Monday, September 28, 2015

First week in Raleigh!

Elder Duffy arrived safely in Raleigh a little over a week ago and seems to be doing great! Today was his P-Day so he was able to send out his first email on the field. His new address is at the end of his email. 

What up^
My first area is the Raleigh 1st and 2nd wards. Which is pretty cool since im still only  like 30 minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes away from the church where we have transfers, i haven't traveled much. My companion is Elder Egbert and hes from Oregon. Hes pretty cool. Tuesday morning we had transfer meeting for like all day and then we knocked a couple doors. Wednesday we had a district meeting and we went out to eat to Chic-fil-a after, so that was good. Thursday we knocked literally all day. Like 2-3 full apartment complexes. Alot of NC State students here i guess cause they have mad apartments! In our district there's the Raleigh 1/2 sisters and the Raleigh 4 elders ( which is the downtown area) and we're hanging with those Elders today. On Wednesday night we went and knocked the rich area of town and everyone was super nice. people invite us in and give us water and talk to us for a bit even though they aren't  interested in the Church.On Friday my companion is the district leader and he went to some meeting. So i went on exchange with the Spanish Elders, luckily they had no appointments or anything because i'd be lost. We rode our bikes around and knocked a bit. On Saturday we met Michael- the Amateur rapper. He looks like Jamie Foxx with dreadlocks and we left him a pamphlet. He said We could get in for free his next concert. President probably wont let us. 

On Sunday we were at church for like 7 hours and it was fast Sunday and i literally lost some stomach. Dinners have been ok but one meal was like sweet N sour chicken and I hated it. My Comp makes fun of the faces i was making while i was downing it. I almost cleared plate. Luckily our Sunday dinner was at 5 and we were still fasting we got there and i saw The dad on the Barbecue and said a silent prayer of thanks!  Brother clements is that guy sending you pictures of me. He loves the missionaries and his son is inactive and his Daughter in-law is a recent baptize so we are over there a lot. He took us to Cookout too, which apparently is a big deal. Its super busy all the time. Today before this we went to BoJangles which is like Popeyes, if Popeyes had good chicken.

The MTC got alot better as it went along. 
Story- We would have break time during study in the MTC and we would always just chill in the  room. our room is an observation room so that means anyone can walk in to the room next door and there is a one-sided mirror so anyone in the observation room can see/hear us. anyways, one day, people thought it would be funny to watch what our squad did during Break. I spit a mad freestyle about Ducks. Like 30 people heard it. I became somewhat of an icon. People started calling me Elder Ducky. (i didn't have my camera for this one)   ill send pictures in next email

love you miss you

Elder Duffy (DUCKY)
my new address:
 6209 North Hills Rd. 
Apt. C
Raleigh, NC  27609

Elder Duffy and his companions being treated to milkshakes at cook-out

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week One

(From a letter Dallin wrote to my parents) "I am writing this during day 2 lunch. Everything is going cool but I'm super tired. My first companion is Elder Stevenson. He is an all-american wrestler. The rest of my district is super cool and we are all pretty similar. Out of time. P-Day is on Monday." -Elder Duffy 

 "Whats up guys how you've been? MTC is super hard sometimes we're in class for like 12 hours straight with breaks only for lunch/dinner. Our district is super cool though and its probably the only reason i haven't freaked out yet. Today we had temple time in the morning and we did like 5  Initiatories. Then we came back and chilled and had lunch then went and played some ball. Anyways, Im learning a little bit and having alot of fun.The devotionals and movies we can watch are the best part. Some talk By President Uchdorf got me pumped to serve and be a good missionary. Oh my companion has a twin here - it's funny lol Love you miss you." - Elder Duffy

Thursday, September 10, 2015


And the countdown begins! Early the on the morning of September 9th, 2015 Dallin got on a plane and then a shuttle to arrive in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo, Utah. He will spend the next two weeks at the MTC studying the scriptures and learning how to teach others the gospel. I miss him like crazy already and I keep having awesome dreams about the cool posters I will make him when he returns! Haha. But for now, Dallin has entered a new chapter of his life and I couldn't be more excited for him! His dedication and sacrifice will help so many people come to the knowledge of God and I am very proud of my selfless and courageous brother. I guess life must keep moving forward, but I know there won't be a minute that goes by where I don't miss that wonderful young man. My family appreciates your prayers, love and support immensely. It has brought me such happiness to hear of the loving words so many of you have expressed to Dallin and my family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will post Dallin's MTC address once again just in case you missed it in the last post. If you have the time, I am sure Dallin would appreciate some mail. I am going to start writing my first letter after I finish this blog! I can't wait to write a missionary! 

Elder Duffy's MTC Address
Elder Dallin Jackson Kevin Duffy
2005 N 900 E Unit 99
Provo UT 84602

I came across a really cool website It is a fast, free way to write a letter to Dallin in the MTC. You type your letter in the box and push submit. Then, at the MTC, they print your letter and hand deliver it to him (if you write it before noon they will hand deliver it to him that very same day Monday-Friday!) I just tried it and I got a conformation letter saying that it worked. I love this because I know he will get it today and also its free postage which is also a plus. Here is the link for the website:
Make sure to put Provo MTC as his mission. It will then ask you his title which is elder and then his first and last name. Then it will ask his Unit number which is 99 and then it will ask for his mission/mission code which is Raleigh, North Carolina. Finally it will ask for his estimated MTC departure date which I believe is: September 22nd.

Oh, and one more thing! I just thought I should include a link with more information about what the MTC is just in case you are interested in learning more:

Thanks for reading!