Friday, March 29, 2013

Contact information

If you would like to write or send packages to Elder Jolley here is his contact information:

Long Beach Mission office:
Elder Todd Henry Jolley
California Long Beach Mission
6500 E Antherton St
Long Beach, CA 90815


Monday, March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013

Hello family!
How is everyone doing? I'm glad the mission Pres sent you that picture, i'm not too good at remembering to take pictures or even send them but this next week i'll try to get a few. Through-out the week i'll get a list of things to say and ask but I always forget it when I sit down at the computer! I'll have to start writing them down so I will remember.
  I was able to buy a bike from and elder that got his biking privileges taken away cause he crashed 4 times and broke his wrist. That wasn't a good idea to buy his, because that night the bike broke. The gear shifter on the bike tire broke off when I was going up a hill so he is taking it back since it was damaged from when he crashed, but i'm going to just buy a new one now.
  The work here is going good. I can't remember if I told you but me and my companion were brand new in the area so we have been able to get things rolling and we are teaching people. There are some interesting people here. One guy we contacted said he thought he was a prophet that was actually a reincarnated angel that is trying to become a god that can go to different dimensions with angels and devils and gods. He said alot more, but it is very interesting some of the people here. There are alot of good people though. People are alot more religious than I thought. I'm learning so much and it is great.
   My trainer Elder Hicken is awesome, he actually played college basketball for a year before coming out here in southern Virgina or someplace like that. I never would have guessed though. The ward is so good as well, they have such a missionary attitude it seems, I don't know if that's just because I only see the missionary side of things. But the ward mission leader, Bro Bontempo, is the best. It's funny too, everyone here surfs. Even if they say they don't, they still surf.
   I need to learn how to write better letter but until then if you guys want you can ask questions so I can tell you more about here. I love you all and pray about you every day.
Elder Jolley

Monday, March 18, 2013

First letter from California

Dear Family,
      This is cool to have 2 of us out (me in California and Julene serving in Russia), doesn't happen very often. It was fun to be able to talk with you guys when I was at the airport. The flight went well, fun first experience flying.
   When we landed we went to the mission office where we got our companions. My companion is actually white but was going Cambodian speaking in Long Beach. So that is neat, I've learned alot about that while being with him. We were white washed into the area so it was good trying to just get connections and start things rolling. They have and things are well. It is very diverse as well, we have taught all sorts of people like whites, blacks, Mexicans  Brazilians  Italians  Asians  and others I don't even know, I'm loving it. My comp (Elder Hicken) is a great trainer and we are working hard. It's only been 3 weeks but I feel like this is the only thing I know now. It's funny because since being out I've had dejavou so many times and so many people remind me of people I've know. The MTC was fun but this is defiantly better being in the field. We are also staying in a members home so that is very kind of them. The weather is so nice or maybe a little on the warm side from coming from snow. People will be out with jackets on saying how cold it is and i'm sweating. But it is nice. I'm in the Huntington Beach area and we go right up to the ocean, it is beautiful. But with even just St Patricks day it is defiantly going to be a party happening place so we will have to be careful and watch out for that. That is a cool story about Grandpa, missionary work doesn't only happen when your on a mission   That is too bad about Jayci, I'm glad she is okay though. Could you send me Jamie and Jayson's email? Well we've got to get going, but it is awesome out here and i'm loving it. This is going to be a great 2 years!
     love, Elder Jolley

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Letter from Pres Bubert

Dear Brother & Sister Jolley,
   It was a pleasure for Sis Bubert and me to welcome your son, Elder Jolley, to the California Long Beach Mission. He arrived the 12th of March, bringing with him an enthusiasm that uplifts the entire mission. We welcomed your son with fresh cinnamon rolls at the Mission Office followed by an orientation and lunch. He was then assigned to his new companion/trainer, Elder Hicken. By 6:00 pm they, as a new companionship, were proselyting.

   Our greatest desire is that your son will have a successful and spiritual mission, one that will be a blessing eternally. Your encouragement, your prayers and communication with him are essential. It greatly strengthens your missionary when he receives encouragement from home. The means of communication will be by letters or e-mail. E-mail communication can be used only on P-days, which in our mission is on Monday.

   We are in close contact with your son and the zone leaders over him. If you ever have a need for urgent communication with him beyond your weekly exchange of letters or e-mail, please call Sister Bubert or myself. We will be most happy to assist you.

Very truly yours,
President Ted F. Bubert II
California Long Beach

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Letter from the MTC

Hey everyone! Wednesday is our p-days, but the MTC is going so good! I'm loving it! I've only got a minute but things have been so busy, we have no free time but I like that. The few big things that have happened is that on the second day me and my companion were made zone leaders. SO many experiences have happened already from that. I'm glad for that opportunity. I have a lot to do today, sorry I can't write more. I love you all and hopefully i'll have more time next time!

Elder Jolley