Pictures Popping Up Today

One of Elder Hintze's fellow Tallahassee missionaries, Elder Welch from Elko, NV, sent us some pictures this afternoon. Well, actually Elder Welch sent them to his mom and she (Suzanne Welch) sent them to us. Elder Hintze and Elder Welch played some basketball together in the MTC. Elder Hintze described the experience in these words, "we made it rain". Enjoy!

A Sighting!

We happened upon a picture of Elder Hintze with his District and their new Mission president and wife from the MTC this past Sunday! Apparently, all the missionaries in his district starting singing Called to Serve when the President and wife walked in! I am sure there was such a strong spirit in that room. Love and amazed by all the good work the missionaries are doing for the Church. Elder Hintze told us that he had heard that 800 missionaries were flying out today to locations all over the world! Amazing work going on right now!

Tallahassee Bound

Elder Hintze is on the ground in Georgia and feeling fine! He has had a ginger ale and a little snooze and is anxious to get to Florida!! He was able to call us once more, just moments ago! We hope to hear from him once more when he reaches his final destination in Tallahassee!!!

Departure Day

Elder Hintze left for Tallahassee this morning along with 22 other missionaries headed to the Florida Tallahassee Mission. They departed at 7:10am, flying directly to Atlanta, layover for a couple of hours, then into Tallahassee arriving about 4:45pm (2:45pm our time).

We were able to talk to him on the phone for a few minutes. He sounds great! He's had a cold for a couple of days and not much sleep. He was up this morning at 2:30am so they could board a bus by 3:30am. He is very excited to get to Florida and get started. We love him and our prayers go with him and all those serving the Lord across the earth. It is an amazing time to be a missionary! Stay tuned for updates.

One and Only MTC P-Day

Bradley is a happy camper today. He is chilling in casual clothes, doing some laundry, and most importantly emailing his family! Here are some of the things he had to say:

"Wow. I feel like I have been gone forever, this has probably been the longest week of my life. I am not feeling very good, I have a sore throat, and a runny nose. So that is making it hard, but its all good. Elder Misi and I are struggling a little, our lessons with investigators are so poor.... So I'm just going to continue trying my best to keep things going strong. But it is so hard. So we taught George our TRC investigator, who I said was really hard, and it was. He has a prosthetic leg and he just kept on telling us all about the pain that he is in, with his leg, and how it is such a trial, and how he has phantom limb syndrome, how he can feel his leg, even though it is gone. And so like 4 times I tried to start talking about Christ and the Atonement and how He knows what we are going through, because he suffered all the pains in the world, and that if we turn our life over to Him, he will lift us through our troubles, but everytime I started to do that he would interrupt me, and one time he just started yelling. He also wanted to know about life after death, so I talked briefly over it all, and then talked extensively about the ressurection, and how when we are ressurected, we will be ressurected in our perfect state, and our limbs will all be attached, I shared a scripture saying that. And then he was like oh well as long as theres life after death, I dont care to get my leg back. So I guess that didnt work. And then we come to find out he is reading the Book of Mormon and he knows that it is true, but he doesn't want to get baptized, because his wife doesn't believe in Christ, so he doesnt want to lose her. But I don't know what to do to solve that, because he said that she wouldn't meet with us. So I'm confused I dont know what to tell him that would help him. So we meet again with him on Thursday, so we'll see how that goes."

"Sunday was awesome, just an awesome day to relax and not worry about anything, we sat up front with the branch presidency, because we are zone leaders, so that was cool, we had lots of leadership meetings. There are 12 missionaries in my District and 12 in the other District, the other District which had the zone leaders in it left Monday for Portland. So we have 24 missionaries in our branch/zone. And we get 8 more today, that we welcome in and give tours around the campus, that is our job as zone leaders. So I am excited about that. Sunday night we had a devotional, I don't remember the guys name, but he showed us videos of old commercials, which were funny, so I enjoyed that. Then they show 5 or so films, in the MTC and you get to choose which one to watch. We watched Character of Christ, by Elder Bednar, Dad everyone missionary should watch that video in mission prep in the stake, before they serve, it is amazing. I suggest that all of you watch it, it is more for missionaries, but still, it is incredible, I loved it so much."

"Tuesday we taught our TRC and the other lesson as I said, and then we had the devotional in the Marriott Center, so we walked over there as part of the missionary walk, President Gary of the 70 spoke to us, he was very good, he didn't have any notes, which was awesome, all from the Spirit. He told a story of him being a mission president in Ghana, and when he got there a man named Bob had 1000 people ready for the gospel, because 30 years ago as he as doing this, he was suffering persecution and his wife left him, alone with 4 kids, he prayed all night to Heavenly Father and his dead brother appeared to him in a vision and told him that the missionaries were coming, and taught him the song Come Come Ye Saints, and that is how he would know they were the right ones, and he also saw President Gary in the vision, 30 years before Pres. Gary arrived in Ghana. Crazy story."

"So today is our P-Day it is our one and only P-Day here, it feels so nice to wear normal clothes, and not have to stress about teaching lessons. I got my laundry done this morning, all of my clothing is working just great, although some of my ties might not be "conservative" enough, and I am unsure whether I can wear skinny ties or not, but I wore one yesterday. oops. Also today we are going to the Provo Temple to do a session with our branch, I am way excited for that. Also we have been playing beach volleyball for gym, out on the field, and I love that, you know i'm a fiend for a good volleyball pit."

"So I live with Elder Wright and Elder Smith in one room, two bunk beds, two desks, and then a closet and drawers for everybody. Elder Smith is from New Mexico, straight out of high school, he is a bigger dude, he played rugby and football, and he was inactive in the church for a long time before this, his dad works on the oil rigs, so he has been the man of the house, and has been taking his family to church which is awesome, he is hilarious. Elder Wright is straight out of high school, and he is the most innocent little thing ever, I am his biggest fan, he is hilarious. Then Elder Misi who is from Hawaii, he went to BYU this past year, and ya he is my companion."

"I love you so much. I love and miss all of you!!!! I don't have much more time, but if I think of anything I'll send it quick. I really am happy here, and this church is so true, I wouldn't want to be any other place, despite how much I miss all of you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO FOR ME!"


Guess Who Sat on the Stand in Church?

Second piece of mail found it's way to us from Provo! Elder Hintze had a lot of exciting news to share about his first week in the MTC. Here are a few of our favorite tidbits:

-He and the rest of the missionaries in his branch met with the Branch President and the next day Bradley received a letter calling him to be a Zone Leader! He and Elder Misi (his companion) were sustained on Sunday. Elder Hintze said they haven't had too many responsibilities yet, but they are just supposed to make sure the missionaries are happy and be a support to missionaries who may be struggling! They also are bedtime enforcers, so they go around turning off lights each night!

-They have started teaching investigators every couple days. Bradley is working really hard to get the hang of teaching so his investigators understand and apply principles in their own lives. His companion doesn't participate much, so Brads is getting a tad frustrated!

-Elder Hintze was on a volleyball kick prior to leaving for the MTC and to his delight there is an outdoor volleyball court he and a few other missionaries have been able to play on during their rec time. Some of you may have seen the tweet Bradley had us send out about the volleyball dynasty he is forming! (Bradley is changing so much already, yet he is still exactly the same.)

We are so proud of Elder Hintze. It is obvious he is already learning and growing so much. It is so fun to have a brother/son serving a mission! Please keep Bradley and his investigators in your prayers!

We LOVE missionaries so much!
Thanks for your constant support.

First Piece of Mail from Provo, UT!

Today was such an exciting day at the Hintze's mailbox...we got our very first letter from Elder Hintze! 

Packed in his luggage with all the suits and ties,  we sent a sort-of fill in the blank type quiz for him to quickly fill out the first night before he retired to bed. We have been anxiously awaiting his responses and to find out how things were going!

Here is what Elder Hintze had to say after day one in the Missionary Training Center:

"I got taken to my room, dropped my suitcases and then, I went to my assigned classroom. We met our teachers, Sister Sanford and Elder (can't remember his name). We were there shortly, just introduced ourselves. We then went and heard the MTC Presidency speak. That was cool. We sang like 7 hymns, which was awesome. After that we had dinner. It was fried chicken and potatoes, it was just whatever. But, they have ice cream like crazy and all kinds of drinks. We then spent 3 hours speaking to mock investigators. There were 50 missionaries in a room and two missionaries started speaking with him just about basic things, and then the class took over the rest of the conversation. It was so awesome! My favorite part of the day by far! The Spirit was so awesome. The people as the investigators, I assume, are converts. But they played it so well, they were crying and just had a lot of past problems. Unfortunately, we didn't do very well with 50 of us. We went in circles a lot. We just kept sympathizing with him rather then getting into it."

"I have seen tons of Elders & Sisters that I know and we have orange stickers on our name tags, so everyone knows we're new, so we get 'welcome to the MTC Elders' everywhere."

His companion is Elder Misi from Hawaii and "He's cool." He says, "I am in a room with another companionship going to Tallahassee. They are hilarious. Elder Smith & Elder (I forgot, oh well)."

"But, I love it here even after one day. Thanks for helping me get here. The mock investigators really got me excited. People got a lot of problems and the Gospel can fix them all. The Spirit is so strong here. The church is true. Love, Elder Hintze"

As always, thanks for taking an interest in Brads. He is so grateful for the people in his life. So many good friends and family members have helped him get to this point and have been such good examples. He loves you all! Visit next week for more news!

P.S. Take a look in the right sidebar if you are looking for ways to get in touch with Elder Hintze! Or.....Our family has been using to send him quick notes every so often, so if you have an account, that is an easy option as well. You'll also notice a few tidbits of information in the sidebar as well. Those will be updated as we get more information from Brads and as he gets deeper into his mission so check back!

P.S.S Here are a few pictures from our MTC drop off!

MTC Address

MTC address:

Elder Bradley Brent Hintze
2011 North 900 East, Unit 253
Provo, UT 84602

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This site is currently under construction. The creative vision has not clearly come into focus.

However, very soon this site will be dedicated to the missionary service of Elder Bradley B. Hintze. Elder Hintze will be serving in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. He enters the MTC on June 12th and it is anticipated that he will arrive in Tallahassee on June 25th.

Visit often for news, pictures, and updates regarding Elder Hintze.