& hope you had a good birthday Daddio. That's fun you guys got to go to the Evans! I love that family. Brother Evans would always wear the best bow ties. :) We had a party for you too at a members house. Sister Dahl made some really good popcorn balls, that smelled really sweet, for us to take home. Our pantry is full of delicious dessert from the holidays.
I can hardly believe it's already 2014! I feel like graduation was yesterday. Life changes as fast as the Crossover/Old Wire light stays green. :) I'm grateful for a journal to write everything down. Missionary life is hard, but it brings so much joy that time flies.
This weeks verse:
"Call upon the Lord daily, stand steadfastly in the faith and behold, ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God." Mosiah 4:11-12 (paraphrased)
I remember in the blessing you gave me Dad, before my mission, that I would feel a depth of love for those I serve that I have never felt before in my life. That is so true - the members and investigators here are amazing! I will be staying here for six more weeks and Elder Payne will be transferred to Warm Springs. I'm definitely going to miss Elder Payne. I know he'll do well there though.
My new companion, though, is Elder Phipps! He got his call the same day to the same place, got the same reassignment, we are the same age, and served in the MTC district. We've been good friends since the MTC. He loves to sing too and is a really good tenor. I'm grateful to have him while serving as a district leader because he's a really hard worker. It'll be super helpful to practice Portuguese with him.
Seeing Terra was neat this week at sacrament meeting. Thank you also, Sister Allen, for the care package!
I hope to get a chance sometime to share stories I have written in my journal of miracles that have happened recently in our area. I will try to put them in story form so that I can have time to email them next P-day.
Thanks for the prayers! I know that God answers them. I pray for you often too.
Have a good week!
Elder Young the younger
New Years' Verse: Ezekiel 36:26-27