Monday, October 31, 2011

New Address

Elder Harold Alex Campbell
112 manor court apt. D
Alton, IL 62002
     So I am a little short on time because we have so much to do today. Yes! I do love Alton it is the most wonderful place ever. A lot of the roads are brick which makes it amazing. My companions are elder Kennedy and elder McDaniel. They are fantastic! You asked if I had ever heard of anyone training two new missionaries at once and no I haven't. But, President Clark must think I am doing something right. I can tell I am going to love this place! I can see so much success happening. The members are wonderful and I can see a missionary work explosion! So in this area missionaries usually gain a lot of weight because they feed you so much! There is a member here his name is Lynn Ennis! He is the Best! He gives us rides everywhere! He also works for a food company so he gives us tons of food! I have to go - I am so sorry this is so short! I have to email the president much longer emails now. I will write more next week.
                                                         Love, Elder Campbell

Monday, October 17, 2011

IT'S TWINS!!!!!!

I HAVE TWINS! I WILL BE TRAINING TWO MISSIONARIES AT THE SAME TIME!!!
I am being transferred to Alton,  Illinois. Pray for me!!!
                             Love, Elder Campbell

Monday, October 10, 2011

     Alright, first of all I do have the smartest turtle in the whole world. (He is referring to a comment I made about his turtle, Darwin, not being the sharpest turtle in the pond.) I called the zone leaders on Saturday night to report a baptism date, it was Elder Vickers on the phone (a good pal of mine) during the phone call he got a call from the mission office so our call ended early. A few minutes latter I received a call from the zone leaders. I have to go up to St. Louis Saturday morning for a special meeting >.< It is for people that will be training. Now this is really cool and neat but I don't know if I'm ready to train soooo.... there is still a chance that I won't train but It really looks like I'm going to train. I know president has better and older missionaries but young missionaries can learn a lot by being together. But when you train now you stay with your son ( the person you are training) for 12 weeks, that is 2 transfers which means I would be in Frederictown for 9 months if I trained here... So I might be white wash training (that is 2 new missionaries in an area) but if I stay in Fredericktown that will be over 1/3rd of my mission in Fredericktown! ......... I don't know if I can handle that. >.<
     I don't share a lot of my really neat experiences and I probably should share some things >.< So the Ortons have moved to a home a little bit out of Fredericktown! They are doing so great. Brother Houghton (my best friend) shared his testimony this fast Sunday now you know I never cry or get emotional. I had tears in my eyes when Andy was done. He was reactivated by Elder Beatty and Elder Beatty also baptized his wife. Andy had fallen away from the church but now they are the most amazing members ever. Oh and they got some squirrel meat for me to eat >.< Eating Squirrel meat is just part of being in Fredericktown.
     Elder Bullock is doing really well. I promise I will tell you more of my missioon when I get home. We have to head up to Farmington today so I have to cut this short. I would love Broc's and Zach's addresses. The leaves have not turned pretty yet. I think mom will like me leaving Fredericktown>.< Ther are less tornadoes in other places. Did you know the worst recorded tornado was here in the Fredericktown area. It was in the 1920's It started in Annapolis Missouri it traveled 600 miles across 3 states and killed 600 people. The base of the tornado was 1 mile wide. (He should now that I read about that tornado last spring when  all of the tornados were happening) I'll probably send some pictures next week.  Love ya bye,
Transfers are the 19th so keep that in mind when sending packages and letters.

Monday, October 3, 2011

CONFERENCE WEEK

   So it was a very interesting week I also grew a lot this last week. So on Monday as we walk into the Boatwrighst at about 8 o'clock for our appointment I could tell something was either really right or really wrong. Sister Boatwright had big  black bags under her eyes. As she started to explain that they had been praying for two months now that they had not received an answer about the church being true. They had many experiences that day that had told them otherwise. As sister Boatwright started to cry she was not able to speak Brother Boatwright explained that we are always welcome and that we had taught them so much.... as I reflected on the lesson I received much peace. I am not going to tell the whole story about what was said but as of now the Boatwrights are still investigating the church, They are living the word of wisdom. Brother Boatwright has given up alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee! A very long list of things that he quit with nothing but faith that it was a commandment of God. Sister Boatwright gave up smoking the first day she met us without knowing the word of wisdom. She has now also given up tea and her beloved coffee. Not knowing everything that will happen with the Boatwrights because they are moving soon I know I have helped them in their life. They are also reading the book of Mormon everyday. I am very happy in their decision to continue to investigate the church.
    Tuesday was zone conference so we got to hear from President and Sister Clark, which was great. I have come to have a testimony on the holy ghost. If we listen to the holy ghost we will never make a wrong choice, because a perfect being cannot make a wrong choice. General Conference was also this week. The first session on Saturday was my favorite. I have many notes from conference but I'm not going to take the time to type them. One thing I do want to say is " Harken not to mans understanding, but to Gods and then you will not be tossed to and from with waves and winds of foolish doctrine"
    Melvin and Brother Rains and his son came to priesthood which was wonderful. The Rains family is a referral from church headquarters. They live an hour and a half away and are golden investigators! The most powerful first lesson I have taught was in their home. I admonish (I use big words now) the Campbell family to live worthy and invite the Holy Ghost to dwell with you every second of the day. Probably in the next year or so I'll send my study on the holy ghost home.  O.K. I am done being the serious Elder Campbell. Even though it has been a rough week it has been a wonderful week!!! If we didn't have to go through the refiners fire now and again life would be a mock unto the saviors atonement. Remember always strive to become better. For our progression brings happiness to God and to us and the Holy Ghost is needed for spiritual progession. I LOVE YOU MOM AND FAMILY!!! Max do your family history as the apostles have asked you to. The blessing promised with it is to good to give up.
I'M HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME!       LOVE,  Elder Campbell

Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Address for the mission office.

The Saint Louis Mission Office is moving. The new address will be
      Elder H. Alexander Campbell
      Missouri St. Louis Mission
      1850 Craigshire Rd.
      St. Louis, MO 63146
Alex's apartment address is still
      Elder Alex Campbell
      404 Villar, Apt E
      Fredericktown, MO 63645

Alex will most likely be transferred within the next few weeks. So it is best to use the mission office address for the next little while.