Lauren is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and will be working in the Visitor's Center of the Oakland California Temple and in the areas around Oakland and San Francisco, California. She will be on her mission for a year and half, from February 6, 2014 to August, 2015.
"They are two of the
funniest, most loving people ever."
"...they have been like
all the sisters' second mom and dad.
I love them so much and am going to
Yayyyyyyyy I'm so happy for Brad and
Tatum!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!!!! I can't wait to come home to three new
members of the family! Ahhhh! Crazy!! How happy!!!!!! I love them
Well, this past week was nuts! Such
a busy and exhausting week. Sister Smith and I had to prepare to give
two trainings, went on three exchanges, and Tuesday night was bazerko. It was also, the Lavenders' (senior couple at the Visitors' Center) last week.
night was crazy. I was on exchanges with Sister Page. We were pulled in
a thousand directions that night! We had Visitors' Center from 9 to 3,
then four lessons scheduled that night along with institute dinner. Our
first lesson was with one of our recent converts who we found out is
struggling with some things, so we told her that night we would find
someone to give her a priesthood blessing. Then we had our second
lesson, then we had institute dinner. We could only eat for a little bit
because we had another lesson, but before we got up to leave, someone
we had met and invited to church and institute (non-member) walked in
the door! We were like ahh! So we told him we couldn't stay but that we
would meet him after and have a lesson with him. So we went to our other
lesson. Before that though, a recent convert who hasn't been coming to
church walked in the door and we were like ahh!!! We asked them how
they've been and it was a miracle because we hadn't seen or heard from
them for a few weeks. Then we asked someone if they could give a
priesthood blessing before institute class started. He said yes, and we
told him we would find someone else after the lesson. Then, we had our
lesson, which was short but went really well. Then after that, we had
another lesson scheduled with another recent convert, and she was
waiting for us, but we were rushing trying to find the first guy we has
asked for the blessing but couldn't find him, so we asked two other
guys. So we did that, then the potential who came walked down the
hallway and we were like "We have a lesson right now, but can we meet
with you after?!" And he said yes and that he wanted to go to institute
class to check it out (thank heavens). So then he went, and we were
rushing to get to our next lesson, then a member walked up to us and
said "Sisters! I brought my friend to tonight
that I want you to meet!" Haha so we went to meet them, while everyone
else (recent convert waiting for the blessing, recent convert waiting
for the lesson, guys to give blessing) were all standing there waiting
for us...so then we were done talking with the friend, and told the
recent convert who was going to get the blessing that we couldn't join
because we had a lesson, but then we all walked in the same direction so
we were like "Okay wait maybe we'll join" and asked the other recent
convert if she was okay with joining us for a blessing. So it was just
all really weird and 2343 things happening at once, but we finally got
into the room and our two members were so sweet and gave such an awesome
blessing. Then, we had our other lesson, then after that, we found a
member to join us for the lesson with the guy we invited and were
waiting for him to come out of class but he texted us and told us he
wanted to stay (which was fine with us so we could have a breather...)
So thennn we were waiting but had to leave soon to get back to the
Visitors' Center to finish exchanges. So we waited and waited, then had
to leave. But as we were driving out from the parking lot we saw him
walk outside, so we did a sharp turn back into the parking garage to
talk to him, and we were able to set up a lesson. Yay! So,
anyways......crazy busy night. Hope any of that made sense and conveyed
my point....but also I would just like to say how much help the Savior
gave to us this past week with everything else we had to do. He was
right by our side the whole time and it was all only possible with the
aid and strength He gave us. I love Him and am so grateful for Him!
the Lavender's are done with their mission. They are two of the
funniest, most loving people ever. I am so grateful for all they've done
for us who have served in the Visitor's Center....they have been like
all the sisters' second mom and dad. I love them so much and am going to
Love you all!! Have another awesome week!
DEAR READERS ... MOVE ON TO THE NEXT POST AND READ ALL ABOUT LAUREN'S BROTHER GETTING ENGAGED!
this is my super detailed e-mail to Lauren, it is also an announcement
to our friends and e-mail and blog family! As many of you know, and
some of you don't:
BRAD IS GETTING MARRIED!
Yea! Congrats! Cool! Excitement! etc. etc. So the following are the pictures and then the details of their courtship and engagement!
Brad had these placed at intervals up the mountain
This last tile was at the top of the Camelback Mountain trail. 143 is what Tatum and Brad say to each other. 1 = I 4 = LOVE 3=YOU! 143!
Friday, Brad asked Tatum Tarwater to marry him! Tatum is a former
girlfriend who Brad met and started dating just before his second year
of football at Southern Utah University. During the last 8 years they
have remained friends, but their paths separated. Brad went on a
mission and Tatum got married. Tatum has a little girl named Presley
and a little boy named Jagger. But "sometimes good things fall apart
so that better things can fall together", and Brad and Tatum reconnected
this past October and started hanging out. By Christmas they began
thinking ahead to his leaving to go to his new job at JP Morgan in New
York City after graduation this coming May. Brad started considering
the all the pros and cons of having a family in New York and it all
sounded not only possible, but would be a great blessing for all of
them. So Brad decided to work on getting married and take this new
little family to live in New York City! Brad has fallen in love with
not just one person, but three people and they are all so cute and happy
together! You should see how he nibbles on Jagger and makes him laugh
and the fun he has when he plays with Presley. We already knew that he
would make a great husband, but who knew he already had great parenting
instincts as well?! Well, that's pretty much the back story. It
seems like a lot of important decisions for a 27 year old to make, but
he has stepped up and is perfectly happy with his decision to marry
Tatum. I have been keeping Lauren and Brittany updated with what I can
BraTum (that's Brad and Tatum) and they are always excited to hear any
updates. Lauren, Brittany, Steve and I are all very happy and excited
about Brad's decision. Brad enlisted Brittany in looking for ring styles
that Tatum likes, hence she became an expert on Tatum's pinterest
account. I was instructed to begin looking for apartments for rent in
Manhattan that are in Brad's price range (how does $2,800 for an 800
sq.ft. 2 bedroom 1 bath sound?). Once the ring was found, (thanks to
his father's keen eye) the implementation of Brad's grand plan for
Brad's Proposal to Tatum:
Tatum said one day that she wanted to get more exercise. Brad suggested a hike up a mountain.
has since conducted multiple meetings over the last three weeks with
his "team" to prepare for the proposal atop Camelback Mountain here in
He got on the phone with Tatum on Wednesday and told her wanted to take her
to a real nice restaurant for dinner on Saturday night. (say "real
nice" like Randy Quaid does in Christmas Vacation). He asked her
were they could go that would be the nicest place she had ever
been. The whole point was to get her thinking that he was going to
propose on Saturday instead of Friday. Then, that night, she told him,
"You're not very good at surprises." Oh little did she know.
and I went to Home Depo on Wednesday night to shop
for "wood" planks to make signs that he wanted planted on the
way up the trail. Well, he decided against the wood and went for five
12x12 pieces of tile! Only about 30 LBS of flooring to hike up a
mountain! (not for him, though,
because he wouldn't be hauling it up, his buddies were going to be doing
that!). Then he hustled around on Wednesday and Thursday getting
the tiles to an artist friend and we even had a violinist, Megan Brown,
over to the house to let him hear what she was going to play for him.
Megan was really good. After Megan left, he practiced how he was going
to propose and what he was going to say (I was pretending to be Tatum)
and it was
good because we uncovered some weak areas (like the box upside down one
and the ring was stuck in the bottom and when he opened the box all you
saw was a grey poof and no ring). So those kinds of kinks were worked
AND SO THE DAY BEGAN ...
at 7:00. Brad packed the tiles, his sports
jacket, a jacket for Tatum that he stole from her house, and water.
Brad's accomplices showed up at 8:00: Vann Childs, Vann's Dad, Keith
Erica (Vann's girlfriend) and Megan with her violin. They all took off
together and headed toward Camelback Mountain at 8:15 ish. It is
described as a moderate hike but the end they are hanging onto a rod and
climbing on boulders! Wow. The things people do for love. Then at
9:00ish, Tatum shows up at our house with Jagger. I had eggs and toast
for them (and
some sausages that I won't ever buy again) and made them fruit
So they ate breakfast while I was holding Jagger. Then they took off
around 9:30 for the mountain.
Now this is a side note: Now I had Jagger. And
he cried for 2 hours! I actually expected him to cry the whole time so I
was pleasantly surprised. But it was rough for awhile. Then I
laid him down on his back on the couch and started rubbing his little chest and
he fell asleep (yea!). He slept for about 45 minutes. When he woke
up he was a new boy! I had a riding hippo that he wouldn't touch earlier,
which he finally sat on and started riding all around (it makes fun noises too)
so he was laughing and happy. He ate a banana and lots of gold
fish. I even fed him some of his regular baby food. Then Vann,
Erica and Megan came back around 12:30 and Megan hung out with me because she
put her car keys and wallet in Brad's backpack thinking that it was
Vanns. So she had to wait with me until they got home, but it was great
for me because I got to hear the whole story from her!
So, Megan is a hiker/daredevil/violinist. She had no
problem hiking up the mountain with a violin. As it turned out, they all
thought that Erica would be the slowest, because of her lack of hiking
experience, however, she was the first on the peak, then she started her stop watch
and Megan came 5 minutes later, then the guys (now including Vann's friend who
was the photographer and videographer), came about 20 minutes
later. But keep in mind that Vann's dad was hauling an extra 20-30 Lbs of
tile! I don't know how heavy that back pack is, but they brought it back
and I lifted it and it is heavy!
Megan said that they got to the summit and set up
everything and then decided that they needed to change the camera angle and
have them stand near the peak so they repositioned everything.
Also, on the way up the guys had taken the tiles out and placed them at
intervals along the trail. I've got pictures. Then they could hear Megan playing the violin and the guys said
it was cool because you could hear wisps of it and then when they got closer
you could hear it really well. After awhile they spotted them
coming up the trail and so Megan started playing. Now we switch to how Brad
said that when they saw the first sign it was in a tree
and it said "Forever Love". Then they hiked further and he
said, "look Tatum, another one of those signs." (The pictures of this
are in the next e-mail) After 3 more, the last tile said, "143" which
means 1=I 4=love 3=you. 143. So she said that she
didn't think anything about it until they saw the last one and she said
thought he had done something cute with the tiles for their hike, but
no idea that he was going to propose. They get to the sign and
Brad stopped and wiped his brow with a hanky and Tatum thought "why are
you stopping to do that now, we are almost to the top", but Brad said he
was super sweaty and he didn't want to look gross for the video! So by
they are definitely hearing the violin and then they see a large group
hikers on the summit (turns out there were 80 hikers just hanging around
waiting to see the proposal), then Brad see's his mark, which is a
put where he was supposed to stand (because they had the video camera
up and Brad needed to know where his mark was), so then Vann comes over
assists Brad (butler style) in putting on his suit jacket (he hiked in
pants and a black t-shirt) and Erica put the dressy jacket on Tatum and
this point Megan says that she couldn't hear what they were staying
was playing Ave Maria softly. Then Tatum said yes and everyone on the
mountain clapped and cheered. Megan said they hung around and Tatum
showed her ring to them all and she said they stayed up there for quite a
little while and then started down the mountain all together, and they
up the tiles as they came down the mountain. And Brad said that it was
then, Brad said that Tatum wanted to wear her ring, but
he was like, No. You can't. and she tried a couple of times to get him
let her wear it down the mountain, but he was not going to let that ring
damaged because it wasn't his ring! It was a loaner! It was a
duplicate. The real ring was getting sized! Anyway, so
when they got off the mountain she got to have it back. They went to a
restaurant near Camelback and Brad had previously talked to the
He told him that he was going to propose on Camelback Mountain and was
anything special that he would suggest that Brad do to make it special.
So the manager told him that they would reserve a table for them outside
patio and that they would sprinkle rose pedals
all around and their table. So Brad had pre purchased and delivered to
restaurant the rose pedals and a flower arrangement for the center piece
they had it all decorated when they walked into the restaurant and the
people on the patio all clapped for them and made it known that they had
just gotten engaged.
So they had lunch and left to come home to pick up Jagger, who was
playing on his hippo and eating banana when they got home. Brad said
the proposal was implemented perfectly. They were so happy and Brad look
relieved to have it done and go so well. Tatum said that she had no
idea but you could tell they were both happy.
And that, is the story of how Brad Johnson proposed to Tatum!
Lauren. I'm excited to hear what you have to say about your crazy
brother (that is if you have time after reading this mile long e-mail!)
Thanks to everyone else who read all the way to the end! haha! Admit
it, it was the best thing you have read all week!
So, Lauren I will hear from you soon. I love you! Have a great day!
Love and hugz and kisses,
The greatest mom in the history of moms (with the exception of my mom)
Haha! Dad is so funny. He always
does such a great job when he gives a talk! I think I got that characteristic from him (getting
worked up about talks and what not), but since being on a mission I've become a
lot better at not getting stressed about things like that. It's been a huge
blessing from the Lord!! And thanks for the Valentine box! I haven't received
it yet but I'm sure I will soon. :)
We got to go to the temple today - and guess who was
in our session? Dallin H. Oaks! And guess who didn't recognize him? Me! Haha.
After we went to go change Sister Smith was like, "Did you see Elder
Oaks??" And I was like uhhh.....and then she told me he hugged someone at
one point, and I totally remember seeing that but I didn't even know it was
him. So sad. Haha. I guess it just goes to show though that you really can't
tell a prophet apart from any other man when you're in the temple because
everyone is dressed in white. :) He is here this week though because he will be
speaking at Stake Conference, which we're super excited about. We really are so
spoiled with all the general authorities who have been visiting us recently.
This past week was fun as always!
Not much new stuff to tell, other than we've just been continuing to meet with
the recent converts in the ward who seriously blow my mind because of their
faith, desire to continue learning and overall amazingness. It is so much fun
teaching everyone here because they ask so many great questions and it just
really makes our jobs easy. Sister Smith is also a really good teacher, which
helps me to be a better teacher. We haven't added anyone recently as new
investigators but last week we found really neat potentials. We decided to
visit a former investigator who I taught with Sister Kim a few times at the
beginning of my mission and when we went, we met her boyfriend and his friend
(she wasn't home). They were surprised to see us but after talking for a few
minutes they became really interested in learning and one of them was like,
"So, who can I contact if I want to like, study and learn more?" And
we were like......ta-da! Us! Haha. It was a cool miracle. So we are going to
see both of them this week sometime.
Hmm let's see what else......we had
MLC (Missionary Leadership Council) on Tuesday and Visitors' Center training
Thursday, during which Sister Smith and I gave a training on better utilizing
our tour sheets at the VC (tour sheets are what we fill out when we come into
the VC each day to set goals and plan for our shift that day) to set meaningful
goals and have vision for what we can accomplish each day! So that was fun. :)
We also had exchanges with some sisters from the Visitor's Center on Wednesday.
Sister Hernaez (from the Philippines - she reminds me of Rosemary!) came with
me to Berkeley on and we had sooo much fun together!! We were out and about
during dinner, so there were tons of people to talk to (which makes it hard to
have quality conversations, but it is definitely fun trying to talk with
everyone). We also ate dinner at a pizza place right next to campus and talked
to a really neat guy standing in line and ended up eating dinner with him. He
does robotics at Berkeley and was super nice. Even though he wasn't interested,
we had a really good conversation with him. And, hopefully we planted a seed in
the soil of his heart! :-)
A few other fun things...Sister
Smith and I made the best spaghetti in the world the other night (and even
though we never get fed, we cook a lot of delicious things so we are well
nourished)....we also had two amazing lessons with our progressing investigator
J*** - one of them was on tithing (we ended up talking about temples as well)
and the priesthood. Both topics were things she had concerns about, but thanks
to the spirit and our amazing members, they were awesome lessons and we all
learned a lot from one another during them. Thank heavens for members!!!! I
don't know what we'd do without them.
Anywho, that's it for this week -
sorry I don't have any pics, my camera is lame and runs out of battery super
quick and doesn't want to turn on right now. I love you all though!!! Thanks
for all your prayers and support and love!!!!
<3 Sister Johnson
MAKE SURE TO READ THE NEW BLOG POST COMING OUT ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD THAT LAUREN DOESN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT YET!
We love all Visitor Center Sisters with Lauren and Sister Smith
Those are bunny nose lollypops that I gave her back at Easter last year!
Valentines for everyone!
My dear sweet mother.....of course,
I always read your entire email!!! I just don't always respond to everything
haha. So don't you fret about that! I love reading them and hearing about
everything going on! It's my form of entertainment for the week!
Thank you again for the box! Sister
Smith appreciated the chocolates, and her mom sent her a box too and had some
stuff for me, plus our roommate's mom also sent chocolates for us, so we were
well-loved on Valentine's Day. About my
room, yes that's totally fine to move the other (twin) bed in there. I'll be curious
to know how you fit everything though :-)
This past week here was really fun
and amazing!!! We had stake conference with Elder Oaks, and Sister Smith and I
being the lucky ducks we are got to see him speak three times. We got to see
him at the single adult session Friday night (since we serve in a YSA ward),
the all-adult session Saturday night, and then the normal session on Sunday.
His daughter, Jenny Oaks Baker (the amazing violinist - famous in the Mormon
world), also performed last night at the Inter-Stake Center across from the
Visitors' Center, so a few of us got to go over there and greet people and what
not (we couldn't stay to listen though sadly). So it was a fun and eventful
weekend! Elder Oaks is amazing, and so is his wife - I think I've said this
before but every time we get visited by a general authority and their wife, I
feel like I come to know the Savior better. They truly are His chosen servants
and messengers. Elder Oaks was so powerful, and addressed the needs of our
stake very well. Also, before Jenny's performance yesterday, Elder Oaks hosted
an inter-faith reception at the Visitors' Center (and we were serving there at
that time :D) so we got to meet him and shake his hand! It was kind of a
funny/awkward experience, haha... we were standing in the front room of the VC
about to give a tour of the Christus statue, and he came in with his wife and
was greeting people. Some other people walked in behind him (people from each
of the ward's in the stake who were invited to the reception) and I saw Brother
Hilliard, who I visited every week when I was in Moraga. Anyways I saw Brother
Hilliard and went to go shake his hand (because I thought maybe Elder Oaks was
shaking someone else's hand or something) but I realized it looked like I just
walked right past him and ignored him because he was ready to shake my hand!
But I didn't mean to!! Haha... anyways, just something awkward that only I
would do... Sister Smith and I got to shake his hand though and he and Sister
Oaks briefly told us about what the Rome Visitors' Center will be like when
it's completed. The couple we were giving the tour to also got to meet him and
the man just got baptized, so Elder Oaks congratulated and hugged him. He is
such a loving person!! Without a doubt, a true apostle and prophet of God.
Some other fun things and miracles -
we went on back-to-back exchanges, so I got to be with Sister Tam who serves in
the Oakland Chinese ward one day, and then I got to go back to Moraga the next
day with Sister Lindsay. :) Those were a fun couple of days! It would be so
much fun to serve in the Chinese program - Chinese people are so funny and so
humble. When I went back to Moraga we visited a member who I visited every
week, which was so nice to be able to see him again! Last week was just overall
nostalgic because I also got to see many members of the Moraga ward during
stake conference and got to say hello to Brother R***, who recently got
baptized!!!! ---> Huge, giant miracle -- he is the one who has been waiting
for years to be baptized. Anyways, in Berkeley, we had a huge blessing of
finding a new investigator from visiting a former investigator. He is a student
at UC Berkeley studying to be a pastor, so he's always interested in learning
about different religions but is also sincere about learning about this one for
himself. With that came another huge miracle on Saturday. We went to the
Berkeley Public Library at 1:30 to meet up with him, and when we walked in, we
saw a member who we haven't seen in a while. We went up and said hello to her,
and she told us she was there with M**** (M**** got baptized right before I was
transferred from Berkeley to Moraga). Well, this is a huge miracle because we haven't seen or have been able to get a hold of M**** in a long
time!!!!!! So we were soooo happy to see her and it was an answer to our
prayers! She looked a little nervous to see us, but it was still a huge
blessing from the Lord to be able to just see her. We are hoping she will want
to meet with us again and come to church!! Then, right after that happened, we
ran into a guy who we found out got baptized recently in Nevada, but hasn't
been coming to church (he should be going to the Berkeley family ward) and were
able to get his info to help him get to church. So, in conclusion - miracles
happen, all day every day, and the Lord is so very aware of His children.
Well that pretty much sums up my
week. :) The Savior lives and loves us. Love you all!!!
EXTRA FUN COMMENT SECTION: Sometimes we get to chat back and forth on e-mail. This was one of her responses:
I'm here! Hahaha oh my goodness Brad is such a goober. I
loved the box! Thank you so much for it and for the money! I spent it all today
haha. I bought a new watch (my other one broke), some new tennis shoes (my
other ones for some reason smell really bad but I'm still going to try and fix
them so they smell better) and some new work out pants. So thank you!!! And
thanks for the dress! Hopefully it's not too short! Thank you!!!!!
Jami!! And Sister Orantes' last night in Berkeley!
Sister Orantes packing ....?
AND SAYING HELLO TO MY
NEW COMPANION ... SISTER SMITH!
My new companion, Sister Smith and me at Victoria's house! Food soooo Good!
Hello Mother and all!
Funny- I didn't even know it
was the Superbowl this weekend until someone at church mentioned it.
Haha. It's crazy the things the world knows about that you have no idea
about as a missionary! But, we get to see tons of miracles happen and
lives change that no one else gets to see....and I'd rather have that
any day! So nanny nanny boo boo! Just kidding :-)
Well, my new companion is Sister Smith, and she is amazing!!!! I've known her
my whole mission because we have both been in the Visitor's Center our
whole missions so far, but it's cool to actually be her companion. She
is from Wichita, Kansas. And she reminds me a lot of Brittany! She has a
very calm yet strong presence but is also really sweet and goofy. Hehe.
She's also super competitive and athletic which also reminds me a lot
of Brittany! She is like the dodge ball master when we play in the
mornings for our exercise as a zone. So we are having tons of fun
together!!! And she is going to be an amazing sister trainer!
we had some cool experiences this past week! First, we had the most
delicious dinner of my life yesterday!!! A member from our ward had her
birthday celebration and invited us and her family made the most
delicious traditional Mexican food on the planet! It was basically just
beans, rice, tacos with chicken, carne asada, chorizo and homemade salsa
and such, but it was SO GOOD. And, they made hot dogs wrapped in BACON.
It was amazing. Probably because I haven't had a family dinner in a
while, but either way it was just so good. Her family is so sweet! They
go to the Spanish ward that Sister Smith last served in and the mom is
the chef at the mission home. Amazing people and so loving!!!
were also able to talk to a lot of neat people and there was one lady
we talked to that I'll never forget. We were on Berkeley campus and she
and her friend were sitting outside talking and we walked up to them
(they were older, like middle-aged). They were super friendly and
started asking us a lot of questions about us and our beliefs and what
we do as missionaries. So as we were talking we got on the subject of
faith, and talked about exercising our faith. And she asked, "Well how
in the world do you exercise your faith?" And Sister Smith told her ways
we do that - such as praying, reading scriptures, doing to church, and
simply trying to follow and be like Christ. And then I added that it all
starts with a desire. And for some reason, she thought that that was
the most amazing thing she's ever heard. And she said wow....I didn't
know that faith was all about having a desire first. And then she was a
little sad that she had never learned that before (because she's
religious). Then, we read her Alma 32:28, which talks all about this and
after talking more about it, it just continued to hit her and she was
very emotional! It was such a sweet experience. Near the end of the
conversation she told us how grateful she was that we talked to her and
that we made her whole day. She accepted a Book of Mormon, and although
she didn't accept missionaries to visit, I'm so grateful Heavenly Father
lead us to her. It funny because I didn't say much - but I guess that's
what she needed to hear at that time.
week we also had a sweet experience in the Visitor's Center with an
elderly man who came in who's wife recently passed. He was so torn and
emotional and just needed someone to talk to. So Sister Smith and I
spend a good amount of time talking with him and listening to his
stories and memories of her. Then we showed him Meet the Mormons and it
made him feel a lot better. I love the visitor's center! There are too
many sweet experiences there that happen that I don't have time to
OH YEAH, Elder Andersen visited our
mission on Saturday!!! We had a big missionary conference and it was so
great to spend time with him and also Elder Maynes. I tell you, we have
been so spoiled with all the visits from general authorities recently.
And we are getting Elder Oaks in a few weeks for stake conference! Elder
Andersen talked to us about how to learn about the Savior through the
Book of Mormon, and that it's important that we know the Book of Mormon
really well - but especially the parts that talk about His atonement. It
was a huge motivator for all of us. I just seriously love when the
general authorities come. Every time they do, and we get to see who they
are and how they act, I feel like I get to know the Savior more each
time. They are all just so loving, funny and down to earth! And they all
love their wives and families so much. Elder Andersen's grand kids were
up there with him when we was talking with us and it was so fun to see
him interact with them.
Some other updates -
T**** (recently got baptized) is doing wonderful and is going to the
temple to do baptisms this week!!! And our investigator J*** is also
doing wonderful!! We are just seeing so many miracles. We really need to
find more people to teach but at the very least we have one awesome
investigator and like 10 recent converts who are also wonderful (most of
the moved in the ward last year).
that's it for this week - sorry that I'm not the best storyteller so
forgive me. I just really wish I could convey the awesomeness of all the
experiences I've had recently. It's amazing the miracles that happen. I
just continue to learn about the reality of Heavenly Father and our
Savior. I guess that's the best way to put everything.