May 22, 2017
Rapid City,South Dakota,USA
Re: I didn't know I could eat that much food 0_0
Super cool. I hope everything is going well. I hope Courtney is feeling
better. Has she been doing better since I've been gone?
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Claire Westlake <
I feel at peace about it. He doesn't seem too down about it. Tender
mercy.....if it had to happen it happened at the best time. After recitals
and before summer schedule hit. The Lord is in control.
It's Callie's birthday today I think and their anniversary on the 20th or
the other way around.
We are doing OK here.
CeCe a 69-year-old student said to tell you hi.
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:47 AM, Claire Westlake <
He was taking off Karsten's soccer equipment. Julia is in Florida so I
had to drop everything and didn't get you written yesterday. Sorry! It is
not as bad as the first time but he will have to take some time off of
work. Courtney and i will play tag team and will put the kids down and
get them up and off to school.
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Cade Westlake <
Oh no!!! What did he do?
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:43 PM, Claire Westlake <
I am here! Ryan put his back out again so I have been watching kids.
On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:42 AM, Cade Westlake <
This week we set a goal to place 50 Books Of Mormon. We only got to
26, but we knocked over 250 doors! That's got to count for something. :) By
the way, we did 117 of those in one day. It sounds like that's not a lot,
but trust me, that took 7 hours of knocking doors that one day.
On Tuesday, we visited this older couple who mentioned that they were
lonely. I got to mow their lawn on their riding mower! Super fun to drive
haha. I love driving random things. Then they brought us inside, and
apparently he used to build sandrails, using parts from old Bugs. Also, he
can fabricate a part for anything, including cars. He can build an engine,
that works, from scratch. (#Respect) He also has always been into
woodworking, and makes pens out of wood, and plastic. He showed us all of
them, and was like, "Take your pick! :)" So we did. I'll attach a picture
of mine below. Also, they told us to come make our own sometime on a P-Day.
I'm stoked to do that. We definitely are going to. I'm going to make mine a
fountain pen, so then I'll have four fountain pens to choose from each
night when I write in my journal. :)
On Wednesday, we had dinner at a member's house. They piled so much
food onto our plates. So much. (#SOMUCH haha). I can't believe I ate all of
it. My companion was in shock XD. However, it came to pass that on
Saturday, we discovered that the sheer volume of food we ate on Wednesday
did not compare (at all) to the sheer mountain of food placed before us
that evening. They made an entire pan (an entire pan), for each person.
Literally, they had all the ingredients in massive bowls, then placed them
all together to fill the pan (a big pan), then put it on one plate (a
massive plate), then served the plate to us, individually. An amount to
feed a family of four was placed on our plates. And I ate all of it. :)
Then they said "Do you want more?" It tasted so good, I actually kind of
did. It's awesome that it did taste super good, and that it was my
favorite, pasta. I'm still burning off those calories haha. I've been
eating so little since then lol, I'm almost back down to normal Elder
I definitely second what a friend of mine (and his twin brother) said
in their weekly emails today. Don't worry about home, the instant you get
set apart those things will leave you, and life outside of your mission
doesn't seem real or like it even is a real thing. #Justdoit
Also another quote from my ward mission leader: "Have eternal
perspective with the seeds you are planting."
We helped two families move within the same town on Saturday. That was
fun, being in P-Day clothes (read: normal clothes) in public. Super
Also, on Sunday, we had homemade ice cream at a member's house. That
was really nice, because my family did that a lot back home. It tasted
almost the same, and had the same texture. Every single bite was like the
scene in Ratatouille where the food critic takes a bite of Remi's dish, and
has that flashback to when he was a kid, back at home, eating the same
dish. I enjoyed (really enjoyed) that.
We had our investigator come to church on Sunday! Also, he asked us
who's in charge of the addiction recovery program. We really think he's
going to get baptized. He really wants to repent and have God in his life.
We're super stoked for him.
Also, this ward is super amazing. Each week there's like 3 separate
investigators (and their families) that come, even though we haven't even
met them yet. We're working on meeting them during the week. They all seem
Also, I don't remember if I mentioned, we baptized someone the 13th.
Not really our baptism, but the sister missionaries before us. That was
super cool. She's definitely solid in the church, and reminds me a ton of
Deanna McHardy back home.
The local JcPenney's is closing, so we're going to go check out what
sales they have on ties soon :) :) :) I'm super stoked.
And, my companion's best friend from back home just got called to this
mission. We'll be the Mesa boys haha :)
To all my friends back home that are heading to the mission field
soon, you're going to love it! I definitely agree with the quote I shared
above. Once you're set apart, you feel different. Life outside the mission
really doesn't feel like it exists.
Keep crushing it everyone! Love y'all!
I didn't really take any pictures this week!
1: A cool saying that's above our John
2: Fun with my nametag :) Other missionaries totally try it :)
3: My pen from the member!
4: I hadn't taken a picture of myself this week, so I just did right