Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Me and my companion killed it"

Elder Sedlacek's companion, Elder R

Letter dated 8/20/13


Today was an awesome day! A couple days ago me and my companion were walking down the street, and we stopped this guy to talk with us. His is Dan. We went back to visit him today, and to talk to him about what he wants to learn. We talked about the restoration. Me and my companion killed it. The Spirit was really strong, and he wants to read the Book of Mormon. He even wants to come to church. It will awesome to see if he progresses. It would be like the first guy I found and taught, and maybe even baptize him too! This day was an amazing relief to all the hard work I have been putting in. I so hope he progresses.

Well anyways, I included the picture card from the camera. There is all sorts of pictures on it, just like you asked haha. 

Mama, can you please send some more stamps?

Monday, August 26, 2013

The kind of news that every Mom wants to hear

Elder Sedlacek's study area in his apartment.
 Today's email was exactly what every Missionary Mom wants to hear!

Elder Sedlacek: Well this week, we did a lot of tracting. It was really cool. It's funny to see some people who get so tickedoff when we knock on their door. We had a guy yell at us "don't knock on my door like that, and don't ever come back again" then he slammed the door in our faces. It was really funny. I just started laughing and walked away. Some people these days haha. Religion makes them angry, which is the exact oppositeof what it is supposed to do.We alsocame across a guy named David and his girlfriend Meagan. They are awesome people from what I saw of them. We are going back to see them tonight so we will see what happens.They offered to feed us right off the bat as soon asthey opened the door,and they aren't even members. Talk about charity. I don't thinkifsome stranger cameand knocked on my door, I wouldimmediately offer to feed them.We didn't eat from them because we had just ate but still, that was awesome to hear. We are also starting to teach more and more college students which is so awesome. They are all so cool. Its great to be there and see the spirit work in them and change them. the only problem with teaching students is the crazy schedules. Its sometimes really hard to meet up with them. Yesterday we went to a member's house and had the most amazing dinner I have had in the field. Huge steaks, mashed potatoes, and the sweetest corn on the cob I have had in my life. It was so yummy! That is the thing about living in a farming community. The farm food is always really fresh. We are still working with Jim, and Jay and trying to get them to quit smoking. They are making progress though, which is good. Other than that, we are just tracting and teaching investigators. Everything is great here in Ellensburg. I sent a letter with a memory card in it so you should get it today. Hopefully the card isn't smashed though. I would send it in a padded envelope but its like 2.50 every time you send it just for the little card. So I thought I would try to send it in a regular envelope.

Mom: It is so great to hear from you! I am glad you got such a yummy dinner yesterday. I will watch for the SIM card. I hear that JP always sends his in a regular envelope, so it should be fine. Love you tons, tons, tons!  Do you need anything? You sound great! Was there something great that happened this week?

Elder Sedlacek: Thank you love you too. I don't know if I really need anything right now. I am not really sure. I will write you though if I think of something. This week we taught Dave and we taught him about the priesthood. He really liked it, but as to an experience that made my week, really the whole week was great. I can't really think of some specific story to tell you right now. Just the whole week was awesome! I really liked what you said last week, to just take it one day at a time. It really helped me. Before I talked to you last week, I had been praying for comfort because I just felt like crap. I was really overwhelmed with all the things of the mission, all the things I have to remember and I was expecting to learn it so quick, and step into that perfect missionary role right off the bat but it was just overwhelming me. I learned that I was comparing myself to others too much. I need to just be myself and everything would be great. So I did, and now I haven't ever been happier. Its awesome. It was really an answer to my prayers. I had been praying for comfort and I got it. I know Heavenly Father hears our prayers.
Mom: You have just made my week! You didn't sound terrible, last week, but you do sound so much happier today. Everybody went back to school today. Jared even drove himself. :)

Elder Sedlacek: Oh believe me I am soooooo much happier.

I remember those days of the first day of school. Never a fun memory haha. Jared is going to wreck old blue haha. Hopefully he doesn't though because that wouldn't be good. Obviously he got his license.

Mom: Yep, he got his license. He didn't get a job yet, but he is still trying. He is following your example in lots of ways. You are really a great example to all of us.

Elder Sedlacek: Well, I am leaving now so I will talk to you later. Love you. Keep me updated about the family. I love hearing about what is happening when I am gone.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Keep praying for all the missionaries

Letter dated 8/17/13


How is everything going?

Everything is good here in Ellensburg. It is so much harder out here than the MTC. It has been kind of hard, but good.

Ellensburg is a really small town. There is dog and horse crap everywhere, which is kinda gross. I don't think I would ever live here. There are lots of people to teach though! I have learned that success is mainly through members' help. Without members the work would be really slow. I would encourage you guys to help prepare others for the missionaries, because teaching is not exactly the best method. That is why the technology movement is happening. Here in the WKM we will get to use it, which will be cool.

The hardest part about being out here is not knowing what happens anywhere else. It helps keep me focused though, I guess. Keep praying for all the missionaries. It's nice to feel the support of the church behind us. I look forward to reading your emails and letters.

I love you guys so much!

Elder Sedlacek

Monday, August 19, 2013

It's all good.

Right about 11 am MST, I got my very first Monday email! It was fun to email back and forth, because it's almost like talking to him in person. At least, it's as good as I'm going to get at this point in time. :)

Elder Sed: What's up mama? I can email back and forth for about a half hour if you want.

Mom: I'm so happy to hear from you! Tell me everything! :)

Elder Sed: It will be cool to be up here once college starts. Right now there really isn't a lot of people who want to listen. That has been kinda hard. It's all good though. I do need stuff from home. I really need some snacks since I don't have a big budget. I also would like that spiral bound book on the piano with the doctrine of Christ lesson plans in it, a calendar with cool pics like hunting, something to put flavor in my water because tap water is yucky up here, a leatherman knife, and some stuff for my face because I am getting some acne from all the sweating! I don't know if there is anything else but I would appreciate that stuff. Things are good up here but kinda hard. We have 11 investigators that we are teaching, but it is hard to get hold of them. They always have something else it seems. There is an investigator named Jim who we are teaching that I told you about in a letter, but he is going to quit smoking so he can be baptized. He is the most promising one that I have met here so far. Things will get better once school starts. Keep sending me emails and letters. It is what keeps me going haha--literally. I love you guys.

Mom: We love you too! How are you getting along with Elder Rasmussen?

Elder Sed: I like my trainer but he is the exact opposite of me, but we do get along. I have learned some stuff from him which is good. Thank you for all you do for me. You're an awesome parent, same with Dad.

Mom: You are an awesome son! I met a mom in the mission moms group whose son is Elder Parker. I think he is one of the other Elders in your apartment.

Elder Sed: I do live with Elder Parker. He is pretty funny. We live in an apartment with 4 Elders. It's a fun time. We have dinner provided for us most every night. I miss your cooking, though. Some of these small town women don't know how to cook haha! I do have to buy food for breakfast and lunch but my budget isn't that big so can you send me some snacks? I really need some of those.

Mom: What are you going to do for p-day today? Do you have a car?

Elder Sed: We are going to play basketball for p-day. We are in a car area, but with only one car for two companionships so we walk a TON. I don't get to drive yet which kinda stinks. Elder R is not the best driver. I swear I might get killed sometimes haha. He grew up in the country so he isn't used to driving in a city-ish area. We really don't have much in common, but we get along. It would suck if we didn't! Some of the days up here are a struggle and get pretty hard, so I am thankful for your prayers. It means a lot.

Mom: Well, just look for the things you do have common--the biggest one is you have the same goals--finding people to teach! And you are a good cook, so maybe the women need some lessons in cooking. :)

Elder Sed: I wish I could do more cooking up here, but we are very busy all the time so it's hard to find time to do that. I like to cook good food. :) Food is yummy.

Mom: Two families in the ward gave you money this week. I put it in your fund.

Elder Sed: Sweet! Tell them thanks. Our neighbors are awesome!

Mom: We are so PROUD of you! Keep up the good work. There has been a great feeling of unity and peace in our home as we've been supporting you.

Elder Sed: Keep writing letters and emails. I save all the letters. They are a great support. You guys are awesome I miss you all a lot. You are a huge support system to me. I love all you guys so much.

Mom: We love you tons! Thanks for your example to us. Have a great week!

Elder Sed: Thank you Mama! You have a great week too. Tell everyone I love them, and thanks for all they do.

Friday, August 16, 2013

First impressions of Kennewick

I have arrived! 

The airport here in Pasco is so small. We also flew in on a pretty small plane too. 

I like my mission president. He sounds alot like President Murdock {*Note-one of our former stake presidency, and now a mission president himself}. He also looks kinda like him, too. 

One thing that's interesting is that the sun comes up at 5 o'clock in the morning according to President Ware. So hence the growing season starts one month earlier here.

The mission home is really nice. The temple is beautiful!

It is a lot like Utah here, without the mountains. It looks like there should be mountains but there isn't. It's weird. 

I love you guys.

Elder Sedlacek 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A mystery no more!

Just received our "he's here!" email from the Washington Kennewick mission office! I finally know where Elder Sedlacek is--besides knowing he was in WA or OR.

Dun dun dun dun.......he is in Ellensburg, Washington, about 2 hours NW from Kennewick. 

This is what is being referred to as "the Sacred 37" with President and Sister Ware in the middle. Elder Sedlacek is up on the back row, 6th from the left. What an amazing thing to be part of--the first huge influx of missionaries since the October 2012 announcement from President Monson about missionary age changes. Thus the name, "Sacred 37."

photo credit

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Eagle has landed!

Elder Sedlacek is now safely up in Washington, probably at the mission home in Kennewick tonight.

Before boarding the plane, he was able to call us at home, and we got to talk with him for almost an hour! It was really great to hear his voice--especially since we probably won't hear it again until Christmas.

He is doing well and was excited to get going and "start teaching real people."

While we were talking, he mentioned a couple of times that people were walking by and "staring" at all the missionaries. I don't blame them...there were 38 just going to Kennewick. No telling how many others may have been flying out to other locations today. It must have been quite a sight. :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's a great day when your missionary sends pics!!

So today we got an SD card in the mail from Elder Sedlacek! Love seeing how great he looks. Here are a few of the best:

Elder Sedlacek, 4th from the left, and the Elders in his district.
Jake's comp is at the door. Six guys sleep in this room!

Free time before bed.
The entire district includes four Sister missionaries.
Elder Sed's comp, Elder Moon. Does he look happy about this pic?
Elder Sedlacek, Elder Moon, and what Jake referred to as "the bike sculpture."
Special thanks to my dad for giving Jake the camera to use on his mission!! I didn't know how quickly he would put it to use, so I'm pleasantly surprised. :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Elder Sedlacek's 2nd P-day. Only 4 more days in the MTC to go!

This week has been good. I have learned a lot about the gospel and Jesus Christ. Dad had asked if me and my comp are going to the same mission, and if I have seen anyone I know here. Yes, we are going to the same mission with about 38 others who are headed to Kennewick on the same day. I have seen a ton of people that I know here at the MTC. I have seen PJ, and a bunch of other kids who I went to school with. It was cool because when I got to the MTC and went to my residence hall, I saw PJ outside and I was like, "PJAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!" It was awesome to see him, and I see him around once in a while. 

The classes are all about the Doctrine of Christ and it blows my mind learning about it. I don't have a culture class because it is the same.

P-day is like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing. It is amazing!! It is so great to be able to relax and do my laundry. I never thought I would say that, but I do like doing laundry. Gym time is also one of my favorite times of the week. It gives my brain time to un-mush and actually be alert again. 

Thank you for the package you guys sent me, and Mama, I will be expecting that Dunkin' Donuts package haha. My whole district would probably like one too--there are six of us. :)

I am sleeping like two hours a night because one of the elders is noisy. I am always tired but I pray for energy and I never seem to be dragging. The elder that is noisy loves to sing and hum while he goes to sleep, and after he is asleep he still hums, whistles and snores. He is pretty talented to be able to do that while he sleeps haha. Oh well though. The ear plugs are a blessing! I gave my whole district the idea to get some, and they love them too. 

The days here at the MTC seem to go by like weeks and the weeks seem to go by like days. We are in class all day and then at 9:30 we have time to get ready for bed. Besides gym time, p-day, and personal time, I really don't have a lot of free time. I am always having to go somewhere every second of the day. It keeps me busy! I haven't even been homesick since I got here. The hardest part for me is the long days, but it's alright because I learn a lot. I love the MTC, but I am anxious to get out into the field and teach real people. 

I am getting kinda tired of role plays and lessons, but I did have a cool experience in one of the role plays. My comp and I were teaching our investigator, Dave, and he wasn't getting why Jesus Christ had to die for him. I shared with him D&C 19:16-19. He read it out loud and the Spirit was so strong. He said he never thought about it that way, and how the Savior had his choice if he wanted to go through with the Atonement. He really helped my testimony of the Savior to grow. We challenged him to get baptized and he accepted. Even though it wasn't a real investigator, it was still a way cool experience. 

I love the MTC and I love being able to serve a mission. Keep writing me because I want to keep up to date on what's going on at home. 

Tell everyone I love them.

Elder Sedlacek

Monday, August 5, 2013

Dear Mom & Dad

Elder Sedlacek warned us not to expect much in the way of handwritten letters from him....

But then we got our first one today! (That good boy).

Dear Mom & Dad,
You said you wanted hand written letters. I know I said I wouldn't but they wanted me to send the little card with my address. I also don't know if you will have to have a translator to read my handwriting. Oh well.

My district is six Elders and four Sisters. The six Elders are in one way-too-tiny room. They are soooo tiny. We all get along well it seems. I am just excited to get out in the mission field. 

The MTC is fun, but it is a special kind of fun. 

Everyone likes the treats I had in my suitcases {jerky and Hi-Chews}. The food is also alright, but it's like Chuck-a-Rama and the chocolate milk is SO good! haha

So far, my MTC experience has been good. P-day is a nice needed break. Writing letters is a lot easier than emailing, but I don't know if you can read it. {note from mom, I did fine}. If you want some more hand written, send some stamps. 

Love you guys. (I can actually say "you guys" for once!) Here, if you say "you guys," it's drop and give me ten push-ups. I haven't had to yet, but I almost have!  

I will write to you again soon, probably next p-day. Talk to you later, parentals. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Two days later....

Elder Sedlacek waving goodbye. #seeyouin2
Today we got our first email from Elder Sedlacek, only two days in! As I told you in the previous post, LDS missionaries get to email and/or write their family and friends only on their p-days. We did not have any idea when Jacob's p-day would be, and our best guess was maybe Monday.

We were wrong. Thankfully wrong.

As it turns out, his MTC p-day is Friday, so we were lucky enough to hear from him only two days into his stay there. As a mom, I can tell you that getting that first correspondence is The. Best. Ever.

Here is what he had to say:


Being in the MTC is great! I am really liking it but the days are really long. My schedule is literally get up, eat, study, teach and over and over. My companion's name is Elder Moon. He was just made district leader and my senior companion. He has a good testimony and he strengthens mine. He is a great guy.

The MTC is a great experience. I love all you guys and miss you, but I don't think about that. I try to focus on the work. My testimony is being strengthened daily. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for all you do for me. You guys are the best.

Elder Sedlacek

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Off to the MTC!

On Wednesday, July 31st, we delivered Jacob safely to the Provo MTC (Missionary Training Center).

First, we made a trip to Sammy's for delicious burgers, chicken strips and shakes. We also dealt with a carsick kid. But all-in-all, it was a good trip. Note--if you haven't been to Sammy's, just know that this is the CLASSIC DIVE-Y HANGOUT. I mean, complete dive at its best--dumpy looking place with great food.

{To see what happens at the MTC, go here.}

Now, taking our oldest son to the MTC to begin a two-year mission for our LDS faith was a little harder than we thought it would be. Our oldest hasn't lived at home full-time for almost 4 years, but this is different. She can come and go and we can call or text her anytime we want. LDS missionaries are restricted to answering their mail on their once-per-week P-day (p is for preparation). They don't text or call family, except on Mother's Day and Christmas, as allowed by the mission president. We can email or write to Jacob every day if we want, but he can only answer on his P-day.

It's a little bit to adjust to, not seeing him everyday, but we are happy that he decided to serve a mission. No one should wonder if his parents or church leaders made him do it--the answer to that would be a resounding NO. Jacob CHOSE. He WANTS to do this. He has a testimony of Jesus Christ and wants to share it with the world--at least the section in Kennewick, Washington. :)

So even though we miss him, we are happy to see him doing what he has wanted to do for a long time!!