Before anything else, I would like to express my gratitude to all of Iver's friends and family. Thank you for your letters of love and encouragement to him. Thank you for your prayers in his behalf. And thank you for your donations to his mission fund. Corbin and I do not know who you are, but we are eternally thankful.
First, some excerpts from a great letter we received on Friday (9-24-10):
Dad and Mom:
...Fresh corn tortillas, spanish rice, carne asada, green salsa made with fresh peppers, black beans, and a squirt of lime makes my tummy happy, while we sit at the table, discussing why it's necessary to have a prophet in these days. The rain thumbing and falling, from skies dark and stormy, with peaks of the sun through the cracks in between the clouds.
I just thought I'd write you and let you know how much I appreciate you writing me letters and telling me you love me and are proud of me. It makes me really happy to know that I do that. It gives me a bit more motivation, makes me happy. Keep them coming please, they really do mean so much to me....
P.S. It's 10:00 p.m. now. I just got a call telling me I was not going to East Wenatchee, but to Othello. I'm now going to be in a trio with the zone leaders. Hmmm...we'll see how this goes. I love you!
And on Monday, Sept. 27 Elder Johnson wrote:
Hello Family and Friends:
This week was interesting. For those of you who do not know, I was transferred at the last second to Othello where I am in a tripanionship with Elders Gleed (from Hawaii) and Tapia (from Chiuahuah Mexico), who are zone leaders. What does that make me? Not really anything. Elder Tapia is cool and really nice and seems to like having me around. Elder Gleed is pretty swell as well, but doesn't like having a "mini zone leader" in his companionship, solely based on the fact that I have only been out in the field for two transfers and they have been out for close to twenty months. So sometimes it's frustrating, but I'm working hard and trying to be happy, and do my best to support them and help them to the best of my ability.
I was typing my email to my (mission) president this morning and I was working on it for 40 minutes and it got deleted, so I had to type it out again, so I didn't have a huge amount of time to type THIS one.
But I love you! I'm working to be happy and starting to succeed! Thanks for the letters and support!
I love you!