The following letter is in response to a letter I wrote Caleb a couple weeks ago. I have taken some parts out that were private to only me or the family. Most of it is here for you to enjoy if wanted.
Caleb is on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Anaheim, California Mission. He has been serving for 11 months and still has 13 months to go. To find out more about our church just go to HERE
Dear Mom,Thanks for your letter. I'm going to reply to that now.
PRIVATE STUFF HERE
Next I asked him what he wanted me to send him. I'm always looking for ideas on what to put in his packages. Most of what he wrote next is a joke. Caleb LOVES lights and always has and his business before he left on his mission was lighting and technical work, so as you will see from some of his links, he is messing with me.
I still have tape for my typewritter, I have plenty of shirts and pants. I guess I need a belt, but that's really it. I'm a 38, but a 36 on a good day. I'm in a car right now so I'm mostly a 38. If you find Croft and Barrow ties, I really like those. Of all the ties I have, the two I have that are croft and barrow have looked the best and held up the best. I like this tie in all the colors, especially green and pink:Gold, Green, and blue look the best on this one:
PRIVATE STUFF HERE JUST FOR MOM
I can't believe how busy I have managed to be in an area with no missionary work happening. I have seen amazing things happen so far though, like last week. We were making dinner down at the community grills, and a woman was down there too. I started talking to her (I can talk to anyone now. Literally anyone.) and I asked her about her family. Her daughter is going to CalState Fullerton (which is just across the 57 freeway) and majoring in business. She was in show choir throughout high school, which gave me a point to talk about. After a few minutes she said that she was really worried for her daughter, who was really sick right now. I asked her about her relationship with God, and she said that it was suffering. I asked her if she prayed lately. She said she stopped praying years ago because she was sick of praying to a saint. She said "The Bible teaches us to pray to God, yet they want me to pray to specific saints. Why would a church teach contrary to what the bible teaches?" I told her that she was right. We are commanded to pray to God and to pray often. In fact, it is one of the oldest and most repeated commandments in the Bible. I shared one of the many experiences I have had with prayer and with finding answers to my prayers. I asked her if she had ever had a prayer answered. She said yes, and I asked her how it felt. She said "It was this overwhelming feeling... of comfort, and peace. I knew things would work out." I asked her if she knew the proper order of prayer, and she said no. I taught about how prayers are a communication with our Father in heaven. I taught her that a prayer can be as simple or as complex as she wanted. I told her that the proper way to pray was to address our Father in heaven, perhaps saying something like "dear Heavenly Father," thanking Him for the blessings that she had seen in her life. Then ask for something that you may need, such as help with your daughter, and then to close her prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. I asked her if she would pray with us on behalf of her daughter. She said she didn't know if she was ready to pray, but asked if we would. So, in the middle of a busy community grill and pool area, we bowed our heads and prayed to God for Jeanette, and for her daughter. She was crying when we finished and said "I didn't even have a reason to come down here today. I came because I knew I needed to be here." We asked her to pray and include her daughter when she did. She promised she would. We got her information and passed it to the appropriate Elders for that area. They have begun teaching the family, and Jeanette and her daughter are getting baptized in 3 weeks!There have been amazing things happening. That is just one such experience. What was cool is that I was on exchanges with Elder Spencer, and Elder in my district who has been struggling a bit. He didn't say a single thing with Jeanette, but after she left and we were heading back up to the apartment, he asked how I knew what to say to her. I had the opportunity to teach Elder Spencer through experience that when you open your mouth it will be filled. I didn't know her daughter was sick. I had never met this woman before and didn't know anything about her. I didn't need to though. Heavenly Father knows his children incredibly well, and when we are worthy to speak and share the gospel, He will fill our mouths with the things that He knows His children need to hear.