Hey fam-bam! It was so great to see you all yesterday! Benjamin is so huge, Tyler is still a goof, Lacey already looks like a gorgeous college girl, Bridgette is all grown up, and my sweet grandparents are still able to make jokes despite frail, aging bodies. I loved hearing what you're all up to! And yes, I am only still a bit trunky...haha. And yet at the same time I don't want to be home. I don't know what I would do at home. It's been a strange feeling of missing you yet at the same time knowing that this is where I'm supposed to be. It was fun to see the Boices too! Brad is still a stinkin stud and Trina is obviously loving teaching for BYU-I. I think I saw Tom's tall body walk in front of the camera once, but I couldn't really tell haha. Thanks so much for the letters and emails, including a great email from Cooper from El Salvador! He told me he brought along several copies of the Book of Mormon in both English and Spanish so that he can give them away while he's there. Major missionary points there! I'm still waiting to get those pics of Brad in his blue tux at prom (as well as Lacey's prom pics)!Funny random fact: apparantly Windows has a new desktop setup since I´ve been gone, and I had no idea how to work it -__- hahaha so I got a little taste of what it's like to be the aging generation lost in advanced technology. Weird! I just wanted to share a quick scripture that you´ll need to look up--maybe you can read it as a family for FHE after skyping Brittany in Japan. It's in Doctrine and Covenants 88:118, and it describes exactly what God suggests to do since He knows that not everyone fully believes His gospel. It's rather simple and clear. He understands that sometimes we struggle with believing or having enough faith, and thus he counsels us what to do to help everyone know with certainty whether or not this Restored Gospel really is the truth.
Elder Long :)