Monday, May 19, 2014


I am getting tired of going through his emails and correcting them.. Love you REX!  but, I am too tired to do all the corrections.  He is doing Awesome!
 His address is.....

Missione Italiana Di Roma

p.zza carnaro, 20

00141 Roma.

Boy Scout pants Italian style!

Anzianos Blair and Palazzo....  Rome Temple!

President and Sister Waddoups!

Elders Blair and Smith

this place is nuts.
mama mia. 
before i get into the gritty details of this dope mission, let me tell you that this is the mostbeautiful, dirty, awesome, crazy place in the entire world. it's like africa got slapped in the face with the middle of texas, all at the base of the rocky mountains. i know. its nuts.
my president is straight up the man. pres. waddoups was sent here for a reason, and he's definitely the man for the job. sister waddoups is probably the most enerjetic lady in the entire world, which is super dope.
palazzo and i stayed in the mission home friday night where we got our calls, and we sang the rome mission hymn (rome missionaries are proud missionaries) and we went out the next day.
the people here are awesome! nobody is interested in the gospel, but EVERYONE will give us the shirt off their backs. it's nuts! ahhhhhhh. we ran into someone at the store this morning and she said she would help us find a place for english course. WE JUST MET HER. it was too dope.
anyways, i'm here in the Rome 5 area. and we are like the only area that the elders don't teach an english course. (one awesome way of spreading the gospel here is through our english courses.) I live in Passo Corese with the COOLEST companion on the face af the earth, Anz Regan Smith. he's from Atlanta, he's been here almost a year, and he is the dopest trainer ever! 
Rome 5 rules. yesterday was my first day at church, and everyone in our branch already speaks english, so they are all helping me out. we meet in a hotel for church! IT'S SO COOL! they made me bear my testimony as well. and they all laughed at me. but that's cool, because everyone said i speak better than like any greenie ever.
we brought our investigator Lorenzo on sunday. he is the first person i met out here that wasn't a member. He is so cool! he's an awesome cook, he probably smokes 2 packs a day, and he isn't crazy interested in the church. but he is a great cook.
the food is dope. no other words.
the traffic here is nuts! me and my trainer are like one of the only companionships with a car, and it's nuts. i want an Ape. and everything closes from like 1-5 for lunch. america could learn to do that.

Thursday, May 15, 2014


So Proud of my Boy!  He has his travel companions set up at the USO.  We have been to the Charlotte USO and it is a pretty nice one.  Free food, showers, recliners. I got an email from him at about 7 this morning.  Still waiting for a phone call.  He has proven to me he can take care of himself and doesn't need me all that much.  I just love him! 

Rex told me he is pretty sure nothing like this has ever happened to any other Missionary in the history of Missionaries.  How cute is that?  haha!
Italia here he comes!
Italia here he comes!
So I'm back in the mtc.
Satan really doesn't want the missionaries in Italy.
He had to set an entire control tower on fire to keep us out.
Oh well, we leave tonight at midnight.

So the last few days have been super interesting. I've been having a TON of those "I probably won't forget this" moments. We had some awesome times. I broke my duck. but then i super-glued him back together. and then i left him at the MTC, and then I came back, so maybe I wasn't supposed to leave him. idk.
Yesterday was super weird. We woke up at 5. We got to the airport at 8. We got through security and checked our bags ($100 for our second bag. lame.) Then we still had 2 hours before our flight left, so we handed out a few BOM's, we ate some McDonalds, and we talked to some cool people. I met like 5 soldiers going to ft. sell for SIG-INT training, or something like that. then we all got on the plane at 11 to Chicago and found out there was a fire in the O'Hara control tower. So we spent about 20 minutes in the airplane, only to get out and wait for an hour and a half for more information.
we talked to more people, read some more scrips, and I called our church travel agent. she said to continue with the plan, and that the airliner will put us on a different flight to London and Rome when we land in Chicago, since we were probably going to miss our connecting flight. At 1:30, we got back on the plane. We got on the runway and were just about to take off, when the pilot told us that they had shut down the Chicago airport for at least 2 hours to find out the problem. So we spent another 45 minutes on the plane, and chilled until about 3, when we were told that the flight was cancelled. Awesome!

       So this is where travel leader Blair sprung into action. We almost had a new flight for us when the Chicago flight was cancelled, so we had to go to the bag checking area to figure out a new flight.
I went down for my Rome missionaries to figure out a new flight, and every flight either had 2 seats, or two overnight layovers. Awesome. We ended up getting a flight for midnight tonight to Charlotte. we land in charlotte at 5:45am and have a layover until 1:45pm. I figure we can just hangout in the USO.
Then we take charlotte to JFK from 1:45pm to 3:45pm. and then JFK to ROMA! 3:45pm to 7:45am. So we will be in Rome on the 16th. THAT IS A 30 HOUR JOURNEY. but it will all be worth it when we get where we need to be.
        Dio is looking out for us, that's for sure.
So this brings me here in the good old MTC. Today is P-day, so we can go to the temple one last time. all-in-all, the last few days have been nuts to bonkers, but they have been fun.

and now I have an awesome story.....

      Anziano Blair
Rex and Jeremiah!  Long time friends. 

The Duck!

DaVinci has died... hope he remembered him second time around.

Hard at work!  Rex can make any time a GOOD Time!