Saturday, October 4, 2014

09/30/14 Week 2 Go West Young Man ... to California!

On Tuesday, Joseph flew to his mission in Santa Rosa.  He was traveling with 24 missionaries, all going to the same mission.  Can you imagine what the other passengers on that airplane must have thought?  It may have looked like a Mormon Missionary Invasion!  But they may have also felt like having all those servants for the Lord on board was a great insurance policy :)

Joseph got a fun surprise in the airport while he was buying breakfast at McDonalds.  According to him, it was the best meal he had had in 12 days (haha).  After the cashier had told Joseph the price of his meal, a stranger took out his credit card, swiped it and walked off with a smile.  Joseph was so surprised he was confused for a moment.  He asked the cashier what just happened.  The cashier assured him, "That guy just paid for your meal!"  What a great way to start the day.

His flight left Salt Lake at about 9 am Utah time.  He was able to call home for a few minutes from the airport before he boarded.  It was delightful to hear his voice and the excitement he had for this next part of his mission.

He also sent along a short hand written letter we received this week.  He referenced the scripture Alma 26:27 and encouraged us to read it::
 27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.
I am sure this passage gives him a feeling of hope as he faces a new challenge that brings many unknowns--A new state to live in, a new companion, a new city to get to know, a new ward, and a new daily schedule that will test his strength.  But the Lord will give him success and comfort him as He promised.

His next preparation day will be Monday, October 6th, so we will send along his next email to you all.

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