August 7, 2017


Rapid City,South Dakota,USA


Re: Hello


I think you're right haha, the sisters in the ward do love me. Sister
Clayton is legit! She could definitely be friends with you.

I got some gummy worms, and two ink bottles! No letter in them, so I'm
presuming both of those were you!!! Thank
you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm already loving the green, and the
purple!!!!!!!!! And the gummy worms are the best gummy worms I've ever

Yeah, winter is going to be great!

My back is doing great. Because we get fed in this area every night (every
night is rare in this mission!), I'm gaining a bit of weight, but I'm
managing to keep it off. When I eat too much, it puts pressure on my spine
so it is quite uncomfortable, so I try to keep the weight off haha.

We try to get as much service as possible. Not too much happens
unfortunately. We're lucky to get one opportunity a week for 20 minutes.

That's a really cool experience from Dallas!!!

I played for the Anderson's. They really liked it! I'm glad that was a
supercharge for you. :)

That's great that you're helping the Dunn's with family history!

Good luck with the full work schedule, making that moolah!

Loving you more and more!

Elder Westlake

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 9:16 AM, Claire Westlake <> wrote:

I love the sisters in your ward and they love you and are saying all the
time what a great missionary you are. I think I could be really great
friends with Sister Clayton. It seems like life in Sidney is very similar
to Bennington with less members.
It's Crystal's birthday today! Jason's on the 12th, yours on the 17th. I
am having a hard time trying to figure out what to get you. I can't get you
anything big because of transfers. There is something on the way already.
Are they preparing you for winter? Will your stuff be OK?
How is your back holding up? Looks like you are doing lots of service
which I am really proud of.
I wanted to share with you an experience that Dallas Campbell had last
Sunday. You know he is in the MTC that my cousin Dan is presiding over
along with his wife DeLayne. Dan talked to him about it. It was pretty
cool. I am going to copy paste what Dallas sent in his last letter:
*"The MTC President LOVES ME. I love talking to him about Arizona and he
shared that he's related to Claire Westlake and that she wrote him on
facebook and told him how I'm such a good boy and to take care of me 😊"*
*"We had an hour of free time on Sunday so I sat down and played the piano
for an hour and played all of my church music from beginning to end and
slowly one by one all of the missionaries gathered around and read their
scriptures and had personal study in the huge meeting room all on the
ground! So when I finished, there were tons of missionaries studying as
they listened to my music and gathered around the piano. It was so neat and
the spirit was so strong. I played my farewell song and all the rest of the
music that I brought. It was the neatest experience I've ever had. One of
the Latino Elders came up to me and gave me the BIGGEST and longest hug and
said, Im going to learn the piano because of you Elder Campbell you inspire
me, and it was so neat to hear that!"*
One of the sisters, Sister Stone?, already told me you played for their
family. I am so glad! You are so tuned into the Spirit with your music
that I know you touched them like Dallas's experience. Let your light
shine. I received notice of both of you (piano) within 12 hours. It was a
super charge for my week which I needed.
I sat with the Dunn family last night and helped them with family history.
Then I taught the parents and the pretty older girl how to index. What a
neat family! I really like them.
School starts this week so I will be doing my full work schedule. Wish me
Love you to pieces!
Elder Westlake


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