Thursday, May 24, 2012


Our last week in Sitka has topped everything good we could have imagined. On Sunday afternoon we fly to Anchorage to see our mission president, but Sunday morning our Jessica will be baptized. Jessica and her husband have two beautiful children. Her husband will baptize and confirm her. If you knew how Jessica avoided us at first you would say, as everyone here says, this is truly remarkable. Her countenance is serene and, although she originally wanted only a skeleton crew in attendance at her baptism, she’s invited many friends.

Today we met with lots of friends. Here’s a picture of Richard teaching Scott to tie a tie. Scott was ordained an elder last week. That family will go to the temple on September 8, 2012. This Sunday Ian will bless the Sacrament for the first time with his new priesthood. He will take his family to the temple in March 2013. Jessica and her husband were talking about their trip to the temple one year from this Sunday. We’ve had a week full of hugs and tears, but we all know we’re friends forever.

On Tuesday we’ll fly home to Boise and scoop up some wonderful grandkids and give them a million hugs and kisses. How excited we are to see them!

Richard and Linda, Mom and Dad, Papa and Nanny

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