I’ve been meaning to get a missionary letter blog up and running for months for my son, Ian but failed to find the time. With my son, Erik getting ready to serve a mission to Sweden in November, a blog seemed the easiest way to keep two missionaries and their letters updated for family and friends. I will be posting their letters home on this blog once a week, so expect Ian’s next Monday.
To begin this whole blog experience, here’s a brief look at Ian and Erik to get a glimpse of their personality and interests. Of course, this is from a mom’s perspective.
Elder Ian Blackhall Scott
Ian is very much a type A personality who always works hard at all he does. He loves the outdoors and being in them to hike, backpack, ski, run, mountain bike, white water raft, kayak and swim. He also is blessed with talent in music ( plays the trumpet, french horn, piano, guitar, ukele and just picked up the Irish whistle) and art. He plans to pursue a career in art, and with his drive, ability and hard work ethic, he has the ability to succeed. Ian is also super funny, witty and creative and adventurous.
Ian has been serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since July 3, 2013. He serves in the Des Moines, Iowa mission. He has served in the towns of Grimes, Cedar Rapids, Mason City and is currently in Iowa City.
His typical day starts with waking up at 6 am, followed by exercising, personal scripture study, gospel study with his companion and possibly time for a bit of art. After 10 am, he and his and his companion tend to do quite a bit of service, be it helping people move, doing yard work or a construction project for a family. During the day, they hopefully have a few people to meet with to teach gospel discussions, followed by dinner at an LDS member’s home. In the evening, they may have more investigators or inactive members to meet with. Currently, Ian is on a biking route, which he loves, which means they get around only on a bike. This is a typical day Tuesday-Saturday with possibly other activities thrown in. Sundays are spent going to church services, in meetings and either eating dinner with LDS members or investigators. Monday is his day off, when he can use email to write home and chat online with me for about an hour. He does laundry, shops, goes on hikes or mountain bikes with other missionaries, visits museums, plays the piano and hangs out with other missionaries. Ian loves being a missionary and is learning and growing so much as a follower of Christ through difficult and enjoyable experiences.
Erik Anderson Scott
Erik is 23 months younger than Ian and the youngest in our family, which makes him a natural entertainer. Erik loves adventure with less safety precautions than his brother, so enjoys cliff jumping from crazy heights. He also loves to ski, backpack, hike, kayak, takes photos as well as play soccer. Erik is an avid learner and reader with a love especially for Harry Potter. His has loved history since he could read and most especially European history. Shakespeare and classical theatre are not only his hobbies but interests he hopes to pursue as a career. Erik loves music and plays the guitar and ukulele. Erik is a total extrovert who loves to make people laugh and find ways to help people, so people are pretty much his favourite thing and learning about what makes them tick.
Erik will be serving an LDS mission for two years in the Stockholm, Sweden Mission, which covers all of Sweden. Erik has had a life long interest in Vikings and Scandanavia, so he is super enthused to go to Sweden. Erik is nearly half Norwegian with a touch of Swedish (the rest is mainly Scottish/English ancestry) so going to Sweden is even more exciting for him and our family. Erik leaves for missionary and language training on November 19th.