|Chance and Winson|
This is one of Chance's best friends. They met each other in junior high and have been basically inseparable since. They both played on the varsity soccer team at school, spent weekends hanging out and went on several group dates with both girls they had asked out , and girls who asked them out. They were also pall bearers when their beloved soccer coach and mentor died suddenly during their senior year of high school.
They are like brothers.
Our family loves Winson. He is part of the family.
They entered the MTC about 3 weeks apart with Winson studying Vietnamese while Chance studied Mandarin.
This week Winson left the MTC and entered what is known as the "mission field," which is the area a missionary is serving in. Chance will leave for the field, or England in a little over two weeks.
Chance said goodbye to Winson and they will not see each other for roughly
22 more months. Their experiences will be similar in some ways
and different in others since they are serving in different areas of the world.
They will go on this mission journey together just as they have
navigated life together for the past 7 years.
|Getting outside for some Ultimate Frisbee|
Our church has 12 apostles just as when Jesus Christ was on the earth and one of them is Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Chance refers to him in his email. https://www.lds.org/church/leader/jeffrey-r-holland?lang=eng
," I was approached by a gentleman in charge of Operations at the MTC during lunch a week from this past Friday. And he talked with me and another Elder in my zone who is also going to England. He was talking about how Elder Holland had been invited to Oxford a little ways back bysetrjj Reverend Doctor Andrew Teal. This Reverend is a doctor at Oxford and wanted Elder Holland to speak at a conference there. Well fast forward to now, Elder Holland invited the Reverend to come watch General Conference. https://www.lds.org/general-conference?lang=eng&
So he came to Utah and he found out about the Missionary Training Center and wanted to meet the missionaries that were going to England. There was me and a few other elders and we got the chance to show him how we are taught in class and he met each of us personally and he had such encouraging words for one of us individually. He is an amazing man and then he shared with us that he was super glad and grateful that we were gonna be sharing the great message of Jesus Christ to his people in England. He was such an amazing person! We all got a picture with him.
This past Saturday was pretty warm so I decided to tell my district that we were gonna play ultimate Frisbee outside on a small field that is on the MTC grounds. We started playing and then the Frisbee smacked the side of a concrete wall so we broke it, however, I had my mini soccer ball, and because of Mr. Gilbert from high school always playing ultimate ball with us, we decided to do ultimate Frisbee but with a ball and it worked perfectly. (Thanks Mr. Gilbert!) It was so fun and it was so nice to play sports outside and to actually be running around instead of just staying in the gym.
I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that he suffered for my sins. I know that he knows everything that each of us is going through and he knows how to help each one of us, all we need to do is reach out to him, and pour out our whole souls to him. I promise if you reach out to him, and seek forgiveness, he will remember your sins no more.
I love you all and I'm grateful for everything y'all have done for me!"