Tuesday, July 9, 2013

An update on Joshua

Joshua is doing really well.  He was transferred to Marquette, Michigan last week and is now a district leader.  He's enjoying the cooler temperatures and being a stone's throw from the shore of Lake Superior.  He's also enjoying driving a 2013 Jeep Compass instead of the typical missionary Chevy Malibu.  Not that my son would care about such things.  ;o)

Leaving his previous area of Elkhorn about ripped his heart out.  There were a couple of families with baptismal dates on the horizon that he absolutely adored, and one family in particular that really looked out for him and loved him.  Joshua LOVED the mom so much, and said that he and she both just cried and cried when he went to say goodbye.  He told me often of this family and all that they did to make him feel loved and taken care of.  He promised them he would go back for their temple sealing.  I hope he has that opportunity.

He is really enjoying the new area and says that his ward is a great missionary ward.  There is lots of action there and the members seem to get that it's at least partly their responsibility to keep the missionaries busy.  They have some baptisms coming up and he's really excited about that.

Joshua asks me repeatedly every time he writes to have his family and friends write to him, so here's his address:

Elder Joshua Whicker
612 B Willow Rd #5
Harvey MI 49855

With Elder M just before transfers

With Elder M.  And cows.

With Elder S, the new companion


  1. I came by your blog by accident, and am so pleased to say that I'm a member of the Marquette Ward. It's been amazing having your son serve here! He's a fantastic missionary and we'll be sad when the inevitable time comes for his transfer. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful person.
    - Kim Chaney

  2. Thank you so much, Kim! I haven't done a great job of maintaining this blog over the summer since we've been so busy, but I appreciate your very kind words. We miss him a ton but we're so proud of him. Thanks for being part of such a great ward!

  3. Off you would like, I can send you a short clip of us on his birthday.

  4. That would be great! My email is aredthread at mac dot com. :)

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  6. Thank you for your comment on my blog. We love your son! He is such a happy, diligent missionary and we are grateful he is serving as our assistant. It's so fun to know more about his family through your blog. How can you have 13 children when you're only 25? :)