Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Testimony to Grandparents

August 3rd, 2015

Dear Elder Bailey,

We had a nice little visit with Brother Taylor yesterday.  He came by with grandson Stewart who is now about 6'2".  Stewart dislocated his elbow working out in 2-a-days for Timpview football. We showed them the pizza oven and heard what he had to say about missionary work in your area.  Brother Taylor is such a nice man.  We really enjoyed his visit.  So glad you have such wonderful people to rely on in your area.

Unfortunately, he had no room in his wife's car to take your bar bells back with him.  So sorry.

Carolyn and Jacob's new house

The big news is that Carolyn and Jake are buying a new house, well, new to them anyway.  It was built in 2007 and has a climbing tree in the back yard.  It is only about 6 miles away from Jake's parent's house and they will still go to the same ward building, although they will be in a different ward.  Here is the picture they sent.  It has a very open floor plan with 1800 square feet and 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a generous kitchen.   They will be able to move in before school starts in September.  That was the goal and looks like they will meet it.  We are so happy for them.

Love, Mom

From Elder Bailey:

I’m sorry to hear about the bar, but that's ok.  The work is going good.  Not much to report on this week.  Elder Bowman and I are staying together 1 more transfer.  

August 10th, 2015

Dear Elder Bailey,

So, for the last two weeks I was doing a Summer Theater Camp in the backyard.  Things were going fine, until we got the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday.  We were forecast to get heavy monsoon thunderstorms for all of Friday and into Saturday.  We were praying earnestly for divine intervention so that we could go on with our little show.  The rains did come for Friday and well into Friday night.  However by midnight, the forecast changed and projected that there would be sunshine for Saturday.  So we got up early and with Chase's help got the stage and chairs and shade canopies set up just in time for the cast and audience to come.  It was very wet, but we were really blessed.  It was a miracle.

This Friday we are going down to visit your grandparents in Los Angeles.  Greg and Cami are going with us so that Cami can show off her new husband to the grandparents.  We will also take a tour around LA seeing some of the sites and interesting architecture.  We also plan on going to the beach.  It should be fun.

Do you have anything you want us to pass on about your mission to the grandparents?  How about a little message to them?  I will print off a few pictures for them that I have been getting from you and my spies down there.

Have you run into Sister Washburn yet?  
Sister Kamberlynne Washburn
Are you still going to practices with the mission choir?  What were you preparing to sing for?  A fireside or something?

Can't believe that school will be starting in a few weeks.  Seems like we had such a short summer.  Dad and I took a drive this afternoon up and over the Alpine Loop.  We promised ourselves to do that more than once this summer.  So now, I think we have driven it three times.  Woo-hoo!  It was beautiful and was starting to feel a little bit chilly up at the top.  August in Utah -- the evenings are just starting to have a bit of cool crispness.

Hope your week went well.  We love to hear anything about what you are doing or learning or sharing with the people you teach.  It was so nice getting to meet your Ward Mission Leader Brother Taylor.  So glad that you have wonderful people there in Gilbert Arizona.

From Elder Bailey,

This week was super slow and not productive.  But on Monday we found a less active that we were told to go by and we got to know him.  He really wanted us to come by.  We gave him a blessing.  He came to church on Sunday.

Tell grandma and grandpa that I love the gospel, and the atonement is real.  On my mission I have learned how the gospel brings the family closer together and blesses our lives.  The themes of repentance and forgiveness are so beautiful.  My mission president always says that we are imperfect people having perfect moments and the gospel is to help us become perfected in Christ.  I love you and I know that Jesus Christ lives.   

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