Wow…

Words cant explain how strange this is to be writing my final letter home as a missionary. This week was a great week for us but we are going to make this last and final week the greatest week ever. President Schofield and Sister Schofield are awesome people. They are way different that President and Sister Choi but that is good because change is good. I am just so thankful for the opportunity that I have had to serve the Lord. I am still a prideful man but I am glad that I was able to be humbled enough to come on a mission and let the Lord work into my life. I still have a long way to go but I have a sure foundation and it has been amazing. I have gained a testimony of this church and I know that it is true. There is no way that I can doubt feelings I have gotten and changes I have seen in others because of this gospel. The Spirit is the joy and that is what we need to all make present in our lives when we can. We are all imperfect and will screw up but because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and start over! What a joy and a blessing it is to have that knowledge and that conviction. I want to thank all of my family, friends, mission leaders, church leaders, etc. for helping me get to where I am at and staying on a mission to see myself finish it. I truly am blessed. I am excited to see my family and friends and cant wait! I will be coming home next Tuesday, July 14. My homecoming talk will be on Sunday, July 26.
Much Love from Seattle,
Elder Ford
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This week was probably one of the hardest weeks of my mission. It all started when Elder Hyde and I walked right by the bike racks inside our apartment complex and noticed that ours were missing… YES… somebody broke into our complex, cut our locks, and stole our bikes! I was pretty angry because I sold it to a new missionary and now I dont get the money because it was stolen! GRR! Elder Hyde and I were pretty bummed about it because we both have pretty nice bikes and bikes are pretty essential for our work. Missionaries are to bikes as teenagers are to their iphone! 🙂 Anyways, all week we have been kind of mad because of our bikes and we also couldnt get any good conversations. Everybody was ignoring us on the streets and nobody was home when we knocked doors…it was rough!

Yesterday we had to say bye to President and Sister Choi. Today they are off to Japan because that is where is located as a General Authority. It was really hard for me and everybody that has been out as long as me because we have had them our whole mission and now we have a new President for our last 2 weeks. Many tears were shed but we will see them again!
Pride week was this last weekend. If you dont know what that is, it is the giant parade for LGTBQ! They all walk the streets in capitol hill and go crazy with their pride for being LGTBQ. Captiol Hill is insane but pretty cool and it is in our area so we saw some craziness this weekend. They spent over $60,000 to paint the street walkways rainbow and that money came from tax money.. isnt it wonderful to know that money went to that…. thats Seattle for ya. hahh but Seattle is pretty cool! 🙂 I love it here! Its fun to be with people from all walks of life 🙂
Yesterday I bore my departing testimony at our conference and that was so weird. These 2 years have gone by quickly! I received my flight plans and everything in the mail and it is sooooo strange. I cant believe that I go home in 2 weeks! It is crazy! These last 2 weeks are going to be the greatest weeks ever! Love ya! XOXO
Elder Ford
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This is Mr. Brooks, the 1st principle at Desert Hills High School my freshman year! I ran into him at Pike Place!!!!
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Hello everybody! Things are going good here in Seattle. The weather is amazing and Seattle is now the best place in the world to be because of it. This week was a bit slow when it came to finding. We did a ton of tracting and taught many people at the door but none of them were interested. Luckily, we got a referral from our Bishop. There is a family that moved into the area that contacted our Bishop. The wife is a member and the husband is investigating and wants to meet and come to church. This could be the miracle that we have been waiting for and the baptism that we get right before I go home. We had a zone conference this week which was President Choi’s final one because he leaves July 1st. He goes to Japan because he is covering the Asia North area as he goes back to his General Authority position in the 1st quorum of the seventy. It is very sad but things will move on. Things are kind of weird in the mission because everything is trying to get figured out with changing mission presidents and then my group comes home which is about 40 missionaries and then the next transfer will be around 35 missionaries. The new mission president is getting thrown into a tough spot but he has The Lords help! Elder Hyde and I are doing great and are working hard trying to Baptize before I come home! I love you all! See you soon! XOXO

Elder Ford
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Hello peeps!

How is everybody doing this week? For us, it was a great week. We strolled the streets hard and hit the pavement hard! So hard, that my shoes are super banged up but they will last me to the end. We got 4 referrals this week randomly and 2 of them are super solid. It is a guy and his girl friend and they want to meet with us because they are interested. We havent met yet because everybody here just graduated from U-Dub so they were leaving town but in a week or 2 we will be meeting. We also met with a guy named Rylan who grew up in the Tri Cities and all of his best friends are mormon and went on missions. He is catholic but took a book of mormon and is interested in it. We are meeting with him every Thursday so we are super excited. The weather hers is mid 80s every day and IT IS HOT! I dont know what I am going to do when I get home to St. George… i might die. I seem to have adapted to the weather here so we will see what happens, but then again I dont need to wear a suit in the 80+ degree weather everyday at home lol! Things are getting a bit weird in the mission because our mission president leaves in 2 weeks and then we get our new mission president which i will have for 2 weeks. Things are getting real and it is weird! Today my companion is really sick so we might be inside for a few days but thats okay. It will still be a great week! I love you! XOXO
Elder Ford
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Well I have to start off my email with this…

FOR ALL OF YOU MISSIONARIES AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE SEEN “THE DISTRICT” VIDEOS…..In “The District 1” there are those sisters… Sister Meyers and Sister Payne….. welll….. SISTER MEYERS IS IN MY WARD RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! AHAHAHAHAH She is now married and has 4 kids. Her name is Sister Hernandez now 🙂 I got to meet her last night and she gave us a bunch of tamales, rice, beans, etc. It was so weird to see her because we have all watched those videos so much but she is really cool! Not as annoying as she was in the videos hahah! #sistersprobs jk 😉
The first week here was a lot of fun. There are so many people around here in the streets and a lot of them are all black so it is so fun to be around them. Most of our investigators are black too so it is fun! I love my companion so much! He is super funny and fun and we have a great time together. We have been running in the mornings, working out at night, and eating a low carb diet. I am happy to announce that I am almost 180 pounds. I started my mission at 200 pounds, got clear up to 220 pounds and now I am about at 180.. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT… THATS ALMOST 40 POUNDS!!!!! Heck ya! The goal is to be in the 70’s by the time I get home… that gives me 5 weeks to do it! Wish me luck!
I am excited to be here and lets all have a great week! Love ya! XOXO
Elder Ford
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Well…I got 6 week shafted! I go transferred to a new area for my final 6 weeks of my mission. I am now in Washington Park in Seattle which is right next to U-Dub! It is good to be back by U-Dub but it is making me miss it really bad. I loved Canyon Park and will miss it! I grew so close to the Greenhalgh Family and will miss them but I will visit them soon when I am done. It definitely killed me to get moved for my last 6 weeks so I hope that I can keep up my spirit. All of my friends and companions are just about home now so now I am the oldest missionary group in my mission…it is weird! Its tough but this will be a great final transfer of my mission! 🙂 I love you all! XOXO

Elder Ford
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This week was a pretty good week in Canyon Park. Not a ton happened but we got a few referrals. One of the referrals is from the family that has gone through the divorce. The mom decided to call up her friend whose kids are all friends with her kids and she set up a dinner for tonight with us. Also, this Saturday, us missionaries are putting on a huge Stake Luau as a finding tool. We are roasting an 850 pound pig and there is going to be The Haku and Fire dancing… ITS GONNA BE SWEET! The ticket in though is a less active, a recent convert, or non members. We already have a bunch of members that are bringing people so hopefully we will get referrals this way. This next week is the last week of the transfer and then I will be starting my last transfer so it is quite strange! I love you all! XOXO

Elder Ford

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