Monday, July 8, 2013

Pocatello Has An Airport?

Goodbye Elder Aiono with Dessert in Pocatello

This may be Elder Andrew's last email from the Pocatello mission, as he is scheduled to depart for Brazil next Monday.  

Dear Family!

I can't believe it's already P-day!!!  The week has gone by so fast!  It's good to hear that Mom is recuperating well and that you guys had a good 4th of July.  Tell John and Susie Happy Birthday for me.  It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun with Uncle Clark and the family coming to visit again.  I really enjoyed the pictures.  I can't wait to hear how the Moffitt family reunion is next week!  I'm so jealous!  Make sure to send me some pictures.  So I got my itinerary today, and I'm going to be leaving from the Pocatello Airport on Monday the 15th, and I'll be flying to Salt Lake City, and then from Salt Lake I'll go to Michigan, and then from Michigan to Sao Paulo.  I'm not sure of the times yet, but just be ready for me to call you guys when I'm at the airport!

This week has been a pretty weird week.  It was Elder Aiono's last week here so we spent some time saying goodbye to families before he left us on Friday.  We also had some appointments fall through, so we spent a good amount of time contacting people and trying to set up appointments for the upcoming week.  One of the highlights from this week would probably be last Monday -- we had the opportunity to do some service for a family, where the 19 year old son was just recently baptized, and wants his mom to hear the message, so he had the missionaries and some families come to her garden (without her knowing), and we weeded and tilled it for her.  It was a really good experience, and we're planning on weeding the rest of it today.  I'm hoping this will help us get into the door and have a lesson with her.  The other highlight from the week was definitely the 4th of July. We had an all day P-day, with the exception that we were to go to as many public events as possible in our proselyting clothes.  We were able to go to the parade and pretty much everywhere we went, we were cheered.  It's awesome to see all the support we have from the members here. Later that day we had a party at our place where there were probably 15 people, and with our little place it was packed.  We had the Samoan elder cook rice and we got chicken from Walmart. It was wayyy fun!  That night we got to watch the fireworks and had our curfew extended.  The fireworks were a little delayed, but we still were able to see them.  I'm grateful that I was able to be in the US for the 4th of July, but now I'm ready to go to Brazil!!!  This last week I have here, I'm not gonna leave anything back!

Thank you all for all of the support that you have given me. I know that the work that Nate and I are doing is the Lord's work.  The church is true!

Love you all!
Elder Schwartz

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