Elder Aaron Baxter
Germany Frankfurt Mission
Kirche Jesu Christi
Corneliusstrasse 18
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Monday, March 31, 2014

First Week at the MTC and Sisters are swooning already!

 Hey Everybody!

Glad you got my letter! So yeah, I got a card that says 9 March 2016, I assume that is my estimated departure from my mission, not sure yet though because the rest of the card is in German. Yes, my departure date to Germany is now May 6, as is everyone else in my district.

I am the district leader in my district, which pretty much means I'm the mailman so far.  I'm the only guy who can gather the mail, and the mailbox is a pain to try to open.  My companion is Elder S, and he is from Portland Oregon.  His plane flew in late so I didn't meet him until Wednesday night.  He is a few years older than me and before serving a mission he worked at a hospital.  He is pretty quiet, but so am I, and we are getting to know each other better.  There are 7 of us total in our district, four going to Frankfurt, and 3 going to Berlin.  Everyone else in our zone is going to Berlin, so there aren't many missionaries going to Frankfurt right now.  Interesting enough, One of my zone leaders was actually a friend from 2nd grade!  I went to his birthday party way back then, apparently he has only been a member for a year now and is the only member in his family. He remembered me as being Kaylor's friend, and I asked what Kaylor was up to, he said Kaylor was serving a mission, but he couldn't remember where.

The classes are pretty much study time right now, because the teachers are focusing on the missionaries leaving on Tuesday. On my third day we started to teach an "investiagator."  The food is ok, I try not to eat too much, being stuck here six weeks. Sunday we had a pretty cool devotional, with an organ player for MOTAB and David Archuleta!  The organ guy played the organ and piano, and David Archuleta sang.  When they announced that he was here, all the sisters swooned, it was pretty funny.

Overall, the MTC has been a different kind of experience, a lot of sitting around and studying right now, our branch president is kind of strict, not so much fun, gym is like PE in school, then there was the cool devotional and I went to the temple today.  The days feel like they are going slow, hopefully they speed up.I love you guys and have fun seeing Captain America without me, I'm so jealous!

(call me Aaron in your letters, I would appreciate it if you did, not that Elder Baxter is a bad thing)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

First Day at the MTC

  From a letter Elder Aaron Baxter wrote the first night there:
   "I got my books (no German Book of Mormon, weird), went to class, had a meeting, had chicken fried steak for dinner, then we had a "teaching experience" where some real characters were acting as investigators to a large group of newbies.  Thing was though that some were actual investigators, but we don't know who.  The first guy acted like a funny Italian man.
   After that we met up with our district/zone, I don't know the name yet.  One of the leaders got after me because my tie wasn't up all the way.  You know how my ties are.  [Aaron's mom-Aaron has always had trouble getting his ties to cinch all the way up.]  Also, my companion was late and didn't show up to the MTC until 7:30, his plane was late.
   So that's my first day!  I look forward to getting to Germany, which will be May 6 instead of May 7.

Love all you guys!

Friday, March 28, 2014

A kiss on the nose

One last Hyrum hug

MTC Address

Elder Aaron Stephenson Baxter
2007 N 900 E Unit 64
Provo, UT 84602

Off to the Provo MTC

It's official Aaron is now Elder Aaron S. Baxter.  He entered the Provo MTC on a rainy Wednesday.  Elder Aaron Baxter will be serving two years in the Frankfurt, Germany mission.  He was able to get in one last hug and kiss from baby brother Hyrum before leaving.  His room is quickly becoming taken over by brother Carlton, while Ryan tries to claim as much of his stuff that he can, and Tyler is enjoying "his" new 3DS, car seat position and is looking forward to moving Carlton out of his room.  Clinton and I are trying hard not to feel how one leaving makes the home look the same but feel so different.  Lonely even with four other boys.   I will be posting pictures and letters from him as we receive them and as soon as I figure out how to do it.