Wednesday, July 31, 2013


The day has finally come when Ben left for his mission. Departure Day. I know he is thrilled to be gone and out serving, but I miss him a lot already. It was hard for me this morning so I was really glad when he called after making it to Provo. I knew he would be fine, but it was good to hear him tell me he was fine. You know, moms worry. Pictures of Ben at the airport:

If you want to write to Ben at the MTC, here is his address:
Elder Benjamin Charles Battraw
2011 N 900 E Unit 287
Provo UT 84602

I'm sure he would love to hear from everyone!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Setting Apart

Ben was set apart tonight, along with Austen Gorge, another young man from our ward who is leaving with Ben for a mission to Argentina. The blessings were beautiful and President Sinclair then asked the two to bear their testimonies. It was a great meeting. We are really going to miss Ben.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Trip to the Temple

So today I went to the temple for the first time to get my endowments so that I would be able to go on my mission.  I got up at 6am with mom and got ready to go. The Fordhams and Lopezs picked us up for the 2.5 hour trip to the temple in Louisville, Kentucky. I was sandwiched in the back between Bro Lopez and Stirling on the way there and back. I was wearing a suit jacket, which I soon found was a mistake because it got quite hot very quickly.  The trip there was pretty uneventful with just one stop on the way there.  When we got there we were just a bit late, so when we got there we were ushered in and immediately started moving. Austin Gorge and I were both there with our escorts, his being his dad and mine being Brother Fordham and Lopez.  We got our intiatories done and then met with the Temple President, President Lunt. After a short talk, we went through the Endowment session, which was really cool.  After that, we headed back and changed into our normal clothes out of the temple clothes. Since it was about 1:15 when we left, we stopped at Sonic on the way back since there are none near Fishers.  I got a #7 which is a huge burger with tots and peanut butter cookie shake.  The Fordhams all got hot dogs with pretzels buns with bacon and nacho cheese on them.  They looked pretty good but I wasn't that interested. Bro Fordham also ordered a shake that was a peanut butter bacon shake which I got to try and it was surprisingly good.  After that it was a 2.5 hour trip back to Fishers. When we got back we were all tired but it had been a really good day.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Travel Plans

Today I got an email from the Missionary Travel Center telling me that my mission travel plans have been changed. Instead of reporting to the Brazil MTC, I will be reporting to the Provo MTC on the same day instead. My flight leaves Indianapolis International at 8:45 and will probably touch down in Salt Lake at about 10:30, and then its a hour and a half drive up to Provo via the Shuttle. That is my new travel plans.  I'm getting all of my stuff I need gathered up and ready to go.  Started packing up my stuff today as well, that was a bit of a shock, thinking that some of my stuff I will not see for maybe 7 years because I will be gone for 2 years on a mission, then 4 years in college, and then maybe a year more if I get deployed straight out of college.  Who knows? I now also have new glasses for my mission so all my vision items are finished and ready to go. Going to Louisville Temple the 27th to get my Living Ordinances and that will be super exciting! I can't wait! This was a brief update by Ben Battraw, Missao Brasil Manaus!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

License and Vaccine

So yesterday was an exciting day for me.  A quarter after 8am, Brother McDonald drove up to our house, picked me up and drove me to the BMV to be able to take my driving test.  The BMV wasn't open when we got there, but we didn't have to wait long to get inside. I signed in and waited for my driving instructor to call me up.  He did so, checked my permit, had my eyesight quickly tested, checked registration, and then we were off to the car.  A quick test of the brake lights and turn signals and we were off! I had to drive around various parts of Fishers (sometimes twice), through a construction site, parallel park and manage not to break any laws and get back to the BMV.  It wasn't too hard, though parallel parking was the hardest part for me.  I managed to pass though! After going through some paperwork, I was then a licensed driver in the state of Indiana!  I quickly went home, got my vaccine chart filled out and Austin Gorge and Sister Gorge picked me up to take me to a travel clinic to get the necessary mission vaccines that Austin and I both needed.  We had to drive downtown, but it only took about 20 minutes.  The clinic was on the fourth floor of the building so we hopped into the elevator for our 10am appointment. We got there on time, and started to fill out the nessecary paperwork to get the vaccines.  I needed to get yellow fever and typhoid. Yellow fever was just a quick shot to my arm, but typhoid was a different story.  I have pills that I have to take over the course of a week to get the vaccine.  I can't eat anything for two hours beforehand and can only drink them with cold water. Nothing else to eat or drink for at least an hour afterward so I just take them before bed. Fun  stuff. After getting the shots, Austin and I both got huge packets concerning the medical and physical 
dangers in both of our missions and lets just says Brazils list is extensive. Every risk is either moderate or high. I was real thrilled to hear that. After all of that, we went and looked at mission shoes, but everything was out of my price range so I didn't get anything. It was a really good and productive day. I enjoyed it.