|Jordan (back row far left) with his MTC District in front of the Provo Temple|
Wow. I can't believe how fast this week went by. I feel like I wrote an email like two days ago. I guess that means we are working so hard that we can’t keep track of hours and days - and that is a great thing. Well, I’ve been on my mission for one month today! Pretty fast. Only one more month until I leave for the Philippines. I’m sure that time will go by faster than I want, as there is so much to learn. But, at the same time, I really want to get the Philippines and would probably leave tomorrow if I could. Alas, the language is preventing that. (The spirit is willing but the language is weak.) So, I only have one more month to get ready and prepare as much as I can.
This week was pretty good. We had a member of the Seventy come to the Devotional on Tuesday, but I forgot his name. I know that probably sounds bad. Sorry. I was going to bring my journal with me while I wrote this, but I forgot. So, I'm going to try as best as I can to write as much as I can remember in the limited time I have on the computer. The Devotional was great! He talked about how important our missions will be for our future families and for generations to come. As he was talking, I thought about how Dad's mission and my brothers’ missions have impacted me. They are pretty much the reason why I'm here. My testimony has been strengthened because of their missions, their examples to me. I thought about the good old days when I typed up Dad's letters that he wrote to his mission president when he was serving in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. I learned a lot from reading of his experiences, because it's very similar to what I'm going through now. I want to have the same impact on my children because of my mission. I want my children to follow my example, and gain their own testimonies like I did, so they can serve missions with confidence and excitement.
|From left: Elders Tavilala, Harrison, Brown, and Royal|
|Elder Bear lives for Jordan's emails|
|Jordan's last pre-mission moment with nephew Beckham|
Well Tyler entered the MTC on Wednesday, but I haven't seen him yet. I'll continue to look for him. Hopefully, I'll be able to see him before he leaves. I hope that he's doing well and that he's enjoying his time here, because the MTC is awesome! I sent the pictures yesterday, so hopefully they'll get there tomorrow maybe. We're not allowed to email pictures, otherwise I'd do that. Well, I hope that all is well with everyone. Have a great week! Doubt not. Fear Not. I love you all!
Elder Jordan Royal
|Jordan with what we think is his entire MTC District (We have no idea what the guys in front are doing with their hands, except that maybe they have been playing paper football in their spare time and are practicing for a field goal attempt.)|