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, January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011

Family of mine!

So I got some crazy news! Six American Missionaries came last Friday to Mexico and they didn’t want to send them with a few missionaries and have a bunch of problems with changes and everything and so they sent one with us! His name is Elder McBride and he’s from Gilbert, AZ. It’s weird living with an American, especially because I haven’t for almost 5 months. He’s a cool kid though and we’re getting him ready to baptize this Sunday! He hardly understands the language and he has an even worse time speaking it. He had been in Fresno, California for about 3 and a half months and so he hasn’t really had that much practice, but Elder Chatu is with me and we’re working to help him out the best we can. The best thing is that he wants to learn and as far as I know, He isn’t getting as stressed out as I was getting before. It’s gonna be way fun to be with him and we’re gonna get Working on baptisms!

Another waaaaaay cool thing happened just yesterday. There was a region-wide conference in all the stakes in the area and Elder Holland spoke to us as well as a number of authorities! It really was one of the coolest things ever. One thing I learned was that if just 50% of the youth of the Church would be going on missions like they’re supposed to, there would be 16,000 more missionaries n the field. It was way cool to hear! I’m really loving this place and with Elder McBride here, I realized that I understand about 99% of Spanish now that gets said on a regular basis. It was way cool! I still don’t understand all the words, but if I can hear the rest, I get it pretty easily. How cool is that! And I’m not taking any glory because I know that the only reason I speak and understand as much as I do is that I have really been blessed with the gift of tongues. It really is so cool this whole gift of the spirit thing. God is really all-powerful and I love him for what he’s done for me.

I really earned a bunch about that reading President Holland’s talk. It really is such a good topic.... All virtues stem from gratitude. If we have the humility to give thanks and recognize God’s hand in everything, we really will be able to make it through the toughest times in our
lives easily.

So that lady who was sooooooo awesome is named Maria Del Rosario and she just rocks. There is not a person more ready for baptism than she is. She is such a neat lady and she’s gonna get baptized this Sunday with her two little grandkids. She’s way excited! It’ll be an awesome day. My first baptism since October! Crazy, eh?

So this week of being Zone Leader has been a little difficult. There have been some ...challenges. I enjoy it though. We really get to know President Clark and the assistants better and they are really here to help us. It’s way cool. I’m happy, healthy, and learning how to play soccer. All is well with me. There is one thing I would ask: remember that my pants are busted up? Well Elder McBride came with some really durable Wrangler dress pants that are way sweet.... Mom, you always have said I have a Wrangler butt. Anyway, there’s a Wrangler store here so maybe I could buy two pair next week. I think I’m gonna go ahead and do it if you want to send some money or something. I think there’s plenty, but yeah.

I love you guys sooooooo much and I’ll talk to ya later!

Elder Alexander

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