Saturday, June 25, 2011

Our first letter! Yahoo!

Hola Familia!!!
All I have heard since I have gotten here is spanish all of the time.  I don't really remember what I sent to you in that first letter so I will try to not repeat myself.  So Oliver Samuel Hubbard has been born!  He sounds like such a little stud and I am so glad he is here.  He is way bigger than I thought he would be.  Good luck, Aaron and Lynze and congratulations. 
Yesterday was such a cool day! We had a devotional by Elder Bednar.  It was like it was straight out of the scriptures and it was perfect for us as missionaries.  He told us how to be preach my gospel missionaries and it felt like he was talking to me personally.  He told us that we can do this! And the Lord will help us.  There were some other apostles there yesterday too that didn't speak.  We had to sit in overflow seating and watch it on a projector which was disappointing. 
So we started off our spanish with learning to pray, testify, and get to know people.  Our teacher told us that it was not their job to teach us the ins and outs of spanish.  We are supposed to really get to know the person we are talking to and then try to discern their needs.  Are most important job as missionaries are to make people feel love and feel the Spirit.  Elder Bednar told us to get out of the way of the Spirit. 
My room mates are Elder Beal from Utah and Elder Reid from Utah.  They are both a lot of fun to hang out with.  Our district of 12 people has a classroom where we are at almost all of the time.  We only study in our actual rooms for like 30 minutes a night. It is exhausting to always try to remember spanish but also feel the Spirit and learn gospel principles.  I think the hardest part of the whole thing is that I never get any alone time.  We are not to leave are companion out of sight or hearing distance and are always supposed to be in the same room.  I have gotten to know Elder Herman pretty well and I don't think we are going to have any problems.  Him and I know the most spanish out of our whole district and we study very well together.  I see people I know from BYU and home all the time.  Sometimes I wonder if I have ever actually seen the person or if I just remember them from pre-mortal life.  Haha. 
The food here is exactly like the Cannon Center at BYU which is not always the best thing but I have eaten every meal so far.  They have the BYU creamery milk and I have made a firm commitment to chocolate milk every meal.  Like I said earlier, our meal times are super early and I feel like a 60 year old farmer.  We have dinner at like 4:30.  I guess that's what time Mom used to make dinner.  From now on my P-day is on Friday so that is when I will write.  The dear elder has been working great and I have gotten a lot of letters from it.  Thank you for all of them, I like to know what is going on.  We have gym everyday and get to pick between different sports.  So far soccer is the most fun but on Monday the basketball courts open and that's where I am going to live.  Elder Christiansen and Elder Cousineau both have class on the same floor as me so I see them pretty often.  Cousineau lives on floor below me.  It is always nice to see some of my friends.  When I write in my journal at night it is really hard to remember the whole day.  They are so long and we pack everything we can into them.  I sleep well at night and am ready to wake up in the morning for the most part.  I will try to organize my thoughts before I write next time, sorry this is so confusing.  And I will try to figure out how to send pictures on Friday. Could you get me Stu's address please?  I forgot to take it off my phone. We get to go to the temple on Monday and I am really excited for it.  So we have had to bear our testimony in spanish several times here and to random people that will listen to us.  It is pretty difficult to convey what you are feeling when you don't know how to say everything.  Our teachers speak 95% Spanish to us and it is kind of tiring on my mind.  Sometimes I wish I could just lay down and take a nap.  Alright this is all I have time for.  I only have half a P-day today so I am trying to get everything done quickly.  I love you all and ask me questions so I can answer them and remember to tell you about everything.
Elder Hubbard

Thursday, June 23, 2011


We interrupt Elder Hubbard's mission to bring you breaking news that his first nephew, Oliver Samuel Hubbard was born this morning at 11:40 a.m. He weighs 7 lbs 12 oz and is 20 1/4 inches long. He has a lot of dark hair and his family thinks he is the most precious little man ever!! We will now return to Elder Hubbard's mission. We are impatiently waiting for a first letter.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Successfully Delivered

It is one of the hardest good things you can ever do. About 1:00 this afternoon Sam and I dropped Tyler, or Elder as he was referred to as soon as he got out of the car, at the MTC. He was very brave, I on the other hand was not that brave. Dad told him he wasn't hard-hearted, someone just had to be able to drive. When we pulled into the drive at the MTC we were told which spot to park in. There were missionaries waiting to help new arrivals. As soon as we pulled up, three missionaries came to the car, asked which bags were his, said I'll take the two big ones, you get the little. There were hugs for Mom and Dad, a love you and off he went. Fortunately we drove slowly enough out that we could watch him and then tell him we loved him one last time as he went inside. This has been a LONG day.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Elder Hubbard is in the house!!

It's official! He can't back out now! He was set apart this evening at our Stake President's home. He is now a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! He received a very nice blessing. What a great privilege!! Below is his MTC address:

Elder Tyler Hubbard
MTC Mailbox #295
2005 N 900 E
Provo UT  84604-1793

His email is

Monterey Bay!!

As a family we absolutely love going to Monterey Bay, California. Tyler wanted to go one last time before the mission, so that is what we did this week. We had a great time. Good food, beautiful scenery and fantastic company! On our way home we stopped by the Sacramento Temple. Shayla and I were frightened by a young buck (literally a deer) in the bushes.