Friday, July 5, 2013

Christmas 2012

Dear family,

We had a fun visit with Sam (Elder Nelson) on Christmas Day.
Jake uses Skype frequently, so we set that up for the call.
He looks healthy and happy.

He is working with members with his companion, Elder Smith.  Elder Smith has been out 4 weeks and Elder Nelson is the Trainer/Senior Companion.  It is a car area, Sam does the driving though admits Elder Smith has a better driving record.  Elder Smith is older (24)and is from New Hampshire.  We were able to meet him also.  Sam said that there are many older elders out there.  ( A shout out to all who are older than 19) The younger missionaries are not coming until early next year.

The Elders live in an apartment built on to a garage at the Wardell family in KImberly, Idaho.  The town has 8 wards and they work with 4 of them.

They had several places to go on Christmas Day, so they planned a full day besides talking with us.  It was fun as we witnessed our family come to the call area and visit with Sam.  They basically asked some of the same questions, but in different ways.  When we had about 5 minutes left, we all gathered around the computer and sang Sam's request of "Angels We Have Heard on High" and finished with a rendition of "We Wish you a Merry Christmas."

When we got home there was a card from the Wardells waiting for us.  I will quote from the card.

"We wanted to let you know how grateful we are to you for raising such a wonderful young man.  Your son, Elder Nelson, is living with us and we have grown to love and respect him greatly.  He is doing an awesome job as a Senior/training companion to Elder Smith, who is a convert of 3 years and a past Jehovah's Witness.  Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and know that your son is well and is a blessing to us all. Dan and Cherie Wardell"

Just wanted to share an update

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