I'm going to try and address the stuff from the last few emails so the first part of this email will be super choppy...
I saw Kimberly the other day! I felt like I should text the missionaries in the Greenwood village ward and ask how Kimberly was doing. They told me they met with her earlier that day and she asked about me. She was coming to the Chatfield area for the wedding of a friend and we were able to meet up. It was great to see her, I was able to give her a letter I wrote and a picture of her baptism.
The fires here are pretty intense, I haven't actually seen any yet but I've seen a very little bit of ash and we smelt smoke one night but other than that it really hasn't been bad where I am. 6 people have died, over 30,000 had to evacuate their homes and 170,000 acres have burned. That's the last statistics I heard.
I'm glad you kicked some butt at AOE haha! That sounds like a lot of fun...just remember that even if you aren't getting any better...I am getting worse! lol
Is Grandma still sick? I sure hope she is feeling better. Has she received a blessing yet?
...Jimmer is in the gym right now! Elder Ridge is in their passing the ball with him helping him practice. I don't want to be annoying cause he's probably sick of it but it would be cool to get a picture with him.
Those kind of philosophical questions and thoughts are really intriguing [Mom's note: Jeff had emailed William about Free Agency - if God knows everything we are going to do before we do it, do we really have free agency, or just an illusion of free agency?]. I think there is so much value in experiencing things and knowing for ourselves that we did make choices so there are consequences, wether they be negative or positive. We have been making choices long long before we ever came to this earth which led us to be where we are today...on the earth. Not everyone chose to follow Christ's plan and be here. Agency stretches back in time further than we can comprehend and will continue into the eternities, so I believe that just because God may know how we will react to situations and the choices we will make doesn't make the value of our being able to choose any less. It's a hard concept to wrap our minds around.
Elder Brown and I are still really struggling at waking up on time which throws our whole day off ...kinda frustrating but we're trying.
It was really great to get Garrett's letter! I love you all!
Elder W. Marks