Thursday, May 27, 2010


For some reason, today I have had on my mind some counsel given to my parents by Elder Scott before they were set apart as mission presidents. He talked to them about the blessing of being able to communicate with their family back home through the internet and also told them they should find a "balance" in this communication. He said, Be mindful of your family, but know that they are being looked after.

In June, my parents will have been gone for one whole year. Since they have left, our family here in the States has gone through some of our highest highs and lowest lows. I am amazed at some of the trials we have faced and overcome, and I have faith that we will continue to be "looked after" as we face what is to come. I am so thankful for the family that I have been blessed with, and I look up to each one of my siblings and their spouses. They have been wonderful examples to me and Brianna in our first few months of marriage.

Now, I cannot leave out my "new" family. I already feel like I am spoiled with the family I was raised in, but I can't believe how spoiled I am with my in-laws, the Scotts. Ever since the first time I met them, which also happens to be about a year ago, they have made me feel welcomed and loved. My parents-in-law are two of the kindest and most generous people I know, and it is no wonder why their children, especially my wife, turned out to be equally kind. Brianna and I are also grateful for the examples of the couples in this family.

I don't say these things to brag. I just felt like I needed to express my gratitude for my family. Thank you Smiths and Scotts (and Booths and Rasmussens) for everything you have done for us!

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