Monthly Archives: November 2012

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PIZZA! – 11/5/2012

Hey Everyone,

This was a good week.  We had a lot of fun, but we didn’t get as much done as we have other weeks.  Halloween didn’t help with that.  Saturday it was home coming for the college, so that was even worse than Halloween.  It was still a good week though.  We taught a lot of good lessons.  Halloween was pretty fun after 6:00.  We were going to just sit in the apartment, but the branch presidents family invited us over for dinner.  So we went there.  We still got the pizza you sent though.  The members we live with called and said there was pizza for us.  I was really surprised.  We just had them put it in the refrigerator and we ate it for lunch.  On Friday I went on exchanges again.  This time with the district leader and he came up here.  So I was in charge of the area for the day.  I did a good job of making sure we had things to do.  We didn’t just wander around the whole time.  Next week is looking like a good week.  We are going to have our first baptism on Saturday!  It’s pretty awesome.  We don’t have anyone else that has progressed that far, but there are still quite a few people we are teaching.  Transfers are this week.  I can’t believe I’ve been here for 6 weeks already.  There really isn’t much of a chance either of us are leaving Maryville this transfer.  Anyway, that’s all for this week.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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10/29/2012

Hey Everyone,

This week has been normal.  Not very many awesome things happened.  Just normal cool things.  I can’t really think of much to write this week, but I will try to fill some space.  The person that read the whole BoM has already been taught everything and is keeping all of her commitments.  Elder Armantrout and I are both really surprised by how prepared she is.  She is even doing missionary work.  She told us that she talks to her mom and friends about what she knows.  It’s crazy.  It’s just a couple weeks until her baptism now.  We’ve decided that our best case scenario next month will be getting 7 baptisms.  It’s completely possible with some of the people we are teaching.  We just have to work hard and make it happen.

This week we were both really low on money.  That’s because it’s the end of the month though.  We also had less families feed us than any other week.  That means we got to eat a lot of ramen.  On Halloween we aren’t supposed to go out after six, unless we have an appointment.  So we are just going to go to Taco Bell, each get a taco twelve pack, and sit at the apartment and eat. The weather here is a lot like Utah’s.  It changes a lot, and it changes quickly.  On Tuesday it was 85 degrees.  On Wednesday it was 40 degrees.  It’s been that way ever since, but it is starting to warm up now.  I’m a little excited to see how much snow we get.  But, after I see how much we get I know I will hate it.  We will probably do a lot of shoveling.  Walking around in the snow won’t be that fun either.

My first transfer is almost over.  I’m surprise by how fast its gone.  I’m sure I will stay here at least one more transfer to finish my training, but it is possible that I get moved.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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10/22/2012

Hey Everyone,

This was probably the best week so far.  We just got a lot done.  We also got two people on date now for November, which is awesome!  One of them we have been trying to meet with for a while now.  She was a referral.  We had met her a few times, but never taught her.  The person that gave us the referral gave her a BoM.  She was reading it before we even met her and was really excited to meet with us.  We were finally able to teach her on Thursday.  When we asked her how much she had read, she told that she had finished it.  And that she had started over!  It was crazy.  So we invited her to be baptized and she accepted.  On Friday I went on exchanges.  I went down to St. Joseph and our district leader came up to Maryville.  I was with Elder Trammel.  I had forgotten this but the Crandall’s cousin is in this mission.  Well, that’s Elder Trammel.  I forgot until we started talking about where in Provo he is from.  Anyway that was fun.  On Saturday, our whole zone got a pancake breakfast from the stake presidency for having over 10 baptisms in our zone last month.  It was a really good breakfast.  After that I went back to Maryville.  So anyway, that was my awesome week.

Stay Classy,

Elder Tubbs

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Dagobah – 10/15/2012

Hey Everyone,

This week went by really fast.  Not much happened the first half of the week.  Just normal missionary stuff.  The second half was crazy though.  On Friday and Saturday I got to tract in the rain. And this in not anywhere close to what rain is like in Utah. It was clear one second, then it was pouring the next. There were also some crazy thunderstorms Friday and Saturday night. Crazier than any thunderstorm I’ve ever experienced. It was pretty fun. The good thing about tracting in the rain is that everyone is home. And at least we are a full time car area.

I don’t know if I could write Yoda back.

The return address is:

Yoda

Hut in the swamp

Degobah

Galaxy far, far away

 

If I can mail things there, then it would just be too expensive for me. I also forgot to bring the letter with me again, so I can’t tell you what it said. I will remember it one of these days. I can tell you that it really was in Yoda speak though.

I really have not figured out who sent it to me.  But, that just makes it better so I don’t care.

Elder Tubbs

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Yoda Mail! – 10/8/2012

Hey Everyone,

This has been a great week.  We had interviews with president, conference, and I got a letter from Yoda.  It had some very good advice.  I would put some of what it said on here, but I forgot it at the apartment.  I didn’t know we could get mail from other galaxies.  Conference was really good.  I think my favorite talk was all of them.  Expecially Elder Holland’s though.  His was amazing.  I watched most of the sessions at the church, but we went to the branch presidents house for the last one.  Then we had dinner there. It was really good food. On Thursday the APs came up and went on splits with us.  They came up Wednesday night then left Thursday after dinner.  It was nice because we can get lonely being the only missionaries up here.  Anyway, we did a lot of tracting and taught a bunch of lessons that day.  We also got two new investigators which is awesome.  That’s all for this week.  I wonder if I will get anymore mail from other galaxies.

Elder Tubbs

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Elder Armantrout!

When we  found out that Spencer’s trainer is from Richmond, Virginia, I emailed my brother, Geoff. He validated my suspicions – Elder Armantrout is from a family that the Tubbs family knows and loves! His grandfather, Gene, presided as Bishop over my father’s funeral, Geoff and Juli’s wedding, and Becky and Wayne’s wedding!

Here is an excerp of Elder Armantrout’s letter home on 10/1/2012:

 

Salutations! (what a silly word)

      This week has been AWESOME. My new companion’s name is Elder Tubbs. He is from Provo, UT, and he’s a pretty cool kid. It’s funny, because everything that I was expecting about training again was kind of blown out the window when I met this new Elder. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was subconsciously expecting him to be like Elder Top- goofy, witty, outgoing, etc. But he’s not Elder Top. He’s quiet and a bit shy, but he has a very humble and sincere desire to work hard and to be obedient. It became very clear to me what parents mean when they talk about how you cannot parent any two children the same. Sure, there are some universal principles, but for the most part, you have to learn every new child. Training new missionaries is exactly like that. It has been cool to see him come out of his shell with me in the course of just a few days, and as he opens up, I see his potential to be a really stellar missionary.
          The first part of the week was spent getting ready for transfers (aka getting Scoubes packed and saying goodbyes, and not doing much in the way of missionary work), so when Elder Tubbs showed up, we had some hustling to do. And hustle we did. The very first night (Thursday) we went out and were trying to contact some potential investigators. That fell through, so we said a quick prayer that we would be able to find someone to teach. We were in this trailer parkat the time, and I felt impressed to knock on the door of a particular trailer. So, I told Elder Tubbs- “Elder, you’re going to go and knock that trailer.” He went a bit deer in the headlights at first, but he did it. AND WE GOT IN. The VERY FIRST DOOR he knocked. We taught the Restoration to a guy named Carol (I know, I didn’t believe it either). Carol is a Junior at NWMSU and is studying to be a dietitian. He accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and said he’d read and pray about it. We hope that when we contact him later this week, he will have actually read and prayed. Either way, that’s not bad for your first door.”

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10/1/2012

Hey Everyone,

I’m having a really good time. I’m in a town called Maryville. It’s in northern Missouri. It’s a pretty small town, but there is a college here. Their mascot is the bearcats. They are division 2 and I guess they are really good at football. We are in a car all the time because our area is so big and spread out. My trainer is Elder Armentrout. He’s from Richmond, Virginia and went to BYU! He was on the swim team there so I guess he’s really good.  He’s been a really good trainer so far.

Anyway we flew out to Kansas City on Wednesday. There were 23 other missionaries on the plane and it was a pretty small one. Like the ones at Provo Airport. So I couldn’t do any missionary work on the plane. When we got here we went on a tour of the area. We went to the Kansas City temple, Liberty Jail, and the Independence Visitor Center. The tour was really fun. After the tour we went to the mission home. We actually stayed the night there. That’s how big it is. There is and Elder and Sister Tubbs that do stuff there. They actually served here in Maryville for a while. It made things a little annoying at church.

On Thursday we all went out to our areas. Mine was about an hour and a half drive to get there. Once I got here we went shopping for food then did some weekly planning. We didn’t get out until 6:00 pm. At about 8:00 pm Elder Armentrout had me knock my first door. We were in a trailer park. I knocked on the door, we got in, and we taught the whole restoration. We didn’t get a return appointment though. But, the guy has a Book of Mormon now and so we will check up on him in a week or two.

The next day was really good too. We taught a couple of lessons. One of them, we got them to read the Book of Mormon and now we text them to see what they have read every day. They are actually reading and have a lot of questions every time. We are probably going to read with them next time we meet.

The members here are awesome. A lot of them are converts and they feed the missionaries a lot. I’ve only had two meals with them so far but they were really good.

That’s all I have for now. I’m going to keep working hard and having fun!

Elder Tubbs

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9/24/2012

Hey Everyone,

I leave in just two days now.  They I will be going to Missouri.  I’ve heard rumors that people who go there do a lot of service.  I don’t know what I think about that.  Anyway I have been having a good time at the MTC.  Everyone in my district has gotten sick in some way but Elder Sweeten and I.  They just barely succeeded in giving me a cough, but it’s not that bad.  I don’t really feel sick so I’m not classifying it as that.  I can’t wait to get to Missouri.  I’m a little nervous but I think it will be fine.  I’ve learned a lot since I’ve gotten here.  I don’t even know what is happening in the outside world.  It’s weird to be in Provo but not know anything that’s happening.  One thing I will miss a lot is the mountains.  It is going to be really flat in Missouri.  Anyway I hope everyone I doing well.  Next time I email I will be in Missouri.

Elder Tubbs

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9/10/2012

Hey Everyone,

It’s has been the longest week ever.  I feel like I’ve been here for three weeks already.  But at least it has been a good week.  I don’t like the three hour classes twice a day but they do help me a lot.  And Sunday felt really long because we had to be in our suit for most of the day and it was really hot.  We had a lot of study time though so I read a bunch of the Book of Mormon.  Half of my district is going to Independence and the other half is going to Minnesota.  I can’t spell where but it’s Miniapolis.  There is no spell check here it sucks.  I haven’t really been missing home at all yet.  Just a little.  Mainly the sleeping in.

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