At this time of year, we are so thankful for many, many things. Our families, our country, our testimonies of the restored Gospel, our Savior, Jesus Christ and the Atonement wrought for us, just to name a very, very few. Serving our mission is something that we will look back on and be forever thankful for, along with all the associated blessings, from President and Sister Center, our much loved Stake President Anderson and Bishop Black, to the many choice friends and memories we have made in the mission field and the wards we’ve been assigned. And, that’s just to name a few!!
But this year, we want to recognize a blessing in our lives that will be unique to Thanksgiving 2015. We could not have done what we’ve accomplished so far in the work without our Full-Time Elders. Elder Shawen (L) from Maryland, and Elder Tolman (R) from California, have been with us through thick and thin, the sweet joys as well as a few disappointments. You cannot spend as much time with someone as we have spent with these two fine young men and not love them with all your heart. We’ve prayed together, fasted together, grown together, planned, prepared, driven all over, knocked on dozens and dozens of doors, and learned to rely on the spirit together as we have met with the people Heavenly Father has prepared to receive our message. We have enjoyed watching them invite the spirit as they sing a beautiful hymn during a lesson, and had moments of laughter during the more than just a few meals we have shared!
So we want to acknowledge and thank our young Elders whom we love so much and could not do without! Thank you, Elders Tolman and Shawen, for what you have taught us, for enhancing our mission more than you know, for your love and patience, and for the strong testimony you bear of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. We love you and will never forget you!!