Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
...it's pday today and we're at a small community college here to email. I wasn't just put in with another companionship, Elder Elison (An elder I knew from the MTC that traveled with me, we weren't in the same zone or anything) and I just split one up and so we both have companions. My companion's name is Elder Diaz and he's already taken me under his wing, he's my papa supposedly. I'll have to get pictures for you.
If we get stuck here for a while I wouldn't mind it that much, mostly because we have a truck and a car for the six of us, and two stakes to go to work in. We're actually in a city called Good Year?... I have no idea where that is, but you can tell me. The missionaries probably made it up to mess with us who knows.
Let the fun begin.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Elder Rau's flight plan took him through Lima, Peru. Elder Layton mentioned that he didn't think that he liked the idea Elder Rau going to his mission before he did. We saw the smile in his words though.
Below is the photo that is being used as part of the blog header. The quality of the picture quality is better however, so I included it here.
Same Elders, slightly different pose.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Even though his attitude has been upbeat, we know that on the inside he is extremely anxious to get to Peru, and that it must be very disappointing to get put on hold. And of course there are several missionaries who are in the same position right now. We previously mentioned that Elder Ridge was going to go to Tucson. Elder Hyde is going to be temporarily reassigned to Chicago. I believe that there are others as well. With that in mind, we include the following video for all of those missionaries who have been delayed recently. It's coming soon Elders.
Now, on to some excerpts from his latest letter...
Normally they don't let missionaries email other than pday, but the District President made an exception thankfully. I'M GOING TO PHOENIX ARIZONA!!!
cool huh? only for several weeks at the most. The Travel Office said we'd have our visa's within two weeks for sure. I told Elder Ridge before I was reassigned that if I was to end up going somewhere else I would want it to be Arizona, and I also told him I was definitely going to Arizona... I'm not going to lie, it was suppossed to be a complete joke! For some reason I feel way good about going there.
Today, my teacher Hermano Hardy shared pictures and stories of his mission and gave us advice of how to be great missionaries. He's amazing... I hope to be like him one day. He's taught me almost too much. I feel like there's so much to do once I'm in the field, and so little time. It's crazy I'll be out there, in Arizona, on Monday. I miss you all.
(We are deeply indebted to Hermano Hardy and all of the instructors and others who have helped prepare Elder Layton for this incredible experience he is about to embark upon! Seriously, thank you Brother Hardy.)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
He started speaking Spanish to me - and I have to say, it sounded pretty good. Actually, he sounded really good. There was one little spot I had to ask him to repeat, but for the most part, he was doing great...better than I did when I was at the MTC getting ready for Mexico. When I first got to Mexico and spoke Spanish, little kids laughed at my accent. And I once testified that the Father and Son have bodies of meat and eggs. Ouch! Fortunately my companion was a Native and corrected my false doctrinal teaching.
He is being temporarily assigned to the Phoenix, Arizona mission...which is an amazing coincidence since that is where ANDREA lives! Well, okay, she actually lives in Mesa, but close enough.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Exciting....not really. haha, our room is smaller than all the others and it only has two desks instead of four so it'll be cramped once again, but we're looking forward to meeting them anyway.
The Temple was great this morning. We did sealing's today. Also, yesterday Elder Dallin H. Oaks came and spoke at the devotional, and we were able to get right up front, so that was cool. I was hoping to get a hand shake or something...but he left right when it was done. Oh well, his talk was great.
The travel office keeps saying we'll know that 28th, so that's what it looks like. I'll keep you posted. Most likely they'll give us a days notice before we leave :) That's just how they are. We've already seen two groups of Peruvian Elders come and go and there's another one here. If they leave before us that would be just awesome! ;) We're having good attitudes about the whole Provo thing. I miss you all. And I love hearing from you.
Update from Dad: I decided to call the travel office myself today to see what was happening. They really don't know much more than this...the Elders who are being delayed WILL (according to them) not be relocated - they are definitely going to the Peru Lima North Mission, but it will probably not be going for at least two more weeks. The delay is on the Peruvian side. It appears as if he will be definitely be finishing his MTC training in Provo.
It doesn't sound as if Elder Layton is compeltely aware of this yet, but he and the others are still having a great attitude. That's all that really matters at this point. Peru will come soon enough. Brenda and I are grateful that he can joke about it - as much as is obvious that he really wants to be down in the mission of his calling. Besides, if he had gone already, he would have missed Elder Oaks!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
There's a slight chance we might get reassigned somewhere. We'll know for sure on the 28th.
Our district gets their flight plans in 2 days. We're going to be district X, just me and Elder Ridge, after they leave. No teachers. Studying all day! The Church is true.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
After the temple we always eat the temple food because it's so amazing, compared to our normal stuff anyway. What I'm looking forward to most is the Peruvian food though. Grandma said that a Peruvian family sacrificed their household dog for the missionary's down there. I'm hoping they'll be as gracious for us.
Most of our Zone left this week to Mexico because the country's finally letting them in. Most of them had been here 13 weeks, and now we're the second oldest district in our zone. Also I found out the Elder Rau will be flying through Peru on his way to Argentina. I don't know how I feel about him visiting my country before me... I think I'm just ready to be in Peru already as I've been held back four weeks already. It's all good though.
They told us we find out on the 28th of this month where we're going, but we've actually heard a rumor about the 20th so who knows. I say "where we're going" because there's a chance we could be reassigned for six weeks just until they figure out what's up with the visa's, but I don't think that'll happen. We've been praying. We may just stay in the MTC a couple weeks longer if they know the visa'a are on their way.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Gabo: I read at landon's blog that Elder Layton and others missionaries have some problems with their visas.
Gwen says: Yes - they went in the Provo MTC on June 23rd, along with other missionaries headed to Peru - and 1/2 of the visas came through and 1/2 didn't . I don't know what the problem is, but those elders are sure bummed - they want to come to PERU !!!!
Gabo says: I'm gonna pray for them.
We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers and wishes of goodwill that have been extended on behalf of Elder Layton. We know that these things are in the hands of the Lord. But the support is appreciated. Thanks to Gabo, Sr. Rich and all of you. - Don and Brenda Layton
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
During more than one of our family scripture studies, I knew this day would finally come. Hallelujah!
I think that I'm going to write a lot less after I'm in the field. Missionaries here have so many things to do and so little time. I barely can fit writing this into my schedule. Now I see why Jesse hasn't written anybody forever. It only means that he's working harder than I am right now. Jesse, Jacob, Logan, and Nate are all working hard. And I'm sure when Bryan gets our there he will be too ;).
Hmmmm...he thinks he's going to start writing "a lot less" after he arrives in Peru? So, naturally the question is this...are you allowed to un-hallelujah (threat of diminishing letters) after you've already hallelujahed (learning to love all things spiritual)? I'm not sure about that, but I bet a single letter from his mother will help set him straight.
So because of some regulation change that's why the visa process started so late. Elder Ridge and I will be here for 9 weeks for sure, and then we'll see from there. We may be reasigned* for a while until we get our visa's.
Whatever, It'll be an adventure. I'm hoping for Mesa Arizona a month or two ;) jk.
Elder Layton always has had more patience than I have had. It's no different now. I'm just chomping at the bit, ready for him to go. He's the one who's affected and is able to take it all in stride. This is definitley one of those times where the father needs to learn from the son.
Wherever he goes and whenever that is, we're just grateful that he has chosen to serve the Lord.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This picture is of Elders Layton and George. We assume that Elder George is one of the new Elders that Elder Layton referred to in his last letter. If so, he is probably headed to the Lima Peru North Mission as well.
The room is Elder Layton's (and three others) living area while at the MTC. It is very typical of where most LDS missionaries begin the best two years of their lives.