We did not receive an email from our missionary today so I decided to share our email we sent to him. Elder Josh Barney will return home Wednesday evening at the St. George Airport!!
Dear Elder Josh Barney,
As I sit here and write you for one last time I have thought about what I would write. First and foremost I want to tell you that I love you with all my heart. I want you to know that I am so very proud of you!! This journey has been exhilarating, rewarding, difficult, scary, and much more but you have served faithful, honest in heart, and stood as a witness of God and our Savior for the past 24 months, so now as you end your mission I have one important thing to say to you --- It is time for your work to be done there and you are welcome to come home. :) With Love and great respect, Mom
Dear Son. This is your Dad. Your mom told me , that she told you, to get your BUTT home!. I love you son, and hope top see you soon. Love Dad.
Brother :) see you wednesday.. love you :) -Swag Master
Brother bear :) :) PPPPAAAARRRRTTTTYYY TTTTTIIIIIIMMMMMEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY CRAP IT HAS ARRIVED!!!!! I can't even believe how soon you will be home!! I can't wait to see you! I'll have to tell you all about the recent trips with the boys! I love you so much! Party on wayne :)
First of all.... 9 DAYS!!!!! I get to see all of you in 9 days!!!! :) :)
This week has been pretty good! It's been crazy to think that it's all coming to an end soon. This is my last full week here in Romania. Now I just gotta make it count!! ha ha :) I don't know if the letter you guys received is the same letter that they handed to us missionaries, but I'm assuming that it is. Yeah they both served in Italy and met in the MTC... Psh they are one of THOSE couples ;) ha ha yeah I'm sorry for the no pictures! You will see all of them pretty soon though. Yeah this week I gotta put together all my luggage and everything. I just hope that I can get it all in and under the weight limit!! Momma you are getting SOOOOO OLD!!!!! ;) ha ha eh I'm just kidding momma! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I guess my birthday present will just be me coming home.... sorry if it's a late by a couple of days :) Momma I miss you so so much and I can't wait to see you soon!! :)
We are still having fun with the english classes!! They are always fun to teach. We also had a zone conference this past week!! It was actually a really good conference. I finally got to meet President Ivory for the first time. He is actually a pretty cool guy! It's kinda funny though because I had an interview with him and I was like "yeah I leave in just a couple weeks". I kinda wish he was my mission president for longer because the things he is changing in the mission are pretty cool. He's leaning towards a different way of doing missionary work and stuff. I could type it all and stuff but I'll just wait to tell you all in person. Oh the other really cool thing about zone conference is I got to take a picture of 4 generations of missionaries! So like there was me, Elder Hokkanen, Elder Lenhart, and the newest missionary Elder De Luna. Hmm what else, so we still aren't sure about what is happening with the sisters here in Iasi. Elder Bonner asked President and he said that he didn't know himself yet... so we will see what happens. It's sad to hear about Chalet's daughter Kylie. You're right though, she is definitely in a better place now. Well momma I can't believe how close it is till I am home with you!! I miss you so much!!
Hey momma!! This week has been pretty good. English has been going pretty great so far! We have a couple of new students who are really cool. We might actually start meeting up with one of them this week and talk about the church, but we will see what happens. We always try to play games in our class, it's always more fun that way! :) ha ha So the thing with finding an apartment has gotten even more stressful... so apparently President Ivory is going to get rid of all the districts in the mission that are "dating districts", where there are an even amount of elders and sisters. We have 2 companionships of each, so next transfer we are either going to lose the set of sisters that just came in or we are getting another companionship... and until President decides which one he wants we aren't able to sign a contract for the new sisters. I mean, they might leave next transfer due to this new rule so for the moment the sisters just have to stay together. The crappy thing is that if President decides to put another companionship in Iasi, then the district leader will have to find 2 apartments!!! Luckily for me though I will be home by that time so I'm not worrying about it :) Geez don't even bring up mosquitos with me!!! I have sooooo many scars from those blasted creatures!!! You'll have to see them when I get home ha ha but yeah things are just going great. It's weird to think that I'm so close to the end. I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can though!!! This week we have Zone Conference, so I finally get to meet President Ivory. I'll have to let you know how that goes!! Well I love you so so much momma! I can't wait to see you soon!! :)
By the time you are reading this it will be less than ONE MONTH till I will be home!! PARTAY!!!! I honestly can't believe that the time is coming up. I'm only going to email you guys like 4 more times or something like that! Then I can just tell you in person about what has happened. This week we have worked hard to find an apartment for the new sisters... and we haven't had much luck!! The hard thing about finding an apartment for 2 people is having enough space for 2 separate beds... we have found plenty of great apartments but they all have just 1 bed (you know... for them married couples). So we are still working on the apartment! English starts tomorrow and we are really excited for that!! No I haven't met President or Sister Ivory... I'm only going to meet them twice before I'm home! Once in a couple weeks for our zone conference and the last one for when I have my "leaving home" interview. He has already changed a lot of rules and stuff about how we do missionary work... and it's only been a week!! We are having more of an emphasis on helping the members and doing service for them than to just do contacting and finding by ourselves. Like even if the members don't give us a billion referrals, Ivory just wants us to help and serve the members. Which is something that I completely agree with! There's a lot of little stuff he has changed but I'll just wait till I'm home to tell you guys all about it. It's much easier than just typing it all. So the reason why there are BYU students here is they have this service program where the students help out at an orphanage. Speaking of Elder Farnworth, he goes home this week!! It was nice to see him at last transfers zone conference. It sounds like things are going great at home. I can't wait to be with all of you soon!! :) I love you tons momma!!
Hey momma!!! This week has been pretty good. It's been a lot of apartment searching... which has been a little frustrating!! We looked online at some apartments through this real estate agency and when we found one that we actually wanted to look at we tried calling the agency... and nobody answers! We've sent them emails and kept calling them but they don't seem to want to respond to us. So we are still searching for an apartment for the sisters. That's probably what we are going to do later today. So yesterday we got a text from the AP's saying that President Ivory got into the mission and is offically the mission president! President Hill left the country today. That's really weird to think about!!! There haven't been any crazy announcements of big rule changes or anything like that... but who knows what's going to happen!! But yeah it's super crazy how the mission is winding down!! I'm glad to hear that you guys have started making signs for me!!! That'll be fun to see when I get back :) It sounds like it's a HUGE sign!!! I forgot to write about the whole jury duty thing that you sent me!! I think that's hilarious!! I hope you kept the letter so that I can read it myself when I get back! ha ha Well I miss you tons momma!! :)