Saturday, July 30, 2011

First Letter

Dear Home!

Well, first day in the MTC was awesome. Definitely one of the coolest things I've done. I had some cool stuff happen. First off in the welcome meeting this morning, they sang the arrangement of "I Know That My redeemer Lives" that Victoria sang! That was cool. We went to class and the teacher is only speaking Korean to us, so that will be interesting. I met an Elder Cox who is going to Cebu on his mission and that was awesome. Long story was a long day.

I did see Evan Anderson here, he is downstairs from me! It is nuts that I actually saw him :). Well I am quickly discovering what being hungry is like. I NEED SNACKS! I am starving ha ha. My companion's name is Elder Miller, he is from Provo too! Actually went to Timpview.

We had a couple opportunities to do some teaching today. It was really cool to have the opportunity to feel the spirit take you to a verse - I love it. Oh, I forgot to mention that the members of my district are Korean so that's really nice.

Loving it! Church is true.

Elder Crowther

*Mailed on July 29, received on July 30

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

1st Day of the Mission

Josh entered the MTC on July 27 at 12:45pm. I won't say that there weren't any tears, but they weren't Josh's. This elder is ready.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Day Before

What did you do the day before you became a full-time missionary? For Josh, it involved an 8am visit to the health department to get immunized against typhoid and meningococcal meningitis. After much debate back and forth these last 4 months, we finally agreed on Monday that I was wrong and he was right and he DID need these immunizations.

We followed that experience up with a trip to the Salt Lake temple. Although David and I were married there almost 21 years ago, I had never been through a session. We decided today was the day and had a wonderful time.

Josh headed next to open gym with Coach Travis and his Meridian buddies. One last basketball game (that was abruptly ended by a well-meaning, but slightly obnoxious ward member; an excellent opportunity to practice patience and forgiveness).

The final step was for Josh to be ordained as a full-time missionary. We went as a family to President Bunting's office and listened as he became "Elder Crowther" and was given some great blessings including a command of the language, the Spirit to be with him, and protection from serious harm as he follows the mission rules. He was also told that he had been prepared from the foundations of the world to serve this mission. Wow.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mission Farewell

Josh has given me (his mom) the honor of being the official author of his blog, so I'll start with his mission farewell.

Josh spoke on enduring to the end, whether it be the end of your life, or the end of a difficult phase (such as waiting to go on your mission). He warned of the hazards and temptations that Satan will use to try to stop you from enduring well, like physical trials, deceptions, and other
voices. He told a quote that his dad says, "If you stop the messenger, you can stop the message." He bore his strong, sincere witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church and expressed his deep love and gratitude for his Savior.

Since we had both a mission homecoming and Josh's farewell that day, the chapel was full clear back to the stage. Thank you to everyone who came!

After, we had a get-together at our house. It was so great to talk and be with the friends and family that we love.
Josh with his Crowther grandparents. The Crowther's had a family reunion this weekend and nearly all of them were able to attend the farewell. We loved having them here!
Josh and one of our favorite families: the McCloskey's! Their son, Chase, went to school with Josh at Meridian from 6th - 12th grade and is now serving a mission in Brazil.
Josh and his mom and great-grandma (my mom's mom).
Josh home taught Ara and Carla Call for many years. They were so kind to him and part of the "village" that is the 14th ward. Josh calls Sister Call "the best lady in the ward." She is now Alissa's primary teacher and Alissa adores her.
Josh's delicious cake - sadly, he did not get a piece. It was so delicious and he was talking!
Our dear friends and former neighbors Rheid and Sherri Schloss. They lived by us in Spanish Fork and have known Josh since he was 2. They came from Colorado to be with us and surprise us!
It was a hot day! But the food was good and the friends dear.

Aunt Sharon & Uncle Bill Coach Travis Elder Crowther

MTC Address

Well I got my MTC address on friday. Figured I would post it here so everyone could see!!

Elder Joshua David Crowther
MTC Mailbox # 323
KOR-DAE 1011
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Would love to get any letters from you guys!