Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Expert from Mason's Email today:
Sister Cope, one of our senior sister missionaries, enjoyed her last Sunday in the Ensley Branch. She will be heading home on Wednesday after fulfilling her mission with honor. She really enjoyed her assignment in the Ensley Branch. She has been a blessing to us all!
|Elders Dunn, Chugg, Taylor, Chelson, Rappyleye, and Baldwin with |
Sister Cope (my Mission President's wife) at the Ensley Branch on Sunday
|Sister Cope with her Primary Class at Ensley on Sunday|
|Christmas Lunch - Picked up his Christmas Package|
KD put together a wonderful 12 days of Christmas for him. He says he is being good and not opening any of the packages before he is supposed to. We get to talk to him 9:30 Saturday for about 45 minutes. We are so excited about it.
Monday, December 13, 2010
“This week has been a long, but good one. As you know, it was transfer week. It was rough at first. I now understand what missionaries mean when they say "you get transferred or sent home right as you begin to get comfortable." I finally started to get comfortable in
, but right as I did, they sent me out.” Homewood
“I was so scared to find out where I was going. They have this new way of doing transfers. They call you a few days before transfers and tell you if you’re getting transferred or not. If you are, they tell you to go to "Base" (the church in
. It’s the church closest to the president). It’s there they tell you where your going and who you will be serving with. So it’s very scary ha-ha” Hoover
“I am now serving in
. Ensley is just south of Ensley, Alabama and is a WAY super poor area. I am serving with Elder Chugg. I am very happy with where I am serving and I am very happy with who I am serving with :) Elder Chugg is a stud! He has been out for about a year and half. He is from Morgan Utah. He is a super funny guy and a way awesome missionary! I’ve only been here for about four days and already we have been working way hard! We have been tracking like crazy! We Have a baptism date set with a guy we tracked into. We had a way sweet first lesson with him and we asked if he found these things to be true if he would be baptized on January 1st. And he said he would :) His name is Kortez Brown. So if you could keep him in your prayers that would be way awesome!” Birmingham
“Serving here is awesome! It’s kind of scary though. Like I said it’s a super poor area. Remember how I said that there are some parts of
that are called the "Hood". Well that’s all Ensley is. I’ve already heard gun shots. On every street here, there are at least 3 to 5 abandoned houses. It’s very sad to see how some of the people live. At first I thought I wouldn’t like this area because of all those things... but as soon as I got here, I knew for a fact that this is where I need to be. The amazing part about serving in an area like this is the light you bring into it. Because it’s already a very dark and scary place... But as ministers of Jesus Christ you’re bringing Love, Light, and Hope to that area. There isn’t a better feeling in the world. I love it more than my last area. It truly is a blessing to be here. And I have no desire to be any where else. I love it here!” Birmingham
Ensley Alabama Branch
Friday, December 10, 2010
On December 6th, Mason's email said he was getting transferred. He didn't know where or who yet. He was supposed to pack his bags and go to the church building in Hoover, Alabama for his new assignment on Thursday the 9th.
|Making Transfer Calls - Where is Mason going?|
|Elder Lasike with Mason's Bags|
Details from the mission about transfers:
This has been our transfer week in the mission. We changed our format. We called all the missionaries involved in transfers and asked them to attend the Thursday morning transfer meeting in Hoover without providing specific assignment information.
1n the transfer meeting, held from 10:00 am through 12 noon, we announced the new assignments--locations, companionships, and callings (as zone and district leaders, etc). The assistants prepared a PowerPoint presentation that included photographs of each missionary, the locations of the new assignment, and a photograph of their new companion. They did this by zone. It went very well!
|Elder Taylor talking with President Holzapfel|
(Mason's new companion, Elder Chugg, looking over President's shoulder)