to Christy, "We have an Elder from Germany, so it has been fun talking to him in German!"

Shouldn't you be talking to each other in Russian?? :)
He is the senior companion so he feels a special need to be a leader to his companion and help him a little extra with anything he needs. He also loves his district, saying they all have a great time together and everyone is always so willing to help one another.
He also wrote about an awesome teaching experience he had.
Him and Elder King, his companion, taught an investigator in Russian. He explained how they taught through the Spirit and said it was one of the most spiritual experiences he has ever had. He testified that families can be together forever through Christ and His Atonement. He loves teaching and spreading the word to those who need it.

It is incredible the growth I have noticed in him in only one week. What a great missionary!
It is so comforting for me to know that he is progressing at such an astounding rate. I am so proud of him and the work he is doing.

I received a postcard from him today and he has some pictures coming my way!!
Who is excited for that special treat?? I promise to share.

“There is a still small voice telling us what is right, and if we listen to that still small voice we shall grow and increase in strength and power, in testimony and in ability not only to live the gospel but to inspire others to do so.”
                         -Heber J. Grant

Sunday, October 2, 2011

and the letters begin...

This weekend was a pretty great one. We got to hear the inspired words of our beloved Prophet and apostles. I can't wait to really sit down, read, and ponder each talk. The whole time, I was picturing Keaton as he sat in the MTC listening and feasting on each and every word. Jeff, Keaton's dad, commented that it sure seemed like they mentioned missionaries A LOT this weekend...then we realized it was probably because that was the only topic we were really listening for and our attention was completely on that.

When I went to visit the Flitton's on Sunday afternoon, Christy showed me with so much excitement two letters that they had received from Keaton -- one to the whole family, and a special one just for her.

It was the first time that I think we could all really just take a deep breath and feel at peace that Keaton is alright. The letters were great, they were so him.

I received my first letter, also!! Keaton wrote:

"Yesterday was crazy. I was literally thrown into class 20 minutes after I pulled up here. Russian sounds SO cool, but it is so hard to learn." The language classes he goes to are 3 hours long, and he is worried he will go insane with all of that Russian, but we are all pretty confident that he will catch on quickly.

His companion's name is Elder King from Idaho. Keaton said that they get along really well, and he loves sports which is a relief. He was so nervous about the whole companion situation...saying, I really hope all my companions at least like sports and talk.

Of course, he mentioned his gym time and how they get to play basketball and volleyball.

He is already doing role plays and teaching scenarios. He says he is learning so much and relies on the Lord for comfort and help.

He is doing so well, already. I could not be more proud of him!

He also would love to hear from all of you! :)

"Missionary: a person who leaves their family for a short time, so that others can be with their families for eternity."