From Ethan: 22 Sept 2014
Wow you would not believe the beauty of this place in the fall!! There are birch trees among the pines on the mountains turning all sorts of beautiful colors. The mountains are coming alive!! We were able to take some hikes with people and see the beautiful landscape that Stanley provides :) This weekend was quite a busy one because of the really nice weather.
Sad news, Sarah has gone back to Portland to start school :( We got to meet her parents who were super cool just like she is. It has been an amazing summer for Sarah to be here in Stanley all around nature and people who love her! Her testimony of the Restored Gospel has gotten so solid because of her faith in her Savior Jesus Christ , like the scripture in Helaman 5:12, "remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation...which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." Her foundation is in Christ! It'll be hard for Sarah to go back home. Her faith will be tested, but I really do know that she will press forward and make the covenant of baptism back in Portland. (You're strong Sarah!)
Great news, Brenda Adams is going to be baptized this Saturday! President Curtis came up to Stanley yesterday for one final meeting with her and she is all ready to make this commitment! Boy oh boy Brenda has turned her life around 180 degrees. Last year around this time she was charged with a DUI and went to the Boise Woman's Correctional Facility but since that time she has made changes in her life to conquer her addiction of alcohol and smoking! Now she is strong in faith, courage, good works and is all around more happy! That’s my message the last couple months - the Gospel is here to help us be more like our Savior Jesus Christ and by doing that we are happier! Brenda is a perfect example. This Gospel, the Restored Gospel given to us by Jesus Christ through prophets of all ages and times is true! I hope everyone takes the chance to learn and discuss the Gospel with missionaries where ever you are. The message that I and every other missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares is a message of hope, love, peace and happiness! You can know the truth that is out there and you can come closer to your Savior Jesus Christ. Take my word for it, I see it every day! With that I'll leave you to enjoy the rest of your day! Love you all!
-Elder Ethan Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Elder Ethan Howard
Twin Falls Idaho Mission
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