Hey everyone! Colton will be leaving the MTC soon. As for those of you that send letters don't send them to the SA MTC anymore. Here is his new address:
This is the mission home
Elder Colton lee Balmforth
south Africa Cape Town Mission
PO Box 181
7935 South Africa
IF you would like to mail a package also send it to the same address. Once Colton gets into the field he may or may not have an address for his apartment that he can use. If he does have one we will update you on that.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
So im doing really great here! i love the SA MTC! i did have a great Birthday.....well as good as can be expected! MOM, DAD, and FAM thank you for the treats you guys are amazing! LIZ thanks for the wierd smelly notes your cool! AUB thanks for the card i read it alone because i knew it was going to sing to me! so PRES and SIS Christensen came in my room and sang to me in the morning and then they got us all cake for lunch and sang again! with candles! it was nice of them! i have lots of pics but NO time to upload so hopefully next week! THANK YOU ALL for the amazing letters you gave my mom. i am still trying to finish them but its not easy to read them hahaha. MOM please send lots of pictures of the girls on Halloween!!! and BRENNA HAPPY BIRTHDAY i love you and hope you had an amazing day! i cant belive I have already been here for TWO weeks! its crazy! i do like it here all the elders are amazing, my Comp is elder Zimunhu and he likes to wake up at 5am...............hes a nice soul and he really is so spiritual and knows this gospel so well! then there is elder kingsley who drives me absolutley crazy but i stay revrant. Elder Cowey is from England he is AMZING hes one of my best friends here and Elder lyman who lives right down the street from us in t-ville! and then thers Elder Houston hes way cool and a really good example. one of my other roomates is Elder Lewatle from SA hes way cool! funny black kid! Elder Haynes is from Califonia hes awsome. some of these Elders are going to uganda though so that kinda sucks! my Mission Pres and his wife are THE best ever! so if your using Dear Elder.com i think my letters are going to the Home in Cape Town. kelsee please make sure you put my Cape town Address on FB because thats where ill be soon! we went to the temple on Tuesday it was AWSOME! SISTER C JUST HANDED ME A DEAR ELDER LETTER SO NEVER MIND WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOO im so Stoked! well i know this gospel is TRUE i have felt the spirit so much and i will more when my mom pays my tithing! i love you all and thanks for your prayers and letters! next to our savior those have helped me the most! please keep writting love you all! p.s. calee i didnt get time to read your letter so i will read it soon and get back to ya! Love you all
Friday, October 22, 2010
MOM and DAD!!!!!!
Holy Cow what a crazy way here! I cant believe im really here! and now i dont really know what to say ha. well i got here obviously and so far so good. the mission Pres is Pres and sister christiansen there cool he is funny so thats good! i flew here with 9 other Elders 4 to cape town, 5 to Uganda and 1 to kenya. they bring the americans here first, it seems like they want to give us a little talk on pride wich is good! its a really nice MTC my comp is from Zimbabwe. he will be here tomorrow. i room with two other Elders from South Africa they will also be here tomorrow!
i met a man on the plane to atlanta his name was Mani. i talked to him about the church and he seemed intrested which is an absolute mirical! i sat by a sister missionary and Elder who were on there way home! so she is going to send him a book of mormon!!! it was scary but so exciting. Ps that load of laundry in the dryer, yeah i was supposed to pack that! so no jeans or jacket for me. good thing it is flippin hot outside.
So my mission Pres in Cape Town wrote all the missionaries EXEPT me hahaha they all wrote him a letter back so i hope he doesnt think i'm the loser Elder from Utah ps you get alot of crap for being from Utah......its not my fault
OMA and GRANDPA there is an Elder here going to Uganda hes from Escalante he is the Mayors son. he said his dad wants to buy Cowboy Blues.....i said over my dead body.
So tell Brenna i will eventually forgive her for not hugging me! haha so my P days are on Saturdays and then when i leave they will be Mondays.
ive been a little home sick but i just keep in mind how i feel and i have never felt so close to our savior. some times i think why am i doing this i wanna turn around but i know this is the right thing and i cant wait to get out there and help people and teach them all i know, which is not alot but hopefully i will get smarter!
people talk so funny here i can hardly understand them but its awsome! i cant wait to just get started! tomorrow is basically a free day because the other Elders will just be getting here! this kind of sucks because all i will think about is home! i think im having the hardest time because all the other elders are so strong i mean i haven't broke down or anything like that but still i just feel emotionally weak. Mom you can Email that mom from Arizona and tell her i traveled with her son Elder Romney! also the mission presidents letter said they didnt need alot of stuff like sheets or a whole bunch of crap that i brought so ill probably leave it behind or see how i can send it hope and i might have to leave a whole suit case i dont know yet. it sucks that i didnt get a letter!
well i love you all and im thinking about you.....im trying not too but its hard. i know im going to LOVE it here. im okay and soon I'll be good and eventually i will be GREAT so please dont worry about me.
Love Ya Elder Balmforth
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Today we took Colton to the airport. He was super excited and super nervous. when we got there we met another Elder that was going to the same mission as him. His name was Elder Huston. They both walked away from there families with smiles on their faces. We will let you know the next time we hear something from him. thanks for all the prayers, love, and support!!!!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Well tonight was the night! Tomorrow Elder Balmforth will be on his way to South Africa. We will try to keep this updated so that you can read all the e-mails that he sends home. We will try and keep all his information up to date so you can send him letters. Thanks for all your support! We will post as soon as he gets to South Africa.