07 Jul 2010.

7 Jul

Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:44 AM
Subject: 07 Jul 2010.

Hello, everybody!

We’re still in the MTC and everything is going great. I’m not sure how long we’ll be delayed; it could be a couple more days or many more weeks. I’ll let you know when I know.

Wow, it has been a week. Saturday night, we had a fireside (purposefully during Stadium of Fire) titled the Standard of Truth. It told the stories of great men who lived during the apostasy and helped move forward the work of the Lord, although it was a time of darkness. The presentation was beautiful, and after it was over, they let us watch the fireworks before heading to bed. We only went to bed a half hour later than usual, but we were still exhausted!

Arnold Frieberg died this week. It’s sad to see such a wonderful church artist go. Apparently, he’s done some sort of mural that goes from the beginning of the Book of Mormon to the end, scene-like; If anyone knows where that painting is now, I’m kinda curious :)

We had a devotional last Sunday by a Brother Cleig (I’m not positive on how to spell his name; in fact, I can’t hardly spell anything, now that I’m learning Spanish). He told a story involving an Elder Ted Olsen. Would someone back home ask Brother Olsen if he served with an Elder Cleig? He’s a district president at the MTC now.

A couple mornings ago, I woke up and went out to exercise in the missionary field. Things are pretty slow in the mornings, and it was too wet for soccer, so we were playing frisbee. A few minutes into our game, I looked over and saw a hot air balloon that actually wasn’t very far away. We all looked at it for a minute and continued playing. The next time we happened to look over, there were 14 balloons, and the next time even more, until eventually there were 20 hot air balloons, some of them coming right over us in the missionary field! We were waving and whistling, but they were too high for us to really tell if they could see us, so we went back to frisbee. :)

As we have celebrated our freedom this past week, I wanted to share a quick thought. We live in a nation that began on a foundation of trust, truth, and righteous living. Pilgrims and pioneers of all sorts sailed across the seas from various places to live their lives and worship their God, unoppressed, in the manner they felt just. Eventually, the long and strong arm of England was overcome and America was a free nation, but not without strife, death, and sadness. When we sing the Star-Spangled Banner, we often think of our freedom. Sadly, most Americans only know the first verse. I believe the truth of our feelings, thoughts, and actions in those times are better given later in the song:

Oh, thus be it ever! When free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.

Bless’d with vict’ry and peace, May this Heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that made and preserved us, a nation!

And conquer we must, When our cause, it is just,
and this is our motto: In God Is Our Trust!

And the Star-Spangled Banner, Oh long may it wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I wish you all a wonderful week. I’ll be writing you again soon.

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