Contact Elder Tommy Webber

Contact Elder Tommy Webber

thomas.webber@myldsmail.net

Washington Tacoma Mission
4007 Bridgeport Way West, Suite D
Tacoma, WA 98466-4330

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Elder Webber arrives !

From the Mission President
"They arrived on time, and with great enthusiasm. They are excited to serve. We already just love them. Thank you. We welcome a new AP as we say goodbye to another. Thank you. We Love you. We welcomed 32 new missionaries into the Washington Tacoma Mission. Today we have 251 full time young missionaries, 65 are sisters. What a blessing, a privilege to see an answer to the call of a Prophet."

thebeautifulwa-tac.blogspot.com/2013/05/our-new-missionaries-arrived


Elder Tommy Webber arrives in Seattle airport
(first pic with full-time missionary name tag)

 With 32 new missionaries and the Mission President and his wife
(20 sisters!)

Getting Luggage

& off to the Mission Office Headquarters to learn of his city assignment

We still wonder what city he is in....

but we are very proud !



And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

38 min phone call before flight to Seattle

Tommy awoke at 3:30 AM in Provo to get to the SLC airport by 6 AM. His Delta flight # 1857 was to depart at 8:32 AM from SLC to arrive in Seattle at 9:35 AM. He had a calling card, but all the public pay phones had lines with all the departing Missionaries getting a short chance to call home.

We want to thank the anonymous Seattle traveler (area code 208) who loaned Tommy a cell phone for 38 and a half minutes.

Tommy is still very excited to have a missionary name tag and got to briefly talk with Mom, Dad, and siblings Matthew, Claire and Charlotte. He loved his short 12 day stay in the MTC. He said "I will be teaching someone tonight."

Then he boarded his plane to Washington...



We are anxious to learn what his first assigned city is and who will be his first companion?  Especially since the newly created Washington Federal Way mission is taking about 40 of the Washington Tacoma missionaries.

But there is no news yet on the mission blog thebeautifulwa-tac.blogspot.com and yes there is a Washington Tacoma Mission Moms facebook group with 62 members with a dozen or so pictures of some of the 11 new elders and 17 new sisters who arrived this morning, but we can't make out Tommy (aka Elder Webber) even in the backgrounds.

I guess we'll have to wait until his Monday Prep-Day to learn what city he is serving in???

Here is a photo taken today of Elder Young (probably a descendant of Brigham Young) and possibly Tommy's future companion with Tommy lurking in the background with luggage some where...



We are praying for you buddy on your first night in the field.

D&C 4 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.

Matthew Chapter 28 Verse 18-20  (Last words Jesus Christ said according to St. Matthew)
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 ¶Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Week One in the MTC, P-Day and Temple

We were excited to receive another letter from Tommy today written 5/22/2013

Family,

I love you all ! So this morning I sent you a massive e-mail. Tonight I want to tell you some things I forgot to mention. I only have one hour per week on e-mail (thomas.webber@myldsmail.net) So after I send you my weekly e-mail, I will have little to no time to e-mail other people. There is not much free time at the MTC, but I still love it here. I've already changed as a person - a much better person :)

First of all P-Day was today, Wednesday, and I leave on Tuesday, May 28th. My flight leaves 8:32 AM Utah time. I am not sure when our phone call will happen.

Second, THANK YOU for the CUPCAKES !!!  They were soo, sooo good! And my district enjoyed them too - I wasn't about to eat all 12.  It makes me so happy when I get mail, and even happier to pick up a huge cupcake package.

Also, P-Day in the field (in Tacoma Washington) is on a Monday.  So I might not get a chance to e-mail again until Monday, June 3rd (Charlotte and Claire's birthday !! - love you two - thanks for the e-mails)  And I wasn't able to send pictures today - sorry. And  may not be able to until that P-Day, Monday June 3rd.

One more cool thing. I went to the temple today with our whole zone.  What an incredible experience. My Next time will be in Seattle, in May 2014! Kind of sad about that, but I am so glad I got to go so much before my mission. (Matthew that is one big tip!!) Some missionaries here have only been once and this was only their second time ever. and  I felt very at home in the Provo Temple.


I love you all and pray for you! Talk to you Tuesday.  I will continue to do everything I can to be the best missionary the Lord will let me be. I love missionary work!

Love, Elder Webber

ldschurchtemples.com
lds.org/church/temples

Seattle Temple - looking forward to it.


yum




Thursday, May 23, 2013

Week One, the MTC!


Hello family!

I'm so excited to finally be able to communicate with you, free time is so limited here and I have too much to say! I love you all so much and you are in my prayers. This week has been just incredible. I have learned more in one week than any other week of my life, have worked harder than any other week, been happier than any other week, and felt the spirit, received revelation, and witnesses miracles more than any other week in my life. I hope that gives you the smallest taste of the wonderful life of a missionary. I love being "Elder Webber," each time I see my name badge or think about it, it brings more happiness. Last night I had the opportunity to live "one of my dreams" I might say. Every Tuesday night there is a devotional where all the missionaries (that can fit) are in one big room. We had the opportunity to hear from one of the 70, Elder Nash. For some reason, growing up, I have always pictured the MTC to be this colossal stadium where thousands of missionaries sing "Called to Serve." That happened last night. Literally thousands of missionaries (46% sister, yes, that is for you dad) singing "Called to Serve" as the Lord's servants on this earth. lds.org/music/text/hymns/called-to-serve What an historic time we live in and what a massive force for good. My testimony of missionary work has sky rocketed. This is the most important work on this earth! The salvation of souls is at stake, and, as Elder Holland has said, "Eternity hangs in the balance." I love Elder Holland.


This week has also been very hard. I, somewhat pridefully, felt like I was completely ready for the MTC. Well, there is a lot I do not know. There will always be a lot that I do not know! Missionary work is hard. Never before have I committed all 16 hours in a day to one single thing. It requires physical, mental, and spiritual stamina. Also, and mom, you asked for me the share the hard things as well, I've been sick. But don't worry, I'm better now! mostly. My companion got sick too, but I'm not sure who started it. That made the first three days hard. But, as I said, I'm better now and super happy. That reminds me, my companion! His name is Elder S__, from Murray, UT. The first day I was concerned how he might be and if he would be good and work as hard as I am ready to work. He is. He is awesome. We are both Zone Leaders, ha ha yeah... but we are working together better each day. He works as hard as I do and his testimony is solid. Our second night here at the MTC we all had interviews with the Branch Presidency and us two were selected to be Zone Leaders over our two districts and for the new district that will come in today! It is so weird that already we are the experienced ones, teaching the new missionaries how things go. I still feel like the new one because it's only been a week, but I grow so much each day that I feel competent. I have had the opportunity to serve so much better in this leadership role, and I know with certainty that callings are inspired. Not only that, but companionships are inspired, districts are inspired, and your mission assignment is inspired. I know that the Lord is in every detail of our lives. If we stop and look for them, we can find miracles every day.

That reminds me to tell you about my district! There are two districts in my zone (mine has 5 sister 5 elders, the other has 6 sisters 6 elders), and every one of them is going to WA-TAC!! not only that, but there are six more sisters going there that are in a different zone! This mission is the best mission, I'm sure of it.  As for my district, each one of them is awesome!! They are all, for lack of a better word, normal! We have all gotten along so well and we share a very close friendship.That tends to happen when a small group of us go through the same hard things together. Our district is special. Not that I know many other districts, but I think they are all very dedicated. My first night, and the second night, we all shared why we were here on a mission. I was so humbled to hear their stories. Each person has an entirely unique story and background. unique challenges that the Lord has allowed so that we can grow in the best way possible. That is part of the experience here on earth. In the MTC, in my district, I am blessed to be surrounded by the victorious ones. And we are getting ready to help those that are struggling. That is another big change in me this week. My mission is not about me. It's not about the blessing I receive from serving. My mission is about other people. In essence that is missionary work. Helping other people. And even more than that it is helping them in the very best way that they can be helped, through the gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most powerful thing in all eternity. It has the infinite power to heal, to forgive, and to build up. It recovers the sinner and strengthens  the saint. I love the Atonement. Because of the Atonement, because of Christ's perfect love for me, I am here. I love that I get to wear His name at all time. I am a representative of Him. This means that for two years I will do the things that He would do if He were here on this earth. I am very imperfect but He will help me. It's wonderful!!

A few more experience I want to share. Yesterday was crazy. Two sisters in the new district (so in our zone) coming in this week (the new district isn't going to Tacoma) are from New Zealand so they came in yesterday. Elder S_ and I, along with our two awesome Sister Training Leaders, went to pick them up and show them around. But! Three other Elders, not in our zone, showed up a day early, and we were asked to watch out for them too. One of those Elders is kind of independent and ended up wandering off when we weren't looking at dinner. So here we are, all new missionaries trying to help 5 other, even newer, missionaries, and we lost one. My companion and I searched the cafeteria but couldn't find him. After a while he suggested we say a quick prayer (we say a lot of prayers at the MTC) to help us find them. Immediately after "Amen" the other missionaries all say, "There he is!" and we find the missionary. Was that a coincidence? I know that this may seem like a small thing, but I was worried and I know that sometimes, when we have faith, the Lord will let those small miracles happen. It is hard to explain, but this and other times throughout this week have helped me to know that the Lord is always watching over us. He loves us and will help us in our righteous endeavors.

Some other things you should know, I'm living in the MTC itself, not Raintree Apts. I hear they will be moving some missionaries out there that have been here a long time. I think everyone gets the chance to stay in the MTC. I leave on Tuesday, May 28th. As for my phone call, I'm probably going to get to the airport at 6:00 a.m. which means my call will probably be between 6:30 or 7:30. I don't know exactly what's going on that day, and sorry it's super early. That's Utah time, too. I know I have so much more I could say, but I can't remember all of it. My journal entries are short because there is so little time, and I just record my first few thoughts. Again, it's not about me, it's about serving others.

I am so grateful for your prayers on my behalf. Mom, your prayers are being answered for me, and Charlotte and Claire, you both gave me so much support from your e-mails. Love you too dad and Matthew. (By the way my companion's first name is Matthew. I think that's pretty cool.)

Elder Webber


P.S. Tell Elder Gemperline that the tree does, in fact, smell like orange cream soda :)
P.P.S. do you know about dearelder.com? It is a website for the MTC where you can search a missionary and send them an e-mail that gets printed and delivered to our mailbox every day, same day you wrote it!
P.P.P.S. Please please please send me some addresses. Like mail addresses. I don't have much time to e-mail, and letters are better.


My scripture for the week - Ether 12:27

Monday, May 20, 2013

First Letter Home, Day 1 in the MTC

Dear Mom, Dad and Family,
It is really hard to believe I have been here for less than 12 hours. I keep thinking, "Wow, I'm a missionary now!" I knew it would come, but now that it is here, it is incredible.  I am doing fantastic and loving every single minute.  When I put on my name badge with "Elder Webber" I could feel it really start and I couldn't stop smiling. I am in one of two districts that are all filled with WATac missionaries thebeautifulwa-tac.blogspot.com My companion is Elder S_ from Murray, UT. I think he is pretty great. Right now we are in the MTC itself (not Raintree)  That's where I get to stay the whole time Yay! Also, I will have one P-day while in the MTC - Wednesday, May 22nd, so I didn't want you to go a  whole week without hearing any of this. I am not nervous at all and am able to eat completely fine :)  I love my District, everyone is happy and prepared and excited.  In the short time I have been here, I have already come to learn of the many different challenges people face in life.  I am blessed to be surrounded by the victorious ones.  This is a sacred place and I have a sacred call. Thank you for sacrificing so much so that I would be here. I have never been more deeply happy, and it's only day # 1. I love you all so much and I pray for you.
Love, Elder Webber

PS That tree here really does smell like orange cream soda like Elder Gemperline said, it's great :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Entering the MTC - May 15, 2013

Tommy asked his parents to drive him from our home in Orange County, California to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah, so we could spend more time together.

We also stopped at the Las Vegas Temple, the St. George Temple and the Provo Temple

And then Tommy took his luggage out of our car and entered the MTC.





Tomorrow I will be leaving to Utah to report to the Provo MTC on Wednesday to start my two year mission. Here is my address to all those interested in writing me!!

MTC address (where I will be from May 15th to about May 27th):

Elder Thomas Reed Webber
MTC Mailbox # 231
WA-TAC 0528
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Mission address (where I will be from about May 28th 2013 to... two years!)

Elder Thomas Reed Webber
Washington Tacoma Mission
4007 Bridgeport Way W Ste D
University Place, WA 98466-4330

And! Because it is easier, you can e-mail me! (although I prefer letters)

thomas.webber@myldsmail.net


Godspeed Elder Tommy Webber. Tears. See you in two years.
- Jon Webber 15 May 2013, 9:38 AM

We did it. We said goodbye to Tommy. We are driving home with tears but so happy for him. We love you Tommy!
- Wendy Webber 15 May 2013, 9:39 AM


Washington Tacoma Maps

Washington Tacoma Mission Boundaries - May 15, 2013 from lds.org

The Mission with the 12 stake boundaries in green


How the mission will change July 1st when the Washington Federal Way &
Washington Vancouver Missions are created

 a more detailed map of the smaller WA-TAC mission

The 12 Current and 10 Remaining Stakes of the Washington Tacoma Mission
Stake
Temple District
Mission
Create Date
Bremerton Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
19-Jun-1960
Centralia Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
10-Sep-1978
Elma Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
28-Aug-1983
Gig Harbor Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
28-Sep-1952
Graham Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Federal Way
18-May-2003
Lacey Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
14-Sep-1997
Lakewood Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
20-Oct-1985
Olympia Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
27-Aug-1967
Port Angeles Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
23-Feb-1992
Puyallup Washington South Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Federal Way
28-Nov-1982
Silverdale Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
26-Aug-1979
Tacoma Washington Stake
Seattle Washington Temple
Washington Tacoma
19-Aug-1979

Church Sacrament meeting - Farewell Talk

Tommy Webber will be speaking at church this Sunday, May 12th at 9 am. He will be leaving May 15th for a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the beautiful Washington Tacoma Mission. We would love to see you there this Sunday!

- Wendy Webber, 6 May 2013

It was a beautiful service.  Our good friend, Kelly Helton, spoke on simple lessons learned in Primary for young children and how the simple truths remain the same even as young adults may believe life is more complicated. She bore testimony and gratitude for being adopted from Korea and then raised in an LDS (Mormon) home.

Then since it was Mother's day, all the children age 3 - 11 sang to their mothers (about 100 of them)

Next Tommy played 'Amazing Grace' on his clarinet


“The Lord has promised good to me;
His word, my hope, secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

My chains are gone,
I’ve been set free,
My God, My Savior has ransomed me;
And like a flood His mercy rains,
Unending love, Amazing Grace.”



Finally Tommy bore testimony of the grace of the Savior available through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ,lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/22:39-46) becoming converted, having a change of heart, lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/36 the blessings of being taught by a righteous mother lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/56:45-49) and of the centrality of Christ's love in our lives.

Here is a copy of his talk:
docs.google.com/file/tommy

Thanks to family and friends who joined Tommy at the worship service

Group picture

Tommy's siblings and family

A Proud mom on Mother's Day




Temple Trips So. Cal. May 2013

Tommy spent his last two weeks at home attending the temples in Newport Beach and San Diego several times
Also saw Fitzpatricks, Norths and Wrights and Tommy saw 4 peers all leaving to serve missions soon. And of course Tommy talked to 3 people with connections to WA Tacoma mission, Seattle or the Mission President- always happens to him at the temple

San Diego Temple with RM Darcie Jensen



Newport Beach Temple with his Sisters Charlotte and Claire



Testimony post - April, May


"Do you want to be happy? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause. Lend your efforts to helping people... Stand higher, lift those with feeble knees, hold up the arms of those that hang down. Live the gospel of Jesus Christ." -President Gordon B. Hinckley
One month left until I have the privilege of forgetting myself and serving God.

- Tommy Webber, 15 April 2013

"I believe in Christ; He stands supreme!
From Him I'll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: 'Ye shall obtain.'
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With Him I'll stand in that great day
When on this earth He comes again
To rule among the sons of men."

It's May! Two weeks left  I know that Christ lives!

- Tommy Webber, 1 May 2013

World Maps - Where Missionaries Serve

Tommy created a little project on facebook where he posted where 115 of his friends have served or are going to serve. facebook.com/tommy.webber


We have no idea where he go his interest in maps and list :)

Easter Testimony

"Can I just say how blessed I am with my family and friends? It's amazing to go on facebook and see testimonies of the Savior this Easter day. Wendy and Jon I love you two so much and you help me through everything. Connor, I learn something new from you every day and you're my greatest friend. Chrissy, you inspire and bless my life. Madison and Kayla, I love your singing and beautiful testimonies. Allyson Mehner, your perspective on life is inspirational and refreshing. I know I could go on, so many others of you are very special to me. I add my testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. He lives, this much I know with all my heart."

- Tommy March 31st

He also got to attend General Conference again

Temple Trips from BYU March April 2013

Tommy and his roommate, Conner Christopherson, and other BYU friends decided to attend as many temples as possible this past semester.  Tommy said he had 'Missionitis', similiar to senioritis. He got an 'A' in Religion 130 - Missionary Preparation.

Salt Lake City Temple
Draper Temple
Mt. Timponogus Temple
Provo Temple
Jordan River Temple

Several of his friends received their missionary calls at this time

























www.ldschurchtemples.com - a great site for detailed information on each of the 141 operating temples, and the 29 under construction.

And, the official source - www.lds.org/church/temples

Learning about the Beautiful WA-Tac mission - Feb 2013

Fantastic, just found the Washington Tacoma Mission Blog run by the Mission President's wife.
thebeautifulwa-tac.blogspot.com/  Enjoy the sound of the missionaries singing 'Amazing Grace'

So we'll get a view into Tommy Webber's mission. First Missionaries just arrived from MTC, since October General Conference announcement lowering the age to serve and sure enough this month, 7 new elders and 18 new sisters arrive in Wa-Tac!  That more than doubles the sisters and does not leave enough sister trainers !

Exciting time to be serving.  Tommy is finding others that are going to Tacoma on the same day (May 15th 2013) through a facebook group. Amazing.

Of course Tommy got some flags and his dad got some lapel pins and ties from Tacoma.

Desk Flag

Dorm room large flag

Image to email


Here is Tommy's I mean Elder Webber's official wall plaque hanging in the Las Flores, Mission Viejo Chapel


His Scripture is from the Book of Mormon in 3rd Nephi, Chapter 9 verse 22


Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.


Thanks Melinda (theosterhouse.blogspot.com) for the nice background for the photo


Tommy attends Provo Temple for first live session - Jan 26 2013


Miracle 54

Tommy Webber received his Mission call to Washington Tacoma on Jan 25, 2013. On January 26th Tommy, Wendy, Jon, Melinda and Devin O. attended the Provo Temple. This was Tommy’s first time as an adult for his living endowment. At a front desk, the first person we met, a woman asked where Tommy was going to serve. She said (#1) I am from Everette Washington (just North of Seattle), it’s beautiful up there. Then she said (#2) I used to live in Sequim, (which is actually in the Washington Tacoma Mission.) Then she said (#3) my niece is going to serve in the Washington Tacoma Mission. There was only one person in line behind us. He said, What did you say? (#4) I just got back from serving in the Washington Seattle Mission. Tommy and Jon just looked at each other. Next we met a kind elderly man who was going to assist us. He said smiling broadly (#5) hmm, Elder Tommy Webber, well my wife’s maiden name is Weber. We went around a corner to a waiting area, and a volunteer came up to the desk, when asked his name, He said Brother Booth (#6) “Booth” is Jon’s Grandmother Brockbank’s maiden name. Then we went to a waiting room with just four families. The first man we met was from Italy. His name was Thomáso (#7) Which we assumed was Italian for Tommy. His daughter was called to serve in Sacramento CA. The next man was named Brother Bell (#8) “Bell” is Jon’s Grandmother Webber’s maiden name. This man got excited and started talking to Tommy. He said (#9) You have to visit my good friend in Puyallup. His name is Engencio. He is a convert to the church that Brother Bell had taught on his mission in the Philippines and he is now living in Puyallup in the Washington Tacoma Mission. The last man that joined us in the room introduced himself as (#10) Brother Thomas. Tommy and Jon just looked at each other. We had a wonderful spiritual experience first with a loving and joyful man named Pedro who gave Tommy a beautiful blessing and then we spent time with the Provo Temple President, President Daines, who gave Tommy great spiritual advice and finished with if you don’t remember the words I said today, please remember, you met a man who KNOWS this Temple is the House of the Lord. After his first session, Tommy got to enter the Celestial room with his mom, and offer a prayer of gratitude.

We don’t know why missionaries are called to serve in any of the 340 Missions in the world, but I believe those ten “coincidences” that all happened in less than one hour, were more tender than just “coincidences”. Five about his mission and five about his name were a beautiful, personal acknowledgment from above that when you do the right thing, a loving Savior wants you to know He knows you personally and that you should “Be Still and know that I am God” Pslams 46:10 — with Tommy Webber and Wendy Webber.


Opening the Call - Jan 2013

Elder Tommy Webber received his full-time missionary call in the mail on Friday Jan 25th 2013


He opened it at his older sister Allyson's apartment in Provo, while he was attending BYU. He was all smiles when he read he was called to the Washington Tacoma - English Speaking mission by President Thomas S. Monson, the Prophet


His Mom and Dad gave him a big hug.


He immediately started studying the mission material