This Blog is being updated by Travis's Mom with pictures and weekly emails received as he serves a 2 year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fukuoka, Japan from May 2013-May 2015.
Travis would love to hear from you. Letters and packages should be mailed to him via USPS only. His address in Fukuoka, Japan is (each comma represents a new line):
Elder Travis J. Bloomfield,
Japan Fukuoka Mission,
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The "Farewell" and Setting Apart as an Official Missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - 12 May 2013
we are relatively new to the ward here in Pleasanton, Calif. and Travis has
only attended the ward about 4 times (2 weeks before heading to BYU
and 2 times at Christmas), it was a little awkward having a farewell here.
Many of the members did not know him and we did not have any
family other than the 5 of us that live here attend. I (Mom)
personally felt really bad for him as we had just attended the
farewell of Tucker and Hilari Bloomfield (cousins) the week before
and they had about 100 people come to hear them speak and to an Open
House at their home after. Had we not moved from Texas to
Calif. yet, Travis would have had the same. He was a good sport
about it and just took it in stride. He did have three friends
that he met at BYU that live kind of close to Pleasanton come, so it was awesome to
have their support. Not only was it hard because he had little
support, but it was also Mother's Day, so he just got stuck in the
middle of the Mother's Day program and talks. But as usual, he
did awesome and delivered a great message on not judging others and
gave a sweet tribute to Mother's and to his mother (me). I was
very touched and shed a tear or two. Following Sacrament
meeting, we took some pictures at the Church with friends and also
some at home of just Travis.
Zane Veater, Travis and McKay Marshall
Zane Veater, Travis, McKay Marshall and Lexi
Looking pretty "Official" as a missionary
Who would not want to accept a Book of Mormon from this guy?
Ready to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon
Ready for the best 2 years of his life.
At 3:30pm, we went to the Church and met with Stake Presidency and had a very nice family meeting where we all including the members of the Stake Presidency that were there, shared our feelings about Travis serving his mission. Travis also shared his feelings and Testimony. The spirit was very strong and it was an incredible meeting. Travis was then set apart and given a blessing as an "Official" Full-Time Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From that point on, he began to live by and follow all mission rules which he will continue to do for the next two years until he is officially released when he returns from Japan.