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, February 28, 2011

Another Son!

Hey all you!

I am doing awesome today! I might have gotten a little bit sunburned playing soccer this afternoon, but all is well! haha

So this week has been crazy.... Where do I even begin? Okay so I'll go with the coolest thing first! We got another kid so we're training again! His name's Elder Larsen and he's from Sandy, UT. He's way cool and just about the most excited I've ever seen a new Elder be! Dad, just because I know you'll ask, His parents names are Greg and Jenny and Greg is a dentist. Jenny has a facebook page, mom, so if you want to look her up you can find her! haha Don't I know you two so well! He's way fun though and he'll be with us for 4 weeks until Elder Chatu goes home and we have changes the 28th. It's gonna be pretty cool! He did bring me news from Utah though.. Deron Williams got traded to the Nets? What's up with that?

That's really the only way cool thing that happened this week. Thursday I got sick and Friday I didn't really even get out of bed much. It was lame. It was just bad body aches and a little bit pukey, but all is well and I'm healthy as a horse once again! haha!

That's really all. There's not that much. We weren't able to work as much this week because of that so we don't have good success stories this week, but we're gonna be working hard this week so I'm sure there's gonna be some success to come. I want Elder Chatu to be able to baptize his last week so that he can end with success and so Elder Larsen can start with some! How does that sound? Keep them in your prayers!

Anyway, so your letters this week were awesome! It is so cool that so many of my buddies are heading to the mission and that Colter and Ellie got baptized. That news actually hit me hard to tell you the truth. I remember when they were born. I cannot be that old! haha actually.... I can! I turn 20 in May! AHHHH! haha The talk this week was very good. I am able to look at the Confirmation in a different way now and this week, I'm going to go through Elder Ballard's talk. Cool? It's a good one I hope! Um... what Else? I dońt really know, but... Yeah. haha

Don't worry about the package. It'll come when it comes. I'm not too worried. haha the new garments will be even cooler when I get them! haha If someone could, I'd love some pics of me and you guys or good friends from before the mission. We were going through memories with Elder Chatu and I realized I don't have any photos of tours or dances or anything with friends or family pics so maybe an e mail with those attatched would be cool, cool?

Oh, there's another talk to read.. "Hope, the Anchor of the Soul" by President Faust. I'm gonna find it and read it. Umm.... that's it really. I love you all so much and take care this week! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!


Elder Alexander

Monday, February 21, 2011

The leg is fine, haha.

Hey Fam!

So I want to get this out right there in the open. The leg is great! Haha There really are no problems with it. The butterfly Band-Aid stuff they put on it fell off like it´s supposed to and it looks great. Don´t even worry about a thing! Haha

This week was a pretty crazy one, but before I start with this week, I want to tell you all about some stuff I did last week that I forgot about. First, with the gross one.... Are you ready???? I don’t really think so, but I’m gonna tell you all anyway... I had cow brain tacos last Sunday to go along with the pizza we ate. I will NEVER eat brain again.... It has the weirdest texture I have ever felt in a food and that is the for sure truth about that! EWWWWW!!!!!

Ok so now the cool story. Ready? Ok so there´s a member of the ward here who’s like 30 or so who used to live in Ogden. That’s the first cool thing. The second is that he worked on campus (WSU) playing Spanish music on Sundays. The third cool, and kind of weird part is that he used to live where Tara now lives! What a small world we live in! Its nuts! I just had to tell you about that. Ready for more news? There’s an Elder Okey here from Hooper who’s now comps with Elder Beltran and his mom used to be an usher in the Dee. How about them apples? Crazy world. I can’t remember her name, but yeah. She knows exactly who I am. Crazy,eh?

Ok so a little bit more news. We found out today who the next mission President is gonna be. His name is President Flores and he’s from Vera Cruz, Mexico. How cool! He’ll get here in July sometime. Nuts, eh? Other news, Elder Robb, the Assistant, knows our cousin Corby (Felt) Roberts really well. They’re either wardies in Las Vegas or they live in the same stake. How about that! It’s a small, small world! Haha

That’s all the really really cool stuff that happened this week. It’s cool being with Elder Chatu only again. We’re having fun together. This week was a little tough and HOT!!!!! Haha but it was a good Sunday yesterday. We saw the fruits of our labors for sure!

Mom, that’s so cool that you have a movie list! I’m making one right now for Elder Chatu for when he leaves in 5 weeks! I’m looking forward to watchin’ those with you Mommy.

That´s really about it.
Love you all,

Elder Alexander

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Gifting of the Simba....

Parker baptized this little guy two weeks ago.
He loves stuffed animals, so Parker parted with the Simba he took to Mexico. :'(
Sad and happy all at the same time.
In the words of Elder Alexander, "He's a cute little guy."

Elders Chatu and Alexander ...

...a little older and wiser than they were last week!

Happy Valentine's Day and a Hospital Visit

Hey you guys!

I hope all is good and well with you and I hope this Valentine’s Day is awesome for you all! I guess I don’t really have a Valentine, but that’s ok. I’m not too worried about that. This week was a pretty darn crazy one.... Where to begin? Let’s see..... Okay, well, today is the end of the change and we got the news last night that Elder McBride’s headed to a different place so this morning at 9, we had to be at the offices to drop him off because he’s headed south. We’re not quite sure where, but he’s heading out so this change is going to leave Elder Chatu and I still in San Luis (TorreoĊ„). It’s the last change for Elder Chatu. He’ll be heading home to Chiapas on March 28th, so in 6 weeks it’s for sure that I’m going to get a different companion.

Okay, so to tell you all a little bit more about this week that I’ve had. I’ll start with the beginning because I forgot to tell you guys last week about something I did that was very hard for me. So, remember the Simba stuffed animal that I had? I don’t have it anymore. What happened was that the little boy we baptized two weeks ago absolutely loved stuffed animals and well, I understand that a perfectly. I ended up giving him Simba.... It was pretty tough to do, actually. He had a big smile on his face though so it was worth it. He’s a cute little guy. I’ll send a picture of that one so you can see it. It was a pretty cool moment. Also, his big sister got baptized yesterday which was way cool. She’s been a little rebellious her entire life, but she prayed to know the truth and she got her testimony. It was a way cool experience.

Okay and so the next thing is pretty cool. We had a meeting with President Clark and the Stake President of Torreon Reforma last Thursday about the work in the stake and what we can be doing to have more success. It was pretty cool, and after that, they started talking about some changes they’re going to be making with the stakes here in Torreon. They’re really wanting a temple down here so they’re figuring out ways to boost membership and to strengthen the wards and the stakes here so what they might be doing here pretty quick is combining wards to make them stronger and then dividing the stakes to have less wards in each stake, but with more support for the work. It should be a pretty sweet thing once they finish it all. I guess all is done. They just have to wait for approval from Salt Lake. It’ll be pretty sweet. I hope they announce the temple while I’m still in the mission! The members have to go 3 hours in bus to make it to the Monterrey Temple. Every ward does it like once every month or every other month. It’s cool.

Okay, so now for the part of the week that’s a little crazy... Thursday, before that meeting with President Clark, we were waiting for the bus so we could head out and make it on time and we were kicking rocks back and forth to entertain us and Elder McBride kicked one a bit hard and it took a weird bounce and whacked me in the shin and it was pretty intense pain as all shin hits are, but I just thought a goose egg was going to get there and a bruise, but I looked down, and there was a red spot on my leg a little below the knee so I rolled up the pant leg and there was a nice divot in my shin. Anyway, luckily we were outside of a vet office and one of the workers came and cleaned and bandaged it and we all though it was good. It hurt, but it was good. That night, we got to the house and I got a better look at the hole in my leg and it was fairly deep so, being the smart missionaries we are, we super glued the hole shut. How about that?

That isn’t all the story though. Friday night, I couldn’t sleep at all because my leg was throbbing in the bone so Saturday morning, I called Sister Clark to ask what I should and she said to go to the hospital here in Torreon, so we went. I get there and all is good. I unwrap my leg and the super glue was still good, but it was falling off and cracking off so I just removed it all and yeah... the doctor was really mad because we didn´t come Thursday because I needed stitches but more than 6 hours after you can’t stitch up a wound. Anyway, they hooked me up to some I.V.s and for about three hours, I was sitting there in the little hospital gown waiting for the two I.V. drips they gave me. One was for infection, if there was any, and the other was pain. They gave me a shot in the butt too... I think that was just to tell me to not play with rocks anymore. So I’m gonna come home with a nice hole in my shin and I’m on some medicine until Thursday to fight off infection and yeah. All is well. Haha I hope that was a good story for you all.

Anyway, that’s about all that happened this week. I’m happy and healthy. I actually really enjoyed the talk by Elder Cook. It was cool. He is a very intelligent man and all that stuff makes sense. We have to put the example for all the others and help our neighbors grow in faith as well. It was pretty cool. This week I want to read “Faith-The Choice is Yours,” By Bishop Edgely. It reminds me of the quote Mom gave me: “Faith is not a belief. Faith is a choice.” I just like it and want to read a bit about it.

Anyway, for that info on my wards for Mom, my first ward was in the stake La Laguna and the ward was Industrial. Next,in Durango, was the stake Durango Mexico and the ward Guadalupe. I think that’s all you needed, right? I hope so. Haha I’m still waiting for that package. You’re talking me up about it so I imagine it’s going to be sweet. Don’t worry about it though. I’m not in a rush. I’ll be in Mexico for another 16 1/2 months haha. I love you all a bunch and I hope this Valentine’s day is a special one!

Elder Alexander

San Luis Ward

Torreon Reforma Stake

Cold weather in Torreon!!!!

It was so cold in Torreon, Parker had to
wear three sweaters, sweats under his
dress pants, gloves, a hat and scarf.
The pipes in their appartment froze, too!

Elders Alexander and Chatu with the

Assistant to the President

Elder Taylor Robb

Go Packers!

This is a picture of the hat Robb and Cami bought for Parker after the Superbowl.
He'll have to wait and wear it when he gets home. ;)

Monday, February 7, 2011


Anyway, that's about enough about that stuff... haha. I was so stoked this morning. We went to a ward activity this morning to play some football,basketball and soccer with ward members this morning and a kid who's waiting for his call told me that the Packers won. I was soooooooo stoked! haha It was pretty cool. It has been a good day today and a fun one too! We went and played at like 11 and then at about 2 we headed back on the bus to the house and ordered pizza and showered and all that stuff and just chilled for a bit and now we're here! This was pretty crazy week!

First of all, Dad mentioned in his letter the cold and wow..... It was ridiculous! We woke up Friday morning and all our pipes were frozen solid so we were sore out of luck on that one. The lucky part was that Thursday night, I took a shower to warm me up before I headed to bed. It was pretty crazy though. I had on 3 sweaters, my coat, a scarf and all that stuff and I was still freezing! And also, underneath my slacks (that word's for Kathy) I had my Weber State sweats on to keep warm. I'll be sure to send a picture. It was a crazy time had by all. Fun, but crazy! We were lucky though and none of our pipes burst.

Well, the rest of the week was pretty crazy as well. Tuesday, we had the famous "consejo" where all of the zone leaders meet in the mission home and that was good. I learned a ton again and it was a pretty good experience. We set goals together on how as leaders we can change the culture of this mission and get better at everything. It was cool. I also got to see Elder Beltran again so that was a happy reunion. He's got to be my best friend from the mission. I just hope that one day we can be companions again. That would be way cool! Anywho, that was Tuesday.

Wednesday was a pretty tough day, actually...you know, one of those days that nothing really goes right and it was incredibly tough. Elder McBride was sick so we weren't really able to do much and It was just tough. It was all for my good though because just through that, my testimony was fortified because last night, I was able to bear my testimony on the plan of salvation and how I know that I will be able to give Derek a big hug again one day and I'll be able to hang out with him and preach the gospel in the spirit world with him. I don't think i have another friend who has shaped my life quite like Derek Jasper. I'll be forever grateful for him.

Anyway, that was about it for this week. I think that this upcoming week, I'm going to be studying the talk by Quentin R. Cook from conference. It looks like it should be a good one. I'll have to send a picture of me in my wranglers another day. I didn't hardly wear them with the cold this week. I had my sweats on under other pants the whole week. I also have a question on an E‑mail i got a few weeks ago..... dad has a new car? haha what kind? Other than that, life is good. with that package, I could maybe get it next Monday with the change meetings if you send it off tomorrow. I'm not really in need of anything right now. All is well. Tell my grandparents I love them!

Love you all,

Elder Alexander