We got a text message from a very kind member in Arizona who fed Elder B. and his companion one of the first nights in the mission. Here's what she said:
"Hi Sister Bailey, this is Sister Jackson in Arizona! :) We've just had dinner with your boy and he is awesome and we just wanted to let you know he's doing great and surviving the heat!!!"
How wonderful and thoughtful that she would think not only to feed him but take a picture and send a note. That is just what I needed to hear. Thank you Sister Jackson!!! Our missionary is in such a great place with thoughtful and caring people. That is so great! (Can't quite make out the name on his companion's name tag, though. Guess I will have to wait to find out about his new companion. (Sigh))
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Thanks for sending all the cookies but PLEASE STOP!
|They both played in the 2013 State High School Football Championship Game. Timpview won.|
Tell Bonnie I met an Elder Bailey from Japan and he speaks very little English, but he’s going to California. We are not doing the call center at all because we have NO FREE TIME AT ALL, except P-Day, and Ian Frandsen was the only person to write me last P-day so I just slept. We all are having trouble sleeping and are waking up in the middle of the night at the same time, and we work and learn long and hard. There are 2 other elders in our room: Elder Shivley (shy-v-lee) and Elder Conover. Shivley is from Salmon, Idaho and played football. He is almost a year older than all of us. In fact, I am the 2nd youngest in the district. My comp is a month older, Elder Shivley also worked for a year before coming on the mish.
|"If you look closely out the window over my shoulder you can see almost see my house."|
Elder Conover has the strongest testimony and most powerful conversion story I have ever heard. He used to live in California and was in a gang called Fontana. Since he was 12, he sold drugs, beat people up, was caught in a couple shootouts with other gangs (he has a hat that a bullet went though that he was wearing). He was in a really bad spot until he was 16 and his brother who got baptized a year earlier came out and saw what he was doing and said "you’re coming with me to Logan." And so he moved there and made some good friends and one invited him and another guy to church and he was baptized like 4 weeks later. But its so amazing what the atonement can do for people. He really regrets a lot of the things he did but he doesn’t feel quite as bad now that he has repented and changed. It’s kinda scary that the gang he was in knows where he is and what he’s doing, but they are ok with him being a missionary and have told him that they don’t need his help at the moment and he can just do his own thing. He said they will only ask for his help if there’s a big gang war or something (his words) but he doesn’t want to help them cuz he has separated himself from them. He really worries about his family in the gangs and especially for his mother who is always off doing drugs and we gave him a blessing. But in that blessing it said to not worry, she will be safe. I just think its so amazing he joined the church and is here on a mission. I know that he will be able to convert even the hardest of hearts. I kinda laugh at the way he walks sometimes cuz you can tell he is used to wearing low riders and it just makes me laugh, but he’s a great guy.
Love, Elder B
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Elder Mitchell Alan Bailey was called to the Gilbert Arizona Mission and was to report to the MTC on July 9th, 2014. More than thirty of his family members came to hear his farewell talk in Sacrament Meeting on June 29th. He gave a wonderful talk on "Being My Brother's Keeper" which made his mother cry, and then we all sang "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go, Dear Lord." After Church, we gathered to have refreshments and this cake. The wish is inscribed on his cake along with the Arizona Flag: "Bike Long and Prosper, Elder Bailey!" He will certainly be biking long and hard on his mission.
And now he is off to Gilbert AZ. He called me from the airport to reassure me that he had packed everything well and was doing fine. He also said that he was excited and happy to finally go to his field of labor. Goodbye, Elder Mitchell Bailey! Bike long and Prosper!