Monday, January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

Hey Family,

     What's up everyone? Well not too much new with me that's all that crazy this week.  I'm glad to hear Cevering did so well at his farewell.  I knew he would and that he's going to be an amazing missionary.  He's gonna tear it up in Chile!  I think Weav's farewell should be next week or the week after cause he's leaving pretty soon too.  I'm glad to hear my friends all still remember me and are thinking of me while I freeze here.  I think if you tell them the best way to find out how I'm doing would be to actually write me a freaking letter it would be for the best!  haha jk It works just as good to have you guys keep the entourage informed. ;)

     So last week wasn't actually too cold for most of it.  We had some crazy "heat wave" for a couple days that we got up in the high 20's almost to 30 degrees.  I didn't know what to do with myself.  I almost pulled out the short sleeved dress shirts, but I figured all good things must come to an end, and I was right because today it's back down 15-20 degrees colder and snowing.  But hey at least we're on the positive side of 0. haha  When we had those warm temperatures we got a bunch of freezing mist that was a giant pain in the butt though.  It just covered our car and everything else in this thin layer of ice that made walking and driving in some places a bit treacherous.  It was weird because it hung in the air too.  We'd just be walking and feel it hit your face and we could see what looked like glitter just hanging there.  It was pretty weird, but we survived. 

     Here in Menomonie we have a lake called Lake Menomin that's right by Main St. and the highway coming into town.  Cars have been driving out there to ice fish since December, so that's no big deal.  On Saturday there was a whole little village set up out there with probably 100+ cars.  We could hear snowmobiles out there too.  They were having snowmobile drag races out across the lake.  It was kinda cool to just watch them for a second.  They had two plowed lanes that they would just scream down, and to think that it was all on top of the water was way cool.  It's gotta be some pretty thick ice to support everyone out there, and it's something they do every year too.  I just don't know if I'd have enough faith to try and drive out there.  Elder Katoa and I thought about it but then we figured, not only is it against the rules, but sinking a car that was provided by other members of the Church might not be the greatest thing to try and deal with let alone explain to President Howell.

     The other cool thing about being here in Wisconsin now is the fact that the Packers made it to the Super Bowl!  The bad part is that we hear the Steelers are a really good team, so we'll see what happens next week.  There's going to be no point in tracting during the game because no one will even answer the door.  I just hope that they win so that we have a lot of really really happy Wisconsinites to talk to.  If they lose it might not be such a great day to go around and try to talk to everyone about Jesus Christ and how His Gospel can bless them in their lives.  Strangely enough I don't think they'll wanna hear it.  We figure either way, win or lose, they'll all be intoxicated and we might get to talk to them because of that. haha

     I don't really have anything else to write about that's cool or exciting.  I haven't had any new animals that I've gotten to eat yet in case you all were wondering.  As far as I can tell I don't have any new parasites living inside me from what I've already had either.

Kat and Tom:  Good luck with the test!   I hope all goes well and you pass so that you can handle any other thing thrown at you like you said. haha  I like the pictures you attached.  Brandt looks way cute!  I think not only Mom but Camie and Natalie are going to kill you for posting those pictures on the internet.  I was afraid for anyone looking at my screen here at the library that might think I was raised in the circus with the clowns.

Grandma Craft:  I hope they organize temple trips for you too because it is such a blessing to be able to go.  I wish that we could go more than quarterly here as missionaries, but I look forward to when I can even more because of it.

Mom:  I did get your letter that you wrote at 5 a.m. but I haven't gotten one from anyone else yet.  I feel bad that I can't write all of you a letter each week.  I just don't have the time.  I did send Sidne a letter though!  I don't know what she's talking about because it was sent with those other ones and was like 2 pages long front and back.  It took forever!  I think I sent it to her house address, but I can't remember.  I could have sent it to her apartment at Utah State, so if you could just let her know that I did send it I just don't know which address she needs to check that's be great.

Nick and Tati:  Thanks for giving me your address.  You were the only sibling that I didn't have an address for.  Congratulations Dr. Craft!  I'll keep praying for you so you can have the job opportunites come up.  I can't believe you guys drove 1mph through that snow storm!  That is terrible!!  I guess it would be bad for people though if they've never driven in it.  Especially 5 inches.

     Well sorry this is kinda short but I hope that everyone's just doing amazing!!  Like I said I'm sorry I can't write all of you individually each week like I'd like to.  I do feel bad.  I hope to hear from you all again soon!   I love you, miss you, and pray for you all each night!  Thank you for your prayers they really do help.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Can't Wait for the Cold to End

Hello Crafts,
     Sorry everyone that I don't have any crazy funny stories for this week.  So far we've avoided that raccoon stew again.  It can only go on so long though before I finally have to eat it. haha  I can't believe that Hooper is in the 40s!  What is this garbage?  All last week the warmest it got was in the teens!  We got a few more inches of snow during that 2 day "heat wave too".  I can't wait for it to warm up, but that's not going to happen until maybe March or April.  Luckily I think that I can survive one more month of it.  Thursday night/ Friday morning was the coldest it's been here by far.  I went out to move the car for Brother G. at about 8 a.m. and the thermometer in the dash said that it was -15 out side without windchill.  We called the weather report on our phone to see what the windchill was and it said that it was -30 with windchill that morning.  The cool part is that now I've spent so much time out in it that I don't even really start to notice the sold until it's below 0.  I figured out a test to know when it -5 or colder.  I just go out and breathe through my nose and if it freezes inside then I know it's that cold.  I'm becoming my own thermometer and a real man at the same time so it's a win win for everyone! haha  At the members house we ate at Friday night too he told us that the night before had been -40 without windchill and windchill dropped it to -60!!  That's insane!  I wish that I would have known though so I could have gone out and taking a picture in my basketball shorts of it like I want to. That would have been sweet to send home right Mom? ;) haha 
     I did get the package last monday when we got home from shopping, so thank you everyone!  That was sweet!  I really like the CDs Brady and the NERF hoop and shaving kit Camie apparently I should be using that here pretty soon is the sign I'm getting, so I'll try my hardest. haha :)  You weren't kidding about that scarf either Mom, but  I love it!!  It's so warm and if ever I need somewhere to sleep I'm wearing a hammock around my neck, so I'm always prepared! :) Seriously though thanks it means a lot that you spent the time on it that you did.  Some of the women in the branch told me to tell you that you did a very nice job on it.  It's some of the best crocheting that they've seen.  So the people of Menomonie were able to see what real fine "Craft"smanship is.  haha Nice job!

    Sorry it's not very long and I don't have much to say other than I'm super excited to be an uncle again!  That's gonna be fun for you 2, Camie and Brock, but I'm excited anyway.  I'll have 2 nephews at least by the time I get home. 

Dad:  That would be way cool if you got the job in Holladay.  I hope you do too.  I've been praying for you so let me know how it goes.

Mom:  I heard about L. from Kat.  That's still crazy though.  Maybe it will have to be L.  That's too bad about A. J.  How's the family handling it?  And it sounds like J.'s going to be having a rough time for the next little while.

Nick and Tati:  I just have a couple questions for you what's the ward and stake you are in and your address?  You're the only ones I don't have an address for.  Any news on the internship too?

Kat and Tom:  I hope everything's going well with school and work.  I can't wait to hear from you guys.

Camie and Brock:  The package really was so good!  Thanks for that!  I was excited to get all of it and the fact that they were wrapped so I had legit presents to open too were sweet!  I got your letter too so I'll try writing you back today.

Brady:  Basketball games just sound stupid now.  What's up with that?  Mr. L. is kind of a push over though so it doesn't sur[rise me that he just didn't want any contention.  Just push through these next few weeks and get your project done.  You'll be happy that you do! 

Natalie:  How's the 8th grade going still?  I don't really know what else to ask you about haha.  Are you still going to the temple?  I hope to hear from you soon.

Grandma:  How's the family history missionary work and your calling going?  I tell everyone what a professional you are at new family search out here so they know that they can always so more to help out their ancestors.

     Like I said before sorry that it's so short and that I didn't have that much to talk about.  I look forward to hearing from you guys and hope that all is well.  I'm staying warm and still faithfully and diligently serving.  I miss you and love you very much.

Love, Elder Alex Craft

Monday, January 17, 2011

L. Family Baptism

What up Crafts?
     Haha jk I just try to think of new ways to start the emails and that's all I could come up with.  I would just to start off with something a lot of you had questions about.  The Baptism was amazing!  Their names are M. and A. L.  I don't know if I already told you that but I figured it won't hurt to say again.  It was a great program.  I got to baptize M. and Elder Katoa baptized A.  It was such an amazing feeling to know I was part of that huge step in their lives.  It was very humbling and M. kept saying, "that was so cool" over and over again.  I also felt super stupid after the baptism.  It's an embarassing story but I figure that all the family that's been on a mission will think it's even more hillarious.  So like I said I baptized M. and I thought it was really good.  I did have to do it twice because his foot floated up when he was under, so they just wanted to do it again to be sure.  That wasn't the embarassing part.  I even said the whole prayer right. The problem was that I was so super nervous I somehow forgot that it was just that, a prayer.  I didn't even close my eyes!  Because I didn't M. didn't either, so he was looking right at me.  It was awkward with him 2 feet away staring so I looked back at him about half way through. Elder Katoa was behind us at the door and saw it all unfold.  The reason he thought it was so funny was that he said it looked like we were "gazing into each other's eyes". I just started laughing really hard and realized how dumb I really am when he told me this that night.  In my defense the last baptism I was at was Natalie's or one of the cousins and so I just had my eyes open anyway.  I didn't have to worry about doing anything there.  I'm not too worried about it though.  The ordinance was done right and with the priesthood, so how dumb I looked and felt's a different story.  I just thought you'd all enjoy being apart of my embarassing story.

     Other than that the baptism was really great!  The program went really well.  Our branch here's very supportive of the missionaries.  We get fed basically every night.  Our ward mission leader, Bro. S. is the man.  We just didn't have many people there bacause it was on a Saturday afternoon I think.  Everyone was talking to them and congratulating them on Sunday when they got confirmed.  I was s nervous about baptizing M., but I was twicw as nervous Sunday because A. wanted me to confirm her and give her the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  That was way spiritually nerve racking!  I actually closed my eyes on that one and did it without any problems. haha  We had another mamber's son baptized after church yesterday too.  I told Elder Katoa I wish that we had a weekend like this every week.  Always having to fill up the font.

     We got some really cool news from Bro. S. this week.  He told us that they found out last week his neice, from the Green Bay area on his wife's side, is going to be on this season of Survivor airing in a couple weeks.  Her name's A. B.  He told us even though we can't watch any of it, but I thought that was pretty cool and that if any of you happen to catch some of the season you could think of that.

     Other than that I'm doing pretty good.  It ius still cold and will be for another 3 months, so maybe I won't even notice by then.  The work here is still going great with alot of miracle each and every day.  It really is amazing being a missionary and I love it.  I just hopoe that we can continue to see success and find solid people like M. and A. throughout the rest of my mission.  I know everyone's always asking what I need, but I'm doing fine.  I feel bad asking for stuff, but I just can't get it here.  If you could send just another notebook of the paper with the prophets I've been writing my letters on, or any other cool staionary like that I would really appreciate it.  That way I can keep writing all those letters I know you love so much! ;)

Grandma:  You are a great missionary!  Doing all those names and helping to spread the gospel to everyone you talk to.  That's so cool.  How did your talk go in Relief Society?  I wish we could go to the temple each week.  We're trying hard to be able to go this transfer sometime.  I hope you're doing well and in your callings.

Dad:  I don't know if I was allowed to but I saw that video of the 12 year old kid.  MAn that brings back memories of when I was 12. . . haha I wish!  That was incredible!  I can't really take any pictures in my new coat because I don't have one.  I use the one from Mr. Mac that Kat and aTom got me and it works fine.  For now at least so we'll see how it goes and if I end up getting a new one.  As for a picture on my bike I don't use it yet and so I will when I bring it out.

Kat and Tom:  First of all I'm not going to make a comment even about L. and what you said.  But I agree Tom is the best!  He really is such a blessing to our family!  What's Brady's GPA at now?  That sounds like a good deal for both of them.  Especially since Brady will get a tux, the ticket in the dance, and the group picture for free.

Tati and Nick:  Don't worry about not writing Tati.  I totally understand.  I'm glad to hear that you're having a good time with your mom and to know you can relate to how I feel.  The mission really is the perfect place for me to be.  I know I'm suppose to be here now.  Don't worry about sending a package either.  I'm doing fine.
Mom:  It would be so awesome to be there when M. and A. get sealed, but they're thinking about maybe making a trip out of it to Utah.  They've never had a honeymoon either he said so it would giv them an excuse.  I hope that maybe I can.  I did hear about Cody finally.  He emailed me.  That's so crazy!  That's a long time to wait too.  I feel like I'm missing something here. . . .how do I feel about being an uncle again?  I'm not sure if this is what I think it is but I need some info ASAP.  I haven't gotten a letter from Grandma or Grandpa Burke, but tell them I do love them and miss them.  I'm looking forward to that scarf too because I know I'm going to love it no matter what.  Thank you so much!  I hope it gets here this week!

     Thanks again everyone for all the letters and support that you give me.  The prayers are really helping me I know it.  I pray and think about all of you all the time.  I miss and love you all!  See you next week same time same place.

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Companion

Dear Crafts One and All,

     I hope everyone is doing well.  I can't remember all that I told you about my new companion Elder Katoa and the transfer situation so I'll just tell you all again anyway.  His name's Elder Sam Katoa from American Fork Utah too.  How ironic is that?  He grew up in the Dallas Ft. Worth area where his Dad was a cop until about 4 years ago when they moved to Utah.  His Dad's Samoan so he pretty big.  He's an inch or 2 shorter then me but about 70 lbs heavier.  He's such a cool missionary.  I'm really looking forward to the time we're going to serve together.  His testimony's so strong. I guess he's gone down kind of an Alma the Younger route, but from what he's told me the change in him is amazing and I haven't even known him that long.  He's got some crazy stories that are for another day. He's been out a little over 6 months now, so technically he's the senior companion here.  Funny thing is that I do all the planning and driving because I took over the area so I should know the drill here.  Good news is, like I said, I am driving.  I called the guy in the mission office the day before Elder Blume left and explained my whole license situation too him and he said I'd be fine.  I could have actually driven all 6 weeks of the first transfer, but oh well I guess I just got really good at backing and directing the driver of a car for that time.  The last area Elder Katoa was in was the ghetto.  North Minneapolis.  Brooklyn Center/ Brooklyn Park Area's what it's called.  It's been quite the change for him coming over to Menomonie.  Even though he lived in American Fork he's not a BYU or a Utes fan really.  He signed to play D end of Outside Linebacker for Snow, but he's looking to play anywhere when he gets back.  That's a little about my new companion.  I hope that answers any questions you guys had.
     Taking over the area has been kind of stressful for me though, because like I said I'm suppose to be the one knowing where to go and what to do.  That's not always the case though, so planning takes a little while most nights of looking through the Area Book to find out who Elder Blume and I haven't already seen or are teaching.  I'm just trying to keep the day full of people to teach, or go see, and areas to do some finding.  That way we're consistently busy throughout the whole day being the most effective missionaries we can.  There's just so many miracles the Lord's providing here I'm just trying to keep them coming and not get in the way of what He has planned at all. 
     I'm glad you all liked the pictures.  Sorry there's not any this week, but there will be for the next one because I'm actually baptizing a couple this week that we've been teaching from my very first morning in the area!!!  I'm so excited for them!!   There names are M. and A. and they're being baptized Saturday at 4 p.m..  I'm nervous but very honored that they want me to be the one to baptize them.  Mark said that he actually dibsed me awhile ago, so that was really cool when he told me.  They also told me on Thursday when we saw them last that they were talking about Elder Blume and I and the other missionaries they've met and decided that I'm the one that's going to be the best dad.  That caught me off guard but really made me feel good.  I told them it's because I have the greatest example and I've just tried to live up to what he's always taught me.  They have 2 little kids, J. who's 4 and S. who's 2, and they told me that I'm the best one with their kids.  They said that J. used to always say, " The Guys are here! The Guys are here!" whenever he'd see us coming up to the door for our appointments.  J. also loves to draw, so now M. said that ever since recently when I drew J. a picture to keep him focused and calm while Elder Blume prepared them for the baptismal interview, he says, "Elder Craft and the guys are here!" whenever we show up.  That really made me feel so good to really see the impact that I have been able to have on their lives.  I know that they are people I was meant to meet and I love that whole family.  I can't wait to get the pictures for you so you can see them too.
     J. H.???!!!  Are you kidding me?! This is ridiculous! haha  You at least gave her my address right mom?  I mean come on that should have been the first thing you talked to her about! ;)  That really is so cool though!  Sounds like we'll be having a lot more dinners over in West Haven in a couple years. 
     I have a question you can ask Bishop about that I was just wondering:  Was I suppose to give him a scripture or something for a missionary plaque?  I can't remember if they're not doing that anymore or what.  All the Elders out here have just mentioned something about their scriptures they used so I was wondering.
     Kathleen asked about this but I guess it's more for all of you too.  She wanted to know if there's anything I still need that I didn't get for Christmas.  The answer is kind of I guess.  haha  I do need a scarf.  Just like a good warm scarf I can wear around because even though they said to get that stuff out here I haven't really been able to find it, so that would be awesome.  It just has to be dark or conservative in color.  The next things are kind of just wants from the family.  The first one is a calendar.  One that I can hang on the wall of like Greg Olsen paintings or something like that from Seagull Book.  The reason I have to ask is because they don't any store like that or anywhere that would sell it out here.  I saw a Taylor Swift one at Wal-Mart but I decided one of the Savior would be a little better.  Slowly but surely I' maturing in my old age. ;)  The last want is some music.  I have my MP3 player but I can't hook it up in our car, and the only CD that I have is one that President gave us for Christmas.  So if you could just burn some of Josh Groban, The Tab Choir,  T-Minus 5, or groups like that that sing songs about the Savior should be fine.  I'll just have to get it approved but that's not hard at all.  The gospel song "Down to the River to Pray" by Allison Krauss, that Brady and Dad like so much is approved so it just has to be things like that.  I would really appreciate that though!  Thanks!
     Now for the individual parts:
Camie, Brock, and Brandt: Thank you so much for the letter and picture!  I loved it!  Brandt's a little stud in that picture.  As for the pictures of course there's a Wal-Mart here.  It's the life blood for all the Wisconsinites Packer gear and beer.  So it's just here in Menomonie if you can send them there.  You'll just have to email me to pick them up and I'll get them when I go get groceries after I email you guys. I look forward to them!

Mom:  I knew you'd be impressed with that letter.  I just want to know how many mistakes were on those 120+ wpm sheets?  I think that's really what matters, so my 4 mistakes to 40 wpm ratio is basically as good as 120 with a page full or mistakes. haha No I haven't heard where Cody's going yet and it's driving me crazy cause I have a feeling it's somewhere crazy!  Like I could see England for some reason, so I'll just have to wait until he writes me back.  I did get your letter and that was on Friday the 7th.  I think it took a lot longer because the Post Office and Mission Office was closed for New Years, and the Mission Office was holding all mail until after transfers so they'd know where we all ended up.  I have plenty of money too for food and everything.  Don't worry I'm not starving.  I'm not home that much to cook and I only have15-20 minutes for breakfast in the mornings but I probably will make French Toast on a Sunday when I have more time thanks for the ideas. :)

Brady:  I'm just glad you wrote the letter.  Thanks for taking the time to do it.  That's a good idea not to have A girlfriend  a few of them is always better! haha JK ;) Seriously though, dating around is the only way to do it man.

Nick:  That sounds like a sweet job right next to the White House for you.  I forget sometimes that you live right next to all of those monuments and everything sweet like that.  Did you recognize or know any of the missionaries' names I gave you in the area?

     Well that's it for this week.  I hope everything's going well for you.  I'm going after we get done shopping to play basketball with the Branch Mission Leader at the University gym because he's Lt. Col. over the ROTC and he teaches here he can get us in to play.  So all the mornings at the gym will hopefully pay off so Elder Katoa and I can "put the hurt on him" and his cadets, as he'd say.  I love you all and miss you very much! I look forward to hearing from you!

Love, Elder Alex Craft

Monday, January 3, 2011

A New Year and Stories of Road Kill

Hello Family,
    This has been a crazy morning for sure!  Transfer calls came in this morning from President Howell at around 9.  He called and told me that I'd be getting a new companion.  I'm taking over the area here in Menomonie and so I should be here for at least the next 6 weeks.  My new companion is coming from the North Minneapolis area and his name's Elder Katoa (I think that's how you spell it).  Ironically enough he's from American Fork too.  How crazy is that?  He's a big old Tongan Elder too so this should be fun.  Maybe I'll learn how to do the Hawka legit now.  I'm excited but scared too.  I don't know what I'm doing and I told Elder Blume I just hope I don't get in the way and screw up the Lord's will here for the people.  Elder Blume is pretty excited.  He's headed to Thunder Bay Canada!  He was so surprised.  There's only 4 Elders up there out of the 200 in the whole mission.  It'll be pretty cool for him.  Like literally freezing cold.  Not only is he headed to Canada for the coldest part of the year he's in the bike part of it.  That's gonna be a definite experience for him he'll probably never want again. He'll do great up there though. 
     New Years was kinda lame for us and I was totally fine with that.  We actually were suppose to come in at 8 that night.  President's orders.  So I was actually in bed at 9:30 and just woke up to 2011.  That's so crazy for me.  Now I start my long year of my mission.  I'll go all through 2011 out in the field.  It's gonna be pretty cool! 
     In other news: you guys remember the guy I told you about wanting to feed us racoon?  Well we dodged it so far except for the fact that I'm gonna be here another 6 weeks and can only make up so many excuses and avoid it for so long.  We were at his Mom's, Sister C.'s, for Christmas, and we found out just how far in the back woods we are.  They started talking about this new buck that they had to go pick up that got hit by the gas station.  Apparently they drove by and saw it the other night.  A semi took it out, so they wanted to get it before anyone else could.  I., the guy trying to feed us, said, "That's 100 lbs of free meat".  And the other son B., that just got home 2 weeks ago from the Las Vegas Mission, said, "I know.  When I'd tell people about all the free meat we get they'd look at me like I was crazy".  I am dead serious right now.  These people eat road kill!  I had to focus so hard to not let my jaw drop and look at them like you are crazy!  I seriously shouldn't believe it and it made me a little concerned as to where the turkey we were eating came from because they started to talk and reminisce about the greatest "pick ups" they've ever gotten.  They are some of the nicest people I know.  Very active in the church, but road kill.  That's when I realized. . . . . I am in Wisconsin.  That was my crazy experience of the week along with the baptism we had yesterday.  His name's D. G., he's 9 and his dad B. is a recent convert.  He was baptized a couple months ago by Elder Blume and his old companion when they were in Hudson.  Elder Blume knows the family really well and it's been cool to hear how much they've changed and to get to know them.  It's cool to see all the miracles going on here.
     The weather's been so weird. It got up to 40 last week and rained for a couple days.  Yeah it was super sweet until it dropped down in the teens again that night and now there's a layer of ice over everything.  Driving someplaces is like ice skating with a car.  Luckily for me I don't think I'll ever have to worry about getting in an accident  because I won't drive on my mission. haha jk ;) thanks for figuring my license situation out for me.  Until then I'll just be the navigator.
     Now to try and answer the individual questions:
Nick-  Sorry I didn't tell you last week but I forgot.  Elder Calvert from Denver, Elder Taylor from Tokyo, Elder Merrill from Rexburg, and Elder Naylor from Twin Falls were all the DC South Elders in my district in the MTC.  Sister ward from West Jordan and Sister Holt form Arizona were in there too, so if you get a chance to see them tell them I say Hi and that I hope they're all doing well.
Natalie-  Sorry I never told you this before but my voicemail password is just XXXX.  haha Sorry that's really annoying but really funny for me. Also,  where did you come up with the name Aly Al?  What the heck is that?  Have you been talking to Sidne? As for you English homework. . . good luck.  I don't have any tricks for memorizing for you sorry.  I wish I could help but I don't think I could identify a pronoun, noun, adverb, and all that in a sentence for you now if I tried.  I'm super stoked for that CD! That's gonna be sweet!  You'll have to listen to it and tell me which ones are the better ones cause they'll all be good. ;)  Don't worry about not talking to me that much.  Just make a list of stuff to talk about on Mother's Day and we'll make sure to cover it ok?  You're an amazing little sister and I love you.  Keep on supporting Brady, and feel free to use my room whenever.  I'm glad it helps you! :)
Mom-  That's crazy Jacob only gets 3 hrs of light.  I was gonna say something about it last week but I forgot.  It gets dark here at around 4:30 and that seems so early for me.  That's so cool Julianne's sister lives that close now.  Did you give her my address and tell her to forward that on for me? haha I haven't actually gotten any mail for the past 5 days, so hopefully I get it soon.  I haven't heard from Cody but I can't wait to find out.  It sounds crazy.  I am feeling much better don't worry about me.  We don't go outside now and tract or anything because President Howell told us not to so we can get better.  We drive the car everywhere too even though we could use our bikes.  They're in G.'s garage and they'll probably stay there because I don't feel like eating it riding on ice and snow, but that's just me.  A cruise would be a sweet idea to help me thaw out once I get home.
Grandma-  Happy Birthday!  Sorry I could be there to wish it to you in person but I hope it went well.  I love reading your emails and seeing that you're doing good.  I hope all is still well.
Dad-  It is starting to get crazy cold here now and I figured Bishop would love to hear that.  It should be dropping to -30 or -40 here in a couple weeks without the wind chill so that will be fun.  You really rented Eclipse? Dad, I thought I taught you better than that come on.  hahah I'm jk I heard a lot of the 14 year old girls love it.. . . . ;)  FYI even though he's from American Fork Elder Blume's not a BYU fan.
Brady-  Just keep up the search for some good heech that won't stand you up.  They are out there you just might have to search beyond the boundaries of Fremont.  I hope everything's going good.  Try not to stress too much about school.  Have you started Conditioning yet?  Who's running it?  Make sure you take it serious and take roll.  That's what gets you to state ;)
Camie-  Don't worry about that package.  I believe you'll send it and I'll be here to get it when I get it.  I'm not too worried.
Kat-  Good luck with school!  I'll be praying for you.  That's be sweet to finish before I got home though.  Don't worry about how much you talked to me.  I loved talking to whoever would and it just happened to be you the most. haha Whatever cupcakes you send or have sent I guess will be fine.  I'm excited.
     Well I think that's all for this week.  Just know that I love you and miss you.  I'm praying for you all everyday and thinking about you.  I can't wait to hear from you.