Elder Allen and his companion, Elder Peart, ate dinner with a nice family on Sunday night. She sent this picture of the boys! She said:
“Had dinner with your boys. Great guys. Thanks for sending them out. They say they love you. They spoke in stake conference today and bore beautiful testimonies. We are happy to share our friends with them.They are going to play lazer tag tomorrow for p day, then we might get them to come over to our Taxidermy shop and help us mount a life sized bison. We have two boys in our ward that they are teaching that have baptism dates set and they said they had another baptism commitment in the 3rd Ward! They are doing a great job and we have a lot of less active people that are in elders quorum and the high priest leaders have asked them to help us teach. We are excited to have them both serving in our ward now.”
Now on to Elder Allen’s anticipated letter:
I want to start off by thanking everyone for everything. All of the gifts and the prayers. I can feel the love from you every day.
I hope that everyone is doing alright. Especially Grandpa Allen and Papa. I know that you guys are having health problems and I keep you in my prayers.
I wanted to let everyone know that my best friend in high school, Evan, is getting baptized! Elder Ian Benson and I always tried to be an example to him and plant a seed whenever we could. This summer, we felt prompted to give him a copy of the Book of Mormon, and he made the decision to take the discussions at boot camp. I was so excited when the missionary in his boot camp area emailed me and told me he was getting baptized! I am so glad that we had that inspiration to give him a Book of Mormon, and it is a testament of how the little things in life that we are inspired to do have great effects. Imagine if he serves a mission and how many people he can help all because of that one night that we gave him a Book of Mormon.
This last week has been great. We have a lot of support from the members, and especially now seeing how we spoke in stake conference and did really well. We walked in the chapel, and we were on the program so we each spoke. It was so weird how I wasn’t nervous at all. We have 4 baptismal dates right now, and will likely have a lot more. There is a lot of work here, however seldom in Spanish. I use it sometimes each day, but not a lot in this area.
We are doing great up here. It’s hard to work out every morning, especially since a couple days ago, it was -20 the other morning. I haven’t missed a workout yet though.
I read this week in Romans 15:13. Truly an amazing scripture regarding hope.
I thank all of you for everything, and love all of you.