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Weekly Letter 8/23/09

Dear Elder Jacob,

I just got back from choir practice and Thelma W***** gave me a name
you could look up and contact.  It’s David M***** M*****.  Thelma said that
David’s brother Mark E***** M***** lived in the double wide trailor that
Adruses lived in before they built their house up the lane next to Mike
C***** and the Beans.  Mark was only 33 years old and his daughter found
him dead one morning (2007).  Mark’s mother came to go through his things
and Thelma gave her some soup and a card with a pass-along card in it.  She
hasn’t heard back from her but she just ran across the Shelley Pioneer that
had the death announcement in it and told about a brother that lived in
Roseville California and thought you might want his name just in case.  It
might be a good chance to talk to him about life after death and eternal
families.  It’s been two years so he may not still be there but maybe he
is.  When you have an “in” sometimes you can get a foot in the door.
School has started so we’ve decided to start holding to the rod again
and read our scriptures:)  Lexa suggested that we all have our own personal
scripture study in our rooms for fifteen minutes or so so that we can cut
the morning devotional down to fifteen minutes.  I didn’t have a problem
with that because I really want them to get into the habit of having their
own personal scripture study time.  We’ve only done it for a few days so far
but it’s amazing what a spiritual difference I’ve already started to feel
because of it.  Maybe during morning devotional we could study Preach My
Gospel instead of just one stick of scripture.

I’m thankful to hear that you and your new companion have a mutual
respect for each other.  That goes a long way.  Remember to take your
mission one day at a time and enjoy the journey.  Never wish you had the
gifts and talents of another missionary.  You have exactly what the Lord
wants in that area at this time.  Whenever you’re discouraged think of all
the gifts that you’ve been given and I don’t mean the ability to learn to
play the trumpet.  Think of your kind heart, your thoughtfulness toward
others, including women, children and the elderly.  You have determination
and the fortitude to move ahead when things are tough.  You have the ability
to put people at ease when they’re around you.  You have been blessed with a
full measure of faith.  Move ahead with a glad heart and tap into that God
given gift of faith and know that all will turn out for your benefit in the
end.

Oh, by the way, Shawna came this week because she wanted Joni and me to
help her make applesauce.  I told her that Ryan was gone to a job interview
and that we should pray for him as a family.  Joni, Shawna, Lexa, gma and I
knelt down and prayed that he might get the job.  He came home and said that
they had hired a guy for the job the night before.  But guess what?  Two
days later they called him and said that the other guy wasn’t working out
and they needed him after all.  It’s just a dump truck driver job that pays
him only half of what he’s used to making but after a year of no work he is
thankful to have it until he finds something else!  The Lord is truly
mindful of all his children.  I’d sure like to see him go back to school to
get educated in another field of some kind other than construction since the
bottom has dropped out of that market.  Whatever, not my life.
I sure love you, son.  Feel the faith and prayers of your earthly family
but above all remember that your heavenly family loves you and is rooting
for you even more that we ever dreamed of.  Hugs and kisses,

mom

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