Tuesday, August 21, 2012



...Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing...



D&C 20:73 The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

" He's Got You and Me Brother in His Hands, He's Got You and Me Sister in His Hands,
 He's got you and Us Mom in His Hands"
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

Hello Family and Friends,

I hope ya'll are having an outstanding week! My past week has been very good!  We have been going to visit Andrea and her family just about every night preparing them for their baptism this Saturday!  I am so excited for them.  As I  have been watching them progress over the past two weeks, I realize to the full extent my purpose in this Mission Field.

If anyone hasn’t heard this is my last Pday in the USA and the Alabama Mission as I leave for Argentina one week from today August 27th!!!! I am quite sure this will probably be my last email from Alabama however, I am actually really going to miss it here!!!  Elder and Sister Curtis, one of the Senior couples here, approached me yesterday at Stake Conference and told me how much they wish they could keep me here and will miss me, and I truly felt they will!!

This past Saturday we had a day of service! We started the day by cooking Andrea's kids breakfast.  We made butterscotch chocolate chip pancakes, hash browns and sausage! They really loved it! We then went and mowed a member’s lawn and it started to pour rain just as we got finished, so we were super lucky there.

I did receive the ties thank, I loved them all!  Dad what is your plans with that 1965 CJ5 jeep you bought (picture you sent a little hard to see)?  I’m  loving all the red Mazda’s down here, still looking forward to one of those someday! And when you said you bought 2 pigs I thought, are you serious, glad you mentioned they were for the freezer, I could not imagine them fitting the neighborhood décor!

We had a really good Stake Conference this past weekend.  We got to hear from 2 members of the Quorum of the 70, Elder Koelliker and Elder Lansing, they both gave some great talks! We have a Multi Zone Conference with them this Wednesday, so that'll be exciting too!

We are going to the Mall today so I can get an Alabama shirt etc, We are all going out to Chili’s for our last Pday lunch before I leave.  I have really loved serving in the Birmingham Alabama Mission, and I am going to miss it dearly!  I do plan to come back after I return home from my Mission and visit some of the Member’s and the recent converts!!

This next week is gonna fly by, I just know it!  It will be equally as crazy getting the Baptism ready and preparing all my things for the trip to Argentina.  Well the next time ya'll hear from me will be in Argentina!  I don’t have my intenirary yet Mom, but I don’t think it will be Delta, I heard I fly to into Dallas, not from Atlanta straight to Buenos Aires like we thought. I’m guessing I will meet up with Elder Neilson. All I really know for sure is that we have to be at the Mission Office at 4:30 in the morning that day!

Have you heard anything about Hermana Leavitt or Cahoon? We are still praying they will hear something this week. The Elders and I in our apartment had a fast for them this past week.

I' ve attached a photo of another lost soul that I saved this week "Henry". 

Well, I have less than 2 minutes, which means the computer will shut down at will, these are not the most sophisticated electronics so if it logs of I am sorry!  I will call home Sunday evening between 6 or 7pm, can’t wait to hear everyone’s voice.  I miss you all wish me luck this week!

Elder Draper


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