For some reason the email connection between Elder Parkinson and myself did not work very well today. His emails took about 30 minutes to come through and I think mine were doing the same to him. As a result, we weren't able to communicate back and forth a lot, but I do know that he is doing well and is happy. He is getting excited to cheer on the United States when they play Mexico in the World Cup Soccer qualifier tomorrow. Many of the people in his area are cheering for Mexico, so he said he is going to represent the good ol US of A.
Elder Parkinson: Hey mom. Well this week was a little slow because just about everyone got sick. We did teach that family and it went very well. We did not find anyone new to teach this week though. My companion and I are doing great. I'm glad that you liked that video that I sent for your birthday even though most of it was me recording my companion trying to learn our phone number and address in Spanish. It was so funny because he could never say the number right, haha. Oh well, he finally got it. I am glad that you got to go to dinner for your birthday and I am really glad that you got your fountain Coke! I bet dad misses coaching a little. He is a great coach and an even better dad. I love him so much! That is good to hear that Austin and Cooper won their football game. I'm sad that varsity lost but I'm sure coach Wall and Coach J will get them into shape. I am happy to hear that the house is coming along. I hope that it moves fast. I love you so much and I am so happy to hear that you are still going to the temple once a week. I love the temple and we are so blessed to have one in Bountiful. It is my favorite temple that I have been to so far. Well, I can't wait to hear back from you.
Mom: I am happy to hear that you are still teaching that family, but sad that everyone is getting sick. How are you feeling? Did you get that picture I sent of Austin and Cooper? How is your ward?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah, I am doing good. I did get that pic that you sent and it is a good one. Thank you for sending that. Our ward is doing good and I really love them. Tomorrow the USA will play Mexico so there has been a lot of smack talk going around. I have got to represent America, haha.
Mom: What does the US play Mexico in tomorrow? Are your transfers next week? Are you needing anything?
Elder Parkinson: They play in soccer. It is a World Cup qualifying game. USA, USA, USA!!!! Transfers are next Tuesday and I don't think I'm needing anything.
Mom: I'm sure you'll be cheering loud. Just know that we love you and are here for you. Keep working hard and finish strong.
Elder Parkinson: Well, I have to go. I love you so much and I am so sorry that I haven't been able to email with you that much. I love you and hope you have a great week. I think we are about 15 weeks from me coming home!
Austin and Cooper after their win last Thursday against Logan