It was so great talking to Christopher on the phone on Christmas. He is doing really good. He has been in New Town longer than any area in his mission so far. He and Elder Dattilo work great together and get along really good. Christopher, however, is ready for a transfer. He said the people there need a change. Just before Christmas every appointment fell through and their president told them not to go visit people at this time if they did not have an appointment. So from Dec. 22 to Christmas they did not leave their apartment. They decide to have a beard growing contest. Christopher said he won. They did have an invitation to have Christmas dinner with a family out at White Earth. It is about 50 miles away from New Town. Christopher called at about 5:30 in the morning but our phones were off the hook so he finally dug out his letters and called Kaber's cell phone. We got to talk to him from about 6 to just before 9. Then his companion got to call home but he could not get anyone so Christopher called us back and we were down at Grandma's so he got to talk to her for a little while. We talked then for about 45 minutes then his companion's family was calling so he hung up fast. Then later in the afternoon we talked again for a while. All in all we spent most of the day on the phone with Christopher. All his brothers spent time talking to him and Richard and I got to talk all we wanted. It was the best Christmas present of the day.
Here are his last two emails. He sent in December.
We never did call him because he was always calling us as soon as him companion got off the phone. I didn't think I should put his number just out there in cyber space. I am having a hard time not calling him now that I know his number. It is a good thing he is getting transfered and the phone stays in New Town. It was so wonderful to talk to him. Next Christmas I just might have my whole family home because Jacob does not turn 19 until January 5. I love having missionaries but I certainly miss them when they are out.