Monday, August 7, 2017

A Good Anniversary Present

Holy Cow. I don't think I have ever seen a better-looking couple in my life! You guys are pretty much a super model couple. I am so glad to hear that the wedding was a success. You guys looked so happy and I am so incredibly happy for you two. Trevor with the dip outside of the temple yeah? Well done. You make a brother proud. If I am going to be honest, it was super tough for me on Friday not being there. I imagined what it was like in my head but obviously, it didn't help too much. Luckily, we were jam packed with meetings and appointments to keep my mind off of things. It was super weird to me to think that my brother who I used to jump on the tramp and play Legos with is now a married man. You are getting old brother! I can't express in words how happy I am for you two. I am so looking forward to all of the great memories ahead for all of us together. 
 It feels good to be the only single Obray. At least I have my companion for another year to keep me company. Me and Maxwell are up for some good times here in the future. 

I received some big news this last week. My predictions were correct about getting transferred... It was really sad to leave Cedar Rapids, I really loved that place. There were so many good people there that I made friends that will hopefully last a lot longer than just a couple months on a mission. Both of my Zone Leaders and I really grew to be good friends, I am going to miss serving with them a lot. On Tuesday, President Badger called me and told me that I would be transferring to Des Moines, and my companion and I would be whitewashing (neither of us have ever served in this area). My companion is Elder Robley from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a stud missionary and has been out for about 20 months. I have so much to learn from him. It is going to be an awesome couple of transfers. He and I are the Zone Leaders here in the capital. I am pretty excited for the new responsibility but I am also pretty terrified, I feel a lot like a deer in the headlights, but change is good, right? 

I arrived here in Des Moines on Thursday and we got right to it. The Elders here before us didn't leave us with too much advice on how to work this area so we have basically just been trying to get oriented and trying to meet with all of our investigators. It was a much-needed distraction from the events going on back home. We have some awesome people in this area to work with. We are really stoked to work here, it is known as the promised land in the mission. It is kind of the dream area for ZLs so hopefully it will prove to be super fruitful and that the Lord will trust us to teach a few of his children. We have already seen some amazing miracles in just the past couple of days. 

The awesome thing about this area is that our assigned car is the transfer van. Elder Robley and I cruise around in this massive fifteen passenger van. If we didn't get a bunch of weird looks in the past, we definitely do now. It is pretty legendary driving through the ghettos of Des Moines. It is quite the sight. 

Sorry this email has been kind of all over the place, this week has been an emotional roller coaster. I love this work and I am so grateful to be a missionary. The gospel is so true it is crazy. I learn that more and more every single day. We are so blessed. I am so grateful for the spirit in my life. I felt an unbelievable amount of comfort this last weekend. The Lord definitely knows what we need and when we need it. He will take care of us if we let Him. I love you all and I am so grateful to be an Obray. I hope you have a great week. I already know Trevor and Maddie are. :) Love you!

The One Year Old,
Elder Obray

Also like always, if you run into any virtuous young women who would like to write a tall skinny missionary, you know who's email to give them. That pool is a little shallow these days! Love you