(This part to Mike)
It sounds and looks like you had a great trip to New York and had fun. I will for sure let you'ins know if I ever get sent down to Georgia. That's what they say in this part of Tennessee. You'ins, not Y'all. It's kinda funny but it's the querk these people have...That's great news about Grandpa. Is he feeling any better? Wow, I didn't even know that Rachel was getting married. That is so weird...
I was actually going to ask you about my plaque (missionary plaque for the ward building). Hmm, my favorite scripture. It is probably D&C 122:7-9. I actually found this scripture out here and I really like the end of verse 7 where it says "...know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." and in verse 9 I especially like the phrase, "Hold on thy way". If I had a motto that would be it 'Hold on thy way'. That is my decision. It was a hard one but that is it. Let me know if that is going to work.
Well, I guess that's all I have to say. Give Brenden a hard time for me about going on dates and all that good stuff. And tell everyone that I love them.
Love, Elder Dallen Stark
(This part to Susie)
Not much exciting happened this week that I can think of right now other than the pot luck we had on friday. We made some Scalloped potatoes out of a box we got a Walmart and for some reason you got credit. Elder Bacon wrote on a little 3X5 card "Elder Stark's mama's bacon-ranch potatoes". But whatever right? I thought it was funny. There was so much food at the pot luck. We got sent hope with three almost full pans of food. we aren't going to be able to eat it all. We get fed pretty well out here most of the time. There are stretches where we don't get fed for a few days but what can we deal with it.
Ugh, I've missed so many movies. You should all go see Son of God. The new movie about Christ. I wanted to see it so bad but it didn't come out soon enough. I heard it was supposed to be really good. You'll have to let me know. Oh yeah, we also had a wildfire on the mountains across the valley. Apparently there is an arsonist around here that set the fire and it burned quite a bit of the mountain up. No one was hurt and no homes were damaged as far as we know but that is probably the most exciting thing that happened this week.
I emailed dad just barely with my favorite scripture. And you are right about me not really caring what picture is used. Just use one where I at least look half good. Other than that I don't care which one.
I'll keep you updated on any new excitement or any good stories. I'll let you know if I need anything.
Love, Elder Dallen Stark
(This part was written to Kaylen)
The weeks are going by pretty fast I know. Same here not much excitement or big breakthroughs with any of our investigators. One thing that is crazy is that there was or is a forrest fire burning the mountain across the valley from us. It was started by an arsonist. No big deal right? Just an every day occurance. Hey, maybe you could look up forrest fire in Jacksboro/Caryville/La Follette and see if there is any news because we don't know anything about what is going on other than what we overhear members or investigators talking about. It is really isolating. We did hear about Russia invading Ukraine and everyone calling Putin "Hitler" and all that good stuff. I think it is hilarious. It is sad that people are suffering but the situation is just so Hollywood. It's almost like a story from a movie. Definitely keep me posted on all that stuff. Like I always say, all this stuff is just another sign of the apocalypse. What else could it be.
Like I said, there isn't much new news on our investigators. Just slow progress. I still am not sure if I like my companion or not. I mean, I trust him with my life but, yeah... I don't know. It is really hard to explain. I guess the soonest I could get transfered is the 7th of May. That is when the training (12 week program) is over. But It could be months after that when I get transfered. I really don't know. Transfers happen every 6 weeks. So, I really have no idea. I'e heard of missionaries only being in areas for one transfer and other missionaries being in areas for almost a whole year. Your guess is as good as mine.