Just love emailing back and forth with this boy. Once again, he is doing amazing!
Elder Parkinson: Hey mom. My Easter was great. We went to church and then just went and helped people with english. They also helped me with my spanish and fed us. I love this time of year. It is starting to get hot here in Cali.
Mom: Hi cutie. Your Easter sounds great! Did you get your Easter package? I saw that last weekend was pretty warm there, but it looks like it is going to cool off a little this week. How is your spanish? Are you able to communicate and understand most everything?
Elder Parkinson: Um, yes I got the package and I am very happy. I can understand a lot of the spanish, but speaking it is still coming. The weather is great here. We played tennis this morning.
Mom: Tennis? Have you ever played tennis before? Do you ever get to go to the temple?
Elder Parkinson: Haha, yeah I used to play with Rich. We only get to go to the temple 2 times a year. Also, um, how is Mike Flo doing? Do you know?
Mom: Only 2 times per year huh. Well, that's better than nothing. I only see Mike's posts on Facebook and it looks like he is doing okay. So, do you have your first baptismal date set yet?
Elder Parkinson: We have 4 set. 2 are in 2 weeks and the other 2 are the next week.
Mom: Do you know the exact date? Who is it for, just a single person? Do you get to teach any kids?
Elder Parkinson: Um, it's the 29th and it is for a mom and a kid. Yeah, we teach two kids. They are so cool. I love the members also.
Mom: That is awesome! How old are the kids?
Elder Parkinson: One is 9 and the other is 10.
Mom: How cute! Are they both Hispanic? So did that new sd card that I sent work? How are all of your clothes and shoes holding up?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah, they are both Hispanic. The sd card works very well, thanks. The clothes and shoes are great. So I broke a bed of the kid I was teaching, haha. My comp and I were teaching him and he asked me to sit down on his bed and when I did, the corner of the bed broke. I fixed it though, haha! I am so fat.
Mom: You are not fat!!! That is hilarious though :) What do you do when it rains?
Elder Parkinson: We walk and I wear my rain coat. The rain coat is really nice.
Mom: So everything is good? Anything at all that you need? I love you SOOOOO much and thank you again for the video. It made my entire year :)
Elder Parkinson: Um, maybe if you could send me some Grandma Sycamore's bread because all of the break out here is lame. I think that is all, oh, um a really skinny tie for one of the kids in my district. His name is Elder Christensen and he is from Arizona. He is my favorite. Other than that I am doing great. I love every second out here. I can feel the Lord's love every day. Oh, and tell Gary that when I hit my 18 month mark, I would like him to send me a small workout plan to get back into shape.
Mom: Sounds good. I am so happy for you. We pray for you and think of you everyday. Keep working hard and sharing this amazing Gospel with others.
Elder Parkinson: Just remember that I love all of you guys so much and I love the mission. Um, I also love the Lord for watching over me and you guys. I know that he protects missionaries. We are about to go, but when you or anyone sends packages, send them to the mission home. That way they are safer. I love you guys so much. Until next week.