December 31, 2018


Bakersfield, CA (West)


Elder Garett Summers

Week 14

It was great seeing your faces on Christmas. I was a little emotional as well. I am so glad to have you all as a family.

Today, we had a district activity. We played racketball. I had a lot of fun. We went to a restaurant that had a buffet. Six 19 and 20 year old boys can eat a lot of food. We all were pretty stuffed afterwards. After that we played scum. I was wanting to wait until things slowed down for the day before emailing you guys--usually I have more down time on pdays. I even brought some letter writing stuff with me today to send you some letters too, but I didn't get around to it. Next time I guess.

For today we will be staying in our apartments after six. Tomorrow will be a normal day. We have some sparkling cider to drink tonight.

Transfer calls are this Saturday so I am anxious for that. Elder Summers is great and I would love to stay with him another transfer.

We had a pretty cool member dinner last night. The members had a nonmember friend over with them; his name was Luke. Luke asked us several questions about what we do. He had actually seen the play, "The Book of Mormon". So we were able to give him a bit more reliable information than the play. ;) We shared a message about the Book of Mormon with them and asked the family members how their testimony of the Book of Mormon has helped them in their lives. It was much more powerful having the members share with their friend how the Book of Mormon has helped them than coming from Elder Summers and me. It was cool to see. We gave him a Book of Mormon and a chapter to read from it.

Later that night we were walking in a neighborhood after dark and I was not feeling like talking with any new people, but to help me, I told Elder Summers if we see somebody we will talk with them, and he can hold me accountable. As soon as I said this Elder Summers saw someone standing outside. So I guess we had to talk with him, since I had committed to doing it. I went up to him and talked for a bit. I was glad I had the courage to talk with Him. Nothing noticeable came of it, except that I did it, even though it was challenging.

I love the tie and it reminded me that it is ok to be myself and that it is ok to be different.

I love you so much,
Elder Parker


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