Monday, July 9, 2012

The Latest From Jacob

Here are a couple of his emails.  He does not email much so I also transcribe his letters.  He is doing great. 

June 20
Hi guys, I love you. I am super exited about the box I will get I will write about every thing in it I just sent you all a box so you all can write me a letter about every thing in it.  The thing on top is for Dad for Fathers Day.  Well, I hope Zachary is feeling better.  He is such a cool kid.   I know he wont stay mad for long. It is so hot today.  It is 98* and this is the bad part 75% humidity.  It is killer you sweat and it just stays there - no evaporation.  It is like being in a green house all the time, but at least I don't have to ride a bike.   I just have to walk around then drive then walk around then drive.  It is not too bad.  

June 26
Hi dad. I love the jerky you all made.  It is a little piece of Orderville that I can eat.   I hope you are not having too hard a time at the ranch this summer.  I know it is always crazy in the summer. Keep your head up.  You are such a good example to all your kids.  You are best.  I miss you but I can wait if you can.  It will make when I come home that much better.

Letter mailed June 25
Hey Family,
How's it going?  I hope everyone is doing super this summer.   All of you need to have extra fun. Because I can't be there I am committing you all to have one of the best summers of your life.  I want to hear about the fun things you do and once a month I would like a family picture of you all having fun.  That would be amazing. I love each one of you more now than I ever thought I could.  Anyhow, I was asked to write and tell you how I liked my package and one thing about each thing I got.  So to start with I got some jerky which is so good it almost and me cry for happiness but I also cried for sadness because some of it had already gone bad with mold but the rest is still good.  Next was a portable ironing board which would be so nice if I had an iron and washing machine.  I am sure to use it some time just not right now.  Next, was the glasses case with some of the coolest glasses I have ever seen. I am wearing them right now.  I love them,  Next were some amazing letters from my dad and cousins with some super cool drawings of horses.  Last was my whip.l  I might have to send it home but not yet.  I have not been able to use it yet.  Thank you so much for everything.  I don't want to sound whiny, but I could use some more short sleeve shirts.  It is nice to wear those in the 90* heat, especially when it is 94% humidity. You can send me some if you want.  Love Elder Esplin
PS Thanks again for the jerky

Letters mailed July 2
Hey Family,
I love you all more and more the longer I am away from you.  An awesome thing happened last Sunday on July 1st.  There was a visitor at church that looked so familiar.  I swore I had seen him somewhere before. His last name was Slater. Anyway, I was talking to him at Elder's Quorum and he asked where I was from.  I told him southern Utah and he asked, "Like St. George?" I said no I am like 30 minutes away from Zion.  Then the cool thing happened.  He got all excited and says"you're not from Orderville are you?"  Then I say who do you know because no one just knows about Otown.  So his wife is the Palmer's granddaughter.  They are the ones that always bring the jeeps down for the 4th of July.  She was so sad that she was not going to make it this year, so the Lord took a piece of Orderville to her.  She almost started crying when we talked about the V and Red Hollow and all the wonderful places in Orderville.  That made me get a little choked up missing home and all.  It was truly and act of God for both of us.  He loves us so much more than we can even think about.  So, enjoy Orderville for the both of us, that cant be there.  Her name is Crystal Chamberlain/Slater because she is married.  
Anyhow, that was super cool but do you know what is not super cool - running out of miles.  It is so not fun.  We had to walk like 12 miles in two days in 95* and 87% humidity.  Needless to say, I was grateful for my short sleeve shirt.  I would really appreciate a few more of those.  If it is at all possible to get them longer I would love that.  I am still losing weight.  It is awesome.  My suit pants don't fit me any more.  They slide right off without my belt.  Should I just buy my shirts here or do you get a good deal back home.  Just let me know what you want me to do.  I am sad to say some of the jerky was moldy but wasn't was so good.  I love it.  I also forgot to write about my new favorite thing.  MY SCRIPTURE CASE.  It is so cool.  My whole district is jealous of it.  It is so nice.  Especially when I was walking.  I did not have to carry a back pack. Thank you so much for that.  I also just got the letter with the picture of the tannerite in it.  I love that so much.  I also got the sweet post card from Christopher.  I hope he had fun enough to make up for his trip home.  Having a job at a gun counter could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how much self control Chris has. I love you all so much.  Have a fun 4th of July.  Love Elder Esplin
PS. That deal I made with Zachary now applies to Isaac.  For a whole month he can treat whatever is mine as his own.  I will draw an official certificate up closer to his birthday.  But he can use my guns now so get shootin' Isaac.  Take them to work with you, especially the 9 shot.  I want you to shoot a crow out of the air too.  I love you little Bro.  How tall are you now, like 6 feet 9 inches.  I wish all my brother's would write to me so I could know what is up with them, but it is up to them.  I will just save every letter and whoever has the most gets one of my guns when I get back.  Yes.  I just said that whoever writes me the most letters gets one of my guns when I get home, but they have to be good letters, not just blank pieces of paper.  I think dad is winning so far.  I will come out with a count next letter.  I love all of you. Even if I did not get another letter the rest of my mission I would love you all the same, but I think this will be fun.  I wont see you soon, but I will pray for you always.  Isaac enjoy my stuff.  Have fun all of you.  Love Elder Esplin

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