Contact Elder Tommy Webber

Contact Elder Tommy Webber

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Silverdale: Zion's Camp and the start of rain!

Dear Family,

This week was great, we got to go as a mission to Zion's Camp, a church owned and dedicated site in Belfair. The southern half went on Thursday and the we went on Friday. Both days it was rainy and gloomy and wet in the morning, but by the time everyone got there and started the ropes courses it had cleared up! Thanks Washington and Heavenly Father :)

Zion's camp

Elder Mosbrucker and Elder Tommy Webber
It was really fun to be there, and fun to be helping other people out this year. We ran through 6 different "obstacles" 3 of which were different from last year. I sent the picture of the one Elder Mosbrucker and I were in charge of. We tried to make it challenging, but possible, then spent a few minutes at the end discussing what we learned and how we can apply it to our missions. Overall, a deeper sense of unity came back to the WA-TAC. Here, we are a family and united to serving God's children here. This is the best mission in the world. To the "future" Elder Stevens, you don't know how lucky you are.

Obstacle Course Prep

Obstacle Course solved
After the outside portion we ate lunch and had a short meeting. To all our surprise, we got to view the new church film, "Meet the Mormons." President Blatter said the Church wanted the missionaries to view it and get members and nonmembers excited about it so it can come to theaters. So get excited! It was actually really cool. Mom, you will love it especially the last person on it. The movie went through and showed the lives of 6 individuals who are Mormon and who each have incredible stories. It was super inspiring and a good way to show the world that Mormons are real people too ha, ha.

Another announcement made at Zion's camp, to increase mission unity and the spirit among is the Book of Mormon reading challenge. We started on Saturday and are reading the Book of Mormon together as a mission to finish together at our mission Christmas party, December 16th (I think). It works out to 7 pages a day which isn't too bad. Last year I studied the Book of Mormon with the intent to learn more about the principle of faith. So I decided this year to study the topic repentance! I'm really excited about it and invite all of you to read the Book of Mormon too, whether with my mission or your own schedule.

To update on the work, Ginger and her family still have innumerable challenges, but find a way to make it through day by day. This week she is going up to Everett to help her mom and step dad move out, then driving their moving van down to Arizona. She'll be back this Sunday. We met with their family this week, unsure of how to help. And really there is not much we can do as missionaries, like drive them places or watch the kids, which is pretty frustrating. But we listened and shared a scripture and encouraged them to keep going. There is always help and happiness and relief ahead for those who embrace the gospel.

I haven't told you much about a recent convert family in our ward. The mom's name is June and her two kids were baptized the weekend before I got to Silverdale. She's a brave single mom and her kids are Isaak who is 9 and Isaiah who is 10. They are a great family. She has a lot of struggles too, but she finds strength and fellowship at church. Her kids can be a struggle too. This week they were particularly rebellious when it came to coming to church. I gained a great appreciation for you, mom, for always getting 5 kids up and ready to church each week for years. You're the greatest mom ever!

June has a friend and neighbor, her name is Karine (pronounced "Kar-in") who she has been a super great missionary to. She invited her to the woman's brodcast this weekend and Karine loved it! She really want to come to church and learn more. Karine is also a single mom and has 4 kids of her own. We're excited about member missionary work and a new family. Members really make a difference.

Silverdale Zone Meeting

After Zone Meeting

Zone Meeting group

After Zone Meeting Ice Cream Break

I love my mission and I love the gospel. I'm so lucky to be able to study the scriptures every day. I love learning about the life of Jesus Christ, and striving to be more like Him. It is the best life this world has to offer. Keep doing the good things, and get ready for General Conference this week!!!! YAY!!! It's going to be awesome. I'll write next week with my "take-aways" and it would be awesome if each of you sent yours'. Thanks,

Tracyton beach - overlooking Olympic mountain range
Elder Webber

Scriptures: Matthew 4:1-11 (see JST also. These verses were extremely meaningful to me this week).

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