This week was a little odd emailing with Elder Parkinson. He started to email and then said he would be back after he played some basketball. I finally figured out that he was in Lancaster emailing, whereas he is usually in Lake Los Angeles first and then heads down to Lancaster after emailing. I wasn't sure when he would email again, but luckily it worked out that I was still available when he emailed later. He is doing great and still loving everything about his mission and the work. We are now 3/4 of the way through this mission and can't wait for December to come.
Elder Parkinson: Well all went well this week and we are working hard. My new companion's name is Elder Farnsworth and he is from Colorado. He is cool and I like him a lot. He is a hard worker, but is chill about things, haha. The broadcast yesterday was good, but I was expecting a bigger announcement too. I hope that all goes well with the house this week and that you can start digging a hole next week. I am glad that Austin and Cooper are doing well. That is great that Austin liked the Manti pageant.. I can't believe that he bit a hole in tongue. That is crazy!!! I am so excited for Jase to start his mission. He will do great and please tell him that I say hi. The only things that I know about my new mission president are that his name is President Wilson and he is from Cedar City, Utah. Well, I love you and can't wait to hear from you.
This is Austin's tongue after he bit it at basketball practice. The hole goes all the way through.
Mom: I am so glad to hear that you are doing well. It is such a blessing that you like your companion. How long has he been out? Has being a district leader been hard?
Elder Parkinson: My comp is brand new and I am training him. It is not that hard being the district leader and yes it is such a blessing that we get along so well. So what's new?
Mom: Yay, you have another "son!" Nothing too much is new here except that the house is actually coming along and we are busy with sports and getting ready for Lake Powell. I am going to meet gramps in Pocatello tomorrow to switch him vehicles. Since nobody that we are going to Powell with has a truck, we need the extra bed space for coolers and drinks and such. So you can rub it in about needing a truck even more now ;)
Elder Parkinson: Haha, I told you that trucks are the only way to go :) That is great that you are going to take gramps' truck. I will be back in a little bit. I am going to play ball but I will be back to email more...............
2 hours later
Mom: When will you be back? Are you there now?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah, I have time now. I am mad, so I am just cooling off.
Mom: What are you mad about?
Elder Parkinson: Haha, just bball. We were playing some guys that foul a lot and I don't like people like that.
Mom: Yeah, that's not fun to play against people like that. What are your plans for today? How did the baptism go?
Elder Parkinson: It went well and we are just going to chill until we catch the bus back to Lake LA. My kid did the baptism and it was a great experience for him.
Mom: That's awesome for him! We really need pictures. It's been almost a month since you have sent a SIM card ;) Do you have any other potential investigators? Are you doing well?
Elder Parkinson: Haha, okay, I will send a SIM card home for you. We have a couple of people that we are working with right now. I am doing great and I am ready to just get back into Spanish work.
Mom: Is it hard to find the Spanish people? Has it been hot there?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah, it is a little hard to find them. It is not to hot here, but how is the temp there?
Mom: It has only been in the 80's lately, so that is nice. Is your new companion tall? Is he going to stay in the Bakersfield mission? I just realized that I am not going to be able to email with you next week because I don't think we'll have service in Powell. You'll have to send me a really long, good email next Monday. I love you so much!!!
Elder Parkinson: My companion is about 6 foot and yes, he is going to stay in this mission. I will for sure write you a good email next week. I love you so much and I hope that you have a great time at Powell.
The 4th of July package that will be on it's way to Lake LA this week.