Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A few pictures

Well here are 2 pictures. Sorry I didn't send more but I dont have that much time.
The first picture is of another baptisms of ours. There names are Elvia, Diana, y Alejandro Lopez. They are so awesome

The other picture was when me and my comp were in a trio with the Assistant to the President. We were cutting up a cow :)


December 29, 2008

Hey mi Mama!!!
Como esta? It was so good to talk to everyone this past week! It sounds like everyone is doing great. Well I have some news for you. We got a call from the Zone leader and they said that I have transfers tomorrow. They also said that I am going to be a padre! which means that I am going to be a trainer!! I am so excited but a little nervous also. It feels good to know that the President trusts me enough to train another missonary! Well that is the news that I have for the week. :) So how is everything going for the family. Sounds like you are starting to remodel the house. Hahah that toilet story was so funny. haha I wish I could of been there! What is it with our family and bathrooms and bodily functions :) hahah Well all is going great here. I am a little sad to be leaving but it will be a blast to go to another area! Oh mom I have a gift for you but I dont know if you want me to sent it in the mail or what so just let me know. Oh and thank you for the pictures. I love seeing how much older everyone is getting! Oh and James I LOVE your GOAT!!! You have no clue how bad I want to grow one! Well I better get going but I love you all so much!!!
Love Elder Reed
Oh I am going to send some pictures a little later today. Hopefully I can send quite a few!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dec. 20, 2008

Hey mom and dad!
The reason that I am writing right now is cause me and my companion got a call from the assistants to the president and we have special changes this Monday. I dont know if I am going to change areas or my companion but I will let you know. I heard that my companion might become a Zone Leader :) How exciting! Also I will let you know what number to call on the 25. Also I need a favor. Could you tell Jared to go to Codys house and get my x box and all the games and controllers. Then I need you to sell them on craigslist. Maybe you could have Jared check the prices on craigslist to get and idea on how much to sell it for. I am thinking like $450 more or less. I know that I need more money for my mission so anything of mine that can be sold please sell it. I also have cymbals to my drums that I don't use. The only cymbals that I want to keep are the new ones I bought. They say ZHT on them. I also want the big 22" ride that uncle rod gave me. I believe there are 4 or 5 that I want to keep. All the rest can be sold. I would greatly appreciate it if you could sell these things for me. I will be praying for you to sell Riata and my sandrail. Thank you for everything you do! I love you all so much!!! Oh also I might be getting out 70 to 80 dollars. There is a family here that doesnt have anything! Most of the time they dont have dinner so they have to eat leaves from trees. They don't have a roof to their house, just a tarp, and their walls are made of tin roofing. This lady has 5 kids under 15 and they arent getting anything for Christmas. Me and my comp decided to buy each one of them one thing. I know that I really can't afford to buy anything right now so maybe you could talk to everyone in the family and they could donate 10 dollars to my account for this family. They would make this Christmas for this family. I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH and thank you for everything you do for me!!!! I just wanted to let you know that I was gonna use a little money from my account and wanted to let you know why. Thank you for everything! I can't wait to talk to you all this next week. It will make my CHRISTMAS. It is amazing how you could have everything in the world but if you didn't have your family it wouldn't mean anything. Well I better go. I LOVE YOU ALLL and muchas gracias!!!!!!
con mucha amor
Elder Reed

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dec 15,2008

Hey momma!!!
Right now I am in Cental Mexico City going through some gigantic catholic cathedrals . They are so amazing!!! I am taking some pictures so hopefully later this afternoon I can send you some. Well I am going to get on later today to write you some more and let you know how this week went. I love you all so much!!!
Love Elder Reed
If you could let me know what day and time to call you all i would greatly appreciate it. I cant wait to talk to everyone!!!
Love you

Hey momma,
How is everything going. Well today was a blast! We visited so many historical places! I love learning about history. How is everything going for you? Are you staying busy? Well the work here is still going good. I am staying busy with trying to learn the language and preach the gospel. The language is kinda of difficult for me but I know I can learn it with the help of the lord!
Well I was so glad to hear that everything went well for you at the stake conference. I wish I could of heard everyone play. I actually might be playing the violin for a stake conference here. ;) hahaha I hope I can. I miss playing instuments so bad!
Well how is dad and everyone else doing. I think about everyone everyday. Is everybody ready for Christmas. I still cant believe how fast time flys by! It seems like yesterday I was in the MTC. Well as for calling home I dont know whose phone I am going to use but when I find out I will let you know. I am so excited to talk to everyone!
Well mom how is young womens going. Is it hard keeping Jared away from the girls or is it the other way around and you cant keep the girls away from Jared :) Well I better get going. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!
Elder Reed
Please let me know if i can do anything for you!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dec. 10, 2008

Hey momma,
I just sent you an email but lately I have been having problems with people not getting my emails. Preston and Justin haven't gotten my emails lately. So I really hope you got it if not please let me know so maybe I can send it twice or something. If you didnt get it I'm doing great. We baptized 2 people this past week and we should be baptizing 4 more this next Sunday. I love missionary work so much!!!! How is everything going for you? In my other email I told you about the holidays and traditions but if you didnt get it please tell me so next time I will write you about it again. I love you all soo much!!! Please let me know if I can do anything for you. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH
Love Elder Reed
I am soo sorry if you didnt get my other email. Please let me know if you did or didnt

Hey papa!!!
How are you doing? It was so good to hear from you. That is so awesome that you went down to Thatcher with everyone. It sounds like you had a swell time. Well all is going great here in Mexico. Me and my companion are working hard. We baptized 2 people this past Sunday and we have 4 more this next Sunday. I love being a missionary so much! Even though I miss my family I know that this is where I need to be right now. Well how is everything going at the house. I miss our animals so much and you might not believe this but I miss milking the cow soooo bad. hahah. It so wierd because my hands are getting so soft. But I know that its ok for them to be soft right now :)well I hope all is well. I love you all so much. Oh December 22 is a monday and usually our p day but president changed our p day to Dec 24. I just wanted to let you all know that so you won't worry when I don't write you on the 22. I love you all
Elder Reed

Monday, December 8, 2008

December 8, 2008 to Briana

oh man i cant wait when i get home and i can hold your little girl :) Sounds like all is going good there at home. When is your due date? Well everything is great here in Mexico! When should be baptizing a whole family next week. Being a missionary is great. Well know that i think about you everyday and that everynight i look at the pictures of your family.
I love you all Elder Reed

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

December 1, 2008

Hey momma and family!!
Well another week has gone by so stinken fast. This past Sunday I baptized a young boy whose parents are inactive. His name is Fabricio Jiminez. For his baptism 8 people from his family showed up and told us that they want to keep coming to church. It is amazing how a decision from an 8 year old boy has affected his whole entire family!! Well this next week we should be baptizing 6 people. I am really excited! Oh and right now we have 4 investigators that speak perfect English!!;) It is amazing how the Lord places people in your path if you are sensitive to the spirit. Well that is soosoooosooo Amazing that there were 10000 referrals from the temple. We got 6 I think but I heard another set of missionaries in our zone got 90 :) que es bien chido ( it means cool). Well here in Mexico they don't celebrate Thanksgiving so it was just another day in the mission. But I did think about you all day. Oh and I did think about the Turkey Bowl too. ;) Well all is going great here. My companion is amazing. He has taught me sooo much. Me and him have so much in common so it is really easy to get along. As for my spanish- it is coming poco o poco ( little by little) but I know that through my faith, works, and obedience the lord will bless me. Oh I am sorry about drawing out all that money. My old companion didnt help me pay for the rent, water or gas. so I had to pay for everything. I won't be pulling anymore out. I am really really sorry for doing that. Well as for Briana. That is so awesome that she is having a girl. I am so happy for her!!! Tell her congrats! Well I better get going but I love you all so much!! Oh I will find out when I can call you this Friday so I will let you know next p day. I believe I can only talk for one hour though. Well I love you all so much. Make sure you share you testimony with everyone, you never know who is ready to receive this gospel.
Leamo con todo mi corazon ( I love you with all my heart)Elder Reed

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

November 23, 2008

Hey Family
Well things are going great here. I got a new companion and his name is Elder Lopez. He is a really hard worker and such great example. This week we obtained 12 new investigators so hopefully in 3 weeks we will have 12 baptisms! :) Hey momma thank you for letting me know about Lorin. It is so sad and please let his family know of my regrets. It is so sad to see people pass away but that is why this gospel is so important. That is why I am out on a mission with 50,000 other young men. To proclaim this gospel and let people know that death is not the end, and that families can be together FOREVER. How great a blessing and what great comfort it can bring to a hurting soul! I am so greatful for this church and for the knowlege which we have! Please never take it for granite and make sure you share it with everyone you know, even if you you are scared or can't speak their language :) I love you all sooo much and make sure you have a wonderful thaksgiving. Make sure to remember to give thanks for the simple things in your lives. I love you all so much
Your son
Elder Reed
Oh here are some picture. For P day we went to some old pyramids so here are some pictures

Oh we also caught a snake their :) I think Brittany will like this one :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November 17, 2008

Mi Madre!!!!
How are you doing. I am doing great! Guess what, I saw Preston, Jon Arnett, and Derek Hemstreet at the Aztec Stadium this past Saturday. It was so great to see them. Oh guess what else, I got to go inside the Temple for the rededication!!!! I can't even begin to explain to you how strong the spirit was!!! I was in the same building as the prophet :) Well I get a new companion tomorrow so hopefully he will be a hard worker so we can start baptizing some people! Well yesterday we baptized another person. She is 55 years old and her name is Eva Luna. She is really amazing and has a strong spirit. Well, yesterday before her baptizm she was talking to me and started crying because she has a son who is making alot of bad decisions in his life. She said that her son doesn't love her and that breaks her heart. Well I told her that I knew her son loved her because I have have a mom who is so amazing and that I love with all my heart. I told her that her son might be making some bad desions but that he would always love his momma, and that through the gospel he could change his life. By this time both me and her were crying. Momma I just want to let you know how much I love you. You mean everything in the world to me! My family means so much to me! Always know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Well better get going, I need to help my companion pack all his things. Please let me know if you need anything and thank you for sending that package I promise I won't open it til Christmas :) Tell bri and everyone I say hi. I love you all
Te amo
Elder Reed

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nov 10, 2008

This week has been busy. I'm getting to go to the rededication this Sunday. Only 32 elders from our mission get to go and me and my comp were chosen. I can't wait. Hopefully I will see Preston this Saturday at the Aztec stadium. Well I am sorry this is shory but I am going to figure out how to send some pictures :) Oh do you think you could get me Jenna Stradlings email address please. I have been wanting to write her. Thank you so much!!!!!I love you so much!!!!
Elder Reed

This one is my first baptizm. He is 11 years old and his name is Hector Guadarrama

This is me holding 2 kilos of freshly made tortillas! :) you can even see the steam coming off of them. Oh and you can't forget the 3 liter coca cola in front of me. Mexicans love there coke and tortillas. Oh man I love tortillas and get to eat them everyday. I thought Sam Miller would like this one seeing how he loves tortillas also. :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Nov 3, 2008

Hey Family
How is everything going. It sounds like you have been busy to me. I have been busy as well. Learning spanish and teaching the gospel. Its alot to take in and somedays I feel like my head is going to EXPLODE but I love it. The food here is pretty crazy. I ate pigs skin a couple days ago and it was the most grossest thing ever!! Halloween is pretty crazy here because they Celebrate it on the 2nd of November and it is called Dia de Muerto or the Day of the Dead. It is pretty neat. Well we have been busy teaching a couple families and we should be baptizing 6 people this Sunday which I am so excited for. Well my comp leaves in 2 weeks and I'm getting a new one. I am kinda of nervous because that means that I have to take charge. haha I know that the Lord will help me though. Well the Temple was amazing!!!! I got to go through 4 times. It is so gorgeous and big! Yes the Temple is in our area so our mission helps out alot. I havent seen anyone from the other missons though. Well all is going good and Mexico is great. I love you all so much. Please let me know how the family is doing.

Love Elder Reed

Our next P-Day I am going to sit down and figure out how to send pictures. Sorry it has taken so long. Love you all!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oct. 28, 2008

!Buenos Dias mi Familia!
How the heck have you been?This week has been great! Sorry i didnt write yesterday. Our zone had the opportunity to go help out at the open house for the temple. It was so amazing! The temple is so beautiful. We get to go back Saturday and help again. That day i get to take people through. I cant wait. I wish you were all here, especially Jared, so you could go through and see how amazing it is. Well everything else here in Mexico has been great. We got another baptism this last sunday. We were suppose to have 2 bue when we went to pick her up she wasnt home.:( i was pretty sad because i was suppose to baptise her. Oh well i guess she wasnt ready . So how is everything else going for you all? How is Briana? is Brooke looking like a pregnant lady yet :) haha. Well you need to let me know how the family is doing. ilove you all so much! Well i showed everyone the picture of our family and everyone just stares in awe. They say i have the biggest family they have ever seen. Haha well i better get going. I love you all alot!!
Elder Reed
Oh here is a scripture that has helped me alot. Mormon 9: 24 You know this mexico water can be deadly. :) i love you all

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

October 28, 2008

Hey briana
it is so crazy how fast time flys. I guess it is because we stay busy :) well all is going good here. I had another baptism this past sunday. I love seeing people lives change because of the gospel. Well i dont have that much time but i want you to know how much i love you and your family. Make sure that you are always sharing this gospel. It is so amazing. Ilove you
elder Reed

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First picture from Mexico

This is the first picture we have from Elder Reed in Mexico.
We think that is his whole kitchen

Monday, October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

Hola Mi Madre!!!!
Well all is going great here in Mexico. The language is coming surely but slowey. My comp. is so amazing but he leaves for home next transfer so i will be getting a new companion. Well my baptism went great. His name was Hector Guadarrama. He is 11 years old. I will try to figure out how to send you some pictures. I was really nervous to baptize him because i was afraid i was going to mess up the words but i did it without a mess up. People even came up to me after the baptizim and said that i had the gift of tounges because i spoke perfect spanish :) Its amazing how the Lord will help you in your time of need. Well now for a funny story. I was talking to some investigators last week and they were asking me a bunch of questions like where i was from and how many people where in my family. Well one person asked me "Esta cansado" which means are you tired. Well i said YES because we had a hard day of walking. Well to my surprise he said "Esta casado" whch means are you married :) hahaha everyone was making fun of me and my comp still wont let me live it down. Everytime we see that investigstor they ask me "Esta casado" but i make sure to answer no. Well everting else is going great. I am really lokking forward to the redediation of the Mexico temple! Its is going to be awesome. Oh my area is in Ixstapaluca. it is called Iscalli. Kinda wierd i know. Well i better get going but let me know how everting else is going. I love you all so much!!!!
Love Elder Reed

Monday, October 13, 2008

Oct 13, 2008

Hey family. Well i am here in Mexico.It is such a culture change. I love it though. My comp is a native who doesnt speak any english. His name is Elder Meija. He is such a good example to me. Well i walk about 20 miles a day here so my calves are gonna get freakin huge :) i am going to baptize my first person next Sunday. I cant wait!!! The language is pretty difficult and it is hard for me to communicate but i know the lord will help me. I will take some picturse today and get them to you next monday. I love you all so much and boy do i have some funny stories for you. Well i g2g i am sorry this is soo short but i dont have that much time. LOVE YOU ALL SOME MUCH!!!!
Elder Reed

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mexico ready or not

Oct 6, 2008

We received a call from Elder Reed today on his way down to Mexico City. It was so great to listen, hear and feel of the testimony that he carries with him. Each of his brothers and sisters were able to talk with him during his layover in the Los Angeles airport. I will try and write a few of the things that he said and hopefully I will get them right. Elder Reed, I have a hard time calling him that as he is my Johnny, said he loved the MTC and the spirit that is there. He told us that while he was there he tried to learn as much as he could and that the time flew by. He was the district leader of 10 Elders and that he felt like a therapist as he would get an earful at times. He was able to give 7 blessings in his 8 weeks at the MTC. He also said that his district had many trials and that only 5 or 6 of his district is heading down to Mexico as some Elders weren't ready to go either because of physical, emotional or girlfriend problems which brought to mind the parable of the 10 virgins. He said he loved general conference and took 25 pages of notes and that it went all to fast. We ask if he sang in the choir during the priesthood session and he said that he didn't. He signed up to be in the choir but needed an Elder to go with him. He finally convinced someone in his district to go with him and during one of the practices they were to fill out a survey. He said that he was busy and didn't get the survey filled out and so he didn't get to sing in conference. He said it was all right though because he couldn't have taken any notes. During Elder Reeds flight to Los Angeles he said that he gave 1 pass along card out and he said that he wanted to give a first discussion on his way to Mexico City. (He sounds like a missionary) He bore his testimony to us in Spanish and we were all impressed as he didn't know any Spanish before he left other than a few words you pick up by living in Arizona. He said that in the MTC they said that if he was obedient that he would be able to speak Spanish fluent in 5 months. He said that he has been praying to get a native companion so that he can learn Spanish better. At the end of our phone call all the grandkids came in and ask if they could sing a song for John and than they sang "Called to Serve". We were all choked up at the power even the grandkids felt by the spirit that missionary work and the power of the gospel. We are all so grateful for Elder Reed and the spirit that he carries with him and the sacrifice he is making to bring the people of Mexico the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sept. 25, 2008

Hey Momma & Dad,

How is everything going? Are you staying busy with work? How is Jared doing? Well I heard that Briana is pregnant. That is so exciting. I can't believe how fast time is flying right now. It just keeps going faster and faster. Well if I get my Visa I leave in 10 days. That is so fast! I am so excited! Well I have been learning alot and am studying more than ever. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be engaged in this wonderful work. Thanks for being the greatest parents in the whole entire world! I love you so much please let me know if I can do anything to help you out.
Love Elder Reed
Here are some pictures. Oh, could you send some piz of our family. Thank you

Jared you better make sure that you obey the rules when you are on your mission. Missionaries have special powers. :)

What do you think? Do I look good in glasses? Ha Ha

I had to act a little retarted. :) I couldn't see anything in those glasses. lol

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sept 18, 2008

Hey Momma,

How is everything going. Well all is good here. I have been staying busy with Spanish and the lessons. And our district is praying that we will get our visas this week. Some of our Elders are getting restless here in the MTC and are ready to go to Mexico. I am trying to take every opportunity that I have here. Well one Elder in our district broke his hand this week and another one tore his MCL so he gets surgery next week. He has a good spirit though. Well I got to get going. I'm sorry this note is so short. I love you so much. Oh, and thank you for the watch.
Love Elder Reed
Oh, I am in the choir and I don't know yet if we are singing in conference.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sept 11, 2008

Hey Momma!
Thank you so much for that package! That was so nice of you to send it! So how is everything going? It sounds like you are staying mighty busy. It is good to stay busy though. I am so happy to hear about that baptism! Its so amazing to see peoples lives change because of the gospel. Hey guess who talked this last Tuesday? Pres. Utchdorf! He is so amazing! He speaks with such power and authority and also such love. Oh, HAPPY ANNIVERSURY! I am sorry its late though. So how is dad doing. Is he staying busy? I know that I never really have free time. Well this week we had the opportunity to go to, what us missionaries call, the R.C., or referral center. This is when we call people on the phone and talk to them about the gospel and send them BofM or other church related items. I actually gave 13 books of Mormon away in one day. I can't tell you how much I love sharing the gospel. I know this is the only true church and Jesus Christ is the center of it. I know that only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ can we be cleansed of our sins and return to live with our Father in Heaven. I love you so much. I will try to send pictures next time. Alma 42:23
Love Elder Reed

Some Old Pictures of the new Elder Reed

Here are a few pictures that I took of John the night he was set apart as a missionary.
Here is Cody, one of John's best friends.
This is how they really are...
Brittany, John and Briana
John and President Solomon, we love our Stake President!
Dad, John and President Solomon
Ben, Dad, John, President Solomon and Wes.
These are the people who helped set him apart as a Missionary.
Jared and John

Here is Dad talking before John is officially a Missionary.
Ben and John
President Solomon and John
Dad and John
John hugging Mom

This is Mom and her youngest sister, Belinda.
Grandpa and Grandma Bear with John.
Dad, John and Mom
Here we are waiting for everyone to get settled down.
And soon we will all call John, Elder Reed.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sept 4, 2008

Hey Mom & Dad!
How is everything going? The MTC is so great. We had the opportunity Tuesday night for the devotional to hear from Quentin L. Cooke. It was so amazing to watch how he listens to the spirit and does what it tells him to do. Our District is doing great. Everyone is learning the Gospel and Espanol. This week we have to teach the first lesson in Preach My Gospel in Espanol. It will be a humbling week.:) Oh guess what? I have calasis on my knees:) funny, huh. Well all is well. I better get to bed. Oh please tell Jared hi and tell him to write me and tell me how his game went. I saw Elder Smith here and he seems to be loving it! Well tell Jared I wish I could see him play tonight. Tell him good luck and to have fun!! Tell Dad that I love him. Oh and could you inform me about Bri? I LOVE YOU SOO MUCH MOMMA!!!!
Love Elder Reed

Thursday, August 28, 2008

August 28, 2008

This is his email:


It is so good to hear from you. I haven't received any letters for a week so it felt so good to hear from you. That is good that someone is interested in riata. I really hope she gets sold. Oh I got called to be District leader. I was a little scared because there are some missionaries in our district that are struggling with homesickness and I didnt know what to say to them. I was praying alot and still wasn't receiving an answer. Well, on Tuesday night we had a Devotional and in the middle of the the Speakers talk the spirt came to me and said "I will fill your mouth with the right words at the right time" Well after the Devotional we had a District review about the fireside. I don't remember what I said but the spirit was there. I believe the problems of homesickness have been resloved! I am here to testify about the power of prayer!! He does hear your prayers and will answer them in his own time Isaiah 55: 8-9. I love the Lord so much! I miss you, dad and the family. But this is where I need to be! I love you all so much!! Tell Jared I love him also!
Elder Reed
This is the letter I received from him dated the same day:
Hey Momma and Dad
How is everything going. How is Jared doing? Is football going good? Is his foot okay? Well the MTC is so amazing. The Spirit is always so strong. Well I went to the temple today. It was so amazing! I love going there and just feeling the peace which is there! Hey do you think you could do me a favor? Could you get Cody's email address for me? Oh and tell him sorry for not writing him back fast. It seems like I don't have time for anything:) Well hope all is well.
Love Elder Reed
Oh maybe as a family you could read Alma 57:21,26-27 I love it and it has been such a get help to me!:) Love ya.
Elder Reed

Monday, August 25, 2008

August 21, 2008

Hey Mom and Dad,

How the heck have you been? I have been great. Just learning the gospel and espanol. How has everything been going for you? How is Jared doing in school? Is he going to play football?
Well guess who talked in devotional Tuesday night? Dallin H. Oakes. It was so amazing! The spirit just filled the auditorium when he walked in! I am so thankful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his atonement. Next time you go to church look as they are getting ready to bless the sacrament at the cloth draped over the bread and water. It literally represents Jesus! Always remember the sacrifice which he made for every single one of us! What a GREAT man, Our Savior! Well I am gonna go. I love you and hope to hear from ya soon.
Love, Elder Reed

First Mission Pictures

Here are the pictures that he sent home...
I found Preston or AKA Elder Solly. :)
This is me and my comp. Elder Butler.
This is my District - Pretty loco :)
This is our roommates. Elder Dunn, Elder Demke, me, then Elder Butler.
My comp Elder Butler
My Desk where I study.
Momma do you see my dill pickle seeds. :)
Love ya!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Aug 14, 2008

Hey Momma! and Papa!

This week has been so amazing. The spirit here is so strong! Well like I said in my last note/letter, my comp is Elder Butler. He has the sweetest spirit. Everyone in my district thinks he looks like a giant Burrly Russian. We are getting to know each other very well! My room also has two Elders in. Their names are Elder Demke and Elder Dunn. Pretty much all the Elders in my district are from Utah except for me and 2 others which are from Cali. We all get along great. I am surprised how many Elders I know here! Well my days have been super busy! I wake up at 6:30 study till 7:45 then go to breakfast. I then come back and study till its time for lunch. After lunch I go back study for a couple of hours, then have a 50 min gym time (which everyone looks forward to) then after that we go to dinner then study until 9:00 and then we have a planning session for tomorrow. After that is done we go take a shower, write in our journals then go to bed. It seems like I never have a spare moment. This has to be the most I have ever studied in my whole life! But I love it. It seems like I don't wanna put my scriptures down! I love being a missionary so much! Well I got to go but know that I think and pray for you every single day. I love you momma.

Yo se que El Libro do Mormon es verdadero! Que Thomas S Monson es el verdadero profeta! Yo se que Jesucristo es nuestro Salvador y que el expiacion es verdadero. La inglesa de Jesucristo do los Santos do los Ultimos dias es verdadero! Yo se que familias pueden ser eternas. En el nombre de Jesucristo Amen

Love Elder Reed
I will send pictures next week.
Oh and I have my P-day on Thursday so thats when I can write back.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

1st letter Aug 6, 2006

Dear Mom, Dad and Jared

Well my first day at the MTC has been a blast! I love it so much. My companion is Elder Butler. He is from Moroni, Utah. This place has such a wonderful spirit to it. Well my district is so awesome. There is 10 of us, 6 are going to the Mexico City East Mission and the other 4 are going to another mission in Mexico I have never heard of. Well, I got asked to be senior companion. Pretty cool. Well I hope all is well. I LOVE YOU ALL so much. I will write as soon as I can.

Love Elder Reed

Oh I saw Justin Kelley, Preston and Derek Buttars here. It is so amazing how everyone treats you like a best friend. I LOVE YOU

Thursday, August 7, 2008

John arrives at the MTC

Brian putting John's new name tag on
John entering the MTC
MTC volunteers with seam rippers cutting open the pockets on new suits

John reported to the MTC on Aug 6, 2008

Brian, Jared and John in front of the MTC they almost kept Jared too

Cousins John Reed and Jake Stowell enter the MTC on the same day. John is going to Mexico City East and Jake is going to Halifax Canada

Friday, August 1, 2008

Mexico City East Mission

John recieved his Mission call on April 25! He is going to be serving in the Mexico City East Mission. He will report on August 6th at the MTC in Provo, UT.

Preston Solomon, one of John's best friends, is also serving in Mexico.