Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December 17, 2012

dear mom,
its nice to know everything is well at home. we had our big mission christmas party this last thursday.a whole day spent in jackson ville. we had quite the time finding our way down there. it was all kinds of fun to see what has been happening across the mission. we also had a nativity devotional that was well put together.that was really the big thing that took place this whole week. i think ive been to as many christmas celebrations out here as there are family parties at home. there is always some kind of ward function they are telling us that we should be attending. which is good because there is almost always someone we need to go talk to there.
sounds to me like everything is under control and you have some time to spend with spring, craig and the little children before christmas day.that is wonderful. what are you going to do without me for christmas? this will be the first time in years you will have celebrated with out any of your children being home.
thank you in advance for the christmas box and all it contains, and thank you for all of tha prayers in our behalf. we will do our best to get things done out here.
elder ogilvie
Luke 2:1-16 (read christmas eve night)

Monday, December 10, 2012

10 December 2012

dear mom,
thank you for sending me the driving record, and all of the birthday wishes. not much has changed since last week. still putting all effort in to getting everything done. and there is always more to do so im never board. which is good. cleaning the car here is almost a ridiculous thought. its clean for all of about the time it takes to dry... and then its covered in sand again. i would say that 2/3rds of the roads around here are pure sand, and a few small rocks. we live right down the road from the rodeo. just about every other weekend we hear the announcer as we are getting ready for bed. its like we are at the rodeo without actually going there. branford is more than a one horse town. i found a sign the other day that was a "horse/rider crossing" sign. i dont think ive ever seen that one before.
That is so wonderful that you heard logan and alex speak in church on sunday. the bishop here had elder mihu give a suprise talk on sunday. he actually got the call that he was speaking on saturday night, but still a suprise none the less. fortunatly they didn't ask me to speak they already had me do that last week.
it looks like champ has figured out that grandpa's house is now his home. give him lots of love from me. good luck unpacking all of the boxes. grandpa is right it will all sort out just fine. i hope you have another good week. good bye till next monday.
Elder Ogilvie

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

dear mom
Yes, it is safe to send mail to the O'brien address, i just got the box with my present in it. thank you for the pen. things are going alot better than they were when i first got here. i atleast know what is going on now. branford is proving to be a new adventure every day especially since we have a renewed abillity to get out side of the microscopic town known as branford, and the place we reside, O'brien. we can actually get out to the larger whole of the area which goes as far out as Mayo FL.
wow i cant belive that alex is already 7 months pregnant. logan have chosen brightyn as the babys name. does alex agree with that? its ok though i like the name. it sounds like you had quite the party for the fowkes family christmas party. give mark my best when he gets married.
as for something for christmas. it would be of great benifit to have a more up to date gps to navagate through the maze of spread out houses with. the one we are using now keeps leading us astray. it will take us to the right road but wont acuratly mark addresses.thus leading us to the opposite end of the road from the house. then we spend alot of extra time just trying to find a house while in the wrong part of town. we spend alot of time just figuring out where we are going. and that often turns into a wacky adventure in finding people.
with lots of love
Elder Ogilvie

Monday, November 26, 2012

November 26th, 2012

Dear mom
thank you for the letter, i got sent to the Branford FL area. my new address is:
(Contact me if you want his snail mail address)
my new area is a mess. these last few days have been trying at best. the good news is that i do like my companion. elder mihu and i came out here on the same flight together, which means that both of us have just finished the in-field traning. neither of us really knows whats going on.elder mihu has a better idea than i do only because he was trained here. so we are just figuring it out as we go. the lord put us here for a reason, but heaven help me if i know why. thanksgiving was my first day here in branford. we had members calling us all day inviting us to eat with them. so we did. we had a thanksgiving lunch and a thanksgiving dinner. we did not go hungery nor will we with all the left overs that were just plain given to us.
winter here is slowly getting colder. the only reason i can really tell is because its always just about freezing in the house. this missionary residence does not have any effective heating system. thus it is always cold. by time the sun comes up its warmer outside than it is inside, and its still cold outside.
its good to know that you are busy and doing well at home. take care of champ for me. love and miss you all
Elder Ogilvie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dear mom,

thank you for the letter, i'm glad to know that things are going well at home. champ is a silly dog. at least he knows whats mine. and recognizes that i'm gone. give him a hug for me. you obviously had quite a bit of help to get everything moved out of the Murray house so quickly.

i didn't realize or (just plain forgot) that Kendall has any allergies. i hope the doctors will be able to help her.

the most exciting adventure we had this week was getting the inside door handle fixed on the car here in Williston. the handle has been broken for almost 3 weeks now.my poor companion has had to roll down the window and open the door from the outside every time he has wanted to get out of the car. but no more, we finally got approval to drive to Gainesville to get it fixed. it took us two trips. once to find out what needed to be done and one to get it fixed.

i have loved the time i have spent here. and moving on is at best bittersweet. but i will go where the lord sends me. i have most everything packed up to move to the new area. with exception for what i need tonight and tomorrow morning. i'm trying not to forget anything. i do have some more pictures to send you to.

With lots of love,
Elder Ogilvie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November 13th, 2012

Dear mom,
i'm glad to hear that you are doing well back at home after that last major snowstorm, i don't think we ever had a snowstorm that big while i was at home. the worst storm I've seen while out here happened a couple of weeks ago. it rained so hard that even when sitting still and the windshield wipers going full blast we couldn't see the road in front of us. it was pretty bad. the weather here has gotten funny the humidity can make mornings and night pretty cold but it is still hot during the day. (oh and its still as green as can be out here.) i hope dad gets the Saturn back in one piece and working again. hopefully it wont leak oil anymore.
thank you for taking good care of champ for me.has he finally accepted that i am not there yet? also it is my bishops email address i want. i have president Barry's. as for Christmas and birthday presents. i have most everything i need.(mo-tab and Efy cd's would be nice though)
as for the article, i am just having lots of fun out here in Florida. and i wouldn't trade my experiences here for the world.
transfers are on the 21st and i will be changing areas. which means i will be spending thanks giving with an entirely different group of people. that will be a fun change. where i go only two people know.
thank you for all your support,i hope everything is still going well at home.
With Lots of Love,
Elder Ogilvie

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dear Family,
The missionaries serving in the Florida Jacksonville Mission are meeting for a special Christmas Devotional on Thursday, December 13, 2012. President and Sister Barry would like to request that you (and other members of the family who so desire) write a Christmas letter to your son. We will distribute the letter(s) to him at that special Christmas event.
Please send all correspondence so that our Mission Office will receive it no later thanFriday, November 30, 2012. You have the option of sending it via email to   (Contact Spring or Susan for email address) where we will print it and put it in an envelope with your missionary’s name, or you may send it by mail addressed to your missionary, (Contact Spring or Susan for snail mail address). Because the Mission Office receives mail for individual missionaries occasionally, it is very important that the envelope containing any special letter(s) to him is labeledChristmas Letter and has the Elder ‘s name on it. We do not want one missionary left without something from his family.
This is a surprise, so please don’t tell your missionary.
We feel blessed to have the opportunity of serving with your son here in the Florida Jacksonville Mission. We thank you for sharing him with us for this short time. May the Lord’s blessings be with you and your family during this Christmas season when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Please reply to this email to let me know you have received it.
Sister Priest
Note from Spring:  Sorry, I'm still wary of putting addresses out there on a public blog.  Find me on fb, email me, call me, stop by my house, whatever.  Let me know if you'd like to send Kyle a Christmas letter.  If you're in Utah, I'm sure my mom would be willing to put it in an envelope with her letter, to save on postage.  Thanks!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November 5th, 2012

Dear mom

you are most welcome for the picture. Thank you for the camera to take it with. things just keep going out here. it can be very exciting from time to time, which is pretty much every day. i do have another picture or two to send you. are you scanning hem for spring to put on blog she made for my mission? thank you for moving all of my stuff to grandpa Ogilvie's house. Which bedroom did you put it in? on the whole i am doing quite well for now. transfers are the week of thanksgiving so there is a good possibility that i could be moved elsewhere. i wont know until that Tuesday morning.

I'm glad you got o go see the Boise temple. it sounds like the lord built another beautiful house. anyway i love and miss you.

Elder Ogilvie

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

Dear mom

yesterday was he coldest day so far. the humidity is really what makes the weather cold. but everything is sill very much green. the only white we see out here is gators getting into the baptismal font. but that is the best place to see white for a missionary. October isn't even over and you are all only one event planned that far out. that is the Christmas mission Conference. beyond that there really isn't any major events going on just the individual ward parties. the last one i missed because Elder Robinson and myself were in cross city for 48 hours doing companion exchanges with them in their area. it was a unique experience to be even farther into the middle of nowhere Florida.

it sounds o me like you will be busy up in Boise with spring and Craig going through the Boise temple open house. that is really what i miss more than anything else is going through the temple. the one closes o the mission is the Orlando Florida temple. i hope you have lots of fun.

give champ lots of love for me. i will be sure to change my home address with the mission office
do you have my bishops e-mail address?

Elder Ogilvie

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

dear mom

its good to hear from you again. thing seem to be going well out here. this last week was quite the adventure. elder Robinson had to go off to District leader training so i spent two whole days with the elders in Chiefland. it was quite a bit of fun to go essentially follow them around and learn how they do missionary work. then on Friday i went off to work with one of my fantastic zone leaders. that Friday also happened to be a baptism here in Williston. there is a lot that is going on here and will continue to go on then just maybe things wont be so crazy as they are right now.

it makes me happy to know that Elder Leavitt is doing well, as far as i know he intends to come back out after his knee heals. he got out here and about 2 weeks later he busted his knee. that's when president Barry sent him home for surgery. if all goes well its possible he will come back out. it kinda funny that Allison meet him.

i hope everything is going well back home. let me know when you actually move in to grandpa Ogilvie's house. i will change your address with the mission office. love and miss you

Elder Ogilvie

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15th, 2012

dear mom

life here has indeed gotten a lot busier. there is some kind of major event every day for the next two weeks whether its swapping companions so the district leader can do his job or, stake conference, a baptism, baptismal interview, we have so much to do and to prepare for especially for this week. next week is only three quarters as stressful as this week will be. at least so far as its planned now.

thank you for taking care of champ for me treat him well. i hope your party was exciting. love you and miss you all very much. thank you for all of the support that you continue to provide. it is much appreciated.

3 Nephi 12

Elder Ogilvie

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad
hi mom i am glad to hear from you, am happy to hear that everyone is doing well, things are going well out here. i did see all the sessions of conference. it took up a whole to days of missionary work. not only did i see the 4 main sessions of conference i saw the general priesthood meeting as well. president barry gave us permission to go see since it doesn't end until 10:00 pm out here.
i hope you didn't worry about not getting an email yesterday. this week is the first week of transfers. due to the in field training i wont be moving. the only difference is that p-day got moved to tuesday. oh and my companion has just been called as the district leader. so now that is going to be a big change. everything just got a whole lot busier. its hard enough to get out to places like dunnellon with our limits. some how we will make it work.
beyond that not much else has changed, give champ a hug for me. it sound to me like you have a lot to do before you can move into grandpa ogilvies house, anyway take care.
Elder Ogilvie

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

Dear mom, dad

As i understand it you are going to move into grandma And grandpa ogilvies' house in November. it make little difference which bed you move my stuff into, so long as it. is all there. it sounds like you are very busy at home between getting ready to move and having the Saturn all in pieces. (at least it shouldn't leak oil any more). thank you for the box, it came in the mail on Tuesday. even with all of the bubble wrap the fruit pies did not make it in one piece.

things are going well out here. elder Robinson and myself had our first baptism on this last Saturday and Sunday. getting that all done has proved to be quite the experience with trying to get everyone there on time. i actually ended up conducting the baptismal service. Elder Robinson did the actual ordinance. that was the highlight of the week. 

give champ a hug for me, love and miss you all.

elder ogilvie

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida Mission Blog

I've added a button on the side with a link to the Jacksonville, Florida Mission blog.  There are a few pictures of Kyle on there, in the latest post, he's in the first picture, second row, second in from the left.  If you go down a post or two, you can see a picture of him with his trainer.  I won't update on this blog when there is an update on that blog, but I just wanted to point it out once.

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 24th, 2012

Dear Mom

it may be the beginning of the fall season, but out here the weather really hasn't changed much, it has however gotten a little bit cooler. its not quite as hot as when i first got here. the colors of the trees haven't really changed either, in fact very few trees have begun to show signs of color change. i do like the weather out here as of currently though.

the last 3 weeks of September have gone by so quickly. and this last week has come and gone like a lightning strike. this last week has been one of the most rewarding experiences as a missionary. there was success just about everywhere we went. when we went to report to the district leader all he could say was "oh wow" and he just said it over and over again. he says he believes us but i'm not sure he does. the zone leaders have responded the same way the district leader did.

we don't have any big plans for conference. we will likely go watch conference at the church building that Saturday and Sunday, there is little chance of accomplishing anything on those two days. for the most part we will be listening to the prophet and apostles speak. that is the big plan. all of the other big plans either come this week or will come after conference the following week. that is if everything works out the way it is planned.

i am happy to hear that everything is going well out there. have fun with your fall activities. send this letter to everyone. i don't think i have to tell you that. :) tell champ i miss him. love and miss all of you.

Elder Ogilvie

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Dear mom,
everything is going pretty well out here. the humidity doesnt bother me as much as it did when i first got here. life out here has found its pattern and now days are flying by. i have met a lot of new people. on the whoole they are truly nice. there are only a few rotten apples in the bunch. ive had a lot of people slam the door in the saviors face. one of which i found incredibly funney. as elders we walked up to the door and knocked. we waited a little bit and knocked again. then a voice rang out from the otherside of the door saying "can't you see there's nobody home" i thought that only happened in silly movies. another person a few days later opened the door promptly declared he was roman catholic and slamed the door shut. but far more often people are either not home or will be kind enough to hear us out.
i dont know where the idea came from about not sending more cookies, i like cookies, that last box spring sent me is all gone, i havent been fed anything crazy out here. no i havent eaten any alligators or things like that. atleast as far as i know. i dont even think ive seen an alligator except for the plastic ones everyone has on their porch, emblems and stickers that are everywhere out here because just about everyone is a florida gators fan.
yes carter the people out here talk funney, though as far as it matters out here anyone not from florida are the ones who talk funney.which means out here i am the one with the funney accent.
sunday and p-day are my busyest two days of the week. so much to do and no time to get it all done. all the other days come and go at a lower level of activity. if only because those days can be planned out monday not so much.
love you all.
elder ogilvie