Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dunked - September 29, 2014

Ya alright (that's how people say hi),

Well I guess the big story for the week is, Macy the 13 year old was baptized this Saturday and Confirmed Sunday. Elder Fergurson baptized her and I had the opportunity of confirming her. It was a very special experience. Macy truly is such a good girl. Her testimony is very strong and she has only been a member 1 day. She actually gave a talk at her baptism...which normally does not happen. It has been a very good week. But man it has gone by so fast. She got dunked!!! :) In two weeks we are hoping to baptize Janine. We are honestly doing so good. We were told that the area hasn't baptized for a year. Well I can't take credit because Elder Fergurson and Elder Keen worked really hard. They befriended Macy and Sol. So because of them Macy got baptized...although I do take credit for teaching her all the lessons. :) haha

Drew and Robyn-oh goodness I don't know where to start with them. Drew and Robyn are hard core atheists and very smart, and by smart I mean GENIUS!! Everything they say is over my head. They rely wholly on science. Well the first time I met with them they basically bashed us. They were asking us questions and everything. There came a point when Robyn said you can induce the feeling of the Holy Ghost...but before she could finish, Elder Fergurson basically shut her down...nicely. He straight up said NO, and bore hard testimony. Well we left. This past week we visited them again and they tried bashing us a little more. This time I bore testimony...I told them why I was here, why I'm serving a mission, that I felt the Holy Ghost and know that Jesus Christ lives and loves me. Everything was so silent as I was bearing testimony. In the end we told them to like the Bible and Book of Mormon says become submissive and as a child...to humble themselves and read the Book of Mormon and then pray. We told them we could shove the teachings down their throats all day and they still wouldn't believe. They have to make an effort. So they said they would read. I'm praying for them...cause they really are good people. We most likely will see them again this week. 

Sol-He has taken a couple of steps back. We think that it is because we have spent more time and attention with Macy. But now we are going to focus on Sol. I will update you on him as the weeks go by. 

Well you were all right....I have played the piano multiple times and I gave a talk on Sunday.....

We are teaching a bunch of wasters...we wish more people would realize that what we are telling them is true. So we made up new lyrics to "do you want to build a snowman" here it is:
Do you want a Book of Mormon
Its the word of God
it talks about Nephi
and Lehi
And of Jesus Christ
We can feel the Spirit
and so could you
I wish you would ask us why
Do you want a Book of Mormon...
That is as far as we got. haha wish us luck when we sing it while knocking!

So it is Elder Fergursons Birthday on October 16th, I want to surprise him with letters! EVERYONE send him birthday cards! I think it would make him happy!
Thank you so much for the many many bags of cereal and food. It was very much appreciated. :) I still haven't got the peanut butter and honey one yet. I will let you know when it comes. 

Well I'm running out of time. This week I have been thinking about President Monson's poem of Dare to be a Mormon. As Mormons we will be criticized and it will be hard. It really is not easy being Mormon and standing for what we believe in. But I know as we stand tall and live the standards we will be blessed and we can be the example to many many people. The last principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ is Enduring to the End. That doesn't mean until things get hard, or when you are made fun of, or when you have an argument. It means to keep moving forward, "press forward with a steadfastness in Christ" Dare to be a Mormon, Dare to stand alone, Dare to have a purpose firm, Dare to make it known. When we do this and always remember who we are and that we all represent and wear the name of Jesus Christ through our actions...we won't be standing alone, we will be standing with Jesus Christ. 

God be with you all. On our Way. #10'sof1000's
Love, Elder Tyler Rife

Eat Like Kings - September 22, 2014

Good Morning Everyone,

It is probably about 5 in the morning right now for you guys, but it is noon here. WAKE UP YOU LAZY PEOPLE!! Just kidding. To ease your worries. Don't worry we don't provoke those kids, they just really like provoking us. We try really hard to turn the other cheek when people are rude to us. You actually wouldn't believe how many people cuss us out and give us dirty looks and are really rude. But it actually makes me laugh so hard because I just think...if only you knew what we had to share with you. Elder Fergurson and I, when we are finding and someone rejects us we will always joke about it afterward and say something like "its your salvation" or "only 6 more encounters" anyway, I promise you all we are very respectful to the people and always wear the name of Jesus  Christ. We are representatives of Jesus Christ. I live at 169 fountain street, Morley, Leeds England, LS27 0AL. You can send stuff there or you can just send it to the mission office because most of the time Elder and Sister Iverson will bring us the mail on Sunday's. As far as packages...I don't care really, you can send me anything, and Elder Fergurson says he doesn't need anything. Honestly I don't need half the stuff I brought! Like we have to wear suits all the time, we can't wear slacks so I maybe sending hope a couple pairs of my pants. Um the best thing for your Friend to do is probably take it to the mission home. I don't think we are aloud to have people come to our flat. Taking it to the Mission office would be the best thing for packages.
 Food-so there were 2 pairs of Elders here before I came in, but they took the other pair out. We have a ton of food. We really are eating like kings, and members give us tons of food as well. I'm learning how to cook, and everything. Of course I am cleaning the flat...geez who do you think I am!!!!
I'm glad to hear everything is going well back home! You are all staying really busy, we are staying busy as well. We don't have hardly anytime to go finding because we already have so many referrals and people to see, its crazy! I just thought of something you can send me. Pictures of the leaves changing in the mountains! The leaves don't really change here. I'm Happy to hear everyone misses me!! :) looks like I made a difference back home!
Alright now for my week.

Macy is still getting baptized! She is a very smart girl and really understands what we are teaching her! She is getting baptized this Saturday, Elder Fergurson is going to baptize her and she asked me to confirm her. After her baptism we are going to work on Sol. They are really good people, I pray that Sol will open his heart and have a desire to be baptized. The picture attached is of Sols friend Mikey. He won gold and bronze in the paraplegic Olympic games for archery. The cool thing, he is standing in the picture. Sol always tells us that he is an inspiration because every time he visits he gets out of his wheel chair and walks down the path. He does it because the doctor told him he would never have mobility of his legs again. Mikey can't feel his legs but he proved the doctor wrong. Hopefully we can reach Mikey too.

Janine-SHE IS GOLDEN. All I can say is Heavenly Father prepared her for this day! The first day we met her we walked in her house and the spirit was so strong! She knows this church is true and we have set a baptismal date for October 10th. I can't even express how strong the spirit was that day!

This e-mail won't be that long...I'm having a hard time focusing and writing. It's kind of a bad email.

Many of you have already heard my testimony of the atonement but I know that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins, I know it, I have felt his love for me and I have literally felt burdens lifted off my shoulders. I don't have a strong testimony of many things, I don't know that much about the gospel doctrines but I know the Atonement...it is real...it works. That is why I'm out here, that is why I'm serving...I want others to feel the love and happiness I felt through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that it can play a role in everyone's lives, if they themselves accept Him into their lives...and make an effort. Use the Atonement. You all have a loving Heavenly Father and Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ, who care so much about you and want only the best for you! I'm here because of them...that's why I'm here! Until next time. God be with you. On my way. #10'sof1000's.  Scripture study-Mosiah 27:28-30, 3 Nephi 5:13

Elder Tyler S. Rife

Sol's friend Mikey with the Elders
He won gold and bronze in the paraplegic Olympic games for archery.

Ya Jam what I'm manning? September 15, 2014

Hi ya,

Lets see where do I begin.....I guess I will start at the beginning.

I was called to serve in the Leeds, England Mission. When they give a calling...they give a calling. I'm serving literally in the Leeds, England area. The mission home is pretty close, I actually don't know where it is. I don't really know where anything is, I just get off the bus when my companion gets off the bus. I'm serving in a very very ghetto area. You will see some pictures of where I'm serving. STORY TIME!!! So we were in this place called Beeston and there is this little gang of kids...they are seriously like 10 years old. Anyway they apparently love throwing rocks and bottles, basically anything at us. But when we start walking towards them they run so its all good. They swear like non other and one of them had a smoke in his mouth. I was like "man you are like 4". So carma right?! We all know what it is. We were on the bus and this kid (the one that was smoking) gets on the bus with a hoodie on and kinda looking down. We then went to this stop that was right across from the po po station, and all of a sudden this kid gets off the bus and starts booking it. Well we didn't move and a bunch of coppers started showing up, apparently this kid nicked a really nice phone and ran. We ended up getting off a little later. As we were walking we saw this same kid but he had dropped his hoodie and was in all black. My companion called to him and said "their comin' for ya, their coming" the kid just gave us a dirty look and started walking. We got on the phone with the police, the kid looked back saw us and started running again. Well we told the police that we saw him and told them where he lives. Long story short...carma stinks and don't mess with the missionaries!!! :)

My trainer is Elder Fergurson, he is a good guy. We get along pretty well. He has only been out 3 months and he is training already...everyone was telling me he is such a good missionary, and he really is. I have learned so much from him and we are having so much success. He is 20, he came out on the mission a little late but that's because he needed to be my companion. He is from Canada eh!! We work well together and are getting a lot done.

Well we are teaching this guy. His name is Paul, he is an Irish Catholic and has a terrible addiction problem with smoking and alcohol. My eyes burn every time I walk into the house. Honestly everyone smokes here, its bad, I'm starting to smell like smoke...don't worry the mission President only allows us to smoke on preparation days! ok ok just kidding we don't smoke. But I really think I am starting to smell like smoke...I don't know though. Anyway Paul. The other day we were talking to him about the Atonement and he told us that someone said he was damned to hell and he didn't feel like he could be forgiven. It was a sad story. We just talked to him about Christ and His Atonement, and then about Heavenly Father's Mercy. We read from Enos and we told him that when we leave he needs to do as Enos and pour his whole soul out to God and ask for forgiveness. The spirit was so strong it was amazing. He promised he would and I think he felt comforted. We well see what happens with that.

Sol and Macy. Sol is a tattoo artist and Macy is his 13 year old daughter. They are both just amazing. They come to church almost every week. Macy is getting baptized September 26th. Sol wants to get baptized but he can't quite smoking. He gets stressed a lot and so he says its a stress reliever. He knows that the gospel is true and wants so bad to get baptized. He has expressed his feelings about that to us. He is a good lad. They are both really smart and are so kind to us. Sol told us that if it came down to kicking us out of the house or his friends he would kick his friends out. He says he respects us so much and would do anything for us. It was funny, the other day we were talking a little about coffee and tea and how addicting it is. Sol said that its not addicting and he said he could stop anytime he wanted. Sol likes making deals so we said you stop this week and if you drink coffee or tea, then you have to speak in church. We are pretty excited because we know he isn't gonna make it. Here we come fast and testimony meeting sol! He also teaches us the English slang! Ya jam what I'm manning is York. It is what Zac Rowley spoke to us. It basically means do feel me? or do you understand. Anyway there is so much I could say about Sol and Macy. They are just amazing. Everyone told me I would grow to love the people, I honestly have I love the people here. I love little old Ghetto Beeston!

That's been the week Here is my spiritual inspiration moment. READ ENOS! And then really figure out what it all means. Such an amazing Chapter. Well love you all and I hope you are all doing well. I'm on my way. God be with you. #10'sof1000's #

Love, Elder Tyler Rife

 Tyler with his MTC companion (I think)
Elder Turner from New Zealand

The street where he lives

Tyler didn't give an explanation on this picture
(perhaps it is in his neighborhood)

 Preston England Temple 

Elder Rife Safe Arrival

15 September 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Steve W. Rife
1732 N. 1050 W.
Provo, UT 84604

Dear Brother & Sister Rife,

It is with pleasure we welcome your son, Elder Tyler Steven Rife, to the England Leeds
Mission. We find him prepared and committed to serve the Lord and to share the
message of the Restored Gospel.

Your son's first companion is Elder Ferguson who was prayerfully selected to ensure the
best introduction to missionary work for Elder Rife. They will be serving in the Leeds 5
Area in the Leeds B Zone. We are confident their relationship will be a mutual blessing.
Weekly encouragement from home will certainly help inspire Elder Rife's missionary effort.
We encourage you to write him once a week with your letters uplifting in spirit. Please let
other family and friends know how important it is to write positive, encouraging letters that
support missionary work. Your son's permanent address is now:

Elder Tyler Steven Rife
England Leeds Mission
Lister House, Lister Hill
Leeds LS18 5AZ

You can send letters and packages to your son's flat address, but make sure you
remember transfers happen every six weeks. Families and friends are asked to not visit
or call their missionaries in the field. Such calls and visits will undermine the effectiveness
of missionaries and their companions. Please feel free to call the mission president in the
event of an emergency at home. Missionaries are not to call home without the president's

Any anxiety of the missionary about finances will hinder the work. Please do not send
excess funds, too much money can be as detrimental as not enough. Personal, practical
and inexpensive gifts from home for birthdays or Christmas are permitted but adding
money to their personal funds is more cost effective. However, because missionaries
move frequently, and space is very limited; large, heavy or unnecessary items are
discouraged. Your missionary is limited to two bags and a briefcase. The best gifts are
consumables, such as ties, socks, small personal items, and goodies.

I want you to know that Sister Pilkington and I consider it a privilege to serve with your son
and promise to help all we can, and strive to direct his efforts in the Lord's way. We are
available at all times, and Elder Rife's physical, emotional and spiritual welfare is of utmost
importance to us.

Sincerely yours,

Graham Pilkington

Tyler with his mission president and his wife 
President and Sister Pilkington

 Elder Rife and Elder Fergurson

Not sure if this is their whole group in the England Leeds Mission or if it is like Kynsie's mission....
if could have been just the group of new incoming missionaries!
(A question I'll have to ask Tyler when he gets home, I guess!)

Too Busy!!! September 9, 2014

Tyler's second week at the England MTC we didn't get an email except for this...
Dear Family,
I will write monday...today I'm leaving the MTC so i didn't have much time. I love  you all. God be with you. On my way. #10'sof1000's
Love, Elder Tyler Rife

Letter of dep to Elder Rife's parents - Leeds

I received this email on September 5, 2014

England MTC Group
(Tyler is in the top left hand corner...he looks so young!)

Ki Ora & I'm Back! September 3, 2014

Our first weekly email...

Ki Ora Everyone,
Well Ki Ora means Hello in Mauri (i think that is how it is spelled), it's what they speak in New Zealand! My companion taught me that. Elder Turner is my companion, he of course is from New Zealand! He is really awesome. We get along really well! He is so funny, I am laughing constantly but so spiritually at the same time. Don't worry we are learning and getting the work done! The food is actually really good...I can't tell a difference between it and the U.S. My teacher is really good. She has taught us a lot but I honestly think I have learned the most from role plays. We are teaching 3 "investigators" and each time I have felt the spirit so strongly even though it is teaching people who already are members. ITS CRAZY! We went to the temple this morning and it was so beautiful. The Preston temple is amazing. I will send Pictures next week...I forgot my camera...haha sorry! It was such a cool experience cause there were about 25 missionaries in the celestial room and it was just completely silent it was such a cool thing to see and feel. There are not that many people here...maybe 50 people max! It is very small but I like it alot! I have slept so good every night! Right when I get in my bed I'm out!!! I love it here and I would right more but we are going into town to the shops! I love you all and I will send you pictures and write more next week! Tell me everything about your week and how everyone is doing! Again I'm sorry I haven't written much this week! Love you guys. I do still need a watch but if you guys can't send it, it's completely fine. Love you!
Elder Tyler Rife
God be with you, On my way...#10'sof1000's
P.S. SEND ME MAIL!!!! :)

It was so fun to see this a few hours later...TWO EMAILS in one day!

I'm back again,
Well I had to go to the shop so I only had like 15 minutes to write! England is so beautiful! Everything is so small. The houses....streets....cars....everything, It reminds me of main street in Disneyland, as well as privot drive in Harry Potter! Seeing people drive on the other side of the road is weird too, it is gonna take me awhile to get used to that. Alright lets see maybe I can go more in depth about it here

(He must have accidentally hit send because right after seeing the above we also got this...)

Oops didn't mean to do that...
FOOD: Everyone said the food was gonna be bland and not good but like I said before...I can't really tell a difference! We had something that reminded me about Mom's hot dog and mashed potato casserole, but it is hamburger and mashed potatoes with cheese on top, it was called shepherds pie. Everything else tastes pretty good. I had a dream the other night that we were having family dinner...yep that was my dream, very exciting!
Companion: Like I said my companion is Elder Turner...He is from New Zealand but sounds very much english! He is an amazing companion. I was very lucky to have him as my first companion. As we teach, I learn so much from him and we both have agreed that our teaching techniques work amazing together...He always says we are in tune with each other! He always knows what to say and knows so much about the gospel...his testimony is so strong and it strengthens mine a ton. I have learned so much. It makes me think that even though I grew up in the church and thought I knew a lot, I actually don't know as much as I thought. But I'm learning so much and am very excited to keep learning.
MTC: There are maybe 50 other missionaries here, many are from England, Germany, and America and a few from other places. There are people learning Greek, which is very cool, and German, and English...thats it. The Training center itself is very small...I will send a picture next week. Thats really it about the MTC.

Well thats about it so far. I'm doing well! learning lots! sleeping well....sometimes I find myself almost falling asleep during class but I promise I don't! I will write you about more next week...but it may not be on wednesday...it may be the monday after, I don't know yet! Tomorrow we are going out to find contacts and I'm very Excited! Thanks for the scriptures to read, I will make sure to read them. I took £10 out of the ATM I don't really know how much that is...but yeah! Well everyone thanks for all of your examples and strong testimonies that have helped my own testimony grow, and help me out on a mission! Tanner Learn and study as much as you can before your mission, it will be such a big help! Love you all and I hope everything is going well. I think you should send me those swedish fish...cause technically you did get them because of me! Have you found out who they are from yet? Well tell me everything that is going on...the good, the bad, the dirty secrets...I WANT DETAILS ON EVERYTHING! And I really like letters!!!!!!! For real now I'm going. God be with you. Love you all. On my way. #10'sof1000's.
Elder Tyler Rife

A little note...Thursday, August 28, 2014

As we had gone to bed that night after having taken Tyler to the airport, Steve had mentioned that he wondered if perhaps we might receive an email from Tyler the next day stating that he had arrived safely to England.  
The next morning.I woke up a few minutes before the alarm went off and thought as I lay there....
I wonder...
I got up to check my email and sure enough there it was!

Hey Mum and Dad,
This can't be a very long email but after a terrifying plane crash, swimming 20 miles through shark infested water, making it to a deserted island, creating a signal fire and living off the land. We were able to construct a make shift raft and another 4 hours we finally made it to the coast of Africa. There we were able to catch a ride on a lion to England! I made it with only a couple of amputations. But really after a long 7 hour flight I am now safely at the England MTC in Preston. It is really small but like Bishop Jarman said beautiful. I'm very tired and a bit hungry. It is so pretty here in England everything seems so small though...the houses...cars....oh my gosh the lanes are tiny, they are seriously like maybe 6ft wide. I'm really excited to start learning all I can and serving the people and teaching the people of England. Hopefully I will do good. Its all quite exhilarating (read last sentence in an English accent) I love you all and will write letters and another email soon. I miss you guys. But I am safe and doing well.
God be with you
On my way
Love, Elder Tyler Rife
p.s. forward this to the rest of the family.

It was so nice to hear from him and he sounded like he was in pretty good spirits as well as having arrived safely.  Ohhh I miss him already!  :)

Wonderful Friends to brighten a rather difficult day

Oh how blessed we are....

It was around 8:30 pm when the doorbell rang...

When Tanner answered the door, this is what we found!

Someone was VERY thoughtful and kind to try to brighten a rather difficult day for us!
We are so very blessed!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to whoever it was!!!
We appreciate you!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Airport!!! August 27, 2014

Well...The departure day had finally arrived!

Some of these pictures are not the best but I must say it was not my best day either!  :)  As many of you have been through this experience...It is the worst of days but yet the best of days!  Such a blessing to see your son or daughter leave to serve their Heavenly Father but yet it is so HARD at the same time.

We met this Elder and his family!  He was headed to the Manchester England Mission.
It was so nice to see the two of them at least together as they headed off through security and off on this new adventure of theirs.

And....He is off!  :)
My two girls being silly as we headed back to the cars!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

All his Bags are packed...and he's ready to go! August 26, 2014

Here are a few pictures from the day before...

Tyler's bags are PACKED and He is READY to Go!  :)

Brick Oven seems to have become a tradition with our family!
We went there the night before Kynsie left for her mission... 
We ate there after picking up Kynsie from the airport after her mission...
Where else would we choose 
to eat the night before 
Tyler was to leave ???
Brick Oven of course!!!

Mila enjoying her dinner!

Couldn't resist adding this one!  Everyone got a chuckle out of Tyler carrying Grandma's purse as we left Brick Oven!  Hope he doesn't hate me for posting it on his blog!!! Love ya Tyler!  :)

Being Set Apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
( Matthew and Nick felt bad that they were not dressed
appropriately for this but the Stake President said it was just fine.
They had me take a picture without them in it but it was blurry,
so I guess it was meant to be to post this one.  Sorry Matt and Nick!)

Our Family

 (Sorry this one is a little blurry but I liked it of my Mother and I wanted it included.)

Speaking in Church August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tyler was given the choice by Brother Hunter, the 1st counselor in our Bishopric to Speak in our Sacrament Meeting on August 10th or August 23rd.  He liked the topic for the 10th and Brother Hunter felt like Tyler had had a few personal experiences with this topic so although it was a few weeks before he was to report to the MTC, Tyler decided on the 10th.

His topic..."My testimony of the Book of Mormon"
My Mother has always taught me I should never be "proud" but instead "pleased"!  Well, I was definitely "PLEASED"!  
I felt like Tyler did a wonderful job expressing his testimony of this GREAT book and I truly am excited for him to go and share his testimony with the wonderful people of England.  I will MISS him immensely but know this is where he needs to be at this time in his life and am so grateful for a son who has made this decision to serve his Heavenly Father. 

ENJOY a few pictures from this special day!

We  served Taco Salad...Yummy!

Tyler with some of his friends

Kendra and Jenessa enjoying Grandma's Pink Sugar Cookies!  
They are delicious! :)
And always a big hit at family gatherings!

Tyler with Bro. & Sis. Harvey
(a former YM's president)

The Hunter's 
(Some wonderful neighbors across the street)

Uncle Scott enjoying the day

Cute Mila

"The Jensen's"  

More Friends

Tyler's Mission Call

April 9, 2014
Steve had a business trip which took him down to Las Vegas and because it was Spring Break we decided it might be kinda fun to join him.  So we took the three younger children and headed down.  We had a fun time and it was a much needed break from the everyday tasks of life. 
( At least for us...Steve was involved in conference meetings all day but then we got to play with him in the evening.)

Tyler had decided before we left Provo that he wanted to do Baptisms for the Dead at the Las Vegas Temple so he took his temple recommend along.  Tanner looked for his recommend but could not locate it so he was not able to do baptisms with his older brother.  Darn!  He needs to keep track of that important little paper!  :)  It was Wednesday morning and with the help of Suri :)  we located the temple. While Tanner, Kylee and I enjoyed the temple grounds outside Tyler did baptisms.  He told us later that he was the only one inside to do baptisms and that they actually had to call workers down there to help with the baptisms.  Definitely different from his experiences at the Provo Temple!

While Tyler was inside I received a phone call from Kynsie! 
As I answered, I heard her say "Tyler got his mission call!"  We knew that it would be coming soon but because of LDS General Conference the weekend before, we all had thought he would most likely not get his call until the next week.  We were all really surprised! 
Shortly after this, I saw Tyler coming around the corner of the temple on his phone (with Kynsie) with the BIGGEST SMILE one could ever have!!!  (She had tried calling him but because he had turned his phone off while in the temple.,.she had left him a message.  So he returned the call and got his exciting news...that IT had arrived!  
I think I will have that picture in my mind forever!   

For the rest of our stay down in Las Vegas, I was surprisingly calm!  Not too over anxious to get back to Provo to find out where he would be serving our Heavenly Father for the next two years.  We finished our time there and set out for home the next afternoon.  

While driving home on late Thursday afternoon, I remember thinking and anticipating him opening up his call.  I became a little overwhelmed and tears welled up in my eyes as I thought to myself..."I can't do that MTC thing again!!!"  We had just welcomed Kynsie home from her mission just two months previous to this and the memory of taking her to the MTC came quickly back to my mind.  
As many of you who have experienced this,,,it is one of the choicest blessings a parent can do but yet one of the HARDEST things you will ever do!

(Don't mind the lifesaver mint Kylee has in her teeth...Goofy girl!!!)

 Opening The Mission Call  :)
Wow...England Leeds Mission
He will report to the England MTC August 28, 2014
(Guess I won't have to do the MTC drop-off like I was worrying about as we drove home from Las Vegas. Instead we get to take him right to the airport!  HELP!  That will be an interesting experience for sure!

Tyler with some of his closest fiends.  As a mother I'm so grateful my children have had great examples to grow up with all these years.

Not sure you can see it but this cookie actually has kind of a "Smiley Face" on it!  
Because we had been in Las Vegas Tyler's wonderful older sister, Katelin, (she seems to  think of everything and helps her Mother out ALWAYS!)  had decided we needed to have some treats for all his friends when they came over to be here when Tyler opened his call.  So...she made a family favorite!  Oreo's!!!  
As we were driving she sent me a text with a picture of this cookie and said "LOOK"!  
It was surely a HAPPY Day!