One Week in the Office Down

Well, more like three days. Basically, my schedule will be filled with working in the mission office from 11-5, Tuesday thru Friday for the next few transfers. It’ll be something different, and I’ll be "in the know" about things. I even get to go do exciting things like be at "Executive Meetings". yay for me!

This week was an interesting one, with all of the transfers, being in a threesome, having to pack and meet up with a mini-missionary in the process of it all. Needless to say, we didn’t have much time to work on Pobyeda before the transfer, with my packing, and getting the area squared away to be white washed we didn’t have much time to be outside on the streets. Elder Boboshko also had a few family things to tie up, which I felt were okay for him to do seeing as he dropped everything to serve a mini-mission in 3 days. He will be a great companion for Elder Stanford, and will be an amazing missionary when all of his documents get squared away and he can leave full-time. He is always willing to help, and is always asking questions about how he can improve and what he needs to do to be a better missionary. He is a great example of an active learner who is trying to soak up all he can from the current opportunity that he has to serve this transfer.

I am really excited for our district this transfer. I have finally been reunited with Elder Walton! We have only talked to each other twice since we got into country 8 and a half months ago, so I am glad to be in the same district with him. We will make sure we get to spend our year mark together on splits, since he will be the district leader. I am also excited to be back in the center branch. It needs some help, but I love the members that are there week in and week out.

Yesterday at church, Vova Davidenko, the mission visa clerk, spoke about why families are important. Vova is one of my favorite people I have met in Ukraine and will be a rock in the future church leadership in Ukraine. He told a story about his oldest son, Daniel, who is just over 2 years old. It has been rainy for the last week, and the storm was really bad on Saturday. Vova left to run into the mission office to work on some things, and Daniel watched him from the window. He called Masha, Vova’s wife, over and said "Mom! There is thunder and lighting outside! Dad is out there and it’s scary!" Masha told him that everything would be okay, and that Dad would be okay. Daniel grabbed Masha’s hand, led her into the bedroom, and knelt down next to the bed, folded his arms, and bowed his head.

Vova said that hearing his wife tell him of that, was the most rewarding thing he had ever. This is a guy who has served a mission, is fluent in 3 languages and working on a 4th, and played professional basketball. While all of that was great, knowing you are raising your kids well meant more than it all.

I’ll slap on some pictures for you all. The first is me in the Ukrainian costume I got. I had a member in my branch sew it all for me. The next is a picture of me next to the Macaulay Culkin graffiti I saw one day. Another is me by the lock bridge. They have a tradition here where when you get married, you have a lock engraved, you lock it on a bridge, and chuck the key into the water running under the bridge. The last is Elder Walton and I.

A group of churches got together and put on "Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat" and we got invited. They did it for free for the whole community. It was really fun and the entire thing was translated. All the missionaries got together and were able to go, it was a good day. So that was the highlight of my week.

I hope you are all doing well, and I want to congratulate (Sister) Karissa Bosco who will be serving in the Cordoba Argentina Mission! You will love it!

Elder McClintock

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С Днем отцов!!!

Literally: With the Day of Fathers!

To start off, I am getting transferred, and Elder Ditto already has been. He will be finishing his mission in Cleveland, Ohio. I am very excited for him, and I know he will slay it there. He is an amazing missionary with more faith than all the faith healers on TV combined.

I will be serving in the office with Elder Parkinson. So basically, I will have a part time job sitting at a computer doing stuff 11-5, Tuesday through Friday.

This week has been an interesting one to say the least. We didn’t get a whole lot of work done after Wednesday afternoon when we found out about Elder Ditto’s reassignment. We did have a day of stopping by inactives, as Elder Hagee and I went on splits so Pobyeda could get worked and not the ENTIRE week taken over by packing, souvenier buying, etc. It was pretty somber, but I know Elder Ditto will run with this opportunity.

Nothing happened in our area this week of note. I am excited to be back in the center branch and talk with the members there much better than I could 5 months ago when I served there with Elder Hammon. The office will be a different experience, but someone needs to do it so I guess the lot fell on me. I am excited to serve with Elder Parkinson. One thing I have noticed about him, is that he is one of the most conscientiously obedient missionaries in the mission. The thought of being obedient is always on his mind, and I am excited to learn a lot from him this transfer.

Some funny things that happened this week…I ordered a traditional Ukrainian costume from a member in our branch. That should be done this week, so I’ll get y’all a picture soon. It is getting sewn in a blue and yellow pattern, gotta rep those clear skies and wheat fields! Yesterday at church, a lady wore a shirt that said "You wish your girlfriend looked this good". I thought it was hysterical.

On Friday, Elder Hagee and I went to the Relief Society activity at the Roaches’, we needed to translate. It was fun to hear all these old Ukrainian women talk about the word of wisdom, and their CRAZY health ideas. It was kind of awkward being at a Relief Society activity as well. haha.

Yesterday, for "Family Dinner" at the Roaches’, we invited over Leonid and Natasha, who you’ve all heard so much about. Here is a picture of them and I, and I’m wearing a new tie I bought this week, I hope you all thoroughly enjoy it.

I love you all!

Elder McClintock

“Jesus said it was….in the Bible”

Logic fails some times for a lot of people. Yesterday, a man told me "Only the Apostolic Orthodox church is true!" and then asked about that "Book that John Smith made up". I said "You mean the book of scripture that God gave to mankind?" and he said: "Well who said that it’s scripture? Joseph Smith? Of course he’d say that, he wrote it!". I inquired about his testimony of the Bible, and why he thinks it is scripture. His response is written in the above subject line.

I’m not one to "Bible Bash" but when all you do is contact all day, and don’t have much success, it is nice to actually have a real conversation with somebody, even if you are just stringing them along.

Our finding efforts are still not producing results. I don’t know what I can do better. I talk to people, but we see the same people everyday. I often tell myself "oh I’ve already talked to them this transfer", and then when I see someone who I haven’t talked to for a long time, I say "well maybe they are ready now", and they get mad at me for interrupting whatever they were doing, again. We try going to different areas, doing different things, but nothing works.

I haven’t spoken with Yulia since she left last week, I plan on calling her either today or tomorrow to see how things are going. As for Dima, he hasn’t come to our branch the last two weeks, so I don’t know what he is feeling or thinking about at the moment.

That is about our entire week. A lot of contacting, little results. It has been very discouraging for me, and I spend a lot of time thinking "what am I doing wrong?". I don’t know what I can do differently to spark the current situation.

As for Natasha, she is doing well. She is handling everything and I have seen her out and about on the street a few times and she is doing well. It is amazing what knowledge of the plan of salvation and the temple can do for you.

We are making a big push to go through and meet every member of our branch by the end of the month. A lot of inaccurate information is all we have for a lot of inactive members, so that has been good. We’ve been stopping by and doing little lessons with active members as well. We went to our branch president’s place to visit he and his wife. She made this cake that was the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten. She told me yesterday at church that she’d get me the recipe…So Sisters of mine, I know how much you enjoy baking, I will be sending that your way!

I feel like I will be getting tranferred in a week in a half. I just have had that vibe lately. So we will be doing a lot of "goodbye" spiritual thoughts with members, so I can say goodbye and get a picture with them. I’m super excited to go to Leonid and Natasha’s on Saturday. They are the amazing young married couple in our branch that I have told you all about a few times. Well, anyway. Leonid showed up to church yesterday, in a cream colored pinstripe suit, and had gotten a haircut….buzzing the sides, basically leaving his curlyish mop on top and had not just steps on the side of his head, but two GIANT lines that when from his sideburn, around his ear and all the way down his neck line. I said "Leonid! You’re in the branch presidency, and you have a REAL job!". He just laughed and said "Well, I think it’s funny, and my wife thinks it’s hot." It was hysterical.

Our Elder’s Quorum meetings are much more lively than at home. IE: People actually talk. and here it is more of talk over each other and get off topic. If you’ve heard the Sons of Provo song "Spiritchal As Me", that is the epitome of a Pobyeda 3rd hour. Leonid drew a picture depicting a war involving tanks and people in the branch fighting over who was right. It also made me laugh.

So…I met a lady. I don’t know her name, but the missionaries know her as "I LOVE JESUS!" Lady. That is the only thing she knows how to say in English. It is a very long story, so I am copying and pasting for Elder Stanford’s email home and then adding my own thoughts in it (if you wondered why it doesn’t soudn like me).

Ha okay so there is the straight up CRAZIEST human being in the world in this city. The first time I met her was when I was signboarding. This old lady just walked up to us and rested her arm on the sign board. And stared at us. It was rather awkward so I was like… "Uhhhh… do you know how to talk?" Which sounds abrasive in English but that is just how you say it in Russian. And then she just blew up. She said "Christ was not a Mormon! Christ was not an American! Christ was the son of God!!" And we were like yeah… we agree… and Christ was not a Ukrainian either right? Ha but then she accused us for worshiping Mormon and we told her like a thousand times that we worship only Christ but she didn’t hear us over her own shouting. She spent like twenty minutes trying to convince us that Christ died for us and we were just like, "WE KNOW!!" The only words she knows in English are, "I LOVE YOU JESUS". So like mid-conversation in Russian she will randomly throw that sentence in in English even though it makes no sense in context. Aww I love it. She is the most devout Jesus worshiper ever so I guess I can give that props to her. We have ran into her a couple of times and she always just like runs up to us and sings a song about Jesus and then tells us that we are going to hell and then she runs away. Once she tried to throw away my Book of Mormon. She said that every night she prays that our church will burn down so we will start worshiping Jesus and not Mormon. [my thoughts] She said that she knew God answered her prayers when the Topol branch was closed. She also tried to tell me that she read the Book of Mormon 50 years ago….in Russian. Which is impossible, I might add. This woman is just nuts. She will not listen to us, we say we are preaching the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and she just says that we are AntiChrists who are trying to get people to worship Mormon. And then she adds that we will stand before God at the judgement and tell him we are saved by Mormon, and then we will be thrust down to hell. Someone walked up and gave us a magazine with antiMormon stuff in it (that I was really excited to read) and she stole it from me. So much for a saint. That lady is crazy.

Thank you all for the support, you are the best!

Elder McClintock

Contemplation Overload.

This week was a lot like last week. But with a lot more ups and downs. I am starting to understand more and more what Brother Bott meant when he said that a mission is an emotional roller coaster.

The pictures are of me with my land lady and her husband, at Katya’s baptism a few weeks ago and Elder Stanford and I and Sister Luba at Vladimir’s baptism. Sister Roach snapped that one.

I have seen the branch grow over the last few weeks, but the unity is something I still worry about. The members from Topol are warming up from the idea fully quite yet. I think it will take some time but we are on the right track. There are a lot of great people, but it still seems a little too "clique"ish for my liking.

As for investigators, we didn’t meet with Anatolii this week. He called and cancelled on us, but he should be at church next week. He said he was going to be busy all week harvesting his strawberries, and that he would call us during the week to schedule our next appointment.

We also met with a great lady named Yulia. She’s a dentist, so she has flexible hours and doesn’t work on Sundays! Elder Hagee got her contact information, and she went to the Temple Open House last fall. She was very interested in the church, and we had a very good first lesson. It was very powerful. She is going to Western Ukraine to visit her family until the end of June, so I told her I would call to check up on her reading and we would meet to pass her to the sisters when she gets back. She has a lot of potential, and I just felt that she has been trying to leave the gospel, but hasn’t found the fulness yet. When we talked abot prayer, she said "I pray every morning when I wake up, and every night before I go to bed….in my own words. Is that bad?" I started laughing and told her that is exactly what we wanted her to say, because that is what our Heavenly Father expects her to do. She asked a lot of good questions relating to the Plan of Salvation, I am very excited to teach that with the sisters to her. She is on the right track but just hasn’t put it all together quite yet.

We also had an interesting lesson with a man named Dima. He met the missionaries 5 years ago and comes to church quite often. Missionaries have met with him before, and he has straightway openly told a few that he wants to get baptized so he can serve a mission to the states, learn english and then stay there. I dig some digging, because he originally asked if we could meet everyday, which was a red flag to me. We talked about every lesson, checked his knowledge of things, asked why he wanted to meet, etc. I told him that he knows what he needs to do, and when he is reading the Book of Mormon and praying everyday to know whether Jospeh Smith was a prophet, we could continue to meet with him. On the one hand, I feel that if he wants to answer all the right questions, and mock the ordinance, he needs to be allowed to do it so he can be righteously judged. Also, many people are baptized for the wrong reasons, and then figure things out. Yet on the other hand, I feel like I can’t let that happen. I’m not sure what is the correct thing to do in this situation.

So as for the emotional roller coaster.

Monday at FHE. I got a phone call. It was Viktor. He yelled into the phone: "MAKLE I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!" I was so confused. Then he calmed down and said that he stood up and sat down, by himself. All alone. No help. I was close to crying I was so happy.

On Wednesday we stopped by some members to say hi. Only the wife was home, and she seemed to be pretty distraught about something, so as we talked outside, I found out some awful news. I may have told you about Viktor, a nonmember husband of a lady in our branch. He is Hare Krishna (sp?) but loves the church and has been consistantly coming to church since I got to Pobyeda. After sacrament meeting last week, he went home. His wife, Natasha, went home after 3rd hour, and found him in the kitchen. He had committed suicide. It was a shock to everyone. No note, no anything. He always seemed so happy, it totally came out of no where. I’ll save you the details of what happened, but members from the branch had to go ID him for the coroner, and that night they gave her a blessing. Their daughter is married and lives in Canada, but she was able to come back and they went to the temple and spent all day Friday and Saturday there.

That was a huge blow for me. I have been working with them a lot, and he was one of my favorite people in this area. I am so grateful that even though all of that happened, to know that in exactly 51 weeks and 1 day, his work will be able to be done in the Kyiv Temple.

That sparked a lot of the contemplating that I mentioned. As we came to Vladimir’s baptism last Saturday, he asked me to speak about baptism. As I thought a lot about it, I learned a lot about death. People often compare baptism to a spiritual rebirth, a shedding of the sin attached to our former live and a rebirth into discipleship. It is a spiritual rebirth that is necessary to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Now as we examine death. It is a physical death, but is the beginning of a physical rebirth. It is a shedding of the pain, and sorrow, and temptation of the world and a step into the spirit world where we await the resurrection. It is the first and necessary step to preparing our body to return to live with our Heavenly Father. If baptism is a spiritual rebirth, then death is in the same sense a physical. After the process of baptism, our spirit is perfectly clean, 100%. After the cycle of death, including resurrection is finished, we are completely perfect. The power of the Atonement makes that possible, and available to all who have, are, and will live.

Alma 40:23
The soul shall be restored to the body, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a hair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and perfect frame.

In short, my contemplation can thus be summarized:

We live to die, and die to live.

Elder McClintock

Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people, that they might have everlasting life.

3 Nephi 5:13

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Well. This week was boring.

We have been contacting everywhere, everyway and with everyone we can possibly think of, but we just aren’t getting new people to teach. I don’t know what it is. Maybe if you have some ideas you could let me know. This email will be a short one, because nothing really happened. A lot of days spent talking to a lot of people, not getting a lot of teaching appoitments.

My relationship with Elder Ditto has definitely improved, in large part to our companionship inventory on Friday. I had been praying to know what to say to help him feel comfortable around me. Well, in short, my prayers were answered and we had an hour or so discussion where he let me know all of his struggles and I was able to be supportive. Even if I didn’t say much that was of any use, I at least felt that the opportunity to encourage him was something our companionship needed. He has a lot on his mind, and a lot to deal with. I can tell you that I have never seen anyone pray more in the last week that Elder Ditto has. He is giving Enos a run for his money. I can honestly say that he is the best missionary that I have served with, despite his struggles with the language.

We are still have a hard time with finding people, but we are in the process of planning a branch activity after church on the 12th to teach members how to help us find, fellowship, and implement Preach My Gospel into their homes. I think it will build trust with the members that we are doing everything we can to find new people to teach. I had a very good talk with President Gilmeev yesterday about our branch. I felt like we should stop by Natasha Klezhnyova to see how she was doing because she has been sick for the last few weeks and hasn’t been at church. We had a great visit with her, and talked about her conversion, and I gave a few encouraging words about the inactivity of her husband and sons. She is an amazing lady with the biggest testimony in the world. She is holding that family together. While we were there, President Gilmeev stopped by, to talk to her about some medical things (he is a doctor), and we gave her a blessing. President walked us home and we talked about the branch, giving people callings, etc. He said he feels like he is in a rough place, because he knows people need callings, and wants to give them callings, but no one from Topol has been consistantly coming since the branches were combined. We also talked a lot about less actives and he is really doing everything he can to help people. I asked him about all of the people I had been trying to get a hold of this week, and our list of names matched up and he had talked to a lot of them. It made me feel like I was doing the best I could do in regards to reactivation work when we talked about that. He is also planning a branch picnic for after the baptism on Saturday, and said that he was going to make sure to note Valdimir’s birthday, which is on Thursday. He is a great branch President and I really do feel like he is doing everything he can to make the branch run properly. I love this branch and the people here. I would love the opportunity to be able to serve on Pobyeda until this branch is running smoothly, regardless of whether it takes until next summer when I go home or not.

Vladimir’s baptism will be on Saturday, which will be good since I will miss Logan’s! I can’t believe he is all grown up and getting baptized in less than a week! It will be a busy day. That morning there is a training meeting for every missionary in the city, so we will be running all over the place the entire day.

Nothing funny happened this week, so I don’t have much to make you laugh about. Sorry for the lame email.

Thanks for everything, and all the support,

Elder McClintock

Patience is a Virtue.

And therefore I can honestly say that I have become much more virtuous since I walked into the MTC last July. I am really struggling with Elder Ditto. The language is hard, and I understand that, but he is Mr. Mopey all the time. It is kind of starting to wear on me a little bit. I guess I’m supposed to go through a little more of the refiner’s fire.

This week had its ups and downs. Zone Conference was very good. We talked almost exclusively about finding people to teach. It is something our mission is really struggling with at the current point in time. We are teaching very effectively, and have a very high investigator to baptism ratio, but we just aren’t finding well enough. I can attest to that, because I have been talking to everyone possible, and we got 5 contacts this week, some of which we had to pass to the Sisters because they were women. The Zone Conference was good. I got to meet the Merrills. the new senior couple who will be serving in the office. They are great, and have a cabin in Island Park so we have talked a lot about that. I am excited to get to know them more, but at the same time it is sad to see the Hardy’s go home. They are like everyone’s grandparents in the mission.

It was a good day yesterday, because there was a baptism in the Dnepr. A girl named Katya was baptized by Elder Hardy, which was a great way for him to go out. She has been waiting a year in a half to be baptized, and yesterday was her 18th birthday so she was finally able to. Even though she became a member of the church yesterday, she has been amazing in member missionary work. A few months ago she walked into the mission office and asked for proselyting materials so she could give them to people. I also learned a valuable lesson about the timing of the Lord. Katya came in contact with the church around the time the Hardies got into country. She, like all the youth in Dnepr, fell in love with them and started coming into the office to visit them, going to FHE at their apartment, etc. Their release date was supposed to be May 2nd, but Sister Hardy got sick last December and they went home for 3 weeks, because the doctor here said she might have cancer. They went home, there was nothing wrong, and they came back. Because of that, they were able to extend and be here until the day after her birthday, and Katya was baptized by Elder Hardy, something she had wanted since she decided to be baptized a year and a half ago.

Anya, our English student/the Sisters investigator just got back from a two week trip to Europe. She brought Elder Merkley, Adams, Hagee and I all mugs from Italy. She came to the baptism yesterday, and went to church after and said the magic words to Sister Lacy: "I feel so….warm, but that isn’t the right word. I’ve never felt this way before". So basically, she is going to get baptized and be an amazing member. Now they just need to put her on date 🙂

I had to teach Gospel Principles yesterday at church. It was a fun time. Our only student was Vladimir, a 70 year old retired barber who is on date for June 4th. He is a good guy and is very simple. He is kind of old, and it is hard for him to understand a whole lot of information at once but he is going with the basics. When Elder Hagee and Elder Stanford talked to him about coming to church, he said he didn’t really want to sit there for 3 hours every Sunday. But then he asked "is it a commandment for me to come?" Elder Hagee said "yes" and Vladimir said "okay, I won’t miss a week". I often feel like we come up with ways to scrimp here and shave there to wiggle our way around to make life more comfortable, or easier, or what have you. But here is a guy who gets it. He didn’t want to come, but when he was told it was a commandment from God, he did it without complaint.

Elders’ Quorum was very funny. The lesson was about gratitude, which of course led to many jokes about their wives. When the teacher said "it isn’t good enough to be grateful once a week, or once a month" a member in the back yelled "Can you go teach that to the Relief Society?" Everyone laughed. The teacher later asked how we could show our thanks to our wives rather than just saying thanks. Sasha, and guy who in his early 30s with a wife and 2 kids said "you have to do the little things" the teacher asked for an example and Sasha sat for a few minutes, pondering then said "like lifting the toilet seat when you pee". It was a really funny lesson that made me feel like I was back at home in a full ward full of all different kinds of people young and old.

One thought I have thought about as I have looked back on the last two transfer to see what I could improve on was the little things. Tightening up the nuts and bolts, so to speak. At a zone conference in December, Elder Lawrence of the Seventy talked about miracles and how the real successes we find in life are found in the last 2% of our effort. I have really found that to be true. I’ll compare it to baseball, which is now in full swing this time of year. There is a 1 in 10 difference between a player who spends his career sitting in AAA and a Hall of Famer. 1 at bat out of every 10 makes the difference between having a career average of .250 and sitting in the minors, or being put in the Hall of Fame with an average of .350. When we fine tune the little thigns, and take our big picture of obedience, or living the Gospel, we really see how we can improve and are placed on the path of eternal progression moving towards perfecting ourselves.

I love you all, thank you for the support,

Elder McClintock

PS: I don’t know if they’ve announced it at home yet, but Elder Nelson is going to Moscow….The first stake in Russia will be getting organized on June 5th. That is a GIGANTIC step for the church there. They have a lot of problems with the government and the Orthodox church which have been preventing this from happening for a long time. Prayers = answered.

I Love Borscht.

It is amazing. Especially when you don’t have to make it. As I have been talking about for the last few weeks, we hosted the welcome party for the greenies. It was a way fun time. We started off with a round loaf of bread, with a little hole cut out of the top in which you put a little bowl of salt. It is a tradition for when you have someone over as a guest for the first time. The guests rip off bread, dip it in the salt and then eat it. The program was fun too. We sang the Ukrainian National Anthem, so I basically quadrupled my Ukrainian vocabulary. haha. We read a list of advice that has kind of gotten passed around from missionary to missionary. It gets less and less funny every time you hear it, but it’s pretty true. The things on their are like "If you see a word written on a wall, don’t look it up in the dictionary", "if you want to cross the street, remember the game frogger", and "if you see a good looking girl, read the Book of Mormon". Funny stuff. We then had a wonderful feast of broscht, vareniki, and best of all: holodyets. The latter got made as a joke because they know how much Americans hate it. I will save you the description, you can google if you want it.

So Elder Adams got transferred. He is now in Kherson. My new companion is Elder Ditto. He is very, very, very quiet. He hardly says a word. He is having a very hard time with the language and I think is a little discouraged. I think it is hard for him to be the only missionary who is junior companion to someone younger than him. He is a good kid though. He is from Dallas, and got baptized about 5 years ago. That’s about all I know about him. haha. It will be fun.

Because of transfers, not a whole lot happened this week. It was a lot of extra studying while Elder Adams was packing, getting ready for the greenie party, dropping Elder Adams off, picking Elder Ditto up, Elder Ditto unpacking, etc. etc. Sorry for the short email. I also got permission to watch Kyle’s graduation from med school. Congratulations! I really enjoyed the ceremony, the commencement speaker was great. He said that in order to be successful, you must have a vision (aka a dream and a plan), go the extra mile, and work with love. I found it very applicable to missionary work.

That was basically our whole week, nothing exciting happened. I love our branch, the members are great. There is one family, a husband and wife (Nikolai and Ludmila) who are 74. He is the definition of old man strength. He still works out every morning, and it is really funny when he talks because he has the deepest voice I have ever heard. He is famous across the mission for it. haha. He also has a full grill. All old people here get brass crowns on their teeth, and there is absolutely zero white when he smiles. His wife Luda is the one who made the holodyets. They have a granddaughter who is in our branch too. She won’t be for long though, because she will be going to BYU in the fall! She is way cool, and basically does everything for the youth. She has like 4 callings. Haha, they are all great.

I hope you all are doing well. Thank you for the support, you’re all the best!

Elder McClintock