October 9, 2017


Rapid City,South Dakota,USA


Re: Hola!

I've been sending Guy's family my emails. Just not Guy because I don't have
his email. I haven't made beans yet. They're expensive here. Like 10-15
dollars a bag, versus like 2 or 3 back in Arizona.

I bought a coat on Saturday. $280 dollars, probably the nicest coat in the
entire store. My companion from Pennsylvania, who's hometown is always in
the negatives in the winter, said he's *really* jealous of my new coat. The
coat we bought in Arizona is literally just a jacket, not a winter coat.
The difference is: jacket: keep me warm until 30 degrees, winter coat: keep
me alive and warm until -60 :) Apparently the only climates in the world
similar to this mission are Siberia and Antarctica. Canada and Alaska get
cold, but they don't have the jetstream like we do, so we get much colder
and much windier. :) And, about my 300 dollars, have you put it in the card
yet? You don't really have to now, I'm not going to be buying anything
major... I might send a box or two home of stuff I thought I'd use but I'm
not using. That way I don't have to worry about transfers and packing
everything. I feel bad, but I'm not using the rubber piano. It works, but
it's frustrating to actually play because the keys turn to the side and
don't register so you misfire a lot. So I just use the pianos at the church
buildings. I really appreciate the rubber one! I just don't use it because
it's not super good. To get the good stuff I guess it has to be a real one

I'll let Andy know when my shoes are dead haha.

Hm... Halloween... candy!!! Wait for transfers before you send anything.
Transfers are next Monday. I'm pretty sure I'll be staying, but not 100%. I
like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats :)

We're teaching people, but they don't really do anything. That's why I
don't really talk about it in the weekly's, I only give people interesting
things that they'll actually read. I don't read my friends' emails that are
super long and talk about literally everything they did in the week. I read
the ones that talk about one major thing about someone really making
progress in the Gospel. Therefore I only write those kinds of emails.

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 6:46 PM, Claire Westlake <> wrote:

So I ran into Guy's family. His mom asked about you. I told them all to
give their sister their email and pass it along to you. They want to get
your emails. His mom asked me to ask you if you had made beans yet.
Brother Knudsen asked if you bought a coat yet and how much. He asks all
the time. Wants you to be warm. Just how cold is it now?
Andy is in the state now. We saw him yesterday. We should see him again
on Wed. He said when you need new shoes to let him know. Brother Lee asked
about you too.
Planted more flowers this week. I planted too early and had to replace
some flowers. Too hot.
Choir practice sounded amazing today!
Is there anything you would like for Halloween?
Are you teaching anyone? Who is your companion? Your Mission President
posts pictures occasionally on Facebook of his missionaries. I really
appreciate that! Make some beans. Haha!
I scanned lots of pictures today. Andy brought them over from Belgium.
Not the violin pics.
Elder Westlake


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