Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Elder Campbell comes home!!!

The Mom Hug!!!!

The Brother Hug!!!! Don't worry Max's ribs were not broken just cracked.
 Waiting for him at the bottom of the escalator!
The Dad Hug!

The Campbell Boys Wearing their Momma Shep Bibs.
The Brad Hug!

Alex's flight came in at 10:15 April 11, 2013. We were so happy to see him after two long years!
Sarah was our photographer the only pictures with her in them were taken by a lady with very shaky hands, so we are a little out of focus!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Monday, April 8, 2013

Last email home

Alex and his Ray Ray

Hey Mom! Well I wish my headaches would get better ... Worst pain in my life so far has been this last beek.... but it is all part of the pan. The Lewis kids make me happy. They gave me some advice. They told me to go home and have little Campbells (kids) and to spend time with them. Quality time, take them to the park and things. I will teach them for the last time tonight. My bike shipped home for free! The Lord blesses us and proves that he cares about us and knows what we are going though. Conference was really good. I will probably share more in person. But I can't wait to read those talks! Mom I love you I am going to prove that I've changed and learned by my actions at home. I know I have not sent a ton of spiritual things home in my emails but I hope my actions will show I've changed. I bet you already know about the bad storm that is coming here on Wednesday. I'll be safe. This week has been hard. Elder Williams is coming down here to be a zone leader! I didn't have time to get a haircut so my hair is a little long. (By this he means more than a quarter inch long) Can't wait to see you on Thursday!                                Love, Elder Campbell
Alex's favorite church sign ever!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hey mom, so I have pictures but I can't send them this week because we have to email some where  else =( but next week I will send them all=) I baptized Ray Ray on Friday=) She is so cute! When she came up out of the water some of the non members that were there started to clap. ( I guess I must have done a really good job, Just kidding....) but then the members joined in and Ray Ray loved it. In our lesson we asked the kids what are some of the things tha make them happy? and Ray Ray goes oh, I know Elder Campbell makes me happy! My little haeart almost burst! I love those kids so much! We have been seeing so many miracles lately with them! Sunday I confirmed Ray Ray amember of the church! =) What a greeat way to go out =) and today Brother Kremer came down from O'fallon and took us to Lambert's. I had their catfish. Oh man, was is good!!! Anyway let me tell you mom but don't worry bout it o.k.? ( There is nothing like that statement to make a mom worry) I have had the worst headaches of my life this week. Sometimes I feel like I can't open my eyes! but it is okay it is a price I am willing to pay right now. Really hard week but I am really happy! I'm not going to run though the week because it is such a blur... but good things , hard things , late nights with a lot of talking. We tracted for like an hour yesterday and it was so great!!! But other than that it has been a really slow week. I don't hink Emily knows how much her letters help on those bad days. Best member ever! My mind is drawing a blank when it comes to this week. I've got so much on mind.It is going to pop off. Working out helps calm me in the apartment. One really neat thing that I saw this week was a farmer crop dusting his fields he would fly so low and go under the power lines it was so cool! All I can think of right now is headache headache headache. But like you said I am praying for the strength to get through it I Heavenly Father wants me to have headaches like this go ahead. I trust him more than myself. But I do love the Lewis kids!!!!! I wish we could just play outside with them all day running around. Oh man! I can't wait to have kids mom! It will be so much fun! I know it will be heard but so worth it! I wish I could send you these pictures but you are going to just wait another week! I am going to bring my suits home but one does need to be resized. I am a little skinnier than when I got it. Well I can't wait to tell you all of my stories! I can't wait to show you all of the places out here! My mission has become sacred ground to me. A lot of the areas have a feel to them that stirs my heart. I feel I have done a good job heare and on my mission. I have a lot more to learn and I am gonna learn it as fast as I can. I am going to need help not to become a lazy pile when I come home.  I can't wait to see some of my friends and it is hard to leave some of my friends here! I am going to make the next 9 days count for helping Elder Meyers. I know that is why I am here. I have so much to share with you when I get home! I have a big study journal! I haven't shared much of it with the family yet anyway mom I sure love you! I can't wait to see you! Love your son, Elder Campbell

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hey mom as for the headaches... They are bad as far as missionary work it was the worst of times and the best of time. As far as happiness goes I am happy =) I just have some bad headaches. Ray Ray and J.D. will be baptized on Friday and I will be baptizing Ray Ray. We are like two peas in a pod!!! Is is o.k. to have a 10 year old be one of your best friends =) she is so smart! Danny has told us that he is not sure about the church and we have not been able to talk to him... This week was one of the hardest everything was going wrong.... Bad, bad headaches, worry and stress over the work. Things falling apart. On Thursday I received a letter, it had turtles on it and a quote and a few lines of uplifting writings. From that point on the week changed. Sometimes I don't think people fully understand how much the Lord will use other people to answer your prayers. I am thankful for the loving people in my life. Well monday we taught the Lewis grandchildren. Ray Ray and J.D. and the 3 other kids oh man they are as cute as all get up. Tuesday we had the music performance. It went well, we did there is a green hill far away. It was ok then we were asked to sing brightly beams our fathers mercy for the stake fireside on Sunday. So Elder Meyers, Elder Marshal, Elder Bassett and I sang it with out a piano. Tuesday we had dinner at Lamberts with the district. Then I was with Elder Locklear in Poplar bluff. It was a good, good day we found some people for them to teach I also got yelled by this guy and I had to fight the desire to make him look like an idiot in front of his family... Because he was being stupid. But I was still mad that I got upset when I was yelled at for a good 10 minutes. But I just havent. been yelled at for a little while. I said a prayer to Heavenly Father asking him to bless this man and to give him happiness and asked for forgiveness and then my heart changed a little =) That is a way that the atonement works for me=) feeling of peace and forgiveness. Well Tuesday we found a new investigator in poplar bluff and then went back to Sikeston and we found a guy in Sikeston! Then I don't remember much of the day after that other than getting that card that changed my week. So far I know it doesn't sound like a bad week but it was the feelings in my mind and heart that made it hard and those headaches!!! But don't worry about the Headaches I have it under control =) Friday we tracted I remember that but other than that we did a few other small things. Saturday we got out almost the whole day I was so proud of Elder Meyers! We found a new investigator and taught the Lewis kids =) I was much happier at his part of the week. Sunday Danny tells us he is not sure about the church any more :( The Lewis family was there and the racist people attack me for having them baptized  Haha not with fist but with words filled with grossness. The Branch President is all for the Lewis kids getting baptized. Then the AP's cam down my good friends Elder Crowley and Elder Bean;) I got to be with Elder Crowley! It was good to see him. I was his zone leader in Chesterfield and he was a district leader. Then he became a zone leader when I left so I was able to see him at ZLC. Then we found another family to teach. Then we went and sang to the stake with O'neal Miner. The ap's stayed the night with us and now we are going to Lambert's after emailing. I sure love you mom! Thank you for the prayers!
                   Love, Elder Campbell

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

                                        Only 21 more days to go....... Woot Woot!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hey Momma! Well thank you for the guitar compliment. Elder Meyers and I are doing a musical number for the mission tomorrow.... I found out about last night ... It should be great! Things have gotten worse but they are ok. My headaches are super bad but thats o.k. The Lord takes them away when it is time to work. We got out 2 times this week. One was just a walk and the other we had some part members to go see... I am sure sick of living in an apartment every second of the day! I have been applying the promise in D&C 123:17 doing things cheerfully and having faith. It has worked like a charm =) The Lord is very good to me =) I feel spoiled sometimes!

The buffalo Jerky was my favorite ;) I can do 10 pull ups now >.< I was so out of shape! Well lets go over the week! Oh by the way thank you for sending Amy's blog. It has helped me a ton with all of the stuff I have been going though right now! Monday we  taught the Lewis kids :)  Then Sister Lowe, one of the best members ever, ( A few of the other best members live up in Champaign) took us out to dinner! Tuesday I don't remember probably because I had to look at the apartment wall all day. Wednesday we had district meeting which was good. Then we taught Phyllis and William. Sadly, William will not give in and join the Mormon church which means Phyllis will not be baptized (Sad... she will be baptized one day the spirit has told me that). Well, I don't remember the rest of the day I was pretty mad. Not about William and Phyllis but something else. Thursday... I don't remember because I spent the day in the apartment. It was such nice weather it was so hard to be inside. Friday we helped the Sanders plant trees in the morning! It was so nice outside and putting my hands into the cold dirt felt so goo! One of those special moments I will never forget planting the first tree after being inside an apartment for the past 2 week. Well after that we stayed in the apartment the rest of the day other than teaching the Lewis kids! Saturday Elder Meyers would go for a walk with me. It was so nice I had promised not to tract but I did talk to a few random people. I just have to be a missionary sometimes.
>.< We had so many miracles that day people calling us asking us for help so I got to be outside a lot! We helped move a couch out of a house there was probably over 200 cockroaches in it.... And oh man they get all over you!!! but love is stronger than any amount of cockroaches! Well the zone leaders came down which was great. I need that. I got to work with Elder Marshall.  He was in my district when I was in Fredericktown. It was so good to be with an old friend. Well sunday was great. We had dinner at the Williams and then visited a part member. The member is a very old lady! She was sooo sweet. She said I won't have any problem finding a mate when I get home! I didn't know people wtill used the word mate. Hahaha. I also had a grandma at church say if she had a daughter or a grand daughter my age she would have her waiting at the airport when I got home. Ha Ha. I think that means the ward like me. Any way you just got to smile and laugh. =) Oh, and Danny is getting baptized on the 30th! It is going to be great! I am also going to make sure little Ray Ray get baptized! Well I finished the Book of Mormon for my 6th time on my mission today! I want to finish it again befor I come home but that might be hard. But then again I might have a lot of time to read if thing keep going like they are going! But anyway I am hPpy. My headaches are bad again but they will go away. They always do with time. Well yes I could use some cash to start sending stuff home! Well a few more weeks and it is all over... I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE ALL OF MY FRIENDS!!!! Tell them they are going to be proud of me when I come home! I sure love you mom! Have a good week!

                                Love, Elder Campbell