Monday, October 7, 2013

Dragonfly Bites and Toilet Museums

This is a fun read!

October 7, 2013
Well, devoted followers, I've got some really cool stories to tell.
First off, I learned that dragonflies can and will bite you.  Rather than catch butterflies in Korea (reminds me of another story... next paragraph), people catch dragonflies.  The secret is to wait for them to land and then sneak up on them.  One of the recent convert's sons caught a dragonfly, brought it up right next to my arm, and let me tell you, that thing chomped.  While the bug was on my arm, I thought "Wow, I hope they don't bite," and just as I finished the thought, boom.  Bite.  It didn't hurt as bad as you might think.  It was just shocking.  So, if you catch dragonflies, steer clear of the mandibles.
So, back to butterflies.  I don't think I ever shared this with anybody - it was emotionally scarring... this is when I was with Elder Oman 15 weeks back.  We were up in Osan, taking a break in a park on a nice summer day, watching butterflies playing in the flowers.   Then, out of nowhere, a magpie swoops down and demolishes a butterfly and eats it.  Keep in mind, this was right after I accidently stepped on a butterfly at a subway station.  I almost cried (both times).  Seriously, nature is scary.  That butterfly didn't stand a chance.
Last story.  Thursday (the same day I got bitten by the dragonfly), Elder Pruner and I visited a member, 임은희 (Leem Uenhuei), and on the way back, Elder Pruner really had to go to the bathroom.  This put us in quite the predicament.  We were about 10, 15 minutes away from the nearest bathroom we could use, and well, it was just a predicament.  Walking with purpose, we see a car parked on the side of the road.  As we pass, the driver rolls down the window, and it turns out that it's a less active member of the American branch who lives a few doors up from us.  He tells us to get into the car (It's about 8:50.  We needed to get home anyways), so we do.  His girlfriend is in the front seat, and we make conversation.  It went a little like this:
Me: "Did you have work today?"
Him: "No, we had the day off because of the holiday."
Me: "Oh, what'd you do then?"
Him: "We went to Suwon... we visited the toilet museum."
At this point, Elder Pruner and I just look at each other.
Elder Pruner: "Wait, what?"
His Girlfriend: "Yeah, the toilet museum."
Me: "Seriously?  Was it fun?"
She explained the sights of the toilet museum, and then they told us all about it, giving us the brochure... we were shocked.  Blindsided actually.  That morning I thought I saw it all (a car had a cross lashed onto the front of it with the speakers blaring, in understandable Korean, "Believe in Jesus"... that was quite shocking too), but the Toilet Museum caught me unawares.  I meant to take a picture of the brochure, but alas, I forgot to.  Next week.  I promise.  All I know is that I wanted to go there on a P-Day, but it's closed on Mondays.  So I have an excuse to come back now.
But, let me explain why this was so cool.  Like, this was a miracle.  This less active, he's been one that we've wanted to work with for quite a while.  We just didn't have all the tools necessary to do it (like his phone number... we got it now).  It was perhaps the most enjoyable converstation we had all week.  And the topic thereof rather fitting for our situtation.  Anyways, total tender mercy.  Elder Pruner and I were coming off of having some pretty off days on the streets talking wtih people.  This helped out a ton.  In fact, it sort of spurred personal study the next day.  I studied miracles.
Ether 2 and 3 outilines a really cool pattern for miracles.  It's the story of the Brother of Jared and the stones.  The pattern goes like this:
A) Have a goal
B) Share with God your goal
C) Make a plan to accomplish the goal
D) Ask God to make up the difference
Rather than point out the verses that show this pattern (I've only a Korean Book of Mormon, and not enough time to find them), I'll leave it to you, if you want, to look for it.  This pattern sort of changed how I approach missionary work.... I know I've shared with all ya'll that I realize, more than ever, my inadequacies and weakness.  But it's not overwhelming or depressing, in fact, it's the opposite.  I know a few things I need to work on improving.  This story and this pattern, though, helped me realize that no matter how good I may become, I'll always fall short of being perfect.  Every plan that we've made to help somebody come unto Christ only worked when God helped, and that only happened when we asked for it.  With the Spirit's companionship, it doesn't matter how week our words are, it only matters that we believe and do all that we can to succeed.  Like we learn in 2 Nephi 25:23, we are only saved by grace after all that we can do.  God doesn't want us to fail, He doesn't want us to be unhappy.  He wants us to be happy and successful.
How has this changed the way I approach missionary work?  Well, I'm not worried about being perfect, but more concerned about doing my best.  I know that if I really act out of love, I don't waste time, and if I be where I'm suppposed to be when I'm supposed to be there, then I'll see success, and needs to happen will happen.  Why?  This is God's work.  He's able to make things happen by small and simple means.  He's able to accomplish wonders with imperfect efforts.
Does that mean that we don't try?  No, not at all.  But it does mean that we shouldn't be concerned by the fact that we aren't perfect YET.  We're here to grow, learn, and become.  That's the beauty of the gospel and the plan of salvation.  Progression.  Becoming.  Those two ideas bring a lot of hope.  They bring me hope.
I love you all!
Elder Elliott Wedam

Baptism coming up. Look out world! We Elders are on fire!

September 23, 2013

Hey All, 

Well, great news.  I'm eating a lot more.  Fun fact for the day, I haven't had an appetite for the last few weeks (I still ate... don't worry), but now that Saturday is approaching (and Sean is so ready to be baptized), I've got an appetite again.  And, it all started with eating some real Brazilian food at a members house (whose mother is from Brazil.... I can't remember the name of the dish, but it was delcious.  Black beans and sausage and rice and salsa stuff.  Yes, Nathan, I maintain that the Brazilian food is the reason why I have an appetite again).
But I just want to say, I'm really excited about this weekend.  This is the first baptism I've had with an investigator that I saw through from start to finish.  And what a ride it's been.  Sean is still amazing.  He knows the doctrine and the principles and has a deep abiding love for the scriptures, prayer, and church.  He loves being with us, and he loves the happiness and light he feels from the gospel.  Yesterday, we had a really good talk, and I can only say that the gospel truly does bring light and hope to people.  Like Elder Miller would always say... we don't do anything too hard.  We just ask people to change their lives.  And we better ask them out of love.  Love for God and love for them.  And I just want to say that I really do love the people that we've taught and the members of our ward.  Of every ward I've served in.
I love serving here in Korea.  I've learned so much.  Granted, the lessons I've learned are unique to me, as is my mission experience, but I'm grateful for every lesson.  I'm really learning that just as effective as my words are my actions.  The other day on the subway, after Korean Thanksgiving (추석), three people came on who definitely weren't Korean (I think they may have been Cambodian).  There were two empty seats next to me, and an empty seat down the train a bit.  The following is the conversation that I had with the gentleman who didn't have a seat next to his friends... no words were actually said, but if it did, it would have gone like this:
"Here, take this seat"
"No that okay"
"Seriously it's not a problem.  This way you three can sit together."
"Oh cool.  Thanks!"
And the gentleman sat down, and I took the seat down the train.  And then I had another converstaion.  This one with words.  The man was Cambodian, didn't speak a lick of English, but he spoke my level of Korean.  We talked, exchanged numbers, and, well, we may be meeting this week or next week to study Korean together (and to figure out how to introduce him to the gospel).  I guess there are two things that, although I've stated before, I really want to say again.
I really believe in the promise that we'll be given the words that we will need to say and know the things we need to do in the time that they are needed.  I've had some cool experiences where the Holy Ghost brought to my remembrance what I needed to say while sharing a message in Korean, and I've had some other really cool experiences, like the ones that I shared today, where the Holy Ghost sort of just prompted me on what to do and how to clearly communicate what I'm feeling.
And sometimes... when I write in English... I can't communicate clearly.  But that's fine.
I love the gospel.  I love the doctrine of repentance.  I love the hope and light that it can bring to people, and I love seeing it when people accept it.  There is a light that enters into their countanences.  I think that's what Alma talks about when he talks about "the image of God engraven on their countanences."
I love you all! And until next week!
Elder Wedam 

Another week. another discovery. Some baffling. (clue to weight loss)

Do weight loss teasers pop up on your devices and computers?  Get in touch with Elliott for his secret! 

September 16, 2013

The first of which is that I can't gain weight worth anything.  I eat way more than I have in the past, but nothing sticks.  I'm at a record low of 70 kg... which is like, 163 lbs?  It's all this walking, thinking, and learning in another language.  Plus, they don't really eat a ton of sugary food over here.  I highly recommend going Korean if you want to lose weight (살 빠지려면 한식 먹어 봐)... so, yeah, my only plan is to eat more.  And try putting on some muscle again.  Situps have gotten really hard as of late.  I'm embarassed to say... muscular atrophy for the win? 
We've seen a lot of cool things this last week.  Really, the coolest is that 김정하 (Kim Jeong Ha) really likes coming to church.  And we had a really good lesson with her yesterday (with the help of our ward mission leader).  We're hoping that she'll accept a baptismal date on September 29th... so praying hard and hoping hard and working hard.  That's the plan.
Another really cool thing is that yesterday I ran into somebody who I met a few odd 12 weeks back.  He remembered me and we had a good talk.  I'll be inviting him to come to a few activities in the coming weeks.  His name is 허건 and well, he seems really nice.  I'll keep you posted on what happens.
I love serving in this area.  I love 평택 so much.  I love 수원 stake too.  I love all the friends and people I've met here in the ward.  A few weeks ago, I heard one missionary say one of the best parts of being a missionary is making friends with all the ward members and getting a really good relationship with them.  It's totally true.  The ward members who I know and have a 친한 사이  with I love.  I told Alisa this, but like it's worth mentioning again.  It's perhaps my favorite part of Korean culture.  It's just how willing people are to adopt you after you have some relationship with them.  A lot of our ward members here feel like family, as do members up in 신풍... and 광주.  And our investigators feel the same way too.  Yes, it's good to be a missionary in Korea.  The relationships here aren't just for a transfer or two.  They're for life.
I love being a missionary.  I love talking, teaching, relationship building, problem-solving, and just being able to tell people "yeah.  I'm a missionary.  Part of my job description is making friends.  For life.  Wanna be mine?"  Dorky outlook, but hey, I'm happy with it.
I still love scripture study.  Moroni 10 made a huge impression on me this last week.  Especially verses 7, 25, and 26.  25 and 26 talk about how people who do good do good by the gifts and power of God.  It's mandatory.  Verse 7 talks about how God works by power.  I can't begin to tell you just how true that is.  When I say that my greatest strength is just existing, I'm not kidding.  Really, God is working here.  I just open my mouth and smile.  And follow impressions.  But he works by power, whether by grand displays or tender mercies, it's all the same power.
A little more background too... one of our investigators is going through a really rough time.  She's injured emotionally, and because of it, she's sick physically.  I can't begin to tell you how bad I want the gift of healing.  Not just for healing physical ailments, but I want the gift of being able to bring people to the one source who can heal them spritually... to be able to testify of truths that are the source of lasting happiness and peace.  Spiritual gifts come by faith, as does spritual power, and well, I hope I'm able to overcome what doubt I have.  And we're not talking like doubt in God, but doubts about myself.
But I've also learned that I don't have a lot of time to doubt and work.  I don't have the energy to focus on stuff other than doing what I'm called to do
I love you!
Elder Wedam

Learning and growing, bearing testimony and teaching.

September 9, 2013
So, everyone, big news.
Sean accepted a baptismal date.  He's so awesome.  He loves studying the scriptures, he loves learning the gospel, and well, he's just a super fun person to be around.  Elder Pruner and I love being with him and teaching him.  He always has great questions too.  So, come September 28th, we'll have a baptismal service ^^
This week has been so good.  Yesterday at church, neither of the speakers showed up, so we had a testimony meeting by invitation.  Mark, the person who Elder Pruner and I met at a HomePlus, a few weeks back, bore his testimony, and he's just so cool.  Talking with him, he literally gave up everything to become a member of the church.  He's fascinating to talk to, and he has quite the life story.
I really love this missionary experience.  It's cool seeing the light that the gospel brings to people, and it's cool to see how their countances changes as they become converted unto the Lord.  Sean, Mark, and 김정하... yeah, it's been really good seeing just how much of a difference it makes.  I really hope that ya'll can see it in a year ^^
I know the church is true, and that God lives.  Everyday, I can see God directing His work, and I'm so happy that I can contribute to it in some small way.  I'm grateful for all I've learned, and I'm grateful that I have two hours to really study gospel principles every day.
I don't remember if I've shared this, but I really love Moses 1.  It's the chapter where Moses sees God face to face and is the prolouge to Moses seeing an account of the creation.  There's more to the story though.  If  you go to the first part of Exodus, you'll find that Moses broke a covenant with God - he didn't keep the Abrahamic covenant exactly, and by so doing, he invoked the wrath of God.  After this experience, we know that Aaron found Moses in the wilderness.  I'm sure Moses at the time felt like Joseph Smith did after losing the 116 pages of translated pages, wondering if he was still worthy and able to fulfill the charge given him by God.  I'm sure he felt bad, like he messed up beyond being forgiven.  And then the events in Moses 1 happen...
In verse 6, we read, "And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son, and thou art in the similitude of Mine Only Begotten, who is and shall be the savior, for he is full of grace and truth."  Moses was still called to the task, and more important, God reminded him of a very important truth.  God has a work for each of us to do that in some way, shape, or form is a shadow of the work that Jesus Christ did.  It doesn't matter how small or large, it just matters that we do.
I know that we all belong to God's eternal family.  It's an empowering statement.  We are children of a loving Heavenly Father.  He doesn't want us to fail.  In fact, He wants us to succeed.  How do we succeed?  By doing all we can to learn and grow, both in knowledge of things of the world and in knowledge of things of the soul.  And as we come to know more, we act according to what we know, and well, we just become even better than we were before.  God loves us.  He love you.  Always remember that.
I hope you have a wonderful week, and until next week,
Elder Elliott Wedam

Another Week, Another Lesson

Elliott's nephew Noah arrived this past week, and so did his 2nd cousin Wesley!

September 2, 2013
Hey everyone!
So, I'm just so tired.  Yesterday was nuts.  Let me explain:
Fast Sunday, right?  And our church meetings go from 9am to 2:30pm... and I like to be a little early so we can help set up the sacrament in the American branch.  We're also expecting a few people to come to church (Remember Mark from a few weeks ago?  He came!).  Anyways, we have a super spiritual sacrament meeting, and a pretty legit second hour (we have a lesson we have to share in Priesthood).  We plan it, plan for our investigators, and then it's show time.  We share our lesson, run up to the Korean Sacrament meeting (we showed up with 30 minutes left in the meeting), and then it's gospel principles.  One of our investigators (김정하, with the baptism date... well, she had one.  We had to drop it because she doesn't have that strong of a commitment to it.  When our members ask about it, she sorta just shyed away from the topic) came and I sat next to her.  It was a wonderful lesson about the Fall of Adam and Eve (and I understand a good 80% of it.  The teacher also had me read a lot of the scriptures... after this class, I was mentally spent.  Couple that with sacrament meetings that I focused the entire time during, and well, yeah.  I'm still feeling the effects).  Then third hour, we were with the Young Men (who are starting to like us a little more.  It's amazing what learning a name or two can do).  Right after church, we jetted off to meet Sean at a location that took 30 minutes to get to by car (we asked an American member to help us).  We get there and have a super awesome lesson, and then we go up to Seoul (a special fireside that Sean thought would be fun to go to).  We show up to this meeting in time for the closing hymn and prayer, and we then are on our way back to 평택.  We get home at about 10 (the zone leader knew, don't worry), and I need to get the Sunday report into him.  Once everything was all said and done, it was about 10:20.  So, all in all, it was a 14 hour fest of just straight missionary work, and fasting for the entire time.  Yeah, I was exhausted.  So was Elder Pruner.  But, it was a good day.  Very productive.
Other exciting things include that one of our investigators invited us to his daughter's first birthday party.  It was quite an experience.  I walked away with a box of soy milk.  It was really fun.  I wish I was able to make it to Vera's first birthday, but hey, this was a close second.
I'm excited to hear about Noah!  And Mackenzie's son.  Keep pictures coming!  I've been announcing a new nephew for the last 6 weeks at district meeting, so like, it'll be good to finally say "He's here," and leave it at that.
Seems like we all have super short letters this week... the most insightful thing I've learned is that I'm nowhere near perfect.  And that I have a lot to learn about patience, charity, and well, humilty.  As I've read the scriptures, and as I've thought about the trials I've been facing as of recently, I've realized that a lot of it is amplified by my attitude and how I deal with them.  I've realized that I don't have enough energy to be angry about anything, nor do I have enough time.  I've only enough energy to work effectively, be sincere, and well, that's about it.  Being negative requires a ton of energy.  Being positive and engaged and productive takes just as much.  And there's simply not enough to be both.
Anyways, sorry about the brevity of this letter.  But I hope all hgave a good week.
Until then,
Elder Wedam

Summer is Dying Down... in Transfer 9

Here is a day by day miracle record from our favorite Elder!

August 26, 2013
Well, Ladies, Gentlemen, Boys, and Girls,
It's officially the start of a new transfer.  We're hitting the ground running.  Miracles galore, and, well, some other cool things.
We'll start with the other cool things.  There was a stake priesthood meeting yesterday.  My brain was fried after it, and my understanding incredibly limitted.  But, considering I've been a missionary in the same stake since the start of the year (and maybe for the remainder thereof), I saw a lot of my members from 신풍.  Yeah.  I was super happy to seem them.  They were super shocked to see me (like in a good way).  And it was a really fun reunion.
Now, for the miracles.  Hold on, there's one every day.
Monday: Despite being held hostage (sort of... long story short, there's this one woman who may or may not have a few loose screws.  And she's not exactly harmless) at the church for two hours waiting for our member to talk with this lady, Elder Pruner and I tried to visit a less active member, who's never home.  Our member wasn't home, but on the way, this really nice woman talked to us.  She lived in Oklahoma for a bit, has family there, and wanted to know if we taught English (she's interested in reading and writing because she speaks and listens like a native).  It was a pleasant chat, and we got her phone number.
Tuesday: We get a text from our member 이태경 (Lee Tae Gyeong) who introduced Sean to us.  She's super stoked because he really likes learning about the gospel.  By the way, Sean is the best.  He's super, super awesome - he loves reading the Book of Mormon and about the Chruch's history.  And he's real, completely honest, sincere, and genuine.
Wednesday: We have our English class, and our investigator 김정하 (Kim Jeong Ha) comes out.  Turns out, she's interested to know if Heaven exists.  Also, 이태경 comes, catches a ride home with Dennis (he's been coming out to English class for a bit).  We get a call from her that night telling us that Dennis is interested in learning more about the church and really wants to make some LDS friends because they live a similar lifestyle to what he lives.
Thursday: We meet with Aeri (or referal from 조혜경).  We have a good lesson with her and encourage her to read the Book of Mormon each day, just a little bit.  She's super receptive to it.
Friday:  We get a call from 김정하.  She wants to meet and study English together.  We've already explained the 30/30 program to her, so we're stoked.
Saturday:  We meet with 김정하 and teach her that we can only learn of spiritual truths through prayer... and we do so by teaching about the Restoration.  Our member 신새게 (Shin Sae Ge) talks with her a bit more, and turns out that she is interested in baptism.  And she likes church.  And she likes us.  신새게 invites her to come to church, and she accepts.
Sunday:  Sean and 김정하 come to church.  Both of them expressed desire to be baptized.  Sean will be getting back to us this week about when he can, and 김정하 tenatively sets up a September 22.  But, there's a little bit more to her side of things.
Our recent convert (박재희... Angela) is just an angel.  She started talking with 김정하 after 김정하 expressed some desire in baptism.  Elder Pruner and I walk in on the conversation halfway through, Elder Atkin looks completely dumbfounded.  And my jaw drops after listening for a little bit (at this point, 김정하 is really interested).  Angela turns to me and asks me to explain baptism a little bit more to 김정하, and I do.  Afterwards, we leave the chuch together, and 김정하 starts talking with some other members who are still in the parking lot about baptism.  Elder Pruner and I have to leave soon, but it was a good discussion.  They invited her to pray and promised that she would get an answer.... so follow-up this week.  I was super happy ^^
That may have been a bit long-winded, but needless to say, it's been a busy week.  I was dead tired after the priesthood meeting.  I've never slept so good before in my life.  And, seems like we'll be busy this week too.  I'm not sure what happened this last week, but I'm glad it happened.  It's been a really productive, wonderful week, and well, miracles are SO awesome to see.  The day of miracles truly hasn't ceased.
I love this missionary experience.  It's been the single most insightful experiences of my life.  I love the opportunities to learn and grow, and for the chance I have to help other people... missionary, member, and nonmember alike.  Everyday, I understand so much more about my potential as a son of God, and everyday, I can feel that my capacity to love, serve, and function grow.  I'm far from perfect, but I'm fine with that.  I'm happy to labor diligently and trust in God to make my weak things strong.  I'm grateful for all the revelation I've received thus far, and I'm grateful for all the lessons I've learned.
God lives.  I'm grateful to know that He is mindful of me, my friends, and my family.  Until next week,
Elder Wedam

Another Week Down, and Another Transfer About to Begin.

Well, I can hardly believe so much time has passed since my last post. I am so sorry to delay all of Elliott's news! Here is the beginning of my attempt to bring this blog current.  Enjoy his stories, experiences and insights....

August 19, 2013
So, Family, Friends, and Fellows.
I'm somewhere between my 8th and 9th transfer, and well, it's glorious.
Real fast, we get transfer calls on Saturday night, and we transfer Wednesday morning.  That being said, I'll be in Pyeongtaek.  At least for 6 weeks.  Maybe (and hopefully) a little bit longer.  Some slight changes in our housemates:  Elder Lion is moving out (and while we're at it... my trainer/district leader, Elder Anderson, is leaving too, but he's in a different area).  And, Elder Atkin will be training.  PS... I'll also be doing some district leadering.  I'd say I'm a bit nervous, but really, I'm not.  I really realize it'll be a matter of striving to seek revelation and making sure I'm going completely by the Spirit.  So, high five for growing opportunities, yeah?
We met with Sean yesterday.  He is so good.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but he's an answer to so many prayers for so many different reasons.  He's got a strong desire to find out if the Book of Mormon is true.  He really is giving the message of the Restoration a fair shot, and well, it's magical.  Really, it's magical.  He understands and remembers and applies so much.  He's really thoughtful and really wants to answer the questions we ask honestly.  He's super sincere too.  All in all, he's been a bright point of the missionary experience.
I've been enjoying focusing in on one or two scriptures during my personal study.  The one that made the biggest impression sort of happened this morning. So fresh off the press:
Helaman 5:12.  Here's the backstory.  Helaman is teaching his sons some valuable lessons about the gospel and remaining firm in the faith.  His sons, Nephi and Lehi, are about to enter the ministry and preach to the Lamanites and Nephite dissenters.  What he tell them... to remember, rember that it is upon the rock of our redeemer that we must build our foundation.  And that if we do that, all the powers of darkness in the world (meaning all the really stupid bad stuff that happens) will have NO power to make bring us down - that is, no power to make us unhappy, miserable, or depressed.
Think about that promise for a little bit.  The counsel is to have hope in Jesus Christ, in Eternal Life, and then to live so that we can get it.  The call to build upon the rock of our redeemer is the call to step out of darkness and into light.  It's the call to stand in Holy Places.   Missionary work is hard.  Life is hard.  It's all work.  There are so many forces that can drag us into despair, but if we just trust and hope in Christ and Eternal Life, these forces that can destroy our happiness will have no power over us.  Why?  Because the happiness and joy that comes from living with our loved ones forever, and the happiness that comes from progressing eternally, is greater than any heartache or sorrow we will ever face.  The promise of Eternal Life is the promise of better tomorrows, but the promise of a wonderful today, no matter how bad the yesterdays may have been.  And this hope that comes from Eternal Life "maketh an anchor to the souls of men" (Ether 12:4).  We can't be moved if we trust in God and really strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
Then came the application.  When I first came to country, I had this idea of what the "perfect" missionary was and what I wanted to be.  Talked to everybody.  Always said the right thing.  Baptized a lot of people.  And never had a bad day.  But, I've realized that this idea of a "perfect" missionary was something I couldn't ever be - at least not with where I was at the time.  And over time, my idea has changed.  Like I said last week, it doesn't matter how many people I baptize or teach, but what counts is how much effort I put into helping people feel the light of the gospel in their lives.
My desire in this life is to be a beacon of light to people.  I want other people to feel like they have hope to start building upon the rock of their redeemer whenever they associate with me.  I really just want people to feel happier having met me, and to give a glimpse of what it's like to feel the light of God no matter how dark they may think their life has become.  And this can only happen by consecrating myself to the Lord, both as a missionary and as a son of God.  And that comes by being a disciple of Jesus Christ, to develop His attributes and to act accordingly.
I love you.  So much.
Until next week!
Elder Wedam