From: Nathan DeBeikes
Date: Monday, December 30, 2013
Subject: Christmas Dinner, Llanelli Wales
Hello everyone, another week! this past week was great. skyping with everyone was absolutely amazing. i had no idea that i would be able to see everyone like that, so i was so happy. we haven’t really done a whole lot since then, we have just been out and about trying to find people to teach. i have really been enjoying Llanelli lately, and i have been able to see some really pretty parts of it. i love the huge rolling hills, with random houses all over them, and i love all the sheep. i can’t believe it is already 2014. this year will be the year that i was on my mission the whole entire time, which is pretty weird to think about. sorry i don’t really have much to say, seeing as though it has only been a few days since i last emailed, but i just want to say that i love all of you, and thank you so much for your continuous love and support, you are the best!
hiya, you alright mate? (common greeting in the uk). wow, i cannot believe that scott is already home from his mission, that is honestly insane. it seems like just yesterday that i was talking to dale about him being halfway done. but soon that will be me, and it won’t even seem real. you know what is weird? in basically a little over four months, we will be able to skype again. that is nothing at all, and then i will be basically ten months out. time is weird. i always think about things like that. maybe it’s not good, but i just can’t help it. i am glad that i am almost six months out though. honestly sometimes i get way too caught in the moment, and i start freaking out feeling like i am never going to see home again, but then i slap myself in the face and tell myself to snap out of it, and then all of a sudden it will be like a month later. crazy. but i really do love my misison. parker simms is right, i have changed so much since i have been here, and its only been five months. i cannot imagine what i will be like after two years. that is really cool about scott’s talk though, i hope i have really cool experiences like that. i am sure i have, they are all just hard to remember, since it all just feels like one long day. but it is good, i have still written in my journal every day so far, so i wont be able to forget anything. that is funny about justin. don’t worry, one day you will miss doing homework with your kids. and i am glad you loved teaching your class, it sounded like a blast. i loved having you as a teacher, you are the best, you really are. (brother ludlow is a very close second). but anyway, im glad you love the puzzle, i cant wait to see what it looks like when you are done! and sometimes we email in the morning and afternooon, at like 2 or 3 our time, so like 6 or 7 your time. we might do that today, but i am not sure. well anyway have a great week! i love you SO much!!!!
Love, Elder DeBeikes
Christmas Dinner with one of our families in Llanelli Wales