"Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah."

Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:8

Monday, April 25, 2011

I Know That Jesus is Our Savior, and He Loves Us More Than We Know

Happy Easter to everyone. 

This email might sound kind of dross but the exclamation points dont work at all or apostrophes or question marks haha.  So, sorry in advance but just read it like you know it should be.  (Don't worry, mom will fix it for you!)  But all the same I hope you all had a really good Easter and that you were able to feel the Spirit testifying of the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Sounds like you all had a peaceful weekend so that's good.

Alright, well I might as well get the  big news out about changes. I dont have a change and neither does my comp, Elder Gutierres so we'll be together in Yalijux for another change. Im happy about that cause I get along really well with Elder Gutierres, he's really fun and we work well together. I'm also happy because I really love Yalijux and I was honestly kind of sad when everyone was saying that it was going to get closed. So its kind of like my second chance to really work hard to help out the area. Last change we had a lot of good intentions starting out and we set a lot of goals, but with all of the things that happened that kept us from being in our area we, more like I, failed in a lot of things. This change we are going to start off strong. As soon as I found out that I was going to stay in Yalijux, I felt really motivated and excited to work really hard  because I know that we can have success there.  We just have to work really, really hard. So, we are starting this week. We are going to start giving a few different classes to members every week: Seminary twice a week in the morning, a priesthood class once a week at night to teach the male members how to actually use the priesthood, and a class to learn how to write one night a week. We are also going to make SURE that we get to our area every week by Tuesday afternoon. Theres a lot that we have to do to have success in Yalijux. I think what has really motivated me is an Elder named Elder White who is AP right now and is going home on Wednesday. He was in Yalijux a year ago and they were in a situation like us where they weren't having any success. Elder White just decided to do everything that he possibly could, and they started doing things like teaching seminary, using the Area Book and just doing everything they were supposed to do. They had 26 baptisms that change because of how hard they worked. So I've decided to just be like Elder White. I talked with him a little while ago in the zone conference about the things that he did and I'm just going to start doing them. So I'm really hoping that we will see success soon.

Divisions with Elder Larsen

This past week I stayed in Seamay with Elder Larsen on divisions. I was there on Tuesday and Wednesday and then I met back up with my comp on Thursday. We had a really fun time in Seamay haha. Its probably a good thing that we were never comps...we have a little too much fun probably haha. But Im glad he's going to die in Seamay, so well still get to hang out for a few more weeks before he goes home. Then on Thursday we stayed in Seritkiche for divisions because we couldnt get back up to Yalijux that day. Then Friday we walked up to Yalijux and got there just in time to climb up the mountain where we get a signal to call. We were supposedly going to find out about changes Friday night, but then they told us we had to call again Saturday at 12. So we went up the mountain the next day to just call, get our changes, and come back. It was pretty sunny when we went up so we didnt bring anything for the rain, which was a bad idea as it turned out. They told us when we called that we actually had to wait until 1:30. We didnt have anything else to do, so we started singing hymns in Q'eqchi. It started raining a little bit and we didnt want to get wet, so Elder Gutierres made us a little shelter with a bunch of leaves and some trees. It didnt last very long, so we didn't get wet hardly at all and we thought we were in the clear. Then the skies got really dark and a big rainstorm started moving towards us. We got SOAKED. Our little shelter kept us more dry than we would have been had we been just standing there, but we still got soaked. It was kind of fun but very cold rain. We had some pretty big storms during the week in Seamay and pretty much all weekend in Yalijux. I never really realized how much I love thunderstorms until I realized how much I missed them. (There's nothing like a good Kansas thunderstorm!!)  It was fun to have lots of thunder and lightning.  As for Easter, nothing really happened. They dont celebrate Easter at all the same here. In Q'eqchi, Easter is called the day of pain. I don't like that though, since more than anything it is a day of rejoicing that Jesus did what he did for us and that he was resurrected. So we went around teaching people that principle. The only things that the people did here in Senahu was have big processionals where they carry big parade float looking things on their shoulders that have weird sculptures of Jesus carrying a little cross. Its kind of weird, but I respect their way of trying to remember what Jesus did for them. The only thing we do as a church is partake of the emblems of Christ's body and blood in remembrance of what he did for us, but we do that every Sunday. Its always like Easter for us.

In other news, we started teaching some big families that look really promising, so were hoping that we will start seeing success with them soon. They are both really awesome families so I hope so. One of the families is going to be gone this whole week, but the other will be here all week and we have our third appointment with them tomorrow. Please keep them in your prayers, the family of Victoriano Choc Cuc, and the family of Vicente. He's the one that we have been working with for a while, but until recently we had never taught his whole family.

Alright, time for the comments.

Mom- love the pictures of Jack playing football. Thanks for sending those . It was propane gas for cooking on our little stove, but it was still pretty heavy. (I asked him what kind of gas they had to carry up the mountain last week.) Haha dont worry about sunscreen I have plenty.  I just forgot to put some on that day. It wasn't too bad, just my neck so dont worry. :> thats the best I can do for a smiley with my current keyboard haha. I love that movie (To This End Was I Born) and I wish that we could have watched it. Its really powerful. Thanks for sending my birthday package mom, youre the best. Ill let you know when I get it :> Love you!!!!!

Carrying the Propane Gas Tank Up the Mountain!
Dad- haha no the xa-an imul didnt come to visit. I honestly dont know what that means at all, but I'm assuming it has something to do with the Easter Bunny haha. I really liked what you said about how I am kind of getting a feel for what the people feel live like here. Its really true. I really havent had to carry anything really heavy, or walk very far compared to the people here. And its true that spiritual diligence and obedience brings success even in times of physical hardship or distractions. Thanks for your advice Dad, its always appreciated. I'm already starting to think about school and studying and working hard and all that, and I feel like by the time I leave my mission that I will have changed a lot. I am going to really learn how to work hard now so that when I get back I can keep it up and work hard for my family that Im going to start. Love you Dad!!

Well, my time is up and I have to write to President Torres. Thanks so much for your testimonies of the Savior. I too know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and He loves us more than we know. He lives and is our Redeemer and friend. Can't wait to talk to you in a couple of weeks. Love you all tons!

Elder Norton

ps- Matt, I expect a letter next week since you will be home :>

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm Willing to Do Whatever the Lord Wants Me to Do

Hello beloved family of mine! 

How are you all? I hope that you guys have found some good diet programs in the aftermath of your depressive eating phase. Hahaha I laughed so hard when I saw those pictures. I especially liked Jack's haha and Dad's made me laugh pretty dang hard too hahaha. You guys are funny.  (We found an iPhone App that makes you look really fat, not that some of us need the App, but we sent him pictures of ourselves and told him we had been really depressed since he was gone and had been eating a lot!)

This week was another pretty lame week unfortunately. We didn't get back to our area (once again) until Thursday night because our gas ran out and we had to buy a new tank of gas and bring it up to Yalijux. Normally it wouldn't be a problem, but because we had to leave on Wednesday for the conference, there were no cars. So we walked to Seritkiche and waited there for a car. We found a car after a while for a little outside of Semarac and walked up to the center. Then we still couldn't find a car so we walked up to San Francisco. We got there fairly late so we stayed in the church there. The next day we did our weekly planning and then tried to find a car. There was supposed to be one that normally passes by in the afternoon but it didn't come for some reason, so at 4 we started walking up for Yalijux. We got there around 6:30 ish so we just changed and slept. It wouldn't have really been so bad or hard, but we had the gas tank that was pretty heavy that we took turns carrying. So then Friday we worked as much as we could but we didn't find too many people home (especially the men) because EVERYONE is going out to plant corn. They usually go about an hour or two away to get to their land so no one was really home. Then Saturday we went to plant corn with a bunch of members from 7 in the morning until 12 (I forgot to put on sunscreen and burned my neck pretty bad which was painful.)

 We had another lesson with Vicente our investigator on Saturday. We were teaching him more about the Gospel and the parts of the Gospel when I asked him "What is in your heart right now?". I was trying to talk about the Holy Ghost and was trying to help him see that the good feelings that he feels when he's in a lesson with us or with his family come from the Spirit, but he told us about how one of his little grandaughters had just died kind of out of the blue. So we talked about how little children who die are automatically saved by the Atonement of Christ and tried to give him a little bit of comfort, but it was sad because he got pretty emotional talking about it. The good news is that we can help him a lot with that problem and the death of his grandaughter could be something that helps him realize the importance of baptism so that he can be with lost loved ones again. The bad news is that he is going pretty much all week every week to visit his daughter where the child died. But we are planting seeds and he will someday come to the knowledge of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. On Sunday we got in a few hours of good work after church and then left around 5 to head down to San Francisco to sleep. We were supposed to have a zone activity in Chijolom with Senahu and Polochik so we were supposed to wait in San Francisco to go there Monday morning. We figured out when we got there that we weren't going to Chijolom anymore and so we didn't have to come down and sleep in San Francisco. So we just went down to Senahu in the morning and had a big pday with all of the elders from Polochik  We went and played football on the big field here in Senahu and we had a lot of people so it was really fun. (My best moment of the day was when I scored a touchdown for my team. My worst moment was when I spiked the ball to celebrate my touchdown and it bounced right back up and pegged me in the face. Knocked my glasses right off and broke them a little bit haha. It was pretty funny I have to admit and it was worth the pain for the touchdown.)

So that is pretty much how the week has gone. Now, I hope that you guys aren't getting the wrong impressions from my emails lately and I'm sorry if I maybe sound like I'm pessimistic or like I'm not enjoying my mission. It's just a little hard for me to not be able to work as much as I want to. I want to do my best and I want to do all the work I can do and sometimes when I can't work for the full week I just feel a little disappointed. These past few weeks have been kind of unfortunate for the most part in terms of getting up to Yalijux and with all of the stuff going on. Yalijux is an amazing area and I love it and the people so much, and that makes it even more frustrating because we could have a lot more success if we could work every day. I know that I've made a lot of mistakes and as a companionship we've failed in some areas and I have a lot to learn in order to be more successful. It's just that trying to learn all of that and dealing with only 3 or 4 days of work in a week is a bit overwhelming sometimes. But I'm learning a lot and I'm willing to do whatever the Lord wants me to do in wherever that may be. Elder Howard, the zone leader for Polochik, told me today that he reccomended me as someone who could go to Tucuru to open a new area (they are closing 6 areas and opening a lot of new ones), so a lot of people think I'll go back there for a while. I would honestly love that now that I speak more Q'eqchi' and I have a little more experience, but I've found that usually when the elders all speculate about something, the Lord usually has something else in mind, so who knows. I just want to work harder, have more of the Spirit, and be obedient.

On to the replies:

Mom-  I forgot to mention the talk by Elder Holland that we heard at the conference. It was seriously one of the best talks ever. He talked about missionary work and covered pretty much everything a good missionary should be. At the end he talked about Peter when they were fishing at night after the death of Jesus Christ and how Peter had basically said "Oh well. I guess it's over. Let's go fish." Or in other words go back to normal life. Jesus asks him 3 times "Lovest thou me more than these?" Or in other words " do you love me more than fishing and work and normal things of life?" and each time responds, "Then feed my sheep." It really had an impact on me and helped me to realize that the Lord always asks me as a missionary "Lovest thou me more than these?" or in other words, worldy things like the things that I used to do at home or little acts of disobedience to mission rules, and everything in my life: to which the response is "Then feed my sheep." I have so much to do to love the Lord more and to truly feed His sheep, but I was really impacted by that. It was given in the MTC in january of 2011 if you want to look it up : ) Sorry about the pictures, I attached them, but I don't know why they didn't send. And I forgot my camera today so there won't be any more today either. Sorry! To answer your question, there's no service in Yalijux, but for mothers day, I'll probably call you guys when I'm on my pday on Monday in Senahu. But it will be the next change so who knows where I'll be. I imagine that the signal won't be too much better, but we'll see. It will be great no matter what! Love you mom!

At inyuwa'- yeah it's really weird for me to think that I will be completing 9 months in the mission this month. It feels like I've been out here for a long time, but at the same time it feels like time has passed by so fast that I haven't been here that long. Time is weird that way. Thanks for your thoughts on the 4 minute mile. We talked about that recently, I think at the zone conference but I don't remember for sure. That story is really cool and I need to be better about letting the Lord help me to break the limitations that I put in His work and trust in Him more. Having a new mission president will be a good experience I think. I have full confidence that the Lord will direct President Watts just like he does with President Torres. Some things might be different, but it will still be the Lord's work and I'll just do my best to help the new mission president and keep doing what the Lord requires in His work. Good that work is going well. Do you know yet about seminary next year? It's weird that the school year will be ending soon! It makes me feel kind of baggy haha =P Weird that Karen is getting married! But good. I wish I could go and speak Spanish with everyone! Tell them "Felicidades" for me. Maybe I'll write a letter or something. I need to go back there after the mish. Love you dad, thanks for being a great, righteous dad.

Alright well that's all for this week. I hope you guys are having fun together and good luck with everything that's going on. I pray for you guys all the time and I hope you know how important you guys are in my life. Thanks for being an awesome fam. Next time I write I'll know about changes so be ready for that. Love you guys and talk to you soon!

Elder Norton

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Planting Corn, Interviews and Zone Conference

Hello wonderful family of mine!

How is everyone doing this week? Sounds like you guys are already starting to see the crazy Kansas weather and it's warming up there. It's warming up here as well actually, and we had a storm up in Yalijux too this past week actually. It wasn't really all that big, but it was big for what I've seen here.

This past week has been a good week. First and foremost, it was an actual FULL complete week of work! So I was really happy about that. I went back up to Yalijux on Tuesday with my ZL, Elder Fernandez on divisions there. We got there and worked Tuesday evening.  We decided to try working until 8 and see if we couldn't find appointments. That was good because we found out that even though a lot of people normally start to sleep at 7, we could still find people like members, recient converts, and less actives to have appointments with. That will be good in the long run because when we used to go out earlier, I didn't study Q'eqchi' much because we just usually planned for the next day and then went to bed. And also the men are always home later in the day, so it's a better time to find families to teach. Then on Wednesday we went up to San Antonio Las Puertas to teach a few families. When we got to the member's house that lives there, Hermano Juaquin, we found about 20 men all eating caldo (Q'eqchi' soup) at his house. We found out that they were all planting corn for Hermano Juaquin and there were a lot of members there as well. So we decided since no one was going to be home since they were all there, that we would go and provide service to help them plant corn. In light of the fact that we were way up in the mountains, we planted corn WAY up in the mountains on pretty much just a really steep hillside. I thought they were crazy when I saw them doing it, but it wasn't actually too bad once you were up there and doing it too. So we got a little Guat bag full of corn and a big stick and started planting corn. It was pretty fun and the guys were all really funny there.

After that I worked on Thursday with Elder Fernanez as well. We visited our biggest possibilities a couple of times each throughout the week and weren't able to make too much progress with them. We have one family, Vicente and Magdelena, who are pretty much our best shot for a baptism at this point. We talked to them about baptism and they said that they wanted to be baptized but that they didn't feel like they were prepared, or that they didn't know all of the commandments yet. After talking to them a couple of times we explained to them about how baptism doesn't mean knowing everything, it means as we come to know things and know what the Lord wants, we promise with baptism that we will do it. We normally baptize children in the church at age 8, so I told him about that and about how it's a promise to the Lord to learn His commandments and then to live them and that it's a lifelong thing. Then he left to go work for a week and a half so that kind of stinks. We're hoping to try and get a baptismal date with him this week. (Oh, and he's our biggest possibility because they don't go to any church right now.) Other than that we don't really have too many other possibilities. On Friday we ended the division and spent the day getting back to Yalijux. Nothing too exciting happened over the weekend.

Yesterday we had interviews for all of the elders of Polochik and Senahu. My interview was good. Short and simple, but good. But we didn't have time to use internet yesterday because of that, so sorry for the delay, but here is your email haha. Then today we had our zone conference all day and it was a great conference. I learned a lot about a lot of things haha. I don't have a lot of time to write about everything but it was really spiritually uplifting. President talked about how we are going to close areas that are weaker and focus in the strong parts of the mission. Pretty much President Torres is getting everything ready for the new president in a change and a half. So there's talk going around about what areas they are going to close and what areas will be opened. Some people think that Yalijux might get closed for a while and that they are going to open another area in Tucuru. I guess there's a chance that I could go back to Tucuru if they open a new area there, but who knows. There's always a ton of speculation about these types of things. But for sure the next change will bring pretty big changes here. We'll see what happens. Other than that, not too much else has been going on. I got a letter today from Elder Thomas in the Philipines and it sounds like he's doing really well so that's good.

Mom- Haha I don't know why you think that Q'eqchi' people don't like music, but you should know that that'ts pretty much every Q'eqchi's favorite thing is music. EVERYBODY listens to music here. And almost all of it especially in Yalijux is religious music (evangelic music to be exact). A lot of times people only want us to come over to sing hymns haha. And every Friday night all of our members get together to sing 15 or so hymns. So people love music here. But you would probably die here since they change a lot of the rhythms/ notes of hymns here haha. It drives me crazy sometimes too. That's crazy about the storm. Thanks for sending my bday package :) You're the best mom! Love you.

Dad- hahaha I laughed so hard when I was reading your email and all of the sudden I just started reading the lyrics to a Black Eyed Peas song haha. I'm glad that you weren't serious in putting that in your email haha. It's true though that the world is going downhill, and fast. Today, President Torres talked about in Alma 17:3 where it talks about how Ammon and his brothers had the spirit of prophecy and revelation and he talked about how as missionaries we are prophets for our areas and we can have the spirit of prophecy. He said that every family needs to have a prophet for a father and a prophetess for a mother or the family will fall. I thought that was cool and a good insight. The temple will unlock the spirit to be with you guys more and in the area more in general. There, you and mom can recieve the spirit of prophecy and revelation to be "prophets" for our family. Love you Dad!

Jack- congrats on breaking Red Bridge ward's horrible bball record! haha I'm proud that you picked up the slack where I didn't do too well and scored some points for the team (take that Olathe First! haha just kidding.) You're awesome. Love you bud!

Kinzie- congrats on getting a 1 in Freshman Chamber Singers! That's awesome. You didn't do a solo or anything? I know you're more of a pop singer haha but you can sing whatever you want I'm sure. Keep working hard in school and give it all you've got! Love you, you freak!

Alright well, my time is up. Thanks for the emails and for all of your prayers and support in my behalf. Love you all tons and I hope you have a great week this week!

Love you all!
Elder Norton

Monday, April 4, 2011

General Conference and "Finding" Q'eqchi

Dear Family,

Hey! How are all of you doing? I hope you all feel as good and as spiritually uplifted as I do after that amazing General Conference. First of all, thanks for all of the emails and the pictures! I love getting pictures so please send them whenever you can!  So thanks I really appreciate all of your thoughts and insights about the conference and everything you guys are doing to support me. I also got the little package you sent me with my shirt and the letters from Kinzie so thanks a lot for that haha! I love the shirt.

This week has been a great week. I didn't have very much time to work in my area, so nothing really exciting happened there, but the weekend was fantastic. Really, the main thing that we did in my area and all of the time that I was on divisions in Seritkiche and Senahu was talk to people about prophets and about the conference. As we kept talking to people over and over again about this message I felt the Spirit stronger and stronger every time testifying to me that the things we were teaching were true. But some cool things happened when we went to San Antonio Las Puertas in my area and while I was working in Seritkiche. A few times as we were talking to different people, I had people tell me 3 times "you found Q'eqchi' " which probably would be something like "you're pretty fluent in Q'eqchi' " if you translated it normally. Honestly I still have a LONG way to go with Q'eqchi', but it felt reassuring to feel (pretty much for the first time) that I am getting to the point of fluency, or at least "gospel fluency."  I'm not trying to boast of my own strength or anything, but I feel like Ammon. I know that God has helped me an incredible amount with my Q'eqchi' and with Spanish too, and I know that if it weren't for Him, I wouldn't be able to do anything at all in Q'eqchi' or in anything else. So, this isn't really any big milestone for my own accomplishments or anything like that, just a time where I have been able to look back and truly see the hand of the Lord in my life helping me beyond my capabilities. It still felt good though. 

Anyways, I was praying especially hard this past week to be able to feel the Spirit strongly during this conference and to learn all that I needed to learn from the Lord. I pretty much felt like every talk was meant just for me and had a special message to help me. I really loved Elder Bednar's talk about revelation and about the two dfferent classes. I've seen a lot of sunrises here in the mornings as we go to Senahu and it's true that it's hardly even noticeable how the light increases. But every now and then you stop and realize that it's a lot lighter than it was a few minutes ago. By the time the sun is fully out the contrast is so great that it's hard to think about when it all came. That's exactly how it is most of the time for all of us trying to receive revelation and guidance here on the earth. It's something that takes patience and that takes a bigger perspective. It's also just like what Alma talked about when he talked about growing a seed. A lot of time we expect to see the fruits by the next day, but in reality it is a slow process and takes time and effort. I learned a lot from that talk and it was definitely something that I needed to hear. 

I also really like the talk from the first sister that spoke about little children and what we need to learn from them. As I've been around the children here I've realized that that is so true. The kids here are so special. The Lord has blessed me a lot of times to feel a little bit of His love for the children in Yalijux and I too feel like crying. I also really liked Elder Robbins' talk about being and doing (I lauhged as I watched though thinking about the poor Q'eqchi' translaters since there's no word for "to be" in Q'eqchi'. I'm sure that complicated the talk a little bit haha) I also really enjoyed the Elder who was a surgeon who talked about pain and healing. 

Lastly, I really liked Elder Paul V. Johnson's talk about afflictions and how they are neccessary for us to put on our divine nature. I told all of the missionaries my stories of course haha about playing rock band with him, how I went to their house all the time and played basketball with them or ate with them. He's really a great guy and their family is awesome. So I was really excited when he spoke haha. Every talk was really great and so much of it (I would even say all of it) was either about the family or was a principle that when applied to the family brings blessings. I'm so thankful for my wonderful family and for all that you guys do for me :) After conference was over I went on divisions with Elder Larsen (again.) and we both had the Spirit with us really strongly and we were able to put a couple baptismal dates with some people so it was awesome. (Speaking of Elder Larsen, do you talk to his parents very much? Just saying, his mom has red hair and he does have a cute sister...I need to keep the red hair genes alive! haha just kidding. But Elder Larsen is pretty much my best friend in the mission. We're so much alike it's kind of ridiculous. He's just more athletic and good looking that's all.)

Anyways, I'm glad that you guys all liked conference and had a good weekend.

Mom-  thanks for all of you insights on the talks! To answer your question about the box springs- the only cars that can even try to go up in the mountains are trucks because the roads are so bad. For Yalijux pretty much the only cars that go all the way to Yalijux are what we call "camiones" which just means "really big trucks". just like the truck that you saw me pulling up the mountain a couple of emails ago. I'll get a better picture of one and send it to you.  I loved all of the pictures, especially of Dad ripping his pants hahaha. Why does he always do that!! So funny haha.  Love you tons!

Dad- first of all I honestly don't know what you were trying to say in Q'eqchi' there haha. I think you were trying to say endure to the end maybe? I don't know. Q'eqchi' can be pretty varied depending on where you are at and everything so maybe where you found it has Q'eqchi' that is a little different from mine haha. But it's the thought that counts so thanks all the same. Thanks for all of your insights on the Spirit. I'm going to really try hard to hearken and then heed the promptings of the Spirit so I can be more qualified and trustworthy in the eyes of the Lord to receive revelation and to do His work.  Love you Dad, you're the best

Jack- hey bud! I'm really glad that you liked conference and that you had a good time with Dad at priesthood session. I can't wait to go with you guys sometime! As I listened to the talk about the deacon's quorum president and about what he did to try and do his duty as a deacon I thought about you a lot and prayed for you to be able to feel the Spirit. You are such a great young man and you have so much potential to do good. Like President Uchtdorf said, never let yourself live under your privileges. Start now to live as worthily as you can to be able to do what the Lord wants of you in the priesthood. Love you bud!

Kinzie- you freak! haha thanks so much for the letters and the pictures! I love them a lot. I especially liked the pictures from our trip hahaha. I laughed pretty hard. Keep being weird haha and keep sending pictures. I will try to send a letter to the chamber choir but I don't have the school's address. So maybe I'll just write a letter and send it home and you'll just give it to them or something. I don't know. I don't have a ton of time to write though, so we'll see. Love you Kinzie!!

Matt- get on the ball man! You heard what the prophet said! You need to start dating and looking for a wife man! I'll write more next week on that but I expect to hear about some dates this week!

Alright well I love you all tons and I'm thankful for all that you do for me! Write you all next week!!! Love you!

Elder Norton