Elder Sabin

Elder Sabin

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 10: Arrived in Canada/ Still Haven't Figured Out The Chopsticks Thing

Dear Everyone,


I thought that would be an appropriate first word to be sent.  It kind of sums up the entire experience so far.

Anyway, it's been a while!  Sorry I wasn't able to get much out on Saturday.  We were kind of pressed for time packing and everything, but now that I'm out here I should be able to give a bit more of an update on the travel and stuff.

Elder Stowell and I were scheduled to leave at 3:30 in the morning, which is always a fun time.  It was a bit sad saying goodbye to the district that I've come to love so much (seriously, you guys are all the best!) but we got our goodbyes in, and we're all heading off to do the Lord's work, so I wish you all the best of luck in you missions!  I'll see you guys in 2 years at our reunion!

Anyway, back to the super early traveling stuff.  After I drunkenly staggered my way through a bus ride and a train ride, I think I finally woke up.  The airport was a bit of a hassle, but luckily we got some entertainment from watching all the other 3:30 departure missionaries that still hadn't quite woken up or had never been to the airport before, and were panicking as if "luggage fees" and "apocalypse" meant the same thing.

Then at the airport, I had the best meal I'd had in 9 weeks.  After eating MTC food for two months, airport food tastes awesome.  Also, random shout out to President Lyman, who I met at the airport!  That Chick-fil-a you bought us was the best darn Chick-fil-a I've ever tasted! Best meal I'd had in 9 weeks.

The flight was pretty quick, probably because I was sleeping, and before I knew it, I was in the massive city of Toronto!  Let me just say, after living most of my life in a town that is basically lacking any building over 3 stories, it's a bit odd getting teaching appointments on the 40th story of apartment buildings.  Awesome, but kind of crazy.

My first day here wasn't actually too crazy.  The assistant-to-the-president's (I have no idea how to make that plural) picked us up, and we got another good meal, which topped the Chick-fil-a (Sorry President Lyman) so then that was the best meal I'd had in 9 weeks. 

Luckily, both the assistant's-to-the-president were English speakers, so my Chinese didn't have to be used the first day. Basically we drove around to a few church meetings, met a few church members (all English speakers) and went back home.  Pretty uneventful first day.

I can't say the same about the second day.  Elder Stowell and I started off the day with our first interview with our mission president.  His name is President Clayton, and he has a very deep, Morgan Freeman-esque voice.  Pretty awesome.  When you're talking to him, sometimes he closes his eyes and looks up for a second, and then slowly begins speaking.  He usually begins with "Brethren" or "Alright then" and he says it very slowly, and very soothingly.  We're not really sure what he's doing when he looks up and does that, but we think it might be that he's talking with the Heavens and receiving revelation.  Just a guess.

Anyway, the first day they ran us through a lot of technical and informational stuff, and then pretty soon we were assigned to our companions.  Turns out, I have two companions, Elder Mak and Elder Kendall.  Elder Mak is from Hong Kong, and he is a really hard worker.  Elder Kendall is from Alpine (Utah) and he is super funny.  We may have played lacrosse against each other and not known it.  Still not sure.

Basically the rest the week was crazy.  I don't have time to write down everything that happened, but I'll get some highlights in.

First off, I didn't expect that we would be offered this many meals!  Seriously, I've never eaten such an amazing variety of Chinese food.  Nothing super gross has shown up on a table yet, so I'm happy about that, but I'm going to be honest.  Chopsticks are annoying.

Most the time the hosts provide forks, but sometimes I think they just forget that I'm a white kid from Utah, and my fingers don't bend in such a fashion as to use two sticks to pick up rice.  I mean, think about eating rice, and then think of the worst possible utensil for eating it, and you have chopsticks.  I know Chinese people are supposed to be smart, but I guess no one's perfect.

Anyway, other than the abominable chopsticks, meals have been awesome.

Here's how most our meals go.
-Invited in at the door, often by a very small, very wonderful Asian woman, often with enormous glasses
-Greetings are exchanged, Host says a lot of things that I don't understand and I say "Thank you".
-Invariably a comment is made on my height and stature by the host.
-We sit down at a table filled with enough food to feed Africa.  I pray that western eating utensils will be available for use.
-We sit down, and offer a prayer on the food, and then dig in.
-The Host starts telling us what everything is in Chinese, and I smile and nod as if I'm ever going to remember what she tells me.
-We eat, and there's some dinner conversation.  If a fork is available, then I am able to eat like a normal human being.  If not, then I debate in my mind whether eating with just my face would be bad manners.  If I conclude that it would be, then I try and magically twist my fingers into something that can pick up liquid objects with two sticks.  Prayer is heavily involved.
-I eat until I'm full, and then we start to sit back in our chairs.  Immediately some motherly sixth sense kicks into the Host's mind, and she starts telling us to eat more.
-In many cases, the Host will physically take our plates and dump more food on them.
-I eat more.  The Host tells me to eat more.  Repeat x infinity

Then, after the meals, we'll sit down and share a message, and it's usually super awesome.  Sometimes the Three Nephites show up.  No big deal.

Seriously though, it's been an amazing couple of days.  Meeting the Chinese members has been awesome, and as much as I make fun of my Chinese, I can at least communicate, and I'm getting better.

The lessons so far have been awesome, and we've already invited several people to be baptized, one of which said yes, which was really great.  My companions are fantastic, and it's been great getting to know all the members and missionaries in the area. 

Also, Toronto has a crazy diverse population.  Our apartment is in an area called Brampton, which is full of Sikhs. You walk outside, and there's like 12 dudes walking around with massive beards and turbans.  Conversing with them usually go like this.
Missionary - Hi, how are you?
Sikh - I am bery gudd
M - Where are you from?
S - I am brum Brampton!
M - No, I mean where are you from?
S - I am brum Brampton!
M - (Slower) No, like, where were you born?
S - I was born in India!
M - Oh, so you're from India?
S - I am brum Brampton!


Anyway, It's been an amazing week full of spiritual lessons and stuff.  The Chinese is getting better, and I'm super excited to continue working here in Toronto.

I'm glad to hear the whole family back home is doing well.  Send Emi my love, and I guess I love the rest of you as well ;)

Hayden - No, my companion isn't a greenie, He's been out about a year now, although that would be hilarious to watch.  Two missionaries with no experience trying to figure out what the crap these people are speaking, and how to communicate.  As good of a reality TV as that would be, I don't know if that would be the best for furthering the work of the Lord.  I didn't get to see the eclipse unfortunately, because there are too many building's here in the way, and our apartment is on the first story, but I heard it was awesome.  It's kind of a big deal for Asian people, because it lined up with their Mid-Autumn festival or something like that.  Basically a lot of people talked about it.  Also, Ashleigh won the Emogi battle.  Sorry :)

Hadley - I love you so much too!  I am loving Canada, and it's kind of warm right now.  It's not that hot temperature-wise, but it's really humid, which makes it feel hot.  Also, you're always going to like Lunch best.  That part of school will never change :)  A lot of people give us dinners, but sometimes we have to make our own which can be... dangerous.

Ellie - You would love the food here.  My companions full names are Spencer Kurtis Kendall and Elder Mak is Chi Kit Sam Mak.  I have no idea what a bandapat is, but I trust that you'll be able to find it out.  I'm glad to hear you and Hadley are singing a duet in church!  I think that will be awesome.

Ashleigh - Thank's for the quotes!  And for the emojis I guess.  Not sure what to say about that.... Anyway, I'm glad to hear you had a great time this week.  President Uchtdorf is awesome, and always give's good talks.  Also, you won the emoji battle, so congratulations!

Mom and Dad - Sorry, I'm running out of time!  I love you so so much, and I was so glad to have the chance to talk to you guys at the airport.  You're both amazing, and I'm glad you finally got those pictures.  I forgot my camera here, so I can't try it out on this computer, but I have some photos that were emailed to me, so I can forward those.

I love you all!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pictures from the MTC

Elder Sabin and Elder Curtis (cousins!)

Picture by Ashleigh (as requested by Austin)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Traveling Day

Austin called us this morning at about 8AM on our Stake President's cell phone.  They are both traveling to Toronto on the same flights today (what are the chances?), so he let Austin use his cell-phone to call us.  This gave him much more time than he would have had on a payphone and we got to talk to our boy for nearly half-an-hour.  It was wonderful!!  All of us were home and huddled around the phone on speaker, listening to and talking with him.  He sounded so happy!  - deep down, inside-and-out happy.  He is a little nervous about this next step but mostly excited to get there and get started.  9 weeks is a long time in the MTC!  We received a picture from President Lyman this morning as well- it just made my heart so happy to see him, and he looks great!  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Week 9: Last Email From the MTC

Alright family, I'm off to Canada :) I don't have long to email today, because technically we still have some class and stuff today, but they gave us permission to send off one last email.  I look forward to calling you all on Monday :)

Basically, I just want to say I love you all, and I can't wait to get to Toronto.  It's gonna be awesome, and Elder Stowell and I are super excited.  Not kidding, I've bought three Book of Mormon's (Not Book's of Mormon) and if I still have them with me when I get to Toronto, I'm gonna be really disappointed - Elder Stowell bought two, so I'm obviously more righteous than him ;)

There's a quote I love that says "The real test of any religion is the kind of man it makes" and after having come here, and seeing all the kinds of young men that the LDS church has made, I'm only more impressed.  None of the guys here are perfect, and some of them are less than mission ready, but having the seen the contrast from the outside world and knowing how many of them are eager and worthy to serve amazes me.  Everyone here is going to do great things, and I'm so excited for all of them.

Hadley - I'm so glad you're doing great in school!  I can't believe how much of the family's life back home I've already missed.  When I get back, you're already going to be done with the second grade!  I know you're going to do amazing in school.  Just remember to always try as hard as you can, and you'll be really happy in the end.

Ellie - You know what they say about Canadian missions?  They say "Many are cold but few are frozen" so I think I just may be in danger of freezing everything off :) Just kidding.  About the lipgloss, I don't know what to tell you :)  Good luck maybe?  I should probably be saying that to mom :)

Anyway, I've got to get to class guys, but I love you all, and I'll talk to you all on Monday.  Bye!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 8

Hey everyone!  First off, Mom I'm sorry I didn't get pictures off last week.  Today, I'll send all the ones from last week as well.
I'm super glad to hear BYU won the game last week.  You know, it was kind of funny, our language study time ended around 8:00, and me and Elder Stowell decided to do our additional study outside...by the back fence...within earshot of the game...with almost everyone else in the MTC.

Honestly, it was hilarious.  I've never seen a larger crowd of people sitting there absolutely silent, all straining to hear the echos of the announcer from the stadium.  On a completely unrelated side note, the chips and salsa you sent me are gone now.

Also, I ran into Garrett, Bracken Stringham, and Spencer Huggins this week.  They all seem to be having a great time.

Hadley - I'm glad to see you're still always looking on the bright side of things.  More popsicles is always a good thing.  I am absolutely ready to go to Canada (I hope), and I'm super excited to go.  The MTC flew by, and it feels like I just got here last week.  It's crazy to think that two months have already gone by.

Ellie - I'm glad you life is going "swell" :) Your letters always make me laugh.  Tell the adults to stop being boring and have some fun for once! Also, I miss you... to the end of Pluto! Ha! I win!

Hayden - Are you trying to top yourself every week by seeing how many times you can say "beast"? :) because I'm getting suspicious.  This week the count was 6, and that's only if I cound the super long one as one.  Love ya :) What to you mean by an upgrade of a phone?

Ashleigh - Leprechaun's don't have luck on Saint Patrick's Day, that's when they get caught! Duh! And you're gonna spend the week watching chick-fliks? In times like these, I like to take Dwight Schrute's advice and say, "Before I do anything, I think to myself Would a stupid person do that? And if they would, I do not do that thing."  Love ya!

Emi - Who's a good dog?!  You are!

Just so you guys know, I do indeed have my travel plans.  I'm getting up at 3:35 AM next Monday, Sept 21 to make it on an 8:30 flight to Minneapolis.  I get in at 12:04 (Minneapolis time) then catch a flight to Toronto at 1:36 (Minneapolis time), arriving at 4:44 (Toronto time).  I am allowed to call at the airport, so would it work better for me to call at around 7:30 (in Salt Lake) or around 11 (In Minneapolis)?  I'll be able to see your response before I go, because I can check my email on Saturday this week (An extra P-day since we'll be traveling Monday) so if you could let me know what time works better, that would be awesome.  It's just me and Elder Stowell on the flight, so it won't be that big of a group.

Anyway, this week's been awesome.  For our Tuesday devotional, we got an amazing talk by Gerald Causse, the first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric.  He gave a talk a few conferences ago, which was also good, but his talk the other night was just amazing.  He talked about how crazy it is that God's church gives 20 year old's the authority to represent them around the world, and how if we had a professional missionary force, they would be able to become such good missionaries.  He told us that the reason the church does that is because they want missionaries that are young enough and humble enough to see the hand of God in our lives.

He also spoke about how important it is to be bold as a missionary.  That doesn't mean being loud and assertive and pushy.  It means, first and foremost, being humble.  Allowing God to work through you, and then teaching with love, not with pride.  It was amazing, and then just to top it off, he ended the devotional amazingly.  He said "I've said a lot about being bold tonight, but I think my point is that I want you to do more than speak.  I want you to lead by example.  So, I will do that same."  He then walked off the podium, went to the piano, and played an amazing rendition of Come Come Ye Saints.  It was incredible, and I've never wanted to clap so badly for a musical number.  It was amazing.

He really just made me want to work hard to become a missionary.  We also got to watch a previous devotional by Elder Bednar that talked about how a mission is good for every missionary, but a missionary is not always good for the mission.  He talked a lot about how to let your will be aligned with the Lord's, and not just sacrificing two years.  We need to give those two years freely.  It's not a 2 year homework assignment or burden that you have to bear, it's two years of wonderful spiritual growth.  I've only been out 2 months, and I can already tell it's going to be the time of my life.

To the missionary who's not sure if he should come or who's not sure if they'll be good for the mission, I have a quote.  It's one of my favorites.  It's by Winston Churchill and it says "To every man there comes that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him and fitted to his talents.  What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would have been his finest hour."
Don't let the moment that could be your finest hour pass you by.  Don't be nervous about going.  Don't fear what man can do.  Just trust that Jesus cares about you and he always has.  In times of trouble he is there to help you, and if you need his help, then use it.  He paid for you in Gethsemane and died for you on Calvary and he's not going to give up on you now.  You are worth too much for that.

There's a scripture that I love in Third Nephi 4:8-10 that says "And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.  And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this, they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.  But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them; but they did fear their God, and did supplicate him for protection; therefore when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea in the strength of the Lord they did receive them."

I know it's long, but when you put it in context it means a lot.  These Nephites had been horribly wicked a few short years ago.  In a few years they're going to get wicked again.  But in their hour of need God helped them.  When they turned to Him, all of a sudden it didn't matter what they'd done or how perfect they were.  They needed His help just like we need it, and even though we're fighting with different weapons, we are still fighting the same war today.

We're not perfect.  That's fine.  God accepts that.  We've all done stupid things, and we'll all do a lot more, but God only cares about us turning to him.  There's a quote that says "God is never disappointed in the person who's repenting" and I absolutely believe that's true.  Don't compare yourself to other's successes.  Just focus on your relationship with God, and he will help you get to where you want to be.

There's a thousand people who have paved the way for you, and a lot of them had problems before coming out as well.  Ammon fought against the church.  Paul was responsible for killing Christians.  Alma was a priest of a wicked king.  Yet God didn't turn his back on any of them, and somehow I suspect that your problem is not as big as theirs.  Don't lose faith in the infinite power of the Atonement, and it's power to change hearts.

You have plenty of examples ahead of you.  Plenty of people who've shown the way, Jesus being the best, but plenty of imperfect one's as well.  They made a massive impact on my life, and they'll do the same to yours if you let them.

On another note, I want to say thank you to all the people who've helped me become the person I am today.  I know this letter's going all over the place, but I'm in a bit of a rush, and have a few more thoughts to get down.

There's a poem I love that says:
An old man, going a lone highway
Came at the evening, cold and gray
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim
The sullen stream had no fears for him
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide
"Old man" said a fellow pilgrim near
"You are wasting strength with building here
Your journey will end with the ending day
You never again must pass this way
You have crossed the chasm deep and side
Why build you the bridge at eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head
"Good friend, in the path I have come" he said
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way
This chasm that has been naught for me
To that fair haired youth, a pitfall be.
He too must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him."

I just want to say thank you to all the people who helped me cross that bridge.  Mom and Dad, you're obviously at the top of this list.  Thank you so much for all the stupid things you've put up with, and you're constant love through it all.  To my siblings, you're all amazing and I love every one of you.  I think about you guys every day.  I know this won't be nearly complete, but there's a whole ton of people I could thank as well.  To my good friends, those on a mission and those still waiting to come out, I just want to say thank you for keeping me on track.  To my extended family, you guys are amazing examples, and I wish you all the best.  To Cameron Stewart, Kevin Stewart, and Bob Lewis, I just want to say thank you for always reminding me how spiritual and how much fun life can be.  You've all brightened my life so much.  To Bishop Call, you've always been a great example to me.  To all of my lacrosse coaches (Weidmire, Freeman, Labrum, Smith, Bursach, Layton, and Dad) you guys are all amazing.  You taught me to work hard, and have fun doing it.

Alright, I'm out of time.  There's a ton more people, but I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped to "build that bridge" for me.

Elder Sabin

Monday, September 7, 2015

Week 7

Hey guys!!!  Glad to hear you're all doing so well :)  I'm having a great time here at the MTC, and I'm glad to hear that BYU is doing well.  How many times has Taysom Hill broken his leg now? Is it in the dozens yet?

Seriously, I'm starting to realize how little I know about the outside world while I'm in here.  I think the apocalypse could happen out there, and we'd have no clue.  If North Korea finally open's fire and starts WWIII, I hope you'll let me know.  Or, if BYU has another good game.  Tell me about that too.

Also, I finally saw CJ walking around but it took me until freaking Saturday.  Four days of checking the face of every elder that I passed.  I swear I was about to go nuts.  God answers prayers :) Anyway, Mitch and Tallon, I'm looking forward to hearing from you guys now.  I know we won't see each other for a while, but you guys are going to do great things.

Hayden, I'm glad that you finally decided that maybe girls don't have cooties.  I do get dessert up here, although I don't usually eat it.  It tastes good for about 5 minutes, and then you quickly regret your decision :) Basically, this has been my schedule:  Wake up, gym time, get ready, study, lunch, study, dinner, study, bed.  Sometimes they switch that first study with the third study just to mix things up. Then on Tuesday, we get a devotional from someone awesome, and Sundays are pretty different.

Hadley, thank you so much.  I've been wondering what that was for a week now.  Maybe now, I can finally focus on being a missionary ;)  We finally got 30 new missionaries in our zone this week, and one of them is going to Toronto, and he's the first guy I've met going there.  I don't know why, but Toronto basically gets mentioned in every talk and devotional.  We've counted, and out of the last 12 talks people have given, 9 of them have either been given by a former president of the Toronto mission, talked about a former president of it (only once was it President Monson), or told a story from that mission.  One of them was even about a guy named Elder Toronto, and apparently he later became president of that mission.  The vibe I'm getting is that it's pretty much the best mission ever.  I'll make sure to watch for Garret :)

Ellie, that might just be the best team name created since the beginning of time.  I can see the name up in lights.  The Royal Blueberries.  Just kind of rolls off the tongue.  Haha :) I don't have to wear a suit every day (only Sundays and Tuesdays), and I've worn the short sleeved shirts a few times, but to be honest, it feels super weird.  I'm glad to hear you like math, but I'm also a little concerned that we might not be related.  I'm not sure I could be related to someone that likes math :)

Ashleigh, just know that the picture went to a really good cause.  Basically he's making a dozen photocopies today because he loved it so much, and he's going to give them out as gifts.  He loved it.  If anyone asks, just tell them that it was critical in furthering the work of the Lord.  Also, isn't Pacific Rim such a dope movie?!  Like that scene, where the monster thing is like "BLAAUGHGHGGHG" and then that guy is like "AHHHHRRRRGHGHG!" AND THEN HE PUNCHES THE GIANT MONSTER WITH HIS GIANT ROBOT FIST!!! It's pretty much one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces of our time.  They should remake that movie, but instead of giant robots and monsters, they should have a panda and a koala bear fighting.  Maybe there could be a red panda involved.  Idk.  We should make this happen.

Haha, now that the Spirit's been invited into this letter... hi mom!  I'm glad to hear that my letters are being read back home :)  Tell Hayden that bearing his testimony is the equivalent of punching Satan in the mouth.  I heard that from the pulpit this week.  The MTC is an interesting place :) I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your spiritual thoughts every week.  They're all so good, and I look forward to hearing from you.  It astounds me how easily a scripture can be interpreted into 100 different meanings.  Every time I read over a scripture that answers a question I had or helps me with something, I just remember that I've already read that scripture several times, and it never had that meaning for me.  Like the other day I was reading in D&C 6:23, which says "Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning this matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?".  At the time, me and Elder Stowell were trying to help out this Elder in our zone who was having a hard time, and during personal study, I decided to read in D&C.  I didn't know why, but I found that scripture and thought "Wow, maybe this could help him a lot."  I've read that scripture and heard it a bunch before, but until I had that situation at that time, it didn't have meaning to me.  Then it got crazier.  We had companionship study right after that, and when Elder Stowell and I started talking about what we'd studied he brought up that exact scripture, and said that he thought it could really help that Elder.  At this point I just said to myself "Wow, we totally have to share that scripture."  We ended up doing it, and that Elder said it helped him a ton.  It just really helped my testimony that, no matter how many times you've read the scripture or how well you know the stories, there is always something in there for you right here and right now.  Later that day, that Elder came up to me, and told me that he had read that section some more.  Later on in that section, it says "Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and sin no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you." and he told me that he was so grateful we'd shared that with him.

Dad, same thing goes for you.  I love all the thought that you send me every week.  Keep them coming.  So, at the devotional on Tuesday, we had this guy speak named Charles Dalquist, and he did an amazing job.  I think he's the guy that wrote that "Fourth Missionary" talk that you sent me, and he's a very powerful speaker.  One of my favorite quotes from him was "Service is not an act.  It's a way of life."  I just hope that when I get back from my mission I'll still be able to take that to heart.  He also shared a story about the Olympics a few year back, and how the first runner crossed at about the 2 hour mark.  An hour later, they were about to have the medal ceremony, and the press got word that there was still a runner about to come in.  3 hours is super fast for a normal marathon, but for the Olympics that's pretty slow.  This guy (His name was something Stevens I think.  John?) had come all the way from Tanzania, and he was having a pretty rough day as far as running goes.  When he got back to the stadium the press, having finished covering the ceremony decided to interview him.  They asked why he had finished the race.  What kept him going when he knew he wasn't going to be first and when he knew he wasn't keeping pace with everyone else.  He responded by saying "My country did not send me 5000 miles to start a race.  They sent me 5000 miles to finish it."  I think in some way we can relate to that.  Most of us aren't Olympic athletes and most of us aren't from Tanzania, but we're all in a "country" where we don't belong.  We've all been sent here to, in a way, run a marathon, and we're all trying our best to keep pace with the rest of the group.  But I don't think that's all that important.  God sent us a long way to do this, and he doesn't care how fast we finish our work.  Some of us aren't born marathon runners.  We don't start out with the tools that we need or the skills that we want, but all God asks of us is that we finish the work that he sent us here to do.  For some people it takes a lifetime to figure it out.  For others, it only takes 4 short months.  We don't all run at the same speed or work at the same pace or come from the same background, but we do all have something in common.  We come from the same God, and we were sent to build the same kingdom.  Do what you were called to do.

Elder Sabin

P.S.  I have some pictures to send, but I don't have my camera with me right now.  I saved some email time, and I'll shoot a few off later tonight, I promise.  Love you all!!!

Elder Sabin and Elder Madsen

Picture by Ashleigh