Tuesday, October 27, 2015

map of Baja California Norte

 Since Trevor didn't tell us anything about this "new area they are opening"  I have decided to throw a dart at this map, and that is where I will imagine he is until he gives me a little more information.

Lunch with Sarah and Sam

I had a fun lunch with both Sarah and Samantha.  Their sons are Elder Gwilliams and Elder Brown.  Both left on their mission with Elder Scoubes.   They are all 3 now serving with Local companions in the Tijuana Mission.  We three met on TJ Missionaries Families and Friends Facebook page. We suddenly have a lot in common.   The Gwilliams are in Aunt Effies and Uncle Merrills ward in Springville.  Small world.

Link to the Jesus Christ video Series


Samaritan Woman at the well

Samaritan Woman at the well
 Ask of Him and He will give thee living water.
But who so ever drinkth of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.

One of my favorite videos.  This is a truly excellent series of Jesus Christ published by the LDS church.  

Picture of mission Presidents with trevor

Letter from Mission President


October 27th , 2015

Dear Family Scoubes,                              
We express our love and congratulations that your son, Elder Trevor D. Scoubes, has been called
by the Lord to serve in the Mexico Tijuana Mission.   It is our privilege to welcome him; be
assured that the Lord will surround him with his love and support (D&C 84:88). 
We will also do our part to help in his spiritual and physical well-being.

The purpose of your son is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive
the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism,
receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."

Letters from the family are very important for the missionaries. 
We suggest that you write to your child every week and provide him with encouragement
and good news; in order to write to you, the missionaries are only allowed to use the email
provided by the Church, myldsmail.net, and the rule is that they write you every week on Monday.

So that letters and packages can arrive even more quickly to your son, we have a
United States P.O. Box.  It is at the following address:
(Name of missionary)
Mexico Tijuana Mission
PMB 157, P.O. Box 439056
San Ysidro, CA 92143-9056
We would also like you to know that the missionaries receive a certain amount of money each month.  
These funds are sacred and represent the sacrifices of family and other members. 
The missionaries should have a monthly budget, be savings minded, and prudent in how
they spend these funds.  We suggest that you do not send money very often. 
It is appropriate to send him money only when they have needs such as the replacement of clothing. 
This will help your child learn to be self-sufficient and prepare him for his future life.

We appreciate the support you give your son.  In this way, you help support missionary work. 
May the Lord bless you in this work of love.

President Jorge A. García                       Sister García

Monday, October 26, 2015

One of Trevors Besties.... Elder William Graham in Guatemala

Trevor left with 8 from MTC and arrived in Tijuana today

Ist day in Mission!!!! Where is he? Who knows?

So this crazy thing happened today. I left the MTC!!! Yeah, I am currently sitting in an internet cafe with crazy Mexican music in the background. It is awesome. This has been a hard day, but meeting my companion and everything has been awesome! His name is Elder Bernal. He has been out 9 months and has a lot of knowledge for me! I am excited for the experiences to come. 

Sorry for a short email this week, we have to leave because (on my very first stinking day) WE ARE OPENING A NEW AREA. Yeah, we have two people we are going to go teach in about 10 minutes. woo. Haha, itll be awesome. 

Fyi, I will be in this area for 12 weeks, and my pdays are on Monday! Thank you for all your prayers. Please pray for me to have the gift of tounges. Gracias! Me encanta Mexico. 

Con amor, Elder Scoubes

p.s., sorry for not writing everyone, lack of time

headless whistling Trevor


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Trevor with sister Jessica at airport sept 16 2015

Trevor to Jess

Trevor to his sister Jessica (shared with permission)
To Jess
Im so glad to hear that things are going better!! I know that they will continue to get better. That is so awesome that you are going to be a VP and someday in the Presidency for the Crew!! Haha whatever. People are asking for my email? I hope you give it to them cause I love hearing from home. After all this studying, I love to hear from home. I did some math... I study for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, and I have been here almost 6 weeks. I am doing 98 hours of study a week (thats 4 full days of non stop), and I have done a total of almost 600 hours of study. Holy crap. The language has come soo far, but now it is getting harder. I wish I had payed attention in school! ugh haha. Tell me more about how things are going on at home!!!!!!!!! Like play by play what is happening. I need a break from this study. On a seperate note, I get to play soccer and ultimate frisbee every day and it is awesome. We get an hour of gym time. I leave on Monday morning at 3am! My plane leaves at 7. It is crazy. In 5 short days I will be knocking doors! Trying to communicate, haha but I probably wont be able to speak to anyone for about a month. I hope by christmas i will be almost fluent! This time is flying, and I have learned that the harder I work, the faster the time goes. Help mom and dad with family study. I never had this study in my life, and I now regret the opportunity i had at home to do it. It took me flying to a different country to figure it out. So learn now! I miss you so much, and I pray for each of the fam members individually ever single prayer I say. Tell me more about what is going on at home. I love you. 
con amor, Elder Scoubes
p.s. I NEED YOU TO KEEP A LIST ON YOUR PHONE OR SOMETHING OF ALL THE NEW MUSIC I NEED TO LISTEN TO WHEN I GET BACK. We found some tarzan on these computers, and holy cow after a month of NO music, It made me cry listening to it. I have a little notebook of things I want to do when I get home and I add more every day. We can do the list when I get home. Make a list too! Especially of new songs and stuff, cause I wont have any idea what came out over the past two years. Miss you tons.  elder Scoubes
Trevor getting a hair cut.   This is always a difficult and sad process for him

p.p.s. I have laryngitis! haha but im fine. just lots of pills. Hollah!

haircut and birthday 10/22/2015

Trevors last message from the MTC 10/22/2015

(For the family and group email) 

Thank you for the doughnuts!! Kirspy Kreme was definitaly something that was lacking in my life. Ony of my companions had his birthday, so we use the 24 doughnuts among the three of us and had a companionship party for him. He opened presents and all. 

The trio is working so great! At first we had some struggles teaching, because it is a lot harder bouncing off each other when there is 3... but it has worked itself out. This has been an absolutely crazy week. The time is flying, I cant even comprehend it. The Spanish is getting a little harder... appearently there is more to learn then just past, present, and future. There is subjunctive which is both past and present (maybe future) and all those include noun, adjective, and adverb clauses. TONS TO MEMORIZE. I just need to practice speaking it! I know it will continue to come. 

One thing that I would like to share with all of you. Heavenly Father answers our prayers. Every single one. in His own time, in His own way. but he always does. I would like to share a small experience with you on the subject. A few years ago, I made a hard decision. (what the decision was is not important ;) :)) And I didnt know if it was the right thing to do. It was hard for me. About a week later, I was reading my scriptures, and I saw a direct answer to my questions of whether I did the right thing. There were two verses. They stuck out to me. And they were an answer to my prayers. 

The problem was, I did not write them down. And when I had this testimony building experience, but I did not record it anywhere! I pleaded to Heavenly Father to help me remember so that I could better testify of him. I then waited, and searched. After a few days of looking I found them. I encourage you to read D&C 6:22 and then 15. These were my answers, and they hit home. They were exactly what I needed to hear when I needed to hear them. 

I can promise to you will all the fiber of my being. When you pray, with sincere faith, Heavenly Father will answer you. Also, Keep A Journal! I have done that every day since being here, and It is fun to see all of the things that happened. 

For those who dont know, I have been in the MTC for 5.5 weeks! I leave for Tijuana on  Monday morning at 3:30! Crazy how in 5 short days, I will be out knocking doors, and teaching lessons with my broken spanish. My teacher extended a promise to us. He said that if we worked as hard as we could for the first month we were out, we would be almost fluent by the end of the month. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I need the spanish haha. 

I Love you all! Keep writing me! I love hearing about home. Miss you all so much. 

Con amor, Elder Scoubes

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Mission departure at airport Sept 16 2015

From Trevor 10/15/2015
So guess what... I HAVE BEEN OUT ONE WHOLE MONTH. I only have 23 months left! That really isn't a lot of time. Time to buckle down and get to work!! 

This week has been a little hard. My companion had to go home. Dont worry, totally worthy. Just some things he needed to fix at home. Imagine saying goodbye to all of your friends, then, in weakness, finding someone that you can trust and confide in. And then, having to say goodbye to them. Yeah that kinda sucked. But other than that, life is good! 

The spanish continues to come! I can honestly feel prayers while I am out here. A tender mercy of the Lord. I know that I have people rooting for me, and that is the motivation I need! I love everyone at home!

Quick thought for you! I was talking with my district. We were talking about how much we have all grown in just one month! And holy cow that is true. I could never go back home and treat life the same. I would treat sundays different and others different. It is crazy to look back and see the distractions satan puts in our lives to keep us from becoming what we can become. I now realize how sacred of a day Sunday is. I now realize that the silly little fights simply aren't worth it. I now realize how much more of an example I should have been. 

If I could have one wish, it would be to be at home with all of this knowledge. I would teach my family and friends about how different life could be if we would just give ourselves to Christ. If you ask for help, with faith, he always answers prayers. I know it. This isnt a gospel where you check your brain at the door. TEST ALL THINGS. If you want to know if something is true, test it. And if you do so with real intent, in his own time, and in his own way, GOD WILL ANSWER. Try it! 
I know that we can all be influences for good in eachothers lives!

Email me and let me know how things are going at home!
I miss you all!
Con amor, Elder Scoubes

Trevor is now in a threesome companionship Elder Kelson, Elder Brown and Elder Scoubes

Sunday, October 11, 2015

this is a Before and After Mission Rap by Colby Ferrin. I just like it.
From Robyn
This last post from Trevor was an email sent to his father.  I have permission to post it here. (please read the below post firts)  As soon as Trevor mentioned Elders Hollands talk I was sure which one it was but quickly confirmed that it was the wonderful talk on MOTHERS.  Trevor had not sent me flowers or written me a formal note but it was as if he had just to know that he was affected by the talk on mothers.  It was enough because I had heard that talk too.  I was listening to it at the same time he was and I had heard the validations and encouragements and thanks to all mothers.  "you are doing better than you think".  Tender mercies sustain us and our effort to do the best we can.

Thank you Elder Holland.  Your talk has touched many lived and will forever do so to encourage women to keep going and to do all that they can and that in the end through the Saviors help it will be enough.   Our roles are sacred and each vital to the Lords plan of happiness

This was an email from Trevor to his Father. 10/8/2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

companions retaliation to Trevors burps
Trevor video practicing Spanish


written by Trevor 10/8/2015

Hola mis amigos!

Whew... what a crazy week. We got a new batch of missionaries here! They all look so young, not sure why haha. I have had many opportunities to talk with my branch president while I have been our here. He is such an amazing man. He has taught me many things since being here. I would like to share one with you. 

This past week, I prayed before conference to help me know what I could do to become a more devoted person to his cause. I wanted to be better, and I knew that if I asked what to do, the Lord would show me. 

I wrote down every ounce of revelation that came to me over the conference. (Totaling in 41 pages of notes, in a slightly smaller journal i purchased here). I didnt have my prayer specifically answered. I couldnt find it. On Sunday night, we had a district devotional. Just an opportunity for us to talke about what we learned. As I was looking through my notes, thinking of what I could possibly share, I started seeing my answer. 

I wrote down a bunch of one-liners that I heard throughout the conference. And as I was combing my notes, I saw it. I wanted to know what I could do to be better, and the Lord told me. In almost every single talk, I had written part of my answer. 

I dont remember who these come from, but these are some of them. 

"The Lord's main goal is our progress." "We only fail when we fail to take another step forward." "What lack I yet?"

That last one put them all together. I need to fix the things in my life that I can, and then turn around and ask the Lord, "So what can I work on next?" If you think he will hold out on telling you what you can work on, you would be wrong. 

It hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew that I needed to keep working on converting myself, and i have started doing that. Now, the part with Presidente Suazte (branch president). 

I got a prompting that I should talk to him about something. Not anything big, but something i could work on. I took the step of faith to talk to him, and boy was I blessed. He said, "Why are you telling me about this now? Why not when you were at home?" (again i promise its nothing big) I just came to the conclusion that, when I was at home, it seemed scary to me. Scary to admit that I was wrong, scary to go through repentance, scary to think what others might think or me. 

He then said something that changed my life. "Elder, why isnt it scary now?" I couldnt come up with an answer. I didnt know why it wasnt scary to me anymore, and I actually wanted to make everything right. 

Then he told me, "Elder, you have grown spiritually. And you are now able to see that repentance is here to bless us, and help us grow closer to the Lord. We need to look back, realize that we were acting dumbly, and forgive ourselves." (heres the important part) "We must always take the imperfections we have and give them to the Lord. And then he will show us what to do next." 

Friends, I used to think repentance was scary. I didnt like the thought of talking to my bishop, it made me uncomfortable. But I have learned for myself. The Lord is waiting with open arms, all we need to do is go to him. Repentance is nothing to be embarrased about. It helps us come to Christ.

Sorry for the long email! There is just so much I would like to share!! I miss you all, and love the emails. Also send me pictures!!
Con amor, Elder Scoubes

p.s. fun thing that Presidente Suazte shared with me. He said "Elder, I can feel the power you have been blessed with. And I can feel what your future holds. You will have the opportunity to serve in many different leadership positions throughout your mission. And you will use this experience to bless others." If you follow promptings, you will be blessed, and in turn, you will bless others. I never would have learned allllllll of this had I not talked to him. The Lord loves you, and know how to use you. Let him. I LOVE YOU ALL, but more importantly, God loves you.

Friday, October 2, 2015

From Robyn (mom)
Well we really miss our son.  he has been gone two weeks now.  Keir wears his old Elder Scoubes name tag under his ties.   Thursdays have become our new favorite day as we anticipate email from our Elder.  The weirdest thing.  When i clean off the dining room table it stays clean.  No motorcycle helmets, or keys, or soccer paraphernalia,  or back packs, or anything else piles up everyday.  There aren't 6 pairs of shoes strung randomly throughout the house.  I'm stumped as to why? :)  I still haven't cleaned his room.  It is in the exact condition as the day he packed and left.  It needs a once over.  I need to put away the things he wants saved for when he returns and remove all the things he no longer needs or wants.  My son hasn't been known for his organizational skills but I am betting the mission and it's way of life will change that.  I have sent off a boy and expect to get back a man ready to take on his own life.

I have accepted that he will never really return to us.   He will come back but (hopefully) only to springboard on to his own path.  Maybe to BYU Idaho maybe on to somewhere else.  I got to be his mom for almost 19 years but he will never really need me again in the same way.  Its the way it is supposed to be and I am thrilled for him and the opportunities he will have and is setting up for himself.  I'm proud of my son.  So So proud.  The memories of young Trevor are mine, those he is making now are his, and one day the memories of adult Trevor will belong to someone else.  I am grateful for the time I had and will always be here for him and always be his mom.

Mtc Mexico received 10/2/2015

Hello everyone!!! Holy cow, so appearently I am almost half way through week 3... what the? Yeah its going by so fast. I love it here at the CCM! I think I already talked about this, but I will again. THE FOOD IS SO GOOD. I am certain that I have gained weight here. We get 1 hour of gym time per day, and I ethier spend that playing volleyball with my comp, or PLAYING SOCCER. It is soo fun to play with the other elders.

I got to go the the Mexico City temple today! just got back. It was such a humbling experience. When we took the 1.5 hour bus ride there, it was crazy to look out the window and see how different it was from home. I am excited to start teaching people. 
I was thinking about it, holy cow one thing I miss so much is music. We arent allowed to play music here at the CCM... idk why, but oh well. I found vocal point on this computer i am on, and may or may not be listening to a few vocal point hymns. 

The weeks are starting to fly by! I will be home before I know it, and that motivates me to lose myself in the work and do all that I possibly can. Its weird to see how, things that at home i so desperately relied on, just dont matter when doing the Lords work. They make us happy, and that is good, but they arent necessary. I have already been changed for my whole life in the past few weeks.

 Please pray for me and the gift of tounges. I am praying for all of you at home. I love you all! Write me! it might not be a long response, but i love to hear about home. 

Con amor, Elder Scoubes

p.s. I love this work soo much, but haha this is hard. Imagine going to school for 14 hours hours a day. ;) I love it. 

Sept 24. 1 week done

This has been the longest week of my life. So many orientations!! but i am loving every second. So just so you know, while i am here, i will be emailing on thursdays. The last few days have gone much faster. Once you get into a rhythm, it picks up. The language is coming! we have all looked back at our first week. It is crazy to see how much we have learned language wise! Remember when i told you about those elders that had to teach their third day at the mtc? Im going to take it one step further. We had to teach a full lesson, to an investigator, in spanish. It was the hardest thing i have ever done. We had our last lesson with her yesterday, and we have enough spanish to dance around the main idea of the lesson, and we can bear our testimonies. I can fluently pray in spanish! but thats the easy part ;)

 Every day we get an hour of exercise. I love how we get to play whatever we want. Our zone leader, Elder Afflek, plays soccer for BYU! He is going to chile. I play with him every day. He asked what i was doing for college and i told him that i wanted to play soccer somewhere, and he suggested i come tryour for BYU! He said that i could practice with him when i get home. He is an amazing example for everyone in our zone. Elder Brock Brown is in my district! I am with him every day. My companion, Elder Slade, played volleyball in highschool. He is 6 foot 5 inches, and loves to share the gospel through testimony. Before he came, he was actually the number 2 mid blocker in all of arizona! hes really good, and we are already best friends. We get along so well. I love it here, and i know that i will love it even more as iget into the field.

 Id like to share a quick experience with you. This past week, we had the opportunity to teach a sister (a real investigator). She came with her mom, who is lds, and we had an opportunity to answer her questions. She talked about how she left the church because her dad died and it was really hard for her. There was probable 30 of us all in a room with her. As we were answering her questions, i was praying for revelation of what this sister needed to hear. I was thinking about what i could possibly say to help this sister, and then a thought crossed my mind. And when it did, my whole body was overcome with the spirit. I dont even know. It is so hard to explain. I was afraid to talk, but i knew that if i opened my mouth, the Lord would fill it with his words. I raised my hand, she called on me and i spoke. I asked, ¨sister, do you know why your mother and all of us here are so persistend when talking about the gospel?´´ she replied that she didnt really know. and then the words came, ´´ we are so persistand because we know with surety what this gospel can do to your life.´´ it caught her off guard. she looked puzzled, and then looked down, pondering. I explained that, since we have the gospel in our lives, we can testify of how much it would change hers. other went on talking, and after we were done and she had left, one of the sisters in our zone came up to me and thanked me. she said that she knew that that is what the sister needed to feel.

I am greatful for the opportunity i have to be a vessel of the Lord. Any time, any place, if we have good intentions, and we have the spirit with us, he will speak. He just uses our mouths to do it. I know that the Lord knows each of us individually, and he helps us in every single way that we let him. All he wants is for us to forsake our nets, as peter the great apostle did, and follow him. Quoting Jeffery R. Holland. ´´Jesus said to Peter, ´Do you love Me?´ peter answered ´yea Lord´ our savior and redeemer then replied, ´Then Feed My Sheep.´ I know that i am supposed to be here, and i miss you all daily! I am greatful for prayers. Please help me in praying for the gift of tounges. One week down! 

Con amor, Elder Scoubes

p.s. i apolagize for the grammer mistakes, i am literally forgeting how to spell and speak english. Its awesome.