Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hurricane Irene

DATE:    August 27, 2011TO:         NHMM Missionary ParentsFROM: President Wilkey, New Hampshire Manchester MissionRE:          Hurricane IreneAs you may or may not be aware, we will shortly experience a New England rarity: A hurricane named Irene.  We have been tracking this storm for several days now and it appears the storm has lost some of the predicted intensity.   However, we will not under-judge this storm and will err on the side of safety for your missionary.  Our middle daughter and her family just moved to North Carolina where they experienced Irene first hand yesterday and today.  She tells us the storm was downgraded there to a Class I from a potential Class III.  Our mission lies squarely in the middle of the storm track so we know the mission will be affected.  We have consulted with local members and officials, the National Weather Service and media outlets.  Irene looks to produce some high winds up to 70 miles per hour and potentially 6”to 10” of rain this evening through Sunday.  With the size of New England, the impact will vary, of course, by location.         Embedded within our emergency plan is a calling tree wherein each companionship communicates with district leaders who in turn communicate with zone leaders to my assistants and then to me.  I will receive those “All-in-safe” reports for the next two days.  We continuously monitor any new developments and will update you in the event of any significant change in conditions.  Yesterday I instructed the entire mission to obtain non-perishable food, water, flashlights & extra batteries etc. according to emergency guidelines in our published plan at each apartment.Shortly I will decide what our response will be for tomorrow when the brunt of the storm hits.  Some wards and branches will likely cancel church services and we will have our missionaries follow the lead of local officials regarding church attendance.  In all likelihood, I will ground the car fleet and have the missionaries stay indoors for the day.  I have already moved missionaries in low-lying areas along the coast and in known flooding areas to “Higher ground” with members or other missionaries as an early precaution.    At this point I am confident our missionaries are prepared well .  The only thing that will prepare them further is your faith, your prayers and your confidence in these great Latter-day warriors!  Thank you for preparing them in all ways for just such moments as this.  I feel much as did Helaman with his stripling warriors, “...they were firm and undaunted.  Yea, and they obey ...with exactness; yea and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them (Alma 57:20-21).”  With that backdrop to our present situation I am confident in their obedience and in what they were taught at home.   Therefore, they will “...be preserved by his marvelous power.”  (Alma 57:26).  

Hey Everybody!

Man, I love P-days. I especially love getting to email home and getting to hear from you. It's one of the highlights of my week! Know that I love and miss you all!


So first of all, I gotta say how awesome things have been going over here lately. Not just in the work, but personally too. Work wise, things have been crazy awesome. Last week, we were one of six areas in the entire mission to hit the church's missionary goal of 20 lessons in a week. Waterville hasn't hit that standard ever that I or other missionaries could remember. We've been working really hard at contacting as many less-actives as possible and talking to everybody we encounter. We've been working super hard. Riding the bikes has been exciting. I tried figuring out how many miles we rode on our bikes this week going from town to town. The results came out aroung 50 total miles. That doesn't sound like a ton, but when you consider the fact we're riding in suits and our bikes are older than we are, it gets pretty intense haha. I had to perform surgery on my tire this week because I blew it out by accidentially going off the road (long story). So I now know a ton about the workings of road bikes. Random skill: obtained. But we have SUCH a solid week planned this next week. I honestly can't wait. First of all, we have a baptism planned for this next Sunday!! A lady named Sherry is going to get dunked. I'm super excited for it. It'll be my first convert baptism I'll get to see. We also have several lessons planned with a new baptismal candidate named Jeff.

Jeff is a non-member husband of a returning less-active lady. The missionaries have been visiting her for the last two months or so teaching, and he sat in on a few of the lessons. Last week, we decided to extend a formal invitation to him to take the lessons from us. He basically had a "sure, why not" attitude about doing it. The next time we went over, he said he had some questions for us. We were eager to answer them. His first question was about Joseph Smith, which we resolved, and then his next question was "You have to be baptized to be sealed in the temple, right?" We nodded. He then asked "Ok then. How soon can I be baptized?" HUH?? HOW COOL IS THAT?? He was serious too. We set a date for the weekend after conference. He committed to quiting smoking, to reading and praying with his wife, and to coming to church, which he did yesterday. Oh man, that was such a blessing from the Lord. He totally did all the work on that one. Such a cool experience. So yeah. We have a baptism this weekend plus one more in a month. I can't wait!!

Other than that, the work is going really well. We work all day to find less-actives, and that's been going really well. Most are super friendly and love to talk. We're getting lots of referrals from them, and we're making it a point to talk to lots of people who cross our paths, so we have several new investigators we're starting to get going. The members have been treating us really well too. We have constant invitations to come over and eat dinner and whatnot. It's all just going great!!

So to answer a few questions. This Wednesday is Zone Interviews, which I'm really excited for. The Belfast elders will be there, so I can find out how everyone is doing back there. No word from Malachi yet, but I'm planning on writing him today to see how he's doing. I'm sure he's doing great. I have been playing piano a ton. I'm still playing in Priesthood and District Meeting. They also asked me to play in the baptism of an 8-year-old in the ward two weeks ago, so I played an arrangement of "Be Still My Soul" I bought before I left. Sherry asked me to play again in her baptism, so I'll be playing another one of those arrangements again. Also, something cool. I've been working at learning how to play the organ a lot. I've put several hours on it the last few weeks, and I'm starting to get it down. I'm still a few years away from getting on the MOTAB organ, but we'll see what happens haha. I'm really enjoying that. I also found two massive books of clasical paino music in Belfast, so I'm learning some new songs out of there on P-day and before church (we get dropped off 2 hours before church starts, so I have plenty of time to play piano/organ). Also our new landlords, who are awesome, had me play on their keyboard in their house and told me they'd find me somewhere to play. I guess they advertised me to a rest home in the area and they said they'd love to have me come play for thier residents, so I think I'll go shopping for a book of oldies like the ones Pal and I played for them. That'll be a good service/finding activity. But yeah. That's most of the stuff that has been going on. Oh yeah. Something else cool. Next Monday, we're going to Augusta for a General Authority visit. Elder C. Scott Grow of the 70 is speaking. He gave a talk this last conference on the Atonement if you want to look him up. That should be really cool. So, I won't be emailing on Monday, but I hear we'll be getting P-day on Tuesday instead. So just a heads up on that. But yeah! That's most of what's been going on over here!

On a side note. Lately, I've been absolutely and completely engulfed in joy, peace, enthusiasm, and optimism. It's been incredible. And I think I know why- I've finally given my heart to God. I've been wrestling with myself over that one the last few months, either because I was too attached to things back home or I couldn't get into the work or had doubts about things or whatever else. I've finally gotten over all that, I'm beginning to give the work 110%, and I'm truely trusting God in every way. And by doing so, God is blessing me with such an abundance of happiness that I don't know what to do with it all! It's been so incredible. It's like how Elder Maxwell said. Consecration is the only surrender that is a victory. It's so true. If I've learned anything on my mission so far, it's that true happiness can only come by giving our hearts to God. I can give solemn testimony of that because now that I truely have and my works are backing it up, I feel more content with life and myself than ever before. I've put myself into God's hands, and now he can shape me, and I can't wait to see what he makes of me!!

Ok, I best be going. Know that I love and miss you all, I love hearing from you, and I hope all is well back home. Know that this church is true and that I'm loving it so much over here. Take care!! Hope to hear from ya next week!!

Last pictures of Belfast

The chalk drawing we entered into a contest.  We thought it turned out pretty well.  It's the tree of life if you couldn't tell!
I got to spend a day in St. George, Maine.

New England fog makes for  really cool pictures.

Lobsters #2 and 3!  Yummm


Typical Maine view, It's gorgeous.

They don't call it vacationland for nothing!

Belfast in the summer....Quite a bit different than in the winter.



I'll let you come up with your own comment.....;)  maybe consider the lilies of the field.

beautiful coastal scenery.  The boats and ocean are nice too...

Sporting the New England look.

A guy does this for a living.  Some call it art, I call it creepy.  hahaha

My last district.  The two in the white were the elders that formed the trio.  E. Brown my comp.  is on the left            

Monday, September 12, 2011

Hello Again

Man, I love P-days. I especially love getting to email home and getting to hear from you. It's one of the highlights of my week! Know that I love and miss you all!

Sounds like things are pretty crazy back home. That's a huge bummer about Gma and Gpa. I actually have been thinking and praying about them all week. I wasn't sure why, but I guess I know now.

I've been doing better than ever. All the bike riding and sleep is really paying off. I haven't had stomach problems in a long time, and I haven't even caught anything close to even a cold. The Lord is definitely helping me out there!

So first of all, I gotta say how awesome things have been going over here lately. Not just in the work, but personally too. Work wise, things have been crazy awesome. Last week, we were one of six areas in the entire mission to hit the church's missionary goal of 20 lessons in a week. Waterville hasn't hit that standard ever that I or other missionaries could remember. We've been working really hard at contacting as many less-actives as possible and talking to everybody we encounter. We've been working super hard. Riding the bikes has been exciting. I tried figuring out how many miles we rode on our bikes this week going from town to town. The results came out aroung 50 total miles. That doesn't sound like a ton, but when you consider the fact we're riding in suits and our bikes are older than we are, it gets pretty intense haha. I had to perform surgery on my tire this week because I blew it out by accidentially going off the road (long story). So I now know a ton about the workings of road bikes. Random skill: obtained. But we have SUCH a solid week planned this next week. I honestly can't wait. First of all, we have a baptism planned for this next Sunday!! A lady named Sherry is going to get dunked. I'm super excited for it. It'll be my first convert baptism I'll get to see. We also have several lessons planned with a new baptismal candidate named Jeff.

Jeff is a non-member husband of a returning less-active lady. The missionaries have been visiting her for the last two months or so teaching, and he sat in on a few of the lessons. Last week, we decided to extend a formal invitation to him to take the lessons from us. He basically had a "sure, why not" attitude about doing it. The next time we went over, he said he had some questions for us. We were eager to answer them. His first question was about Joseph Smith, which we resolved, and then his next question was "You have to be baptized to be sealed in the temple, right?" We nodded. He then asked "Ok then. How soon can I be baptized?" HUH?? HOW COOL IS THAT?? He was serious too. We set a date for the weekend after conference. He committed to quiting smoking, to reading and praying with his wife, and to coming to church, which he did yesterday. Oh man, that was such a blessing from the Lord. He totally did all the work on that one. Such a cool experience. So yeah. We have a baptism this weekend plus one more in a month. I can't wait!!

Other than that, the work is going really well. We work all day to find less-actives, and that's been going really well. Most are super friendly and love to talk. We're getting lots of referrals from them, and we're making it a point to talk to lots of people who cross our paths, so we have several new investigators we're starting to get going. The members have been treating us really well too. We have constant invitations to come over and eat dinner and whatnot. It's all just going great!!

So to answer a few questions. This Wednesday is Zone Interviews, which I'm really excited for. The Belfast elders will be there, so I can find out how everyone is doing back there. No word from Malachi yet, but I'm planning on writing him today to see how he's doing. I'm sure he's doing great. I have been playing piano a ton. I'm still playing in Priesthood and District Meeting. They also asked me to play in the baptism of an 8-year-old in the ward two weeks ago, so I played an arrangement of "Be Still My Soul" I bought before I left. Sherry asked me to play again in her baptism, so I'll be playing another one of those arrangements again. Also, something cool. I've been working at learning how to play the organ a lot. I've put several hours on it the last few weeks, and I'm starting to get it down. I'm still a few years away from getting on the MOTAB organ, but we'll see what happens haha. I'm really enjoying that. I also found two massive books of clasical paino music in Belfast, so I'm learning some new songs out of there on P-day and before church (we get dropped off 2 hours before church starts, so I have plenty of time to play piano/organ). Also our new landlords, who are awesome, had me play on their keyboard in their house and told me they'd find me somewhere to play. I guess they advertised me to a rest home in the area and they said they'd love to have me come play for thier residents, so I think I'll go shopping for a book of oldies like the ones Pal and I played for them. That'll be a good service/finding activity. But yeah. That's most of the stuff that has been going on. Oh yeah. Something else cool. Next Monday, we're going to Augusta for a General Authority visit. Elder C. Scott Grow of the 70 is speaking. He gave a talk this last conference on the Atonement if you want to look him up. That should be really cool. So, I won't be emailing on Monday, but I hear we'll be getting P-day on Tuesday instead. So just a heads up on that. But yeah! That's most of what's been going on over here!

On a side note. Lately, I've been absolutely and completely engulfed in joy, peace, enthusiasm, and optimism. It's been incredible. And I think I know why- I've finally given my heart to God. I've been wrestling with myself over that one the last few months, either because I was too attached to things back home or I couldn't get into the work or had doubts about things or whatever else. I've finally gotten over all that, I'm beginning to give the work 110%, and I'm truely trusting God in every way. And by doing so, God is blessing me with such an abundance of happiness that I don't know what to do with it all! It's been so incredible. It's like how Elder Maxwell said. Consecration is the only surrender that is a victory. It's so true. If I've learned anything on my mission so far, it's that true happiness can only come by giving our hearts to God. I can give solemn testimony of that because now that I truely have and my works are backing it up, I feel more content with life and myself than ever before. I've put myself into God's hands, and now he can shape me, and I can't wait to see what he makes of me!!

Ok, I best be going. Know that I love and miss you all, I love hearing from you, and I hope all is well back home. Know that this church is true and that I'm loving it so much over here. Take care!! Hope to hear from ya next week!!

-Faithfully,

Elder Esplin

Hey Everybody!

I'm glad you got the email week. Unfortunately, I can't stay on long
today. The library was shut down, so we walked to staples so we could
read emails for a bit.

This week was insane over here in Waterville. Being on bikes is quite
a workout! Add to all the hills and miles 90 degree weather and 90
percent humidity and a shirt and tie and you get a very tired elder
haha. But it's been great.

I worked harder this week than any other
week so far on my mission to get the area going. There isn't much
going on. But we busted our butts and we got good results. We taught
20 lessons (first time in this area in several months) and found 3 new
investigators. We also found 4 less active families who all want to
get back to church. It was incredible. We've been having miracles
right and left. I wish I had more time to write, but I better get
going. I'm loving Waterville and my companion. We get along super well
and have a lot of fun. The ward is awesome, and the work is building
up quick. I'm loving it!! Here's my new address:


Also, if you could put a note on there
saying that after today, I will have responded to every letter I've
received,
so if anybody hasn't heard back from me, there must have
been a glitch in the mailing system.  Thanks!!

Sorry again for keeping it so short, but I don't think Staples wants
me on here too long haha. Love you all, hope you're all hanging in
there. I'm praying for you. I'm loving the work and things are going
AWESOME!

-Elder KC Esplin

No Worries...

First of all, no worries. I'm A-OK. Hurricane Irene turned out to just be a bad rainstorm here. We've had way worse in Ivins, so it wasn't even close to a problem. We just sat inside all day and took it easy. I put half of a 1000 piece puzzle of Bryce Canyon together. That was exciting haha. But yeah. No problems over here. I'm doing great!  And Dad, I'm glad you picked up on my clue I sent you. I purposely bought something with my debit card so you guys could find out where I was. I even told my companion I knew that would happen. Loopholes for the win!

That's so cool that Sister Turnbull called you guys!! Her and her husband are SUCH an awesome couple. Her and her daughter were heading to Cedar City for a wedding. I was hoping they'd contact you. That's great! is keeping up on the bone. Kinda. How's he liking the 7th grade? A

So yeah. Hurricane Irene was pretty exciting. But like I said, I didn't get hit by it hardly at all. It was just a rainstorm here with a little wind. I've tracted in worse in my last area. But the whole mission went on lockdown. The cars were all grounded and nobody was allowed to leave the apartment. I hear I'm lucky though. Some of the other areas in the mission got pouded.

But yes. I'm doing great! I'm now stationed in Waterville, Maine. It's the area right next door to Belfast, only about an hour away. That's exciting. But no, I can't go to Belfast to see Malachi be baptized. I asked President in my last email. Oh well. I just keep reminding myself that this is between him and the Lord. I'm just the middleman. I'm excited for him thought!

So get this. My new area doesn't have a car. But don't worry. We have bikes. Yep. I'm a biking missionary now. Our area is the only purely biking area in the mission. The other areas with bikes have public transport they can rely on. Not us. Nothing but bikes. It's kind of tough because our area is almost just as big as Belfast (it's probably about 200 square miles with about 50,000 people).  But Waterville itself is a pretty big city, so it's not to bad. I'm really enjoying the biking so far. We bike about 4-10 miles a day. The ride to the church is the worst part. It's about 4 miles uphill. Both ways. But yeah. It's just another exciting element to the transition!

My companion is Elder Carroll from West Jordan. We get along super well. He only has a few months left on his mission and was a senior companion for a while before I got here, so I was super confused why I am the senior. He told me President Wilkey called him on transfer call night to tell him this period of being the junior would be for a "short time." President Wilkey is up to something. We'll find out soon enough I guess. There isn't too much going on work wise here right now. We have a lady getting baptized in three weeks, so I'll get to see a baptism soon. But that's about it. We only have like 3 other investigators and a ton of less actives. I plan on working my tail off to change that. But I'm loving the area so far. I'm liking the whole city aspect of it. It's a lot different than being in the boonies. I'm really excited to be serving here. I can't wait to see what happens!

Well, I better get going. A member always takes us out to lunch then drops us off at the laundromat and Walmart, so I better get going. But know that I'm safe and well, I'm loving Waterville and my new companion, and I've never been better! Love and miss you all.
-Faithfully,

Elder Esplin

First Transfer

Welp, I finally bit the bullet. I'm getting transferred. I'm really
bummed by it, mainly because I won't be here for Malachi's baptism.
Pete, Rose, and Roger will probably all be getting baptized next
transfer too. It's a killer I won't be here for it. But, I'll go where
the Lord wants me to go. Plus, I feel that I've done a lot of work
here too. All four of the investigators getting close I found and have
taught almost every week since I've been here. It's been SO cool
seeing them grow. Especially Malachi. He called yesterday after church
and I talked to him for a bit. He called me in tears telling me that
he has no doubt that this is the path that God wants him to be on. He
told me that besides having his son be born, this has been the most
important and happiest experience he's had in his life. He told me he
was really sad that I couldn't be here to baptize him, but that I've
changed his life and that we'd be friends on to the eternities. That
phone call was the greatest moment of my mission thus far. I told him
that I didn't do anything, it was all God, but that being able to
witness his conversion is one of the greatest experiences I've had in
my life. It's so amazing how much power the gospel has to change
people, and now that I've seen that power in action, I'm so excited to
get out to my new area and see it happen again. I can't wait. But
yeah, I'm super sad to not be here for Malachi, but it isn't about me.
It's about him choosing to make this change, and I'm so blessed to
have been part of the process.

I have no idea where I'm getting transfered to. All I know is that I'm
supposed to be at the stake center in Bangor at 5:45 tomorrow morning,
and that I'll find out then where I'm going. They didn't tell me I'm
going to transfer meeting, so that probably means I'll be staying in
Maine. But get this. I'm going to be the senior companion. I was
really surprised by that. That means I'll be driving and taking the
lead in the training program the mission is starting next transfer.
That'll be an interesting experience. We'll see how that goes. But
next week, I'll let you all know where I end up. Hopefully it's
somewhere with lots of trees- fall should be coming soon!!

Other than transfers, not too much has been going on. We had the
president of the Boston Temple come to speak in sacrament yesterday.
That was sweet. Although, it wasn't very nice having him stand up
there talking about the blessings of going to the temple for two
hours. Good think I can't go for another 18 months! Man, I miss the
temple so much...anyways. Yesterday and today basically are just
saying goodbyes and packing. We're going to go up an observatory tower
at Fort Knox today though. That'll be cool. Other than that, this week
was pretty non-eventful.

Oh yeah. Two other random things happened this week. We got a gun
pulled on us haha. That was so funny. We went to a less-active's
house, and as we walked to the door, this fat shirtless guy with a
scraggly beard came out with a shotgun. He set it on the ground with
his hands on the barrel and asked "Can I help you?" We kept cool and
asked if the lady we were looking for was home. He realized who we
were and apologized and put the gun away. He said people had been
harassing them lately, so he was just being defensive. It was still
hilarious to talk about after! Also this week, I set foot in my first
bar haha. No worries though. It was That was another new experience.

Ok, that's all I got this week. I better get going and pack and make
my last few stops to say goodbye. Love you all! I'll write next week
and let you know where I end up. Take care!

-Elder Esplin

Happy 6 Month Anniversary !!

 How crazy is that? I definitely don't feel like I've been out here half a year. Far from it. But I'm stoked to be hitting my first missionary milestone. I'll be burning a tie tomorrow for the ceremony, as is missionary tradition. That'll be sweet. Transfers are this weekend, and I'm dreading it like crazy. Granted, I have been in Belfast my entire mission, and the rest of New England needs to at least get a chance to be graced with my presence....But I really don't want to leave! I saw so many miracles this week, it'll be killer to leave now.

We had some major steps taken from 4 of our best investigators. First, a guy named Roger. We went over on Saturday to help him dig a pathway in his yard. We shoveled out a ditch and filled it with gravel. Mom, it looks like no matter how hard I try, I can't escape the work I'd probably be doing back home haha. While we were working, he asked if we wanted some tea to cool down. We said no, and he remembered that we said previously we don't like to drink tea. He stopped working, looked at us and said, "Why don't you drink tea?" We froze. The Word of Wisdom is a tough lesson to teach on the fly, and we weren't planning on doing it for a few more weeks. But obviously, God wanted us to teach it right then and there. So, we did. After we finished working, we discussed it further. After the lesson, he looked at us and said, "Do I have to do this to be baptized?" I nodded. He got up, walked over to his pack of cigarettes, sat down, counted them out, and said, "9 cigarettes. After that, I'm done. I'll find a replacement for coffee and we'll get this going." We were ecstatic. We weren't even planning on teaching him that and we were really worried about what would happen when we did. But he's now on the path. He came to church again, is loving it all, and wants to get going. So awesome!! Malachi is still on fire. He told us last night he wants to be baptized next month. That's a killer for me- if i get transferred, I will miss it by like 2 weeks!! But he wants it all so bad, and he basically bore his testimony to us last night about how he knows that this is the right path, that it's all true, and that he's never been more at peace and happier in his life. Oh man, it was so so cool. I'm finally seeing the joy that comes with conversion. It makes me so excited to be a missionary! Finally, we had a killer lesson with Peter and Rose. We explained the priesthood authority and the dispensation/apostasy cycle. They've been taught it several times over several years, but they said it finally clicked. They're still coming to church, and the branch is eating them up. They're hooked, and great things are happening for them as well. It's SO cool as a missionary to see the change that comes with the gospel. All four of them are happier and more at peace then when we found them. It's so amazing. The coolest thing is that we're aren't even the ones doing the work! It's all about them using their agency and God blessing them for it. It's been so awesome getting to see and understand that process. It fills me with insane amounts of joy.

So, in other news. Zone conference was awesome. We talked a lot about commitments and planning. I loved playing the piano, but I had to do it a ton. I played like 30 minutes of prelude/interlude, 4 hymns, and a special musical number. But the conductor and I really got into it, and everybody said they had lots of fun singing and whatnot, so it was really cool. Hopefully I get to do it again. Sister Wilkey said she wants to get me on the organ, which would be cool. I've been practicing on the organ in the branch chapel. After we got back to Belfast, we went to get a seafood dinner courtesy of Elder Hess's parents. We each had a lobster and split a huge plate of fried shrimp, oysters, scallops, and haddock. That was good. And get this. On our way to the restaurant. I heard something really familiar- the sound of a screaming jazz trumpet. I went running in that direction. Sure enough, there was a full jazz band playing in a blocked off corner of town. I sat and listened for like 10 minutes drooling at the mouth. I realized how much I miss jazz haha. But we weren't wasting time I promise! A less active we've never met came out of the crowd to us and invited us over to her house. But yeah, the jazz was totally random, but awesome. Not much else happened this week besides amazing lessons and really good food. Life is just still awesome! Hopefully I dodge the bullet one more transfer so I can see these investigators get baptized. They're getting super close!

Dad, I have a thought you can consider sharing in your talk. This last fast Sunday, we had a mission-wide fast for missionary work. But it wasn't just the missionaries- it was all the stakes in the mission. 5 stakes all united together in faith to fast not only for the missionaries, but so everyone could have missionary experiences in their own lives. It was such a cool experience, and I really think a lot of the miracles we've been experiencing lately have been a result of that. Also, on the topic of being missionaries, here's a quote I heard in the MTC that I really liked- "The next two years isn't your mission; it's the Lord's. Your mission starts when you get home." So, all members are now on their missions. Going on a two year mission is going on the Lord's mission. Anyways. Just a cool thought you might be able to use.

Love you all! Hope all is well back home. Know that I'm loving life, the work is going great, and I miss you all. Take care!

Elder Esplin