Monday, February 24, 2014

About This Blog


 This is where I'll be putting my letters to home. Personal letters will be answered separately, but this will be the general information that I would tell everyone I write back. I have my fingers crossed that a member or a library somewhere will have a scanner I can use, and that I'll have little bits of time to draw. If so, then those will go up here, as well.

 I won't have any internet access on my mission except once a week for letter writing, so I won't be able to see or respond to any comments here.

 I've been called to the Arizona, Tempe mission. I'm reporting March of 2014 and will be coming home around September 2015. I am speaking English.

 And I am excited.

p.s. Most y'all know I like to write and tell stories. if you think this blog's gonna be all right grammar and spelling and all that, u rong. I'm not going to have time to be eloquent, and that's fine by me.

 Besides, writers don't spell, they write. Spelling comes later after you've gotten your thoughts down and before your editor strangles you.

 I won't ever get passed the first stage of writing, so good thing I don't have an editor. XD

A Little Introduction

My name is Chris Stratford. I am the youngest of five, and I am the fourth of my siblings to go on a mission. The mission I've been called to is the Tempe Arizona mission, which covers the southern-most, western-most corner of Arizona and even a little bit of California.

 I'd just like to share some trivia bits.

 - I love stories, of all mediums. I especially love visual storytelling, and hope to go into storyboards for animated films--but that dream has not usurped my dream of writing a novel.

 -I am always tired, all the time. My roommates will often find me trying to nap. Or they won't, since I tend to disappear in my bed and my roommates won't know I'm there until I move and scare them to death.

 -I love growing things. I feel close to God when I work with the earth and with plants He's designed to strengthen and nurture me. It's my dream to have a mini-farm, with a medicinal garden and a food garden and a couple of fruit trees and some meat rabbits and ducks. Sheep would be nice too. Herded by a giant, fluffy Pyrenees dog. Fantasies don't always happen, so if you're gonna dream, dream big, right?

 - I'm obsessed with birds and scarves. Yes.

 - I'm also obsessed with the Gospel. I absolutely love talking about my religion, but don't very often because it feels so taboo in our culture. I get excited when a conversation goes that way, but I won't instigate a discussion on my own...I'm hoping to get over that shyness before my mission. I love God and I love Christ and I'm grateful for all I've been given and I'm eager to go out and help others find Christ!