Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Look out, Texas ... here they come!

We got another letter from Sam. He was still begging for Whitestrips, but he also shared his travel plans:

"I have my travel plans, I leave June 2 and fly to Texas for a five hour lay over; so my compenero, Elder Wernli, and I will do some contacting." He's ready to get to work!

He also shared that he "might be able to call, so be prepared." I'm thinking I won't be going anywhere next Tuesday :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The eyes have had it!

We got a phone call from the MTC this afternoon telling us that Sam is having blurred vision and that they were sending him to an optometrist to have him checked out. They said he would email us with the results. We received this email this afternoon.

"The doctor said I have been reading too much and the muscles in my eyes were contracted and wouldn't really release so he dialated them and gave me a prescription for glasses, but doubts I will need them so he said to wait. So don't worry - all is good!"

I guess he really is studying hard! Good for him and glad they took care of this before he left the States.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Week 2 in Provo MTC, everything's like...

Hi -
So ... I need to know how Kelsey is doing because I am kinda of worried. But I am glad to hear that Rie is okay. Today is pday and the temple was closed so we didn't go, so today was a really easy day. I leave Provo on June 2 and leave at like five in the morning and I have like a five hour layover in Texas. We won't get to Guatemala until around 7:00 pm.

I love my compenero; he is a great guy and a stud athlete. I have some pictures that I will send before I leave. My district is probably the best district ever. Just tons of fun. But Spanish is super hard and we study for like 12 hours a day. No lie. But tell Katie thank you for the letter and when she comes in just a heads up - she needs to pray for everything because that is the only way you can learn, through the spirit. I have learned so much and my testimony grows ten-fold every day. In the first lesson (which we have taught like thirty times) it talks about how God loves us and families and I just bear my testimony everytime about families being together forever. And the thought of it just warms my soul. I love you guys all some much, but don't worry the Spirit takes good care of me so I don't miss you guys too much. My compenero and I probably won't be companions down there together and that makes both of us pretty sad. Well if you have any questions send me a list and I will fill it out.
Elder Musick

P.S. Mom can you send me some Crest whitestrips and send them as fast as you can because I need them before I leave. Thanks.

And my teacher served his mission in Chile and President Hawkins was his Mission President.

White Strips, really? Gotta love him!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our First Letter from Elder Musick

Dear Family
So ... it is so busy and I am in class for like hours and hours. I wake up, eat, class, lunch, class, dinner, then class, and bed. My compenero is going to my same mission, so that is way nice. The other guys in our room are going to Panama and Nicaragua, but they are staying for nine weeks. I love my district, they are going to Long Beach and North Carolina. My district leader is a friend from school - we played football together. Things are nice, though classes are rough; but I don't hate them, but I wouldn't say I love them. But I should be able to email you on Monday as it is my P-Day. But I love you and keep me updated.
Elder Musick

He's not much for details, but we'll take it - for now. To be fair, he had only been in one full day :)

Sweet Thoughts from Elder Speirs

Pam Speirs shared with us a sweet letter from Elder Nathan Speirs. He only went out a week before Sam which makes it even sweeter.

"So Wednesday is my P-day. We get to go to the temple today. I am excited for that. We also got to do some service today. For that we got the chapel rooms ready for the new missionaries that are coming in. We straightened the chairs and vacuumed the rooms a bit. We also get to choose which flags to hang up out in the parking lots. You know how there is a bunch of flags from different countries. We got to choose which ones and then go raise them up. We also set up some other things for the new missionaries. Each missionary gets a packet when they come in with some things like another name tag and their room key and stuff. So we carried those to the room where they pass them out and I saw Sam's. It was kind of cool. He is not in my branch, as I was hoping. Our branch gets a new district today so I was hoping that he was in it.

I am excited that Sam is coming in today. I hope I see him and his family. At least him today. I have been praying for him because the first 3 days in the MTC are hard. So in addition to your prayers for me and Joshua pray for Sam too. You need all the help that you can get the first 3 days.

How sweet is he!!

To the Provo MTC for 3 weeks

May 13, 2009 - The day we had all been counting down for. Sam was really ready to go. All morning he was singing "Called to Serve", "Come, Ye Builders of this Nation", and "Popcorn Popping" at the top of his lungs.

Finally - we get there...
... take our final pictures
(Cherie, Jared, Elder Musick, Katie, Kelsey, Bethany)

and he is off.

Sam was sent for a little language evaluation before we went into the "saddest room" in the MTC - the Good-bye room. His evaluator thought he could go to the intermediate level, but Sam asked to go in the beginning class. Maybe a good foundation will make for a better Spanish speaker, we shall see.

As for that Sad room, it is definitely rigged. They start by showing the sweetest, tear-jerking Mormon commercials before the meeting even begins, then for an opening song we all sing "Called to Serve" (which is a natural tear-jerker), after that we listened to a representative from the MTC Presidency (that session had President and Sister Clegg as speakers) and then we watched the video, The Joy of Missionary Work.
Stick a fork in us - we are primed for a full water works show.

However, Elder Musick made it easy for us. He went down the line hugging each family member, saved the last big hug for Dad, and then turned around and was the first missionary out the "Missionaries only" door. We all stared at each other, realized he was gone, and then couldn't get out the "Families Only" door because everyone else was still hugging and crying.
Thanks, Sam. I have always been an advocate of ripping the band-aid off quickly.
It only hurt for a minute!

Farewells and Friends

Nathan Speirs and Sam have been friends since they were born - only 7 weeks apart. So it seemed natural for them to have their farewell talks on the same Sunday - April 26, 2009 - and an ice cream social
farewell that evening.
Nathan is going to Macon Georgia Mission
- Spanish Speaking

May God bless you both in your respective missions. Perhaps you will be able to report back together also...

At the Sacramento Temple

Sam received his endowments in the Sacramento California Temple on March 6, 2009.
Sam with Mom and Dad

Grandma Harley with Sam.

Bethany, Mom, Dad, Sam, Kelsey, Lance

Receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood

Sam was ordained to the office of an Elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood after Stake Conference on February 22, 2009 by his dad. Others there were: (from left to right) President Aaron Speirs, Ward YM President; Rusty Schafer, Stake High Counselor; Papa Musick; Sam and Dad; and Jordan McCaa, bro-in-law.

Monday, May 11, 2009

They won't be babies when he gets back

Sam with Erik, Brock and Brody
Brody and Sam


Erik and Sam - waiting to be set apart as a Missionary
Saying goodbye to the boys was hard.
They love him and he loves them.
There will likely be a few more by the time he comes home.
It will be Great!