Elder Parker Thomas Alexander

Mexico, Torreon LDS Mission
June 30, 2010 - June 2012

Elder Parker Thomas Alexander
Mission Mexico Torreon
Apartado Postal 792
Coahuila, 27000 Mexico

This blog is updated weekly by Parker's family.

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30th - I'm in MEXICO!

August 25th - 2010

"Alright, first things first. My foot it great! I'm out of the boot...the podiatrist said it's probably the joint being stressed or something like that. So in otherwords, I'm good to go to Mexico on Monday. Things are looking good with it and it feels pretty good, too. The story is this: I was walking down the stairs in the temple and I missed a step and somehow came down on the top of my foot. It was no bueno and pretty swollen so that's about it. It's not a cool heroic story or anthing like that. Sorry to disappoint. haha

Alright, not here's the fun stuff: TRAVEL PLANS!!! We got them on Friday and here's what they say. I'm the travel leader because my last name starts with "a" so I get to be the one responsible for 13 19 year olds traveling to a foreign country. Fun stuff eh? Alrighty so here's the thing though. We haven't receive the actual visa, but we did go to the Consulate so we're just waiting for them to be processed and everthing then we'll ship out. Here's the actual day on the 30th...We fly to Dallas/Fort Worth where we're there for a glorious 6 1/2 hours, where we get to call home! YAY!

So coolest thing this week: Elder Holland came last night to our devotional and spoke to us. He was, of course, amazing! He knew right what to say to motivate me to be a better missionary and be a better man! He is an incredible man with an incredible testimony of our work in the mission!"

Elder Lambert: Ryan, that is...

Elder Lambert (Ryan) and I have both been called to Torreon, Mexico. Elder Lambert is a nephew to my Bishop. He was an ambassador at USU while I was an ambassador at WSU.

The other Elder Lambert...Tyler

Elder Tyler Lambert, from St. George.
Nephew to my Bishop.
He's now in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Why so serious?

These two handsome Elders found one thing in common: Maurie (Bubba) Blau ... My cousin and his classmate from Roy High.

Elder Eric Buckmiller

another awesome
Weber State Wildcat!

Hermano Cameron, Spanish Instructor

This is a terrific man. His name is Hermano Cameron. He was one of my Spanish teachers in the MTC. Hermano Cameron was good friends with Blake Strebel. Blake was with my best friend, Derek Jasper, when he was killed in an auto accident - April of 2009. I knew when I met him, that Derek was watching over me.

Life at the MTC...Study, study, study....

Latest Pics

These are a few compadres from the MTC. Hermana Young, Elder Holder, Me (I'm the goofy one.) Herman Blain and Elder Stewart.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A self portrait in front of the Provo Temple.

Elder Lambert from Logan, Utah. We received our calls to the same mission and reported the same day.

Me with Elder Blake Bischoff..just after he arrived at the MTC.

CompaƱeros: Elder Alexander and Elder Holder

Mi zona

MTC letters

From his last letter on August 4th.
Hey everyone! I just got back from an amazing session in the Temple! I love that place so much! Thanks for the brownies! I'm the most popular edler in the zone now, hah. This week has been pretty crazy. We're legitimately into Spanish now. Tonight is the first time we're teaching en espanol in what's called the TRC. Pretty crazy stuff, but way fun, definitely! Time really is flying by now. It's crazy I only have a month left here and then it's off to the field of labor. We've had some good times this week.

I've been trying to work my hardest. I finished the Book of Mormon again this week. It only took me a few weeks! Crazy! Elder Holder (companion) and I set a goal to read 20 pages a day a few weeks ago and it's paid off! I love that book so much! The next thing I have to accomplish is reading it in Spanish....That's a little harder though. 20 pages a day would take me probably a few hours if I actually wanted to undertand what I'm reading. The language is coming, though. I find that I can understand a little more with each passing day.

I'm happy, I truly am.
Love Elder Alexander