Friday, December 26, 2008
Happy Holidays to all! i'm sorry my letters are so weak, when i get more time on the outside world i promise i will write everyone personal notes but just know now that i think about you all alot and love and respect each and everyone of you. keep those smiles on your faces and i know that the Lord will bless all of us if we hold true to the faith and put all of our trust in Him!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Christof you are the man and keep up the good work! i know you are gonna get out here and kill it so just keep your chin up and get ready for this roller coaster cuz that is exactly what it is!
Here is some advice i can give to whomever wants to read if you are planning on a mission:
Enjoy every free moment you have, whether with someone or not because the second you get in here you are w/ someone, ALWAYS!!
also listen to music, lots of it! that is one of the things that i miss the most and it is crazy how that happens.
try to feel the spirit as much as possible! it is crazy how important that is.
also hit up preach my gospel, that book is amazing and it will change your life!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Spanish is killin me but i think i'm beginning to understand a bit so that is nice, the spirit is what is carrying me through in that department.
30 minutes is way too short of a time to email so sorry if i told anyone i'd email them personally and they haven't gotten one yet. its tough.
the spirit in a lesson is great, honestly if you can bring that it does most the work so i don't have to do anything! amazing!
Just want all ya'll to know that i know Jesus Lives and that he is our redeemer, personally for all of us he is our redeemer, not just for mankind but he suffers individually side by side us when we are sick, hurt or sad, he goes through the same stuff at the same time and i just want you to keep that in mind... JESUS LOVES YOU!!!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Things are great in the MTC, the food is kinda bleh but there's nothing I can do about that. My companion is super sweet. His name is Elder Bell and he seriously is my better half. Haha totally cliche but true.. WEll things are going well here, the spanish is non-existant still but i'm sure it will come along here soon. If i could request anything from anyone it would definitely be pictures. I need pictures!! they are a great source of strenghth or something like that. They're actually just nice to look at so if you could please send pics of me and you, or just you, or of something you thought was cool to:
MTC Mailbox #320
2005 North 900 East
Provo, UT 84604
but if you would just like to email me you can hit me at that same address on dearelder.com, that place is great cuz we get the mail the same day and mail is comparable to gold in this place so send me some.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Hey! I wish you could read this in the paper and ink but I guess you'll just have to feel the same effect through an email...
Well things have really started to get moving here in the MTC I am doing very well. The food is extremely heavy and nothing like Mom's delicious home cooking but I guess I should just forget about that for 2 years huh? :)
My companions name is Elder Bell and he is from Tucson, AZ. I love Elder Bell! He is amazing. We just seemed to hit it off from the start and we just mesh so well. I love him because he inspires me to work hard because he is such a good hard worker. Wow that last sentence was quite redundant huh? Oh well!
So tell me how the Elders are doing in your mission. Tell me how your trip was Mom. I'm hoping you made it home without any complications! Tell me how things are generally in the Congo...
Mom I'm so glad we got to go through the temple and Dad I can't wait to go through with you. It will be the experience of a lifetime! Well I'd better run for now but I will get to email you on P-day next week which is Friday. I love you both!
Love your son,
P.S. Send pictures!
Also, Elder Livingstone said in another letter to us:
The MTC is amazing! I love it here, there are so many wonderful things going on here that it just is amazing/exciting to be here. I'm pretty sure that I'll leave the MTC 15-20 pounds heaveier but hopefully not...
Yea to answer your questions, I was made district leader. Send pictures!
Friday, November 21, 2008
All you have to do is go to dearelder.com, select "Provo MTC" from the drop down menu and click on "write a letter." It will ask for your address information, and some information for Elder Livingstone. His complete address is shown here on the top right corner of the blog, but the information you need is his mailbox number (#320), his mission (CHI-SANE) and his estimated departure date (0120).
There is a limit to how long the letter can be (7900 characters). You can type it into the box or copy it from a word document.
Get writing everyone!
Hey I love you guys! Haven't really been homesick yet but I also haven't touched the pillow either so I guess we'll see then huh? Can you do me a favor and just know how much I love you guys! I really want you and everyone to know how much I appreciate the love and support I have been given throughout the years.
I guess the only thing I need is to have dad give me the line of authority for my priesthood. And please send in some soda and snack food like crackers or something. Graham crackers, Cheese-its, candy, Snickers, Reeses, Blowpops from costco.
Alright, I really love ya'll, Keep up the good work, my P-day will be Friday and I will get to email then too so...SHWEET!!!
P.S. SPREAD MY ADDRESS AROUND, ESPECIALLY ON THE BLOG
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Elder Livingstone is the youngest of eight children, so his (our) family is quite large. Here is just a portion of our family. From left to right, top to bottom--Jayson, Tricia, Sara, Shannon, Jake, Amy, Elder Livingstone, Josh, Kirk, Mae, Heidi (me), and Mom (Sister Livingstone).
Yes, that is Elder Livingstone's mom in the picture. And yes, Elder Livingstone's mom is currently a missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She received extra special permission to be here to take Elder Livingstone to the MTC. It was so wonderful to have her here.
Here is Elder Livingstone with his mom and his second Mom, Sister Christensen. Sister Christensen's son Ben lived with Elder Livingstone for his last two years of high school and is one of his best friends. Ben is currently serving in the Chile Santiago North Mission.
The big moment--Elder Livingstone gets his name tag. And, the dot.
Two tags. Two missionaries.
Then we went to a large chapel, heard a few instructions, watched a movie made in 1981 (it's a classic), and said goodbye. Elder Livingstone was so excited, I don't think he cried at all.
He's going to do amazing things.
Here's where to write him--
Elder Andrew Livingstone
MTC Mailbox #320
2005 North 900 East
Provo, UT 84604-1793
In the future, the posts here will be written by Elder Livingstone. I hear they have email now in the MTC, so look for a post in a few days.
Until then, send Elder Livingstone a letter. Or why not, a care package (he loves homemade oreos, dr. pepper, banana cream pie, frozen snickers, and of course J Dawgs).
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If you don't know by now, I'm going on a mission the Chile, Santiago East Mission. Now that I spoiled it here is a video of me opening my call. I am talking towards the computer because that is where most of my family is located. Cyberspace... kinda hokey but 100% true. Actually I was using skype (which happens to be a great tool) share the experience my parents who are in the Congo, and also 5 out of 7 of my siblings. Anyhow, without further buildup, my teary eyed opening of my call letter...