This is Alison, Preston's mom. I will be posting things on this blog during Preston's mission. Preston will not have access to this blog until after his mission. If you would like to send him an email please see his contact information, located to the right of this blog. Thanks

Friday, July 17, 2015

#2: July 16, 2015: First Week at the MTC (known as the CCM in Mexico City)

Preston's companion, Elder Alford from Louisiana
Hey dad!
Elder Fowler is the second one from the right.

  I'm super excited to hear from you! The flight to Mexico from SLC was jammed packed with missionaries! I'm in a district with four companionship's in total. We are all super close and tell each other awesome experiences! I met up with Elder Twitchell at the gate in Reno but unfortunately I couldn't sit by him but it was all good!At the MTC, AKA the CCM, the food is bomb here and there's beans for DAYS! hahaha My companion is Elder Alford from Louisiana. Thursdays are my P-days in the CCM and today my district played our ZL (zone leaders) in basketball and lost by two! I was bummed but oh well... there's always next week! Last Thursday we had our first lesson to teach... in SPANISH!!! It was rough but I learned a lot about myself and how the Lord works. The language is really rough but I love it. I've learned so much this past week. More than I did taking two years of high school Spanish. I've been thinking a lot about you guys and thankful for all the prayers.
Love you, your son,
Elder Fowler

Hey Madre!
  I love you! This first week has been pretty hard... Last Thursday my companion and I, Elder Alford, from Louisiana had to teach a lesson to an investigator!!... In Spanish!! it was very hard but yesterday we were able to commit her to baptism! One hour of emailing is not enough time to talk to everybody but I wanted to make sure that I emailed you. I love you so much and hope this email doesn't bring you to tears... I've really enjoyed every second of the CCM and my testimony of the gospel has grown exceedingly! I am so happy I made the decision to serve the Lord. I pray for everyone back home everyday, especially you! I can definitely feel the prayers being sent my way, so thank you for being supportive of me! You're my #1 fan and that'll never change. I love ya momma!
With love, Your missionary,
Elder Fowler

The airport in México City.
It's not every day that you see a trash truck with a NIKE swoosh.
Elder Fowler's living quarters (on the Left) while in the CCM-he's obviously using the bedding they provided and not the ones he took.

Monday, July 13, 2015

#1: First Day in Mexico City MTC

Hola mom and dad! I made it to the MTC and I have this time to check in with you. My P-Days during my MTC time will be on Thursdays. I'm definately in for a culture shock! If I wasn't humble before I left, I sure am now, the streets are super chaotic! I'm excited to be here in Mexico to learn and grow both physically but most importantly, spiritually. Mexico City reminds me of Southern California where the air quality is very poor and smells awful. I'm happy to tell you mom that I've taken pictures and you'll be proud! haha I've got to go but I'm looking forward to hearing from you again! love you all!
Elder Fowler

...And he's off!

Kylah, Mom, Preston, Dad, and Brecken waiting at the airport in Reno.
   After receiving his mission call on February 13, 2015, it was now time to leave home and begin to serve in the Mexico, Chihuahua Mission.  We took him to the airport on Wednesday, July 8, 2015.  His plane was scheduled to depart at 6:30am.  It was an early morning.  His dad Philip, brother Brecken, sister Kylah, his Grammy Val and myself were there to see him off.  The hugs goodbye were so hard.  It's hard for a mom to see the heartache in her children's eyes as they say goodbye.  I tried to savor our last hug, for I knew that it would be a long 2 years.  They say these are the best 2 years.  I'm looking forward to hearing about his experiences as an missionary and sharing them with you here.