Letter from 1/28/14
As far as work goes, we finished our lesson [last week] and committed Violet and her friend Ivan to baptism. They are SO READY!! SO EXCITED!! We would have a date for Ivan and Violet, but they want to wait for their family to be there (understandably so). So we are making sure they continue to go to church and stay strong.
Word came in that I will be staying again. I will admit this area is by far my hardest and it will probably keep on getting harder but, if anything, I am happy to be able to stay. Many things have happened in the past week. We had dinner with the branch president and we had a pretty huge heart to heart. We cleared the air of quite a lot that has been bothering us. So....yeah a lot of words were said. However, once we got it all out of the way, we told him that miscommunication was as much our fault, as well, and partly due to our pride of not wanting or accepting help from the branch leaders. So, we came off our high horse and in the end we both came to the agreement that we want to better the branch and make it a baptizing area. Dinner went very well and we all enjoyed each others' company and left a nice spirit in the home. Ever since then, we have been working much closer with him. There have been small miracles as we go. We have picked up a teaching pool of 10 and are still in the work of reactivating 5 families. We love them all and we continue to push forward showing our faith and working hard.
I am so happy to hear that Nic is a grandma and that Berlin is healthy and cute as a button. I pray for Jace everyday that he will go out and serve his mission. He will become a fantastic missionary. I will include Cydnee in my prayers and fast. My companion offered to join as well. You have our support and more. Well Mom, tell Ralynne I say hi. Love you Mom.