Monday, February 16, 2009

From Jon 2/14/2009

Subject: zoo siab hnub hlub!

Nyob zoo!

Thanks for the package! I haven't opened the presents yet---I like having something to open on the day of the event. The Takashitas, a member family that Elder Cutshall knew in Eau Claire, was in town for a volleyball tournament, and they took us to IHOP for brunch. It was a welcome change of pace from Tootie Fruities every morning. They also got us some valentine's candy and small gag gifts. The Takashita's are great company. Much fun was had by all.

Zoua is doing well, she likes the answers we gave about life, God, the after-life, etc. She and her family are planning on coming to church this week. She accepted an invitation to be baptized! We haven't set a date yet, though.

Misty knows a lot about the gospel, and the things she doesn't know she is curious about. She really likes the eternal marriage concept, and it always bothered her when people said "until death do you part". We also had a good discussion with her and Tou Choua's parents, Chor and Mee, about how baptism is essential and how people who didn't get a chance here will get a chance in the spirit world. Misty and Tou Choua recently got culturally married, and are in the process of getting a marriage license to make it legal. Tou Choua is 17, and Misty is 16. Yeah, I know... The lesson went really well, and we set a baptismal date with Misty! We're looking at March 14th or so, after all of this school and wedding stuff is all settled down. Misty is going to take Tou Choua's last name---something most Hmong girls don't do. Misty's middle name is Faith, which means when we write her name on the baptismal record it will say "HER MISTY FAITH". Hopefully her faith will stay firm and steadfast despite her name.

Well, I have to go, so have a grand week filled with stinky hearts stuffed with passion.

-Elder Moua Ying

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