Monday, June 28, 2010


Monday, June 28, 2010 0
Today is another pday and you all know what that means, yes you get to hear how my week went! Woo Hoo! I can't believe that it was my year mark this past week, it's so crazy to think that I'm no longer counting but I'm now counting down. Sister Ludwig thanks sooo much for the album that you sent me, it was great to see pictures of everyone again. I need more of those.
This week has been another interesting week, I know I saw that a lot, but missionary life always seems to have something interesting happen. So this past week we have worked with a lot of families, as usual, but sadly only one of them had progressed and the rest have been dropped.The good news is that the Santoyo family came to church! The husband didn't come but he rest of the family came. But that's not all.Victoria came to church, not sure if I have talked about her but she is an old lady that didn't really show any promise but she came to church. It was funny yesterday morning, as were getting the Santoyo family to church, we had totally forgotten about her until the member came. So we asked if he could Pick her up as well and he said fine. I felt bad but we piled everyone in and raced to Victoria's house and she was there waiting for us. We felt like Shepard's leading to children, it was an awesome feeling. Then the worst thing happened to us as we were going to church. We ran over a squirrel. The thing freaked out and ran back into our lane after it had ran into the next lane. Good times huh? Oh well life moves on and we didn't really think much of it because we had 7 people on their way to church! It's awesome to see how hard work pays off. The other family, Guadalupe and her kids, have been dropped. We went over to their house several times to see how they were doing and everything seemed normal and perfect. The Saturday before church everything changed. We went over there to say hello, since we were in the area, and talked with Guadalupe. She said she was excited for church because she doesn't have to work this Sunday. I was so excited for her and I asked her if her son was at home. She said no he was at work. As we were walking out we say Edgar's son playing with a girl from the apartment complex and asked her how her dad was doing. She said "why don't you ask him?" She ran upstairs and went to go get him but came out and said "he isn't home." My companion said something isn't right, he is home. I was so bummed the rest of the night. I thought back through everything I said to them to see if I said something that could have offended him, nothing, I thought back through everything they had said to see if they showed disinterest, nothing. I kept thinking about it and nothing. Every missionary goes through this when someone drops them but this time it was different. I loved that family, they were so cool and so ready but, obviously, it wasn't. I learned a valuable lesson that day and that is-you are not in control, the Lord is. I want to share this story that I hard while at a baptism this Sunday. It comes from the second counselor of the bishopric.

"My dad was a truck driver and when I got older I got to learn the trade from my dad. As a truck driver we travel long distances and drive through different terrains almost daily. In fact, we become so accustomed to it that driving on 18 wheels becomes the norm and driving on 4 wheels becomes awkward. One of the most valuable lessons that I learned from my dad was the one where I learned to travel over the lovely element of frozen water. Now anyone is scared of driving over ice but imagine driving over 6 tons behind you and all you can do is drive and watch. My dad told me to do one thing when that happens-drive faster. He said that when driving over ice the first thing that happens is that the trailer looses it's alignment with the rest of the vehicle and the worst thing to do is adjust. If you try to adjust over ice the trailer could flip and possibly kill you in the process, but if we hold firm to the steering wheel and accelerate the trailer won't swerve as much and will give you just enough time to get off the ice to adjust to swerving trailer. I want to compare this to us now. Our life in the scriptures is described as going along the path to our Heavenly Father, so we will say we're driving a trailer down that certain path. The things in the trailer are things we can control, such as our obedience, our willingness to serve, or in other words ourselves because that is the only real thing we can control. The ice patches, on the other hand, are the things we cannot control, such as family members, church members, employers, or in other words things or people that can affect us. Now in life, we all know that the we will hit patches of ice that the adversary throws at us to make us loose control, but just as literally driving a trailer on an icy road everything is determined on how we react. In life, we try to adjust and make corrections while we go through difficult times but we will fail. However, if we hold firm and accelerate, meaning look to the things we are founded on and focus on them even harder, we will succeed. The reason for this, occurs because we failed to prepare and now it's too late. The eternal law in all this is change is immanent, progression is optional. Icy patches will happen but how we react and learn from the past is how we progress.

I thought that that was amazing. That is such a true principle. The Lord puts things in our lives because he knows that we can overcome them, after all he has promised that to us. They are blessings as long as we react to them with the mind set that we will succeed. We have the power to overcome, it's all up to us. At zone conference that we had this past week that is what we mostly talked about. It was definitely different because they are leaving tomorrow at noon. It will be sad to see them leave but they have served us well and they deserve to be released. It's amazing to see how hard they have worked to change the mission that didn't baptize to now a baptizing mission. Sister Blackburn talked about the things that she has taken from her mission and that the treasure that everyone is seeking is right here, right now. She explained that we have all partaken from the goodness but we all must continue diligently to seek after it and that is what has kept her sane. She then applied it to us and said that we have done the same even though every morning we say "I'm exhausted, weak, injured, and hurt" but she told us that despite all of that "we all still go out and walk the streets." The next thing she said she learned was that when we were all in the temple, dressed in white, that that is how heaven is going to be. Seeing everyone we love and cherish dressed in white and that she wants to see ALL of us there. Then it was President Blackburns turn and he talked about church government and how everyone is called to their callings. It was really cool how mission president are called (don't have time to explain). He then told us that there is one thing that he wants us to do as missionaries, to magnify our calling. He said "If we magnify our calling it WILL be hard to leave, but if we don't it WILL be a joyous time." He said that he wants us to be depressed to be sad when we leave our missions because we gave it our all. It reminded me what Elder Holland said "I want to have to call an ambulance to wait for you at the airport when you go home from all the work you have done." Those words encourage me to work harder, more diligently to do the Lord's will. Hopefully I will be able to do such.

I told you that the beach was in my area!

Well i love you all and don't worry I'm doing well. Later.

Elder Leavell

Monday, June 21, 2010

One Year Down, One to Go

Monday, June 21, 2010 0
Hey mom thanks for the package I think that I can safely say that I will be good on snacks for awhile, it doesn't even fit in the cubboards (hope that is right). Dad hope you had a wonderful Father's day. Sorry I couldn't call you but I did send you a card BUT it will get there late I sent it on Saturday haha my bad. Grandma, hope you had a wonderful birthday. Once again sorry I couldn't be there, I will say I was there in spirit though.

Back to the rest of you how are all of you doing? This week has been another hectic one but when is it not? The good news on the other hand is that we finally for a hold of some people/families that we have been trying to get a hold of, so that means more investigators!

Now for how the week went went. Due to the changes in the mission and because my companion is a district leader we had to take some extra dinner appointments to make everyone happy. But that means my stomach has been suffering a little bit. So that was my Monday after p-day, dinner appointments. Fun huh? On Tuesday we picked up Elder Mitillo and Elder Cottrell to do some service for this black lady Asia that is in the Carson. She is moving to Long Beach to help her nephew, who turns out that help her come to the gospel, come back to the church so that is pretty cool and very thoughtful. The rest of the day we went to visit people that are in our area book since we still hadn't caught up and visited everyone that the other missionaries had been visiting. One lady in particular was an interesting one. Luz Ortiz has a looonng teaching record and normally it means that they have problems keeping commitments, or in other words not worth our time. But we decided to visit her because Elder Richins said that most of his baptisms were from looonng teaching records. We figured out why the instant we got there-she loves her cigarettes. As we talked with her she pulled one out and lit it up right in front of us. Interestingly enough she has come to church several times, so we will see if she reads the pamphlet we left her with. Probably not though. Oh well. After that we didn't do much, tracted a little until we got to the Santoyo family! They are awesome. Husband is gay but the mom and the kids are ready. Satan is exactingly obedient at daily contact because every time we are there the husband feels the spirit and says he wants to go to church but the second we leave he changes his mind and goes wacko. This last Sunday they didn't come so we stopped by to see if they needed anything and the husband left when he saw us. So we decided to take the opportunity to talk with the mother and explain the importance of setting the example for her husband. We shared our experiences with turning families into church attending families and promised her that her husband's mind will change if she sets the example and goes to church. She promised next week she would come to church. I have great hopes for that family. Moving off the investigators a little bit, we had another mission devotional, even though it should have been titled President Blackburn's going away party haha. We first met in the chapel that was in the temple and the awesome part was the we were all in white. It was so great to see all of the missionaries from the different zones come in as a mission. We waited there for about 45 minutes because we were waiting for the other zones to get there but once we were all together the temple president came up to speak to us. It was amazing. He asked us to focus a lot on the symbolism of the things that happen in the temple and proceeded to explain the importance of the temple in the restored gospel. There is a reason why only certain people can be presidents of the temple. Then we heard from President and Sister Blackburn and then went through the temple. Afterwards we all ate together and it was a big party. I wish we could have more of those since the mission is small anyways. Hopefully the next mission president will do some more of those. Any who...back to the investigators. We finally got a chance to meet with Guadalupe and her kids. Turns out she is a really nice lady and is just worked like crazy at her work so she hasn't been able to come to church and/or meet with us. After church we went over there to see what was up because she told us that she would be there, but it turned into a blessing. When we went over there her 16 year old daughter, Iselia, 26 year old son, Edgar, and 6 year old niece, Alisia (Edgar's son) were all there. We had an amazing lesson with them about families and the restored gospel. The little girl was bored and went crazy and ended up in her room. As I was teaching the lesson, I don't know why but I started focusing on Edgar only. I wanted to focus on everyone but I couldn't. It turned out to be an amazing lesson and we will be seeing them all on Wednesday and hopefully they will read the pamphlet and pray. I know I'm praying for it because they really need the gospel. Through out the week we did service with Sister Green, where we plucked plums and made jam. It was soo good...mmmm. We went with Mitillo and Cottrell and we will all go again this next Wednesday. I remember now, it was on Tuesday that we went to go pick plums because Mexico was playing and everyone was screaming when they scored. It would be soo sick if Mexico won because they have never won before. Yeah that was my week for the most part. Sounds busy huh?

So as you probably all know I'm now at my hump day, it being tomorrow. It's so crazy to think that a year has gone by, it feels like not a lot of time has gone by. Well that is probably because we do the same thing over and over again but still it doesn't feel like a year has gone by. I'm so thankful that I have gotten the chance to serve and to do the Lord's will. I don't think I was ready but I think that I have finally planted my feet and am able to go about the work with ease. Yes the mission isn't easy but it is so worth it. For all of you who are debating, just go. Take a leap of faith and do it because in the long run it is worth it. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to do this, yes I'm not perfect but I'm good enough. Sister Ludwig emailed me this Sister's list of things that she has learned, being in the same mission as Elder Ludwig, so I decided to do the same.

Things I've Learned so Far:
  1. Simply Juices are EXPENSIVE!
  2. Sales are our best friends
  3. Why people invented the motor vehicle because bikes take too long and are tiring
  4. Happiness comes through obedience, always
  5. Gained a testimony of the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon
  6. How to fix a toilet with tape and a rubber band
  7. To love everyone
  8. To sow
  9. The American society is going too virtual (like virtual gifts...?)
  10. Panda Express' fortune cookies are true doctrine
  11. Koreans can't drive (sorry it's true, biking through Korea town is like Russian roulette or even worse)
  12. There are too many churches
  13. Families are everything
  14. That everything and anything can be related to the gospel
  15. To not ask why I'm asked to do something but to just do it
  16. That creating habits is key to being successful
  17. Half a phone is better than nothing
  18. To laugh
  19. Small and simple things are best
  20. Commitments are the steps towards covenants
  21. American Sign Language, making me trilingual
  22. Sticky notes are great for reminders
  23. Importance of scripture reading
  24. Trials are blessings for the future
  25. Change a bicycle tire
  26. Fix a bicycle chain
  27. Fix bicycle brakes
  28. Get cockroaches out of a microwave
  29. Perform a baptism
  30. Work on a swollen ankle, with the swine flu, with a temperature, and many more sicknesses
  31. Work is hard
  32. Wake up at 6:30 in the morning
  33. Talk with everyone (I'm like my dad now)
  34. Sit through 8 hour meetings with ease
  35. Translate without thinking
  36. PepBoys take FOREVER even if you can do it in 5 minutes
  37. That I have taken a lot of things for granted like having a car, nice cell phone, music, quality food on the table, my parents, friends, TV, computer, free laundry, school, fresh fruit, the gym, soccer, my comfortable bed, pets, waking up at ridiculous hours, Ines, my grandma who volunteered to wash everything for me, nice haircuts, random outings with family and friends, knowing spanish, and I can't think of any else but I'm sure there are more.
  38. Go to bed at 10:30pm
  39. Planning works
  40. The Lord will and does relieve burdens when we trust in Him

Once again I can't believe that a year has flown by but I know that means that this next year will go by even faster, so in other words I'll see you in no time. I love you and miss you all a lot. I'll see you in a jiffy.

Elder Leavell

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hasta La Vista South Bay Zone

Monday, June 14, 2010 0
Alright this is the moment you have all been waiting for. TRANSFERS! So normally I would say that I have not been an ordinary missionary and there are many reasons why I say that but staying in one zone for a year of the mission is anything but ordinary. That all came to an end this transfer because I'm now in Peninsula Zone. It was great news that I would finally get a change but now that time has set in it has started to be such a bummer because that is the place that I have always been and it is different now. Anyways how have you all been? Any big changes over there in the LV?

First weeks of the transfer are always the most difficult ones, especially when you are flushing. This is my second time doing it but either way it is really difficult when your area is so big. The area that I'm covering now is Wilmington-now you might say that is small but that isn't the only area in my area. I cover from the ocean (Redondo Beach) to the Harbor (Mormon Island). So imagine a BIG "L" and that is what my area looks like. So because of this we decided to change the name of the area to The Mermaid. Haha. Funny thing is that it really does look like a mermaid since the bottom of the area is in the shape of a fin. Enough geography. Due to the changes in the mission, going from bilingual to separate, has made it very difficult because both Elder Richins (my new companion) and I are flushing the area, meaning we are new to the area. The cool part is that we absorbed a bunch of areas and have a lot of investigators from the Sister missionaries and some Elders. I would talk about them but I really haven't gotten the chance to meet them really well, but suffice to say we have about 10 investigators and 3 have baptismal dates for the coming month. Pressure is on to continue that. Funny thing is that literally every couple minutes we would get a call from the Sisters and the other Elders "oh hey umm...sorry I haven't called you before but you have an appointment at such and such. hope you can make it." It was nice but insane at the same time because we got really over booked and had to reschedule a bunch of appointments. I haven't even gotten the chance to unpack because of all the appointments and all the meetings that we have to go to. But there is a couple of people that I got to meet that seem to have some potential. One of them is a family of 5. The wife's name is Guadalupe and she is the most interested out of all of them. The husband was drunk when we got their but turns out that he has a really active sister in Mexico that is a member of the church, so he is a little interested but it will be interesting how we get him off the booz. Then the other person that seems a little bit more interested is Guadalupe. I actually haven't gotten the opportunity to meet her but I have talked to her on the phone and she seems really excited to learn more about the gospel. But somethign that was really intereting was that on the first day we found 2 people that want to know and then the most amazing thing happened. We were sitting in our car, after tracting for about an hour, trying to figure where we should go next when a random person comes up to us. He first started out by saying thank you for everything that you do but then he started talking about church. he said that he hadn't been to church in awhile but that he wanted to get back to church. We invited him to come to church with us and he said "I'm catholic but I think I can do that." It was so awesome and random haha. I'm so excited to see what comes from all the investigators and hopefully we won't let anyone down. Unfortunately it gets worse. I think that I'm cursed with the curse of "terrible first weeks." I got to the area and the phone was already sketchy but manageable. Turns out that it was more sketchy than I thought. When we were calling the office and saying that our phone was about to break everything was fine. Then we dropped the phone and then the screen came off. I don't know what I do to phones but things like this just happen. The funny thing is that it still works. We have been using it like that for a couple of days now. The only thing is that you can't talk and listen at the same time. Meaning you can't leave it on speaker when we're talking. Haha. Got to love ghetto. But that is all I really know about the area, I'm sure next week I will have much more to say.

I love you all and I will miss you. Hope you have a great week!

Elder Leavell

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's Time to Go so Put All Your Clothes On

Monday, June 7, 2010 0
HELLLLLO EVERYONE! How are all of you doing? This transfer has been another long, yet short transfer but we have accomplished a lot in these past weeks. I hope that all of you are doing well and that you all are getting prepared for the best event in the world. THE WORLD CUP! Oh my gosh I'm sooo excited! It's definitely going to be the best one yet and luckily I'll most likely be in a Spanish area because I will be going to the Spanish program, who knows where though. I find out tomorrow. Ahhh I'm so excited. Spain for sure will win it all. ¡Viva EspaƱa! :)

Anyways haha this past week has been an interesting one. Nothing too out of the ordinary but a few things happened that were amazing. First off, Tracy and the kids got confirmed yesterday! They look just like the ordinary members that have been in the church for years, it's awesome to see how the gospel does change lives in the sense that it leads to action. The other day when we went over there to teach about the Holy Ghost before the confirmation and it was amazing to see how they felt about their baptism. Tracy said, "I felt good. I felt lighter, like all the load was taken off my shoulders." Then Dalton said, "I felt good too. I want to do it again." To me that is so amazing because it proved to me, even more, that the atonement of Jesus Christ is real and powerful. The spirit was so strong in that lesson. So I know that I haven't talked about Lucinda recently but that was because we thought that she had passed on. She fell off the map for about a month. There is some news about what happened. Sadly she is on the other side of the veil. Haha nah but that is what we seriously thought. We even told her and she didn't believe us. There is some unfortunate news though, she has forgotten everything that we have taught her so that is a major bummer because it took forever to get her where she was at but it's all good. Life will move on...hopefully. Haha. As far as our area is going, we found some new people that we are working with but they haven't come to church yet. We will give them more time to go because, afterall, we have only been working with them only for a little. BUT there is this one lady that seems promising, her name is Letizia. We tracted into her the other day and it was another one of those experiences that we tracted for a couple of hours and she ended up being the last door. Amazing how things work out over here. We gave her the Restoration pamphlet and explained the importance of the restoration and asked her to read it. Normally when we do that, the people either (1) don't show up for the return appointment, (2) don't answer the door even though they are home, (3) don't read. The amazing part is that she did all three!

So for my spiritual thought I thought I would explain something that I have learned during my personal study. Currently I'm going through the Old Testament and it's amazing. This is something that really made an impact in the way I look at Abraham. Here we go:
So as we know in Genesis 22 it talks about how Abram, also known as Abraham, was commanded by the Lord to sacrifice his son. Obviously there are signs that point that it was a representation of the sacrifice of the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father but here are a few things that I think are looked over when we read this story. Abraham obviously has many characteristics that our Father has. Interestingly, his name Abram means "exalted father," and Abraham means "father of a great multitude." Both of these came also summarize attributes of our Heavenly Father. Issac also bears some similarities of Jesus Christ. His name, interestingly enough, means "he shall rejoice." Like Jesus, Issac was also born in a miraculous way-the seemingly impossible. Sarah, just like Mary, was a woman from whom birth was not possible by the usual ways. But through the intervention of God, they both were able to conceive. Even Paul called Issac the "only begotten son" in Hebrews 11:17 when he referred to this event. The Lord not only asked Abraham to do this as a similitude of His own future actions but it also took place in the same place that Jesus Christ would make His sacrifice. In the scriptures it says that it would be revealed unto Abraham where he should go, this place ended up being Moriah or "upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." Moriah, today, is a major hill in the city of Jerusalem. After the sacrifice of Isaac had taken it's order, by an angel stopping him and then providing a sacrifice, Abraham named the place Jerhovah-jireh, which the King James Version translates as "in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen." The amazing part about this is that Jesus was sentenced to death within the walls of the Antonia fortress, which was only about 100 yards away from the sacrifice of Abraham (at least the traditional site). Then the Savior was put to death at Golgotha, which is part of the same ridge system as Moriah. Another point that I learned that showed that it was a similitude of the Savior is that Issac voluntarily submitted to the will of Abraham, which was lead by the Lord. "The Old Testament does not give enough detail to indicate exactly how old Issac was at the time of this event, but it was possible that he was an adult. Immediately following the account of the sacrifice on Mount Moriah is recorded the statement that Sarah died at the age of 127. Thus, Issac would have been 37 at the time of her death. Even if the journey to Moriah had happened several years before Sarah's death, Issac could have been in his thirties, as was the Savior at the time of His crucifixion....What is significant is that Abraham was well over a hundred years old and Issac was most likely a strong young man who could have put up a fierce resistance had he chosen to do so. In fact, Issac submitted willingly to what his father intended, just as the Savior would do." Cool huh? I think that when I read all these things I was in shock. I didn't think that that one story had so much to do with the Savior. I know that all scripture that is canonized by the Church all leads and speaks of the Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that because I have read them and I also know that because the Lords leaders have said so, and it is such.

I love you all and I miss you so very much. Till next week. Later.

Elder Leavell

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Best Birthday EVER!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 0
Hey what up peeps? How you all doing?I want to thank you all for all the wonderful cards and gifts that all of you sent me. I got a lot of food, of which I already had plenty but I guess I will have to make the sacrifice and eat...bummer...haha. I actually can't wait to dig in ;) Thanks once again for everything.

So on Monday for p-day we took cowboy pictures as a zone, well most of the zone, and then we played Frisbee as a zone for a solid 3 hours. We were all sooo sore afterwards it wasn't funny. The next day my foot started hurting but kept going and thought nothing of it. Wednesday came along and I could barely I'm other words we didn't do much except go to the Ayosos so I could ice it and Elder Isaacson looked like he was going to kill himself because he wasn't working.Then calmed down when he realized that there was nothing that he could do about it. THEN middle of the night came and all I heard was "shoot"and loud steps towards the bathroom. Turns out Elder Isaacson got food poisoning from the buffet that we went to eat with the members earlier in the day. No lie he was in there for an hour and a half, I felt so bad but after that he said that he felt fine and everything was good.Thursday came and we had CDM Interviews with the president, meaning that we had a training meeting with the zone and during the meeting we were taken out for interviews as a companionship with the president.We ended up being interviewed last because the ZLs thought that we could wouldn't care even if it ran late I guess, which is totally fine, but the interviews lasted longer than normal so instead of getting out at 12 we got out at 2. So much for a day of work haha. Now getting to the fun stuff, my birthday. I think that I can say that I have had a birthday party for the last couple days, I've sort of lost track (hope that isn't rude because I loved them all) haha. The down side is that I think I have gained like 5 pounds from this whole ordeal, so don't know how I feel about that. t Tracy and the fam's baptism I got a HUGE cup cake, the size of a small cake, from the Romos. Sister Romo apparently overheard that it was my birthday

Since time flies by here on the mission it's sometimes difficult to ponder everything that one has gone through until after the mission.This week was no different. This past week has been one of great celebration because of the baptisms that the Lord has blessed me with and for another year of life. But yesterday was an even more greater reason for personal celebration because yesterday was my two year anniversary (per say) being a member of this church. It's sometimes difficult to even comprehend how everything has quickly changed, it's even hard for members to believe but there is something that easy to comprehend, the gospel does change lives. I would be lying if I said going only on a mission after being baptized for one year has been an easy sail, frankly it's been horrific at times but I know that all the challenging times that have been placed in front of me have been their to refine me. I'm reminded of the story of the Stripling warriors and more in specific the faith that they had to go to battle and feared nothing because their mothers had taught them well. I too was taught well, I was founded on the everlasting principle of having a loving Heavenly Father that sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to come and relieve us from the burdens that we often place upon ourselves. To this day that has still remained the same, just as the Stripling Warriors faith in their mothers and their mother's teachings remained constant during much shedding of blood. I'm deeply grateful for the example and the teachings that my parents have taught me and even more, I'm grateful that my Heavenly Father has placed me in a family that lives according to His standards. Even though, the basic principle of a loving Heavenly Father has not changed, many things have indeed changed, or should I say grown. My knowledge in the gospel has grown, my knowledge of the scriptures has grown, my love for my Heavenly Father has grown, and, more importantly, my eyes have changed to see how He sees everyone: with love. Once again these changes also happened to the stripling warriors. Because of the love they had developed for the teachings that their mothers had taught them they acquired more of a love for our Heavenly Father, which in turn created more of a love for the covenant that their parents had made with Him that led them to the decision to make the sacrifice for their loved ones and the most amazing part of this is that they were "led by the spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which [they] should [have done]." In a sense, I can relate, I took a leap of faith and followed the direction that the Lord had set me on without the knowledge of the things which I needed to do, have done, and will do. I have walked a blind road but God has been my eyes, just as He gave everything necessary to the Stripling Warriors in times of need. I know all these things are true and I know that the blessings will come through our obedience and our love for the Savior. I, also, know that sacrifice brings forth the blessings of Heaven.

I love you all. Know that I'am well and that everything is good. Till next week and once again thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Elder Leavell

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