I just got this email last night. It made me cry. Surprise, surprise.
Dear Brother and Sister Esplin,
I just wanted you to know how much we have enjoyed having your son live in our home as he starts his mission. Though younger than most of the elders who have stayed here, he seems especially grounded and mature for his age.
We have noticed how earnestly he strives to live the mission rules and do everything in his power to serve the Lord to the best of his ability.
He speaks often of his parents and seven brothers and sisters--and he misses the horses. When we had a single kitten born to our young Siamese mother, it was Elder Esplin who pronounced the kitten is female. (We couldn't venture a guess.)
His kind, sweet spirt adds much to our home, and we are enjoying getting to know him. (You probably know that his companion will be going home next week--so your son will inherit the king-size bed. (For some reason this is a privilege valued by all of the elders who find themselves with seniority in our house.)
For now my husband works with the elders as the Ward Mission Leader. Whether this continues for a long time --or not (They are splitting the wards in the stake very soon, and all of the boundaries will be changing)--you can be sure we'll be looking out for them
as long as they live with us.
In the meantime, should you need to contact us for any reason, our numbers are:
(307) 333-4141 (home) (We're terrible about checking for messages though.)
(307) 262-9355 (My husband's cell phone.)
(307) 266-3106 (My work number. I work for the church, so it is fin if you call