August 21, 2017


Rapid City,South Dakota,USA


Re: Hi!

I got the piano!!! Haha it's amazing!!! Thank you!!! 3 packages from you
total? Or last week? I got gummy worms (I presume from you?), the piano,
and the ink. That's three!

Yeah, the Jordan's and the Steven's put on great parties for me :) The
Steven's were a surprise party haha!!!

Javier's awesome. He's from Arizona! If he moves back there we'll totally
be homies :)

I'll have to get Javier's email and send the talk to him.

Haha there's no such thing as a warmer place here in this mission, it's all
below freezing and insane winds :) Do I need to look for winter coat now
because they're cheaper now?

That's awesome that Karsten got baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome that
Crystal came!!!!!!! Thank you for the pictures!!! It's great to see Ryan
and Julia and the kids again :)

On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Claire Westlake <> wrote:

I hope you had a wonderful birthday week! You should have received 3
packages from us. I hope you will be posting lots of pictures! I heard
the ladies put on a great party for you! One shared a picture of you with
a HUGE piece of chocolate cake.
Congratulations on Javier! I heard he got baptized. I told a teacher at
a DVMTA meeting I went to on Friday. She immediately sent me the talk that
I sent to you. It's for people that just get baptized, I think. I haven't
read it yet. She has 2 kids that recently returned from their missions and
said I should read it.
Brother Knudsen said you should start looking for your winter coat now. He
really wants to buy you one. I would you to go to someone you trust and
ask them if what you have (gloves, ear muffs, long johns, coat, etc. is
warm enough). He is right. You need to buy one now if they are not. One
thing you have to worry about is transfers. Maybe you will get sent to a
warmer place. Maybe you won't need one.
You should tell Javier to like the Alta Mesa Stake Facebook page that I
run. There are awesome quotes I put on there. They are very uplifting.
Karen Cox fell and broke her foot. Not good for someone who is already
Karsten's baptism was awesome! Julia did a great job planning everything.
Crystal even bought a dress, shoes and panty hose, got the time off and
came! She hasn't sent foot inside a church since she stopped going 16 years
ago. Awesome! She loves those kids. Ryan confirmation blessing was the
most honest, sincerest, from the heart blessing I have ever heard. Dad
gave the closing prayer bawled like a baby which made him mad. He hates
doing that. Lol. It was a great service.
We are doing OK over here.
Pictures attached.
Love, Mom
Elder Westlake


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