Saturday, April 18, 2009


[written by Christopher's mom and sisters since we didn't get any letters from him AT ALL this week!]

The wheels on the bus go
Round and round, round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
From the MTC.

The missionaries on the bus say
"Teach and Preach! Teach and Preach! Teach and Preach!"
The missionaries on the bus say "Teach and Preach!"
All the way to Ogden!

The mission president says
"The bus is late! You can't call home! Your letters must wait!"
The mission president says
"The bus is late! "
At the mission office!

The mommies at home say
"Wah Wah Wah!" "Wah Wah Wah!" "Wah Wah Wah!"
The mommies at home say
"Wah Wah Wah!"
All through the town.

Yes. So. This is apparently the sad tale of Christopher's big bus trip from the MTC to Ogden, Utah. The missionaries that were heading out to far off places like Madagascar or Siberia using complex modes of transportation like planes or boats or sled dogs got to call their mothers and probably write home too. But, somehow, and I am not sure how this is even possible, the BUS from Provo to Ogden was delayed to the extent that there was not time to allow phonecalls or emails. I am trying to get over it.

Anyway, we finally caved in and just called the mission office in Ogden today, which is what I should have done on Wednesday when I had just started freaking out instead of waiting until now. However, the bottom line is that Chris is fine, alive, and well in central Ogden, Utah. He is serving in a Spanish speaking area (duh) and is busy already. We talked to the mission president's assistant, a nice elder who actually KNEW WHO CHRIS WAS and had gone WITH CHRIS to teach some real live people who were interested in the church! The cool thing is that this elder is serving an English speaking mission but went out with Chris to Spanish speaking families, so Chris had to teach the lessons in Spanish all by himself on his first day! I am sure that he was expecting to be able to rely on a seasoned Spanish speaking companion to teach the lessons for awhile. Oh well! Nothing like learning on your feet! The elder said that Chris did an awesome job. Of course, that part is not surprising.

Chris should be able to communicate with us on Tuesdays again, which is his "preparation day"--a day commonly known to missionaries as "P-day"--a time to write letters, do laundry, errands, etc. to prepare for the week ahead. Please continue to write to him at the address posted on the side bar on the blog until we hear otherwise. The letters will also still work, although they work basically the same as regular mail now since he is not at the MTC anymore!

I will post a letter as soon as we get one!!! Thanks for all your support!

The Mom of Elder Chris


  1. haha yay!! Lovely rendition of the song, and glad to hear your fears have been relieved! Wow they just threw him in there...

  2. Way to go, Chris! Wow, teaching in Spanish, and taking the lead...on your first day!

    Wonderful words, Jan and crew, to "Wheels on the Bus." See, it is from extreme adversity that great things (patience, lyrics, etc.) are born!

    So glad, Jan, that you are not bitter. Yes, wow, that bus must have been REALLY late.