To Dad - "I now know why you prefer to be off. Working all day is hard, and I've definitely had some of those days. But missionaries are truly blessed, and I love it, even though it's hard."
To Mom - "Things are great here. We have a car we share with another companionship, so the weeks we don't have a car we either walk, get rides with members who come teaching with us, or take the bus...Take care and don't stress. I'm loving New York."
To Emily - "It's kind of impossible to tell you everything. Look up the missionary schedule. That's about it. Get up at 6:30, work all day, and go to bed at 10:30. You're constantly changing plans and stuff. You pray alot (at least 7 times a day and that's a minimum)."
To Sarah - "President Wirthlin tells me whenever I see him - "If I get up and say it's going to be a good day, it will be a good day." If I try to be positive and pray, I will be happier. I've noticed that so many times already on my mission."
To Nate - "Trust me, you don't want to gain 10 pounds the way I have..."
To Mike - "The river is already frozen over, and I bet I could play hockey on the pond right by our apartment right now."
To Nick - "I did get two Thanksgiving dinners. New York is great, it's cold and the Mohawk River is already freezing over. I don't think I'm allowed to throw a river party though...which is a bummer. (Newhart reference HaHaHa). Elder Johnson is wonderful. He is very nice and supportive. He wants me to be the best missionary I can be, and is truly a wonderful example. President and Sister Wirthlin are amazing. They love pizza and I had probably the best pizza and wings I've ever had."