Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4, 2013

I know, I know. I got a little behind again. Let's fix this! But before I go on, John's new contact information is: Ohio Cincinnati Mission, P O Box 11671 Cincinnati, OH 45211-0671. John left of the last digit of the zip code, but I checked to find it. It should be correct.


6/ 24/ 2013

This past week has been great! We had our last zone conference with the Columbus mission and President Nilsen and now we are looking forward to meeting President Porter, the Cincinnati mission president! These are some exciting times!!! This past week we had a baptism for Roy. Roy had been investigating the church for 20 plus years. It was powerful moment for all of us Thursday evening as we felt the spirit. This coming Saturday we will have 3 more! I tell you what; Cherry Grove is blooming with work! I'm so happy to be serving in such a wonderful area and also to have such an awesome companion like Elder Barnett.
I have been trying to count all the blessings I have received as a missionary. They are so numerous to count. These blessings I'm truly grateful for. I know the Lord works in many ways, and one is through me out here in Cincinnati! I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary. Thanks always for all the love and support that you give!
 With love and awesomeness,
Inline image 1Inline image 2Elder John Allan Crawford

Monday, June 17, 2013

Elder Crawford and the Cincinnati Skyline
For Jaime!- Happy Fathers Day!

hey! Im now in Cherry Grove, Cincinnati! I am officially part of the Cincinnati mission. My comp is Elder Barnett from Ogden, Utah. The ward and this area is are awesome! Motab was awesome as well. I got to see alot of my recent converts there! The work here is going great as well. We have a baptism Thursday and then 3 more next Saturday! Next week I will send more info about my week. Give my love to the family. I will send a letter soon! Thanks for being such a wonderful support to me. Love you lots

my mini, Nathan Jensen and I

June 17, 2013

Hello my friends and family! I hope all is well!
This past week has been intense. As a mission, we saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir up in Columbus. It was so amazing and we really felt the spirit. With this past transfer, I am out of Kentucky and into Cincinnati. My new area is Cherry Grove! It is still just as green and beautiful as the Kentuck! The work here is booming. We have a baptism this Thursday and 3 more the following Saturday. We are doing some amazing work out here. We are very excited about the mission split! The mission will open July 1st and we are ready to go to work! Thanks for all that you do for me! I love and miss you all! May God Bless!!!
                                                                                                Elder John Allan Crawford

Sunday, June 16, 2013


So John's blog is now caught up. It was too time consuming to do the back and forth so I took the kids' advice and just posted his photos and longer emails. I'm looking forward to hearing from him tomorrow to find out his new location. I will continue to do my best to keep this up from now on. It's sooooooooo much easier and you all won't be subjected to my mini novels. Til next time!!

Michiko Medina

Hey, This week is going to be super busy. Transfers and motab and my mini and I are driving up to Columbus....because im getting transfered. Monday I will let you know whats going on. Love you lots.

June 6th 2013
Hello world, Hope you’re listening! Forgive me for not having an update last week. We have been so busy. We have had more baptisms and we plan to have more along the way! This coming week is going to be super stellar. We are hosting mini (prospective) missionaries and for a week they will be our companions. We are also going to Columbus to go see !MoTab! Then the following day is transfers, and so on. You see how busy I have been! We had a baptism last Wednesday night! It was exciting to see another spirit sibling enter the waters of Baptism and be cleansed from sin. We have another planned for the 15th. In this part of the mission, the work is progressing by storm! I’m certain I will be part of the Ohio Cincinnati Mission come July 1st. Thanks again for all the continued love and support! I hope all is well. Take care!   -Elder John Allan Crawford

Hey, I'm doing well! The baptism was awesome!!! It was also her birthday so it gave us a chance to goof off a little bit:) But, overall it was a spiritual and momentous occasion! How was the  trek? I still remember mine and it was amazing. I learned so much!!! Marks a TM, huh? Bummer! No matter what, Jaime will always be the Worlds Best Supervisor!!! So how did your first session go? I bet you did awesome! Thanks again for looking out for me, no joke, it means a lot. Just remember when life starts to consume you, Reading the scriptures and prayer go a really long way!
So this next week I will host a mini missionary and we are going to see MoTab! Pretty crazzy!!! Their is just so much going on. My Comps and other missionaries call me a baptizing machine, ha ha. I just try my best! We have a few more set for the 15th. Also, this might make you laugh! Last Friday, we had to take a mandatory bike day in our area. It had to be the day where there was heavy rain and it was gross. We biked 11 miles! On the way back to the apartment, I tried jumping a curb and biffed it. I slid on the wet asphalt for about 10ft. Surprisingly, I only scratched up my elbow. Oh the joy of bike days!
Well, I love you and hope to hear from you soon! Give my love to the family!
I also caught a snake hahah

Hey! SO Much to say and not alot of time! Thats crazy that Ross and Paul are going but it will be a humbling experience for them. We are having another baptism this Wednesday night. The work is so great out here that I am practically speechless. I'm just trying to stay busy and be a good example. One of these days, I'm just going to do a picture splurge and take a mass amount.
Im glad to hear Jaime is doing awesome! Ward missionaries are our best friends!!!!, especially when they are willing to work! I used to teach that class every Sunday in my last area. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to sub the 15 -18 year old class in Sunday school. It really made me miss Seth and Yoko  Im glad to hear that they will be trekking soon. It was so tiring, yet so fun! They will enjoy it:) 

Congrats on landing the job! soon you be helping so many look good and feel better about themselves! Keep up the good work, and no your not a failure, your a MOTHER!!! I love you lots!

Hey! I got the stuff out last Monday! Man, the missionaries must love our family! Are you giving them good referrals? Out here, we don't get fed as much compared to when i was in Dayton, but Im surviving:) Well it sounds like everything that's exciting sounds like its going on out there. My allergies, which I thought I didn't have, are flaring like crazy out here. That aller-clear really does help though! 
What did you find out about why India and I are such great friend?, cuz I don't even know lol. Thanks for that you do for me, honestly. There is no possible way to pay you and Jaime back for all the sacrifices you make for me. I love you lots!!!!

May 20, 2013
This past week has been crazy! We had an awesome Saturday with two baptisms! Out here in Northern Kentucky the Lords work is progressing like crazy! Within the next two weeks, we will have two more! It’s starting to warm up here, and with that comes the humidity! My allergies have been acting up, but I’m surviving! All I can say is that I have been truly blessed as a missionary to be part of such a great work as this!
                Until next time, I hope the Lord continues to bless us all with missionary opportunities. Coming all the way from the Promised Land,
                                                                                Elder John Allan Crawford


Thanks mom! I love you so much! My address is 278 Battery Ct. Apt.34, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017 and I should be there for a good while. Thanks for all that you do. It was awesome hearing from you and the family! :)

Hello my wonderful friends and family!

I hope all is well! Happy late mothers day! Yesterday I was able to call home and hear from my awesome family. I can tell you, its such a wonderful feeling to know how much you can impact everyone's lives. It is an honor and a privilege to have so many great and awesome friends and family! Thanks for all that you do!
Out here in the KY, we have 2 more baptisms this coming Saturday! I love this area. The weather is beautiful and everything is green! I'm not too excited about the humidity though, because i am going to sweat like a pig, lol. But its worth it! I am serving my Heavenly Father well and I know He is proud of me!!!!!
I love each and everyone one of you! Thanks for all the continued love and support!

With mucho love,
Elder John Allan Crawford
May 6, 2013
                Hello, my wonderful friends and family! I hope all is well!
So here’s an update for you! I am out of Fairborn/Dayton, Ohio and now in (drum roll!!!!!!)Ft Mitchell, Kentucky! It’s pretty awesome! My 2 comps, Elder Daw and Elder Steglich, are the ZLS for Cincinnati. They practically treat me like a ZL too. Plus, since they are going home in 2 transfers, they have been becoming more relaxed. I have the job to keep them focused!
                The work out here is booming and its really awesome to be part of it! I love and miss you all! Thanks for all the support. May God continue to bless!
Elder John Allan Crawford

 how early is it out there? and i guess my mission will be considered the Cincinnati mission haha

Kentucky is beautiful, almost all green! wow! just as busy as ever! There is so much I wish I can say, but we will talk on mothers day! Give my love to the family !!!!!!!!!

May 1st 2013
Hello my wonderful friends and family! I hope all is wellJ
Being a missionary is so amazing! You get to see people’s lives change first hand! The Lord truly knows where he needs us! Today, I received news that I am being transferred out of the Fairborn and Dayton YSA area tomorrow. It’s very bittersweet! I have grown so close to the people I have met so far. After four and a half months (3 transfers) I guess it’s time to go.
The lord has truly blessed me in this area. With the help of my companion, and God of course, I have been able to help 7 of our brothers and sisters enter the waters of baptism and help them receive a remission of their sins! How cool is that?!?
Feel free to send any questions and/or comments you might have. I would love to hear from you! Thanks for all the love and support! May God bless!!!!!
                                                                                                Elder John Allan Crawford


how are you doing anything new going on? I havent got the package yet, but im cool about that. guess what? we are having another baptism this saturday and out of the 3, I was asked to baptize the mother!

Its lost somewhere out here in fairborn! Tell her I said hello! and awesome!!!!!!!! Congrats! I knew you could do it. Brother Lyon sent me a letter. They ran in the Boston marathon! I heard about the bombings. Are they okay?

(Just an aside- his Easter care package disappeared along with all his tax papers. It was never found "lost in fairborn", but everything is working out of course...)

Just wanted to say I love you! We had another baptism and I had the privilege of doing that as well. Zac, who was baptized 3 weeks ago, now has the Aaronic priesthood! Its pretty amazing to see the wonders of this gospel in action! I will most likely write a letter. Happy birthday to Hanako!!!!! Give my love to the family!!!!!

Man, so much, so much, so much!! So many things have been going on! We have been busy like crazy!!

I haven't received any mail in the past 2 weeks, but I am hoping that today I will be blessed with some!

Thanks for noticing my love for the wonderful !point! Iwas able to watch all sessions! And I loved it. President Uchtdorfs talk on Hope of Gods Light was really powerful! So many of the world today are living in darkness, we can be those to bring them to the light! The Prophet and Apostles are our guardians on the watchtower, preparing us against satans cunning attacks. May we doubt not, fear not, because the lord will always be on our side!

I am glad to hear that you are doing okay!!! Always keep yourself around positive influences that build your faith, just like Elder Holland, "When your tree of faith is weak, you can lean on mine!"

I love you so much! Give my love to the family!- Elder Crawford

My time is short, but I will send another letter!

Yeah, I have been hitting some rough patches, but I am getting by:) And nope, I am still in Fairborn and the Dayton YSA area. Elder Housari and I will be together for 4 and half months. Its crazy to be with someone day in and day out but we are learning to love each other. We have had some good times together at least. 3 baptisms in 3 months, its pretty neat. This past Saturday I had the privilege to baptize Zac! It was epically awesome!!!! We were both completely drenched hahaha.

How was Easter? Ours was pretty well. We read a lot from the new testament(John mostly) and went tracting!!!!!! Fun stuff right? lol

So yeah, I heard from Jordan! Her and Jesse are still going through some rough patches huh? Oh well, that's Jo!

Thanks for all the thoughts and wisdom you share with me and thank you for all the prayers. I love you so much and I am so happy to have you and Jaime as my parents. Give my love to the whole family and let them know I am doing well! Love, Your Elder Crawford

P.S- Have you had a chance to update the blog?
Woah!!!!!!!!!! So much stuff going on! Glad to hear the family is working. North Carolina for Bluebell? Sweet!! Hopefully a promotion soon though, right? Give Jaime(ghetto santa) a big hug for me!!! Oh, thanks, Im pretty damn proud of me myself< humbling myself> I am so thankful for all the love and support I have been getting. Some days I just want to quit... but Jesus Christ didn't.. He was the perfect example, and I will follow in his steps.

Seth got his license???? GOOD FOR HIM LOL. Now he can go and run errands haha, I miss those times! Thats great about him staying active in the church. As a missionary, we see the downfall of inactivity. Keep pressure on Seth and Yoko. The key of going to church is to renew those promises we all made at baptism. So how is that brashy girl doing? Is she still going to church with seth?

Yoko is awesome!!!! let her know I said that. She is an inspiration and she doesn't even know it. How is she doing with dads whole wedding thing? Give her a big hug for me and tell her that I love her!!!

Im so proud of Danny and Hanako for growing in faith. Prayer is always there, to help us build a stronger relationship with our heavenly father. Tell them I love them and I thank them for all the prayers!

I hope the best for Jordan and Jesse. I hope they figure things out now because its only getting worse! I hope she writes me sometime.

As for our Dad. Just like a Buddha board, Im letting it go. If he is happy, let him be happy. Hopefully he will quit being so stubborn and want to be in his children's lives!

This week has been pretty hectic. I am no longer a trainee. My 3 months of training are over. Tomorrow is transfers and we still don't know whose staying or going! Its pretty frustrating! Its crazy to think that I have been in the field 3 months. I feel like I have grown attached to this area, and that is the scary part about transfers. But on the flip side, I will get by!

Its crazy to think that all my friends are serving missions!! Good for Cody!! Im so proud of that kid! Today we went to the Dayton Art Institute with Zack, Who is getting baptized on the 30th. He is one special dude. When we talk, its like we are brothers(even though he is 8 years older than me) I really hope I stay to be there for him.

Hopefully soon i will get to start training, but only time will tell. MOM, i just want to let you know how much i truly love you!!! Your an inspiration to me and what I do. I talk about you and the family with PRIDE!!!! Lots of it!!!!! Thank you for not giving up on me. You keep up the hard work out there and I will do the same here!!!

With much Love and Respect- Elder Crawford( Your Buckeye Son)

I got the package!!!!!!!!!! I love the card. Things out here are still going! its been pretty hectic though. it just seems like we never have time to just take everything in. Besides that, everything has been good. My weight is in check and i am eating healthy. When we go to the store i buy chicken, brown rice, oatmeal, and fat free milk, and about 6 dozen eggs. those are my staples!
Today we went to a farm in vandelia(Dayton). It was pretty interesting since we were wearing our suits. It was quite muddy. The animals were fun, especially this goat.
I will start writing letters home again every 2 weeks(by hand). So how is everyone doing? hope to hear from you soon!!!


Hello my wonderful mom! 7 days of work!!!! Thats me everyday haha:) I am glad to hear you are doing well though. Today was pretty amazing. As a zone, we went to the Columbus Temple. My 2nd official endowment session. The Celestial room is always so beautiful. I love the feeling the spirit brings into my soul. So check this out, I am writing to a Sister missionary  who is serving in San Antonio, Texas. We were in the same District in the MTC. She is really out there haha, being on the Mexican border and all.

The work is still moving out here. We have another baptism this Saturday, for a 9 year old named Sophia. She is our little homie. Her brother is in the YSA branch we serve in so we know their whole family pretty well. I get along pretty well with the whole ward. The bishopric and branch presidency are pretty cool. Fairborn has a small town vibe for being a pretty big city.

You must be a good missionary when you dream about missionary work. This past month has been dreams about teaching people the gospel. Its pretty freaky haha. But I am still getting at least 7 hours of sleep.

Heres something new that I did. My zone leader, Elder Smith, and I wrestled last night for fun. Boy I am out of shape, becuase we were both gasping for air after. I love my zone and my district. We all bring variety to our meetings. They are always filled with fun and the spirit.

How is the family? What big news has happened these past few months that I have been gone? I love you so much and I pray for you guys all the time. When should I be expecting a care package from you guys? lol. Keep me posted and if you can, could you load up my debit card?! I am trying not to spend any more money from my personal account. Have you heard from Davonna at all?? You should try contacting her for me. I would love to hear from her!! Whenever I get bored or homesick ( which doesn't happen often) I like to re-read all the letters that I have received. I keep them all.

This Monday we are going back to yellow-springs as a district so I hope to have more pictures to send soon. Be prepared to see some funky pictures. We are a pretty weird district. ooh, guess what? This catholic girl named Melanie bought my a Rasta-style beanie. I think she is trying to convert us to Catholicism but its not working ha ha. Thats my updated report for this week.

I plan to write more Monday!!!! I love this work and the people I am working with. Its not easy but its not too hard!!! I love my calling to the MAX!!!!!!!! Take care and I hope this sees you well!

 Oh yeah, we went to visit Uncle Craig in Dayton. He is pretty cool but he is just as crazy as grandpa

Sunday, April 7, 2013

I just feel like an apology is in order. I like writing. I am long winded. I miss my son terribly at times and there is so much I want to tell him about home. I try to be uplifting and try not to burden him with any worries about things here at home. He must focus on his work. But, yes. I know I write him long emails and I don't know how to shorten them. Like my husband likes to say, I like to talk (write) too much. It's who I am. Anyway, I want to thank everyone for their love and support for John and our entire family. I truly hope you can look past the longwindedness of me and join us on this missionary journey.

Michiko Medina
Hello, everyone! I guess the last email I entered was dated from January 7. Let's move on!
I've decided to enter my emails to him as well so you can understand the context of his responses. Of course, there is a little editing but they are still entertaining to read. And fair warning, I do tend to ramble some...

Mom to Elder Crawford 1/13/13:

I need to be whipped with a wet noodle. What a bad, bad missionary mommy I am. I still have not sent your package. To be perfectly honest, I am still looking for that perfect Christmas gift. Namely, that missionary pillow tie (or tie pillow?). We are going to the temple on Saturday as a ward and having a potluck in the park after- it's a family event so we are going to the visitors center. Bishop Johnson and the Garden Lakes bishopric are really concentrating on having the families focus on the temple this year. I think it's a great idea, and I get to go to Seagull and find you some awesome missionary stuff that will be a belated Christmas present for you. It's hard to find everyday stuff for you. Seth named off a list of gift ideas- "No. He can't have that. No, he's not allowed to have that! No. He probably doesn't want that (another tie?)." It was fun being Santa for Elder K and Elder D- they enjoyed their new ties and Southwest bookmarks and of course each got a half gallon of Blue Bell ice cream. But you, son, are a brand new missionary, so give me some time to be creative and don't hesitate to throw me hints either. I expect in your email that you will give me a list of what you need. I miss you so much and I feel guilty that your first Christmas away and you didn't even get a card from us. I hope you know how much we love and miss you and that this Christmas was quite hard for us. It was not the same without you. It just didn't feel right. But food is definitely lasting longer in the house- we've actually had to throw milk away due to getting waaaaay past the expiration date. No more gallons disappearing in one day. Sniff. Oh, the little things I miss Winking smile!
What else? I finally got my voice back. Last week! I lost my voice before you even left! I never did see the specialist- I had an appointment with an ear, nose, throat guy, went, and was then told that they didn't take my insurance. Since then, my voice is better. But if I talk too much or get excited, I lose my voice again. I believe it's allergies. I bet it's cold where you are. Can you believe it's been in the 20's in the morning here? Yesterday, Yoko and Rylee went with the YM and YW up to the snow in Flagstaff- it read 28 degrees in my car at 7:30 in the morning in the church parking lot when I dropped them off. We desert rats are not used to this cold snap. Even now it's 37 degrees at 11pm. Tomorrow our high is supposed to be 50. Luckily, we should be back in the high 60's low 70's by the end of the week. Until then, we just bundle up.
I've been getting more hours at Savers. It's really not a bad gig. Not a lot of money but not too much stress, the people are pretty nice. Lots of busy work and opportunities to talk to people. I guess they really miss you at Blue Bell. Your replacement, Jose, is ok but definitely not as good as you. Jaime is getting more hours though which is good considering the stupid fiscal cliff crap and the expiration of the payroll tax cuts and the increase in the healthcare premiums. Sigh. I get so frustrated with politics but I am so fascinated by the comical goings on of our government. I can only keep faith that Father in heaven already knows the outcome of everything and that if we continue to follow the Savior's example and the Lord's appointed on the earth today, we will be OK. You, my son, continue to serve with your focus on the Gospel. You are responsible for finding those lost sheep. You will have help people recognize the Savior's voice just as I did. You will need to help those who accepted the Gospel and fell away back into the fold. You can do it. You have a great personality and ability to talk to others. Continue to love those you serve. You are a great missionary. I am so proud of you.
It's getting late. Gotta get up early to take Thing One and Thing Two to seminary and then get Thing Three and Thing Four ready for school. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father thought me worthy enough to be your mom and to be a mother to all your siblings. I love all of you so much. I am looking forward to hearing from you and how your week went. You will get a package. Eventually. Soon. And in it will be all the letters we've been writing to you as a family as well as the SD card. You will get a kick out of Daniel and Hanako's letters. Hanako was so excited that you were FINALLY in Ohio. She insisted that you were already there when we told her you were in the MTC in Utah. All the kids miss you, but you are setting such a wonderful example for them especially Seth. He is excited to start taking the missionary prep class in March and promised he wasn't going to miss any more seminary. He wants to go. I can't help but be proud of my young men. But I am worried about the young woman who is still here and the ones who aren't. Pray for them always, k? I love you. I love you. I love you. Have a great week and remember: Return with Honor!
P.S. I was talking to Alyssa when I dropped off Rylee tonight. She expects a nice dinner and a movie when you get back from your mission. Then your apology will be accepted for not having that date you were supposed to have with her! LOL!Rolling on the floor laughing Just kidding! She's sweet and wishes you luck on your mission.
P.P.S. I love you!!!

Elder Crawford to Mom: 1/14/13

All is well out here. I am doing fine. I messaged grandma and grandpa Crawford, and got some addresses. Hopefully we can contact some of the names and hopefully convert some of the family out here. The weather here isn't too bad.
Can you believe it, I have been a missionary for over a month now. It is pretty amazing. I am not going to lie, preaching repentance is pretty nerve racking but I am getting better. So far we have taught about 40 or so lessons and we are working with 6 investigators with 2 almost ready for baptism. My trainer/Companion is pretty amazing, he has me on an "excelled learning course", meaning he is having me talk when we knock doors and teach. I have a feeling that I am going to be a trainer within the next couple months.
I really don't need anything right now. Plus, I am enjoying the spoils of prior missionaries at the apartment. The only thing I need is a pulled tooth. I had to go to a dentist out here because of an abscess tooth. My face swelled up like a balloon. You probably heard from Sis. Nilsen.
 I am so proud of Seth and how much he is changing. I am proud of Yoko as well for her strong spirit. Give her a big hug for me please. I cant wait to read all the letters you are going to send. Its okay if you don't send a package, I just want to hear from my family!!!!
Thank you and Jaime for all the sacrifice and support you give me. I cant tell you how much its means to me. Give my love and hugs to everyone. I am out here touching the lives of everyone I meet. I am being a shepherd out here in The Great Ohio. I know this is the lords work. I will return with honor!!
p.s. Have Alyssa write me or no deal! haha
p.p.s I love and miss you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will email again next monday

Mom to Elder Crawford: 1/20/13

Hello, Elder!
 It was good to get your letter (*I have all his letters in a tin box. Please don't expect miracles from me and expect his written letters up here too on a timely basis. I'm just happy that I am posting his emails!!) It came at a good time. I needed the spiritual lift. I've been working more hours at Savers. I actually enjoy it, and I've run into a lot of people. I get to talk to people and keep busy and make a little extra too. I also got a letter from your mission President. I love the picture of you and President and Sister Nilsen (*That one I definitely need to find and post- later). And tell Elder Housari that we appreciate him a lot. I'm so glad that you are doing well.
Not a lot going on this week. We are getting ready to change schools for Seth and Yoko one last time. Their college schedules are ridiculous and the cost of gas and college text books for two students is a little high. I think they are leaning toward going to Westview- they know kids already and it'll be alot easier to get a variance now than later. We were looking at online school but they are both pretty social, Seth wants to do sports, and both want to walk with their classes for graduation. Whew! Three schools in one year. But at least there is choice and we're not stuck. I am so grateful that the little ones go to Legacy and it's right around the corner. Hanako made Principal's List again-straight A's. I volunteer on Fridays in her classroom and I am amazed at the work these little first graders are capable of. Example of spelling words: season, mouth and wheat. In fact, she was one of two reps from her class to go the the school spelling bee and did quite well before mispelling her word. Daniel is struggling with the work he has- he is very energetic and he's sharp as a tack (he is SO much like you) but he is a little lazy. Unless he's excited, he just rushes through to get it done. He gets a little upset when Hanako gets her straight A's but we just remind him that he can do it if he just focuses. He is almost done with his Bear rank in Scouts. I asked Sister Lindemann if we could hold off til Blue and Gold Banquet before he gets it. It'll be that much more of a fuss right?
Yesterday, we went over to Patty Aslett's for David's 6th birthday party. Skylar spent the night and went to church with us. Elder Kamisoko and Elder Dickson are always thanking us for bringing any of the Asletts to church. . . Skylar is not planning on going on a mission, but he wants to join the Marines. We keep telling him we are proud of him for that- that is a form of service in itself. Please keep that family in your prayers.
What else? I'm working more at Savers. I really do enjoy it though it doesn't pay a lot. Oh well. Might as well be doing something I enjoy rather than something I don't Winking smile. There is a lot of stuff I'm learning and I enjoy talking to people and keeping busy. We had our MLK presale today (I usually don't work on Sundays but I had to because they are super busy) and tomorrow is our big MLK 50% off sale. When the night is through, the store literally looks like it threw up on itself with clothes on top of the racks and on the floor. Fun stuff and I mean that almost literally. Lots of work and fun doing it.
Jaime is working hard as usual. He went to sleep by the time I opened your letter. I will leave it for him to read tomorrow. He misses you alot too. He is so much softer than he used to be meaning he doesn't quickly get bent out of shape like he used to. I give you permission to tease him still. He likes it and loves you very much.
I think I am getting what Hanako has. A cough that starts in my chest and it hurts when you do cough. Seth is hankering for some ice cream so we are going to make a Blue Bell run real quick before hitting the hay.
 We all love and miss you very much. I know I get a little distracted and I can't see the blessings that the Lord has given to me right away. But as I will tell you again and again, I am so proud of your decision and your resolve to serve a mission. You will never regret it and you will be so close to your Heavenly Father and your Savior. As a convert, I am so emotionally moved by your mission call and the fact that Seth is planning his future as a missionary as well- I am living vicariously through all of you in a good way. From Scouts to Young Women to Seminary to missions I am so proud of all of you. We send you lots of love from Arizona. I am sending your package on Tuesday so expect it soon. There is a little something to remember Arizona by. I know you think you are a California boy, but son, I beg to differ Laughing out loud. . . We love and pray for you daily.
Love always,
Elder Crawford to Mom 1/22/13:

Im a Cali boy by birth, AZ native by heart! I am glad all is well out there in the desert. Today its been about 6 degrees. Its getting ridiculously cold out here, and February is when its supposed to hit harder. But I am surviving. These past past few nights tracting Ive been having to waddle around like a penguin because of the wind chill.
Westview for Seth and Yoko huh? that's crazy but its for the best right? they will be ranked at the top of their classes lol. I am happy to hear that the family is doing well. Time is flying out here for me. Give some hugs and love to everyone for me.
Ooh, I got my tooth pulled yesterday. the thing was huge!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was decaying and part of the jaw bone with it. I feel so much better now.
Its amazing how missionaries work. Tell Elders K and D, I feel their joy and pain lol. Its not too bad, really. This week we have met some friendly baptists and Lutherans. they wont convert but they were kind enough to let us in and warm up. The people of The Great Ohio are pretty diverse, but I am learning to love them.
Im glad I chose a mission! This is where I need to be right now!!!!! I love and miss you so much.

And the enclosed pictures:

Mom to Elder Crawford 1/27/13:

What a week. It's super late, so I probably won't be writing a very long letter (*Infamous last words, right?). I need to get up at 5.30 or so to get everyone ready to drop Seth and Yoko off at seminary at 6am. I pulled them out of AAEC-their college schedules were crazy and not to mention expensive. It was impossible to coordinate with jobs, school, etc. They start at Primavera High School on February 4. They have 6 week sessions so depending on how many classes they take in one session means they can graduate sooner. This is the school for which Grandpa Allan works so he vouches for it. Seth and Yoko are looking forward to it and I feel it's the right thing to do to alleviate some of the stresses around here. I take everyone in the morning to seminary. Hanako and Daniel sleep in the car; I read my scriptures for awhile and then read some other books while we wait for Seth and Yo. Then we go home, get the little ones ready and off to school. Then I take a short nap before work. Seth is still working on his moped. Brother Ely gave him another moped for parts and is offering to help him look for a bike when he is ready. Did I mention that he found a free dishwasher for us as well? Here I was feeling sorry for myself until slap! I realized that the Elys have been a great blessing and help to us. The weather has been really rainy the last couple of days so I think this doesn't help my mood. Plus I got really sick again this past week. Hanako stayed home Wednesday too. She bounced back pretty quickly but no... not me. I slept from around 8am to 7 the next morning. 24 freaking hours. Even Jaime couldn't believe it. Oh, well. Feeling loads better. Been working a lot of hours at Savers, too. They trust me with cashiering now. Like I said, I kind of enjoy the work. Just wish it paid a little more. But no complaints- every little bit helps. Our lesson in Sunday School today was about the Second Coming. Sister Noble taught it. It's amazing how much I don't know!!! I want to learn more! I'm so grateful that she is my visiting teaching companion as well. She and Brother Noble are the ones that just recently returned from a mission in Quebec and they were responsible for teaching Institute classes there so they are literal fonts of knowledge. And very sweet to boot. Talked to Julie earlier tonight. She was so excited to get a letter from you and wanted you to know how much she appreciated you thinking of her and how proud she is of you. What else? Lots of sickness- Hanako and I were sick-now Daniel, Jaime and Seth are coughing and hacking a lot. Yoko has yet to get sick. I think she uses sarcasm as a shield against evil and germs I don't know smile. No, I slipped, got angry and gave her a hard time before bed tonight so I need to apologize in the morning. She does so much and does it so willingly. She is a good kid. Oh, yeah. Elder Kamisoko finally got transferred to PeoriaCrying face- but we did gain a cool new missionary. Can't remember his name but he is from...drum roll...Samoa! He and Elder Dickson are coming to dinner on Wednesday. We already decided to make falafels. Yummy. I'm so sorry about the rambling and manic single spacing of my email. I waited too long to write to you. Sunday is my day to write but it was busy- church, visiting teaching, reading (I started the Articles of Faith by James E Talmage), helping your brother attempt to make a potato battery for the science fair with a little trip to Home Depot thrown in because we didn't have all the supplies, finding papers and preparing for the coming week and picking up Seth at work. Whew. Who said Sunday is a day of rest? Well, Elder Crawford. Your package is a little late in arriving due to my being sick and busy but it's on its way. . . I am so very proud of you, son. Keep nurturing your testimony. Your service in the mission field helps to strengthen mine. I admire your resolve and your efforts so much and like I told you before, I am eternally grateful to Heavenly Father that he found me worthy of being your mother on this earth. I look forward to hearing from you. Give my best to Elder Housani. I love you.
Red heart Mom
Correction: Elder Housari. Not Housani, right? I need to get some sleep. I love you dearly.
Return with Honor,
Elder Crawford to Mom 1/28/13:
Hey, its all good! Which carrior did you send it through? I will get it when I get it I guess haha. It seems like you have been busy! thats really awesome. I hope all is well. I dont have much to share about this past week because I wrote that letter home. But yeah Im having fun out here in The Great OCM. I love and miss you lots.
This saturday is my first baptism. Its amazing!!!! I am looking forward to more. Give my love to the family!!!! Im really into the paper writing/ letter method haha.
 Love your son, Elder John Allan Crawford
 P.S. I will try to update a few picks each monday.

Mom to Elder Crawford 1/28/13:
I love it! Looks so cold though. We love you so much and congrats on the baptism. Way to go. So much work and you guys are doing your part.

Elder Crawford to Mom 1/28/13: (*As you can see, we were fortunate to be at the computer at the same time!)
Its been pretty interesting lol. I love you lots. Write you soon!
Mom to Elder Crawford 2/4/13:
Dear Elder,
I'm slightly upset. I was just finishing up my weekly email to you and poof! My email was deleted. Boo hiss! And you know how I ramble on...
Anyway, I hope you had a great week. How was your baptism on Saturday? Hope you have continued success in the mission field. It's a great start. I told a couple of people and they were like "Whoa! He moves fast!" Keep fighting forward, Elder.
Not much going on here. Seth and Yoko started back at seminary at the Garden Lakes building. We have it down to a pretty good science-the little ones bring their blankets and books and hang out in the car while the older two go to class. We get home and then get the little ones ready and off to school. Today, Seth and Yoko start the new online courses. It seems to be working out better- Seth can work days at Fry's and we are actually saving money. And I think Seth and Yoko like being at home. I mean they work well together and they get socialization with only church kids. They are going to Primavera-the same school Grandpa Allan teaches for. I need to contact the local school districts- Sister Johnson came in one day and told me that the district is always looking for substitutes. I in return told her how Sam can apply online for a job at Savers. They have been giving me lots of hours and I really do enjoy it, but I am away more than I like. Daniel has been acting up a lot more so maybe subbing is a good way to go.
This may be one of the shorter emails you get from me, but the message is always the same: I love you and I am so proud of you. No matter how tough times may be (because being on a mission is not all unicorns and rainbows), endure to the end and remember that you are the Lord's servant doing His sacred work. I love your testimonies that you bear in your letters. You are maturing so much- not only into a responsible young man but also in the Gospel. You are an inspiration to me. I love you so very much. Return with honor.
Elder Crawford to Mom 2/4/13:
Thanks for all the love and wisdom you share!!!!. Today is a short day, as a zone we are going to the air force museum. I got the package hahah. That calender really made my day, and i love it. It sits right above my desk. This morning I wrote a letter to everyone so I hope it gets there soon:) The baptism was amazing, we had about 50 or so people come out. I shared the message of the restoration all by myself, and it was such a spiritual experience for me. Elder Housari baptized and I confirmed on Sunday. Dave is pretty cool, He is in his 60's and really loves the lord. We have another baptism coming up for a 9 year old named Sofie.
The work is progressing out here so much and I am happy to be a part of it. This next Monday I will post pictures from the baptism and the museum. I wrote to Seth telling him that you guys should send some pictures sometime. I like to hang things up where we study. I put Hanakos and Yoko's pictures on my closet door.
Ill tell you what, so much happened on Saturday. Because the roads are iced over, we had an accident in the morning. Good thing is though is that we hit a members car ha-ha. I wasn't driving but Elder Housari and I are fine. Thats when the package came and really made my day. then we had the baptism that need. It went from bad to better, to great.
I love and miss you guys so much! Give Jaime a big hug for me. Tell him I missed a Christmas feast haha, and congrats on ghetto santa haha. I love that guy and Im proud to call him my dad. Any word on a promotion yet? Give the clan a big hug for me and tell them I am doing well. I wish you all the best and I pray for you as much as I can.
 2 months down, and 1 baptism. I love this work!!!!!!!!!!! Give my love and if you like, Give my email address to seth and yoko.
I will Return With Honor!!!!!!!!!
Love, Elder John Allan Crawford
Now, on February 13, Elder Crawford sent a bunch of photos. Here goes!


So that's it for today. I know we are in April, so I still have a ways to go. But I hope that you are enjoying Elder Crawford's journey. And consider yourselves lucky as well- not very many people get to peek into the "psyche of Michiko" either. To be honest, I feel a little exposed having my emails out there. But it's a journey that both John as a missionary and I as a missionary mom would love to share with our family and friends.
I hope that you all had a wonderful conference weekend, and I will be back picking up where I left off. Until then!
Michiko Medina