After anxiously waiting for news, we recieved a phone call this evening from the Mission President’s Wife Sister Peterson! Austin arived safely last evening in Neuquen, Argentina. Today he was at the mission home with trainers and the Mission President and his wife. The were delighted to get to know him a little and Sister Peterson commented on his how good his spanish is. She told me that his new companion will be Elder Rodriguez from Buenos Aries. It will be wonderful for Austin to serve with a native from Argentina! He will leave in the morning for Trevelin- a small city about 5-6 hours drive southwest of Neuquen near the base of the Andes mountains. Sterling commented that Heavenly Father is breaking him in slowly, because from the quick search we did, this town could any of the small towns here in Colorado. He should feel very comfortable there. Normally their P-day will be Monday, but because of the holiday this week, we can expect to hear from Austin on Friday! Yeah!!! I can’t wait to hear about his travel experiences. Hopefully he will have recovered from the very very long trip by then.

Thank you to all of you who love and suport our boy! It truly takes a village to raise a child! You all are our village!



So thigs did not go quite as we had planned on Tuesday morning! Here’s the story:

We have been planning for a couple of weeks to leave a special christmas package in a designated place between the MTC and the Temple on Tuesday the 21st for Austin and some of his companions. We were planning to be in Provo for Whitney Ward’s wedding and to pick up Brynn and Matt and bring them home for Christmas anyway, so why not leave the boy some freshly made breakfast burritos and muffins for breakfast? Well, Sterling and I had carefully planned this whole thing complete with drop off time and place so we would be sure to leave this package just before he arrived, but not too soon so no one else snatched it and we would not see him. It was a brilliant, sneaky plan!  We would be sure to be gone long before his arrival! (We decided that we should not see him- it would just be too hard and besides it is against mission rules to have “random encounters” with your missionaries. Continue Reading »

Here is this weeks letter from Austin. He sounds so good! This young man is sure growing spiritually! What a wonderful thing a mission is! I know there is no better way for Heavenly Father to teach these young men. We are counting down the days until we get to talk to him. We will let you all know when that will be and if you would like to join us for the phone call, you are certainly welcome!!! We sure miss that boy!!!!!!!


How are you? Have you had another awsome week?

Yes! im doing fantastic! i love being a missionary and learning so much new stuff!

somethings maybe you could include in the package…

face wash, razor heads, shoe shine (small), and 2 or 3 normal low ankle socks. the nike kind? black if possible? 🙂 oh and theres this cool thing like a glue stick but its a spray and wash substance. can i have one? very useful haha

I know I keep asking, but any travel itinerary yet?

nope,,,:( not yet! but good news! all the missionaries who are serving in ARG met with the arg. consulate this week and he assured us all that our visas will be coming through soon and we’ll be outta here on time! 8) we’re all stoked! so hopefully this week i’ll have my plans and i believe i get to call for a tiny bit to tell you all when i can call. because it all depends on when i leave here and when my flight leaves and stuff! so  you might hear from me soon 😉

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So that is the extent of my spanish for today. I have been thinking that you should be one of the most seasoned missionaries at the MTC these days. Six weeks there and you probably have things just about figured out? Only a few more days and off to Argentina! We are so excited for you. Any word on travel times or connections? I am counting down the days until we get to talk to you. (20 days) It feels like forever since I’ve heard your voice, but the letters and e-mails are filling that void pretty well right now.

How was your week?

Not a lot new here, other than football is officially over for the season.Ye Ha!! You’ve probably heard that the boys lost, it was a good game and the team from Elizabeth deserved to win. They played a very good game. Our boys played ok, but lacked the enthusiasm and energy to get the job done. It sure was more fun to be on the winning side of things than the loosing side. I think Collin learned a lot from losing, and I think they will be back at this game again before he graduates.

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hey there guys! como estan ustedes!?  I love you all a lot! 🙂

i’ve had a pretty good week! it has gone be so quickly! i’m starting to see how long a mission actually is! but i love it! absolutely love it! thanks giving was fantastic! did you guys get the letter i sent! we were allowed to write home so i sent one friday morning! i hope you got it! Brynn said she hasnt gotten any letters from me, and i’ve sent like 3 i think so can you tell her to keep writing please! and i’ll keep writing too! basically everyone should keep writing !por favor!

Tell Grandma Linda and Pap i got the calendar they made me 🙂 i love it! my companions think its awesome to see my abuela on  a  dirt bike! haha they thought it was pretty hilarious! and i got the memory card from them too! i should be set to jet on memory cards cuz i have about 20 G’s of memory all together right now haha but thank you so so much! i cant wait to fill em up and send em back  to ya’ll! Continue Reading »

…A fine Young Man

So do you have your travel itinerary yet?

No, no travel itinerary yet! 😦 but im hopin really soon! i’ve heard the visas for arg are coming quickly! i might get to fly to LA for the day to get interviewed and sign a paper at the colsolate or whatever its called. somebody who does something important to get me outta here! haha but we’ll see how that goes!

When do you leave and what connections do you have? I would love to be able to follow your trip.

i should be leaving the 27 of december! i hope i dont get dalayed… idk how much longer i can take this food…:

Have you gotten lots of letters lately?

yeah! can you guys use dear elder? please? i’d love to hear about things during the week! tell peopleif they want to write or anything they can use that because its free! they just print it out and deliver it to us here at the MTC. its pretty neat!

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Tell me about a typical day for you!

typical day… get up, go to class, go to breakfast, go to class, go to lunch, go to dinner, go to class.. go to room. go to bed. haha ina nutshell thats about it! we’re studying a lot about the lessons and how to find needs of an investigator! its so so fun and interesting! we have progressive investigators too which are teachers pretending to be inv.’s for us so we can treat it like a real situation each week. its great!
What time are you up?
630 each morning, unless its going to be a busy morning for everyone on my floor and then i get up early so i dont have to wait in the cold bathroom for a shower… that is not fun! haha
Are you getting enough exercise?
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