Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Week Three - California

Andrew called us from the airport today before going to California! His time at the MTC is officially over and now being a missionary out in the "mission field" begins. He sounded great and so very happy. Handing himself over to the Lord means him wanting just one thing - bringing others to Christ.

His new address is:

Elder Andrew Lovgren
California Irvine Mission
23 Lake Road
Irvine, CA 92064-4579

Email address: andrew.lovgren@myldsmail.net

Andrew's MTC Zone
Andrew with President and Sister Orgill

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Week Two - At the MTC

Andrew's p-day (the day he does email for an hour) at the MTC is Tuesday, and his email address is: andrew.lovgren@myldsmail.net. (He loves getting post office mail, email, or both!)

It's been a week since Andrew went on his mission and he's doing great. The MTC schedule is rigorous and he's tired every night by 1030pm, but so very happy to be there. He's learning that teaching is different than knowing, but refuses to get down. It's an experience and adjustment for him to rely on himself and the Lord rather than on Mom and Dad but it's a strength to his testimony to realize character traits within himself.

His p-day (preparation day) yesterday consisted of writing letters, reading and sending emails, getting a haircut, doing laundry, and attending the temple. His days are full, even p-days.

Two Elders, Andrew Lovgren & his first companion, Elder Gee

Andrew's MTC District at the Provo Temple

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week One - First day at the MTC

Andrew entered the Provo MTC (Missionary Training Center) on May 13, 2015. His mailing address (until May 26th) is:

Elder Andrew Nicholas Georg Lovgren
California Irvine Mission
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604

After his time at the MTC he will serve his mission in California until 2017. It's a fairly new mission - created in 2013. There are beautiful beaches there and I'm sure he'll enjoy the scenic views from a distance (not up close as missionaries aren't allowed on the sand or in the water.) The Newport Beach Temple is in his mission, and missionaries get to attend it at the time of transfers. (Interesting fact learned from a video on YouTube: the temple is light pink instead of white because surrounding home owners complained about having a big white building built in their neighborhood, so the church changed the building materials to light pink. Click here to see the temple)

Mom, Andrew, Dad, and Grandma just before entering the MTC