How is everyone?
Dana, no kissy kissy with Augie.
Sounds like you guys are doing good and are having fun and having a lot of great experiences so that is good to hear.
The house is good here and the reactivation is good, can you believe it? We had a good Sunday, A bunch of people came back to church this week. Hopefully they can continue and progress. We have some great experiences with these families here and are starting to get a good relationship with them. It was a problem when I got transferred here to ward 1 because the filipino that was with elder Simmons when we lived together, and I was in ward 2...he kinda talked bad about Americans. So when I got put here in the ward 1, they didn't have any trust for us. It was rough earning their trust and to show them that we actually could work hard. We had to prove we're just not big lazy white people. It was hard to follow up the filipino because he didn't do anything his last transfer and then he talked crap about us. Now the Bishop can see that we are actually fun and hard working. Sometimes people here are a little racist because they think all Americans are way rich. Yes, we do have a better life then them in monetary ways, but gosh sometimes i get sick of everyone thinking, "Oh you're American, your life is so easy". They just don't realize but its all good and I do love these people.
About the photos, you guys don't get any photos because I don't get any photos from you sorry haha its the way it works.
Good luck Mom on the young women calling, you will do great just whatever you do...don't set me up with any of your laurels. Not really interested and besides I don't even know how to talk to girls anymore. Dad keep on feeling better. Katie don't get too fat. Aaron enjoy your sleep as much as you can right now, Parker, BYU Hawaii it's on! Luke keep on having fun and work hard. Dana namian mo itum halong ka da , Chris don't be a girl, suck up... the dentist is so much worse for kids here.
From Dave's letter: (Jared writes a note to young men in the ward)
Tell the young men they don't know what true happiness is because they haven't served a mission. They will be such a better person after and they will have true direction in their life. They don't know what is really out there in the world; all they know is Gilbert, Arizona right now When they go on a mission they can see the world and see the lives of others. Because of the things they see and their experiences they will appreciate how good they had it back home. They will also realize that the church is a blessing; they can't possible know how much until they serve. Their family is a blessing that they take for granted too. They will never realize how important those things are until you take it away from them for a little while. I also think if they don't go on mission they are telling Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father that their life is more important then others. That is straight up selfish and they will regret it their whole life. Of course they don't know whats out here and what they can learn, because they are just in their bubble right now. The mission prepares you not only for life but also for eternity .