Monday, October 8, 2012


8 October 2012

Dear Homefront,
Well, so far so good in Goochland.  The area's alright, half country and half city.  We share the Gayton Ward with a set of sisters, Sisters Naeta and Mendez and also in the district are Elders Maybre and Brooks who serve in the Insbrook ward.  We're in a car, which is nice with this sudden change to cooler weather, and I'm finally a designated driver.  It feels good to get behind the wheel again, though I must say, understanding that the car I'm driving is the Lord's has improved my driving skills.
My new address is as follows:
Elder John Y. Roberts
2980 Tranbycroft Way
Sandy Hook VA 23153
We live in a nice little basement apartment back in the more boonied part of our area.  It's not the largest, but it's comfortable ... except when you walk into a wall.  When the lights go out, our apartment is rather dark, and there was less room than I thought between the bedroom door and the opposing wall so when I got up in the night to use the restroom, I recieved a nice bruise across the bridge of my nose ... I have begun the practice of keeping my small flashlight next to my bed.
As for how I packed everything, I'd have to say that it was a miracle.  I'm very grateful that I had purchased that larger military backpack.  It's storage capabilities came in very handy as I was packing.  The package I sent home was just stuff to be set aside, old letters and a couple disc cases that I didn't need to carry with me.
Now, hows about General Conference?  Does anyone agree with me that it was absolutly AMAZING this year?  And what with the age drop for missionary service?  This was and is a truly historic moment for the church.  The spirit was overwhelming for me as many of the messages seemed to speak directly to my heart.  I am so very grateful for the privilege we have to have living Prophets and Apostles of the Lord speak to us, giving us guidance for living in today's world.  I love listening to the wise counsel of these beloved representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ and I thank God for them.
I hope all is well on the Homefront.  I love you all.
With much love,
Elder John Y. Roberts

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