Monday, March 4, 2013

Lovin' the Gifts! :)

One of the things that kind of stink about leaving, is that I won't be seeing Russel till I get back from his mission. (He is in the Salt Lake City Utah Spanish speaking mission right now.) I'll be missing his home coming by a month, because I will be leaving in June and he will be back in July. So, I emailed him and let him know about my call and everything. Well, he couldn't be happier or more supportive! In fact, he sent me Jesus the Christ in Spanish! It is such a gorgeous book, and I can not wait to be able to read it! When ever I do, I'll definitely be sending him an email about it! :)

I am so excited for you!  This is going to be the best experiance ever!  And a sister in my Branch has a sister who lives in your mission and loves to feed the missionaries!  HAHAHA  May be you'll meet her!
     The Spanish language is amazing!  If you want to learn how to read it, just practice the basics and its all phonics from there!  To understand it completely can take time, but I know way before you hit your 6 month mark in the mission you will understand close to every thing and you will be able to say what you want!  It's so weird some times to learn a laungage, but in order to help I am not going to write you in English! 
   Entonces...  La mision es el mejor!  Hay muchos cosas para conocer y Dios es el mas importante!  En los proximas dos anos, 6 meses antes y 18 meses aya, usted va a aprender mas de Dios y Jesucristo que todo su tiempo aqui en la teirra!  No tengo mucho tiempo para escripir hoy, pero usted esta en mis oraciones y yo se que Dios va a protejerle!  Cuidese mucho y Dios le binga!

Con carino,
Elder Heaton

2 Anos, 24 Meses
 Sin verg├╝enza!!!

On Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM, Alecia Alford <> wrote:
Hey Russel!
The message below was supposed to get to you this Monday, but I apparently had the wrong email address. : ( Anyway, I am really excited about all of this... I can't wait to be out there teaching the gospel and meeting new people, having new experiences. I've been sticky noting my room with Spanish words, and I am in a Spanish class right now... So maybe that and reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish will help... :) Thanks for the offer of the book by the way, I had been wanting one! :) I think it's pretty awesome that you're teaching some Bolivian people right now... That is just too cool! I can't wait to see you again... Love, Alecia

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Alecia Alford <>
To: Russell Heaton <>
Sent: Sunday, February 3, 2013 7:13 PM
Subject: Really Cool News :)

Hey Russel,
Its crazy to think that you are coming home soon!  I hope everything is going well on your end of the world. Grandma has been telling us all about how good you are getting at Spanish and everything. Anyway, I wanted to share some pretty cool news with you. I just received my mission call! I will be serving in the Bolivia Cochabamba mission in South America! When I get back, I'll be able to talk to you in Spanish! Isn't that so crazy? I'm not sure I believe it entirely quite yet. I mean, I've never been further than Florida on my own... And now I am heading off to an entirely different Continent! I've never been on a plane, never seen a mountain, never been away for more than two weeks from my family... I have to admit to being rather overwhelmed. But, on the other hand, the very notion that I will be able to share the gospel with so many people, the fact that I will be spending eighteen months of my life in the service of God... Makes it all worthwhile on so many levels! I can not tell you how excited I am! I'll be leaving on June 19th... Which means I won't be able to see you when you get back. : ( Which really stinks because I have missed you so very much. But I know that this is what the Lord wants for me... Anyway, I know your pretty busy, so I'll let you get back to everything... Just know I am praying for you daily. And so are all the kids! Love you, Alecia

 This is the Book! Isn't it pretty! :) I love it! The cover feels so nice! lol! It's awesome!

Also, Sister Jana Fryday gave me a miniature hymn book in Spanish! The cool part about this is that she received it from a returned missionary! So it's already gone through one mission, and now it's going back with me! :) I thought that was really kinda awesome!

Another really cool gift I got was from my wonderful little sister! Jessica has been having a hard time with my leaving, and decided to show it in the form of a song. She had been hearing the song "You're gonna miss this" a lot, (Brandon plays it a lot :), and decided to use that as the base for her song. I have to say, I cried when I read this song!

Over all, there are SO many more awesome gifts that I have been given... And wonderful ways in which I have seen the physical manifestations of my friends and family's support and love for me. I know I could not do this without that support! So thank you all! Love yall!

Signed, Alecia

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