Thursday, June 28, 2012


Hey Mom and Family,
Well I am still here alive which is good but it is very hot here and things are about to warm up even more.  The later part of the week the heat wave is to hit temperatures 104-108 so you chose to go return home at a good time!  

This past week has been a really good week for me!  I got to go on an exchange with one of our Zone Leaders, Elder Oppenlander in Vestavia Hills and it was great!  They are not kidding when they say Vestavia "Hills", my thighs and calves were in so much pain by the end of the day!  I think it was the most I have ever biked in my life really!  I am guessing we biked between 20-25 miles that day!
Biking around down town Birmingham reminds me a ton of Salt Lake City and how much I miss it! Another really good day last week also was finding a gentleman who we nicknamed our "Golden Investigator" as he was so open to the gospel and has invited us back without any hesitation, that was way exciting! Honestly the past week has been about the greatest since I have been here!  Yet another day this week the woman investigator I was telling you about last week came to Church with us yesterday and she absolutely loved it!  She was so full of enthusiasm said "Why wouldn't anyone want to be a part of this?" it just feels so good".  I am hoping for her baptism in the near future, it would be a perfect way to exit Alabama and if not, then just perfect in every other way.

Of course being in the “Bible Belt” we occasionally run into a few good Bible Historians that really know their stuff and challenge us like no other however, I feel I respectfully hold my own pretty well.  It is great to hear their confirmations of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, that much is solid, so we encourage them to let us continue to build on their foundation.  Some look at us like are you nuts, others just smile and appreciate our attempts.  Other than that Elder Beck and I just keep treckin’ along and searching for people who have been prepared for us to teach.

I have been reading a lot in the Bible for the past couple of weeks.  I am in The New Testament right now and I really enjoy that!  Another thing I have learned to love on my mission is reading the Ensign. There are a lot of really good talks in there!  I read the June issue this month and the talk about Abish, the servant girl in Alma was a really good talk.  As for new scriptures mom, look at  Alma chapter 34 and 2 Nephi 32 both are really good!
Other than that we have been doing a lot of service this past week!  We chopped down a tree stump on Saturday and tonight we are helping a member family move!

I did tell you that I am driving a car!  I drove on the Alabama freeway for the first time on Friday it was insane, nobody uses their blinkers!  It did make me miss driving the I-15 a ton, driving has become a luxury for me! HA I am attaching some photos of our zoo visit and the Alabama Birmingham Temple.
How is the trip going? I got the “OZ” postcard fast, I didn’t know there was a Wizard of Oz museum in Wamego, not sure where that even is in Kansas, don’t remember much but where we lived before we moved to Utah!  As for the “Milk Straws” they don’t work nice thought mom!  I am drinking lots of water too mom!

I think that is exciting that Kennedy is getting married tomorrow, if I am not mistaken!  Please do take something by for them from me and the family mom, I’m sure you already planned to do that though!  Send me some photos.
How is cheer going for Lyn’s?   Football is right around the corner for Wyatt to right?  Has he decided what he is doing?  Dad, are you still traveling a lot, anything new going on?

Well I hope ya'll are having fun in Kansas!  I miss ya'll and love ya'll
Elder Draper

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