Monday, May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013 "Great Mother's Day"

Dear Family
  Well it sure was a great day yesterday to be able to talk to you guys.  You all looked so great.  I am so amazed how much Anna and Katie have grown up.  They look like women ha.  I am so excited to get back home and see how much you two have changed.  I love you.  So Mom and Dad thank you so much for the support.  I am so grateful for you unending love that I feel everytime I see and talk to you.  Thank you so much for being the greatest parents.  Chan thank you for being there.  I am so excited that you passed your Proxi thing and also your chemistry.  Never would have thought you could do that looking back 3 years ago haha jk.  Good job.  Also it was so good to talk to Gram and Gramps and Jen.  Sorry that it was really hard to understand one another.  It was good to hear your voices.
  So this week is transfers.  On Wednesday morning Brother Bryan will be driving me to Yekaterinburg with Sister Robins.  A little akward but is should be fun.  I then meet my companion at the train station and then head to Tyumen on the train.  It is going to be a crazy week.  The first week in a new city is always strange but luckily this will be my last time ha.  I am so thankful for my time here in Ufa.  It truly feels like time has gone so fast.  I feel like it was just yesterday that I got here.  Ufa is really a great place.  I was so blessed to be able to serve here.  Not every missionary in this mission gets the lucky call from president to serve here in Ufa.  I will always remember this place.
  Yesterday was really hard saying good bye to all of the members.  Luckily I have today and tomorrow.  I made sure to schedule meetings with the people that I have grown closeset to ha.  Today us elders are going to play basketball.  We played last week and lets just say that my body felt like I just got done with 3 a days.  Hopefully this time it wont happen.  Alsotonight we have a FHE with the Rashie family.  They are a very special family that I have grown very close to.  It should be really fun.
  So everyone told me that summer in Tyumen is the greatest.  I am so thankful that I don't have to be in ufa during the summer.  It is one of the warmest cities during the summer.  I will be in Siberia so the summer will be perfect.  Also Tyumen is the richest city in the mission.  There are a bunch of oil companies there.  So the city is very clean.  I am really excited to be able to end my mission there.  I also will be a lone zone leader becuase the zone is so small.  There will only be 4 elders in the entire city.  Also there are only about 25 members that are active in Tyumen, so it will be a very big difference.  Means that I will have to prepare multiple talks ha.
  One thing that I will really miss in Ufa is the big soccer games that we play here.  I really have gotten pretty good at soccer.  On saturday we had a final game with all of the members, most of the youth but it was so fun having all of the missionaires.  It was just really fun to get together with everyone and have a good game of soccer.  Also it is nice because I get some cardio in ha. 
  At church yesterday I had the opportunity to bear my testimony at sacrament.  As I was bearing my testimony I felt such a overwhelming spirit come over me.  I felt the inspiriation to talk about how God our Father in Heaven is with His people.  I am so thankful for all of the many scriptures that reveal to us that God is with His saints.  I love in DC the example from the early saints and how they showed faith when trials came upon them.  Joseph Smith constantly reminded them that if they have faith in God, He will be with them.  I know that today God is with us.  His church has been returned to mankind.  The gospel of our Saviour and Redeemer was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Miracles surley have not ended.  There are miracles in our lives every day.  I am so thankful that we Saints have the knowledge that we all can become like God.  I know that God loves us and he wants us to become like him and to share the glory with him.  God lives and His son Jesus Christ made it possible for us to return to them.
  Family I love you so much.  Thank you for the support and love that you give me.  These next four months are going to fly.  But as they always say, time flys when you are having fun.  My whole mission has been like that.  I am so thankful for all of the memories that I have made.  All of the friends that I have come to know.  I can't wait to tell you everything when I get home.  I love you and hope that you have a great week.  Anna HAPPY 16 BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! Have fun at katie's seminary graduation.  :) Will be fun ha.   Love you family.
Elder Flitton

"Just some boys getting dirty and playing in the mud trying to take out a tree."

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