Monday, November 28, 2011

14 Months Later...

Had a great Thanksgiving, hard to believe November is already over. The weather here has been really weird - cold and rainy one day, in the upper 60's the next with the sun shining. Once it starts snowing, we wont see the sun again untill April so we're enjoying it while it lasts! I had a very relaxing and stuffing Thanksgiving. We went and did some service (raking leaves) in the morning for an elderly neighbor or a member in our ward. We only had two rakes so we went rake tracting and borrowed a couple more from another neighbor. So we decided to rake his lawn too. And then thought it would be nice to rake the members house. And then we figured we might as well do their other neighbor whose going through a really hard time with child custody issues. We've taught her once or twice, nice lady. By noon or so we went back and showered and got ready for the day, deep-cleaned our apartment (it was our Preparation day) and then went to our Thanksgiving dinner at 3pm. We ate at one of our investigator's house with her family and her fiance's family who are from Mexico. They're members and seemed very excited to see us - probably because our dress/tags were something familiar to them. The father kept trying to talk to me but the only Spanish I could say back is "Si! Commo? Loco Taco Bell!" ...yup. Dinner was great and we ate till we thought we were going to barf. And then they brought out all the pies and breads and cheesecake. So logically we ate some more. And then REALLY thought we were going to barf. That night we were exchanging with some elders from Fremont (so we could work with them Friday). It's about an hour and 15 minute drive one-way and in the two and a half hours we weren't at the apartment, our apartment FLOODED! By our garage was some huge pluming truck and I was wondering why they were working so late, little did I know they were taking apart our kitchen sink. Our complex has 4 stories and the pipes are connected vertically - we are on the first floor. Apparently, someone in the floors above dumped their turkey caucus and grease down their sink. It traveled down, down, down, and then got stuck where the pipes meet the main sewer line. The turkey came down and the floods came up, the turkey came down and the floods came up, the turkey came down and the floods came up, and Elder Dransfield's Thanksgiving smile washed away! :D  We walked in and the sink and dishwasher had overflowed with sewer water/turkey shreds, pouring onto the counter tops, down onto the kitchen floor, and into our living room. They ripped up some of the carpet and told us they're going to either replace it or try to wash it. The Hokansons and Smiths (the senior couples we work in the office with) were a huge blessing and bought us some cleaning supplies and then cleaned our kitchen for us while we were proselyting. I'm so grateful for them! Aside from the carpet and turkey smell, our apartment looks back to normal. 

We had some more lessons with Erica this week talking about Prophets and the Word of Wisdom. We then had the chance to go to Kirtland with her and a handful of members. We left yesterday right after church and after the tour looked at the Nativity Exhibit they have going on. It's one of the "Top 100 Events in North America" by the American Bus Association. They have hundreds of nativities from all over the world and lights all over the trees and sites. It was awesome. Erica is doing great and continues to slowly gain a stronger testimony. Her baptismal date is now for December 17th and should definitely be ready by that date. 

This week we have more meetings; Mission Council tomorrow, Trainers Meeting on Wednesday, and on Thursday we'll be deciding transfers with President Sorensen. We can already tell it's going to be complicated and tough - we have to close down 4 sisters areas because we are losing so many Kirtland Sisters this transfer, are closing down an area, white-washing a couple, changing Zone Leader areas, etc. Thank goodness we'll be fasting and frequently praying - it amazes me every time to watch Heavenly Father guide those meetings as everything comes together and starts to fit perfectly. But to those meetings - I wish I had more time to be out working getting to actually do missionary work! I'm guessing I have one more transfer left here, but who knows what the Lord has in-store for me! 

Prayer works, the Book of Mormon can answer all of life's questions, and the Atonement is evidence of the love our Heavenly Father has for us. I know this is true! 

Love, Elder Dransfield 

Kirtland with Erica, the Pattees, Michael, and William (Will was baptized my first weekend in North Olmsted)

Older picture of me and Elder Parkinson (when he first got here). This is in Ashtabula, as north east as you can get in our mission.

 Kirtland Temple - where the keys for the Gathering of Israel were restored to the prophet Joseph Smith

 Giving service on Thanksgiving day

 The branch didn't stand a chance!

Elder Hicks with Elder Parkinson and I. He and I tracted 8 straight hours with a 45minute dinner break at a members house one day.

Michael who we did the mini-mission with

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Mighty Change

This week has been incredible. We had a young man of 20 years old come on a mini-mission with us for the week. The story goes as follows:

For the past 4 or 5 years, Michael has been a less-active member or the church. Recently, his family has been put on President Monson's "the rescue" plan where missionaries will teach less-actives as if they are investigators. The idea is that in the process of teaching and understanding doctrine further, they will have a greater desire to become active and temple worthy and will be pulled out of their inactivity. Michael and his family were put on this list many months ago, his grandfather being the only evidence of success. When I got here, I came to know Michael as one who stays home all day, plays video games all night, and I supposed you could say is merely existing. No matter what we did as missionaries, it seemed impossible to spark that desire in him. About a month ago, after a discussion in our Ward Council meeting, two former young-men's leaders were assigned to talk with him, encouraging him to better engage himself. He accepted the challenge and began to read the scriptures and pray every day, and began to come to church each Sunday. What the members didn't know was that Michael had previously been praying for guidance and help. Michael began to see the blessings of the gospel come back into his life; a void was being filled. Our lessons began to actually matter to him and a friendship between the three of us started to grow. A few weeks later in a Stake Coordination Meeting, the Stake President (who is in our ward) asked who this new investigator was. We told the above story and President Sorensen had an impression to allow Michael to come on a week-long mini-mission - something he usually isn't to keen on. We passed on the idea to the Bishopric and Ward Missionaries and there was some doubt, but an overall agreement that this could be life-changing for Michael. The Bishop went over to his home a few days later and posed the idea to him. Michael was thrilled with the idea, though he didn't know why - it was almost as if something was encouraging him to do it.  Now a quick description of Michael - he's skinnier than I am, a little shorter, glasses, hair long and shaggy, a little bit of chin scruff (looks kind of like Shaggy from Scooby Doo I guess)... The Bishop encouraged him to cut his hair a bit and ensured him that the ward would help him get the necessary supplies and clothes for the mission. He got a haircut, but it wasn't very noticeable - his hair was still on the long-side. Monday evening came, and we picked him up.

What happened next has been a very humbling and special experience to my life. As missionaries, we teach and leave commitments with investigators and then have to rely on their agency for growth to take place. With Michael, we had the privilege of being right along-side of him the entire process. Michael started out Monday evening very timid, shy, unsure of himself and nervous, yet enough excitement was present to distill the fears and doubts he may have had. We had another Elder (who was in a 3-elder companionship) from a neighboring ward come with the three of us and we worked our area in twos - Michael switching off between me and Elder Parkinson. He would wake up with us, exercise with us, study with us, role play with us, teach with us, perform service with us, plan with us, he even went to our last Zone Conference in Youngstown with us. After a couple days, he asked if we could take him to a Great Clips. His hair is now missionary-short. At the beginning of the mission, as we would eat or interact with members they would ask if he is preparing for a mission. His responses went from "I don't know" to "If this goes well" to "Possibly" to "I think so" to "Definitely" to "there is nothing that will get in my way." I get emotional even writing this now.. Gosh. I wish you all could see the change! By the end of the week he was teaching lessons! He was asking inspired questions! Talking to people at their doors, bearing powerful testimony to our investigators, and inviting our less-actives to come back to church! A night and days difference! When we showed up at church, members didn't even recognize him. He was beaming with light and the Spirit and looked like a missionary. When the end of the week came, he expressed to us his gratitude telling us that we have changed his life. He said he is serving a mission no matter what it takes. Again it's been humbling to watch. Every night as we went to bed, there was a different person climbing into bed than that morning. I'm remembered of King Benjamin's people who said "because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually" (Mosiah 5:2). As the Spirit touches the peoples hearts, a mighty change takes place - they become more like the Savior.

We also had more great appointments this week with Erica and a former investigator Bobbi. Erica has been progressing so well and is seeing the blessings fill her life! Her family is giving her a hard time but she isn't letting them get to her. She is keeping her commitments and is thus having her life be filled with the Spirit. She is seeing herself change and become happier. She has a baptismal date for December 3rd and we are so excited for her! Bobbi we got a hold of again this week - we met her tracting a few months ago. She was/is undergoing a difficult divorce and when praying about the Book of Mormon would hear "you're on the right path." When she'd pray about her baptismal date, she'd hear "wait." We lost contact as she was moving a few cities over (now lives in the ward that attends our building at a different time) but finally taught her again. In tears she expressed to us how torn she was with the divorce, not knowing if she should break the marriage which she swore to God would be through better or through worse. As we bore testimony of the love of God and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, she asked if we could find her an answer in the Book of Mormon about breaking this promise with God. Elder Hicks and I sat in silence for probably a good 2 or 3 minutes, silently praying and searching for that answer. Our fellowshipper, a 20-something year old who was recently reactivated and is working on getting on a mission (similar to Michael), spoke up and talked about his parents' divorce and how much happier they were once they were separated. He told her that God wants her to be happy. She then asked, Does the Book of Mormon teach that? That God wants us to be happy? --I knew the answer to that one!! 2 Nephi 2:25! We shared a few verses from there and she talked about forgiving herself, wanting her guilt to be swept away. Enos!! And this is the most interesting part - we shared about Enos and how he came to receive a remission of his sins, and after a few tears she kept reading on, asking about who the Nephites and Lamanites were. We gave a brief history and showed her where they split in the Book of Mormon. She silently read to herself and tears streamed down her face. "There's my answer" she said, "Nephi and Sam had to leave their family in order to be safe, to live the gospel, to be happy. Had they stayed, they too could have turned into this savage, blood-thirsty people in Enos." It was incredible to see her find her answer - and an answer that I would have NEVER thought of! The connection of her and her family and Nephi and his family - evidence of the Book of Mormon's ability to answer all of life's questions. She told us later that as Elder Hicks and I sat in silence, frantically skimming through the Book of Mormon for an answer, she was praying for us that we'd find it. The whole experience helped strengthen her small testimony of the Book of Mormon. She came to church the next day and met with the Bishop to receive further counseling on the matter. She is awesome and I'm sad that we'll have to pass her on to the other Elders. I'll just have to go on lots of exchanges with them ;)

At church yesterday, Erica came, Bobbi came, a couple Part-member families came, and a couple less-active families came. It was so exciting! We have another family who we've been working with who moved into the ward last summer. They have been so close to coming to church the past two weeks but legitimate problems keep arising. This Sunday they weren't there and I texted the husband to ask where they were. He told me that one of the kids had his tonsils removed on Friday and still wasn't feeling good. I invited them to a ward social that night (a pie night - I ate way too much) and asked how his work has been going (which has been the main issue for coming to church. He owns/manages 3 or 4 Chipotles and they just suck the time out of his life whether he likes it or not). He replied with, "That sounds great! Well, I let go of my other three [Chipotles] so that I could get that quality of life with my family back. I was still struggling to get to church and be with the family so I have taken leave until Dec. 2nd, and will leave chipotle. I have sacrificed my family time and spiritual needs for the company and I realize now what is important in this existence. I want to be sealed to my family in the temple and there was no way I could while at chipolte. We will be at church next week, we are out of the routine and struggle with time lol! Thank you for hanging on to us!! We will make it through this challenge." Again we see a mighty change take place. A father humble and loving enough to change careers for his relationship with his family and Heavenly Father.

I'm so thankful for the many experiences I've had on my mission that have helped me change. I'm thankful for the opportunities that I've had to grow and "become." I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and can see the many blessings that you have in your life. I know that our Father in Heaven is real. He loves and knows us.

Love, Elder Dransfield

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another week in the Ohio!

Last week was one of my busiest yet! We were traveling all across the mission going from Zone Conference to Zone Conference. Every meeting went very well and hopefully everyone was able to take something back to apply in their proselyting areas. Elder Parkinson, myself, and the Zone Leaders gave workshops on "Teach People, Not Lessons" and President and Sister Sorensen taught "Revelation Through Church Attendance." I am grateful for the help of my Heavenly Father, aiding me through the long hours and many workshops I gave. I spoke on the importance of planning our lessons according to investigators needs, by the Spirit. I compared us to Mormon in the Book of Mormon - him having to abridge all of the records and rely on the Spirit to know what to put in and what to leave out; he was able to meet our needs in our day through this process. Likewise, we must meet the needs of our investigators, not just teach them information. Thus the phrase, Teach People, Not Lessons. I also showed a PMG video and would pause and discuss frequently, asking questions to generate a discussion to prep us for our roleplays. I'm please with how it went.

In other news, I got a haircut and my hair was cut shorter than I probably have ever had it!!! Ahhh! The lady only made me pay 8 dollars instead of 15, so that was nice.
We found 3 new people to teach this week which is so exciting! I'll talk more about that...
This week we're having a 20-year-old young man in our ward come on a mini-mission with us. Hopefully this will change his life, inspiring him and allowing him to see his potential.

Last Saturday we were asked to participate in a City of Westlake Family History Search at a local library. A Sister from our ward works along-side the mayor has been heavily involved this year in Westlake's Bicentennial event. We stood at the doors of the library and informed people of the Genealogy search that was taking place and were directing people to the room. They had done this event before at Borders Bookstore but were lacking in the number of computers they had - many people turned out. So this year at the library, they had 12 computers in a conference room and 12+ family history representatives (many of which came from our local LDS Family History Center). We were able to inform many who had no idea the event was going on and everyone who came out the room had a huge smile on their face. When we would run out of flyer's or packets to handout (the packets had information for people who couldn't stay), we would go into the room to gather more supplies. I was overwhelmed by the amazing Spirit that was in the room, as I could see the great promise made in Malachi come to pass, "And [Elijah] shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." The room was bustling with people and new discoveries were taking place left and right. Tonight, I and another Elder, will be attending a City of Westlake dinner where they will have a special performance and thank you ceremony for those who participated. We will be representing the church more or less.  

As I mentioned we found three new people to teach this week. One's name is Stephanie and she is a fiance to a less-active family. We have taught the mother quite a few times but were not able to help her regain that desire to come to church and partake of the Sacrament. But Stephanie and her soon-to-be-husband want the gospel to be a bigger part of their lives, so we will be teaching them every Thursday. The story of our other two go like this:

Two Sunday's ago we were tracting a street before dinner - something we had felt prompted to do the night before. As we were tracting we ran across some keys sitting in someones front door. We knocked, no answer. We were wondering what to do with the keys (someone could easily walk in) so we went to the next house to have them call and warn the neighbors. We did so and Erica answered the door. We talked a bit and she agreed to have us come back. We called later in the week (during which she searched online about the church and us and actually looked at this blog! If you're reading this, sorry I'm talking about you!) and set up an appointment for this past Monday evening. Monday came and we were stuck in the office from about 7:30am to 4:30pm preparing for our Zone Conferences. We had failed to coordinate a member to come to the lesson with us and no matter what we tried, we just couldn't seem to find anyone available last-minute. We called Erica and rescheduled the appointment for Wednesday evening. Wednesday came around and we took the Hooks (a younger couple in our ward) with us to the appointment. We get there and Erica had a friend over - Brittany. There had been some confusion and Brittany had come over for some Mary-Kay business, not a missionary discussion. Thankfully she agreed to sit in on the lesson. Our plans were to go over the Restoration (like any first meeting) but the Spirit had other plans. We talked the whole hour about God being our loving, Heavenly Father and also about prayer. It was a wonderful meeting! The Spirit was so strong, bearing witness of the truthfulness of our message! Both Erica and Brittany felt the Spirit - one described it almost as a pressure or pain in her heart - but a good pressure or pain. Later one described it as being euphoric, inspiring... At the end of our lesson, Erica offered a great closing prayer and we left them with copies of the Book of Mormon. Brittany during our meeting told us that she had been asking herself some of the exact questions we had answered the night - amazing how the Spirit will aid us in meeting their needs! It was no coincidence that Brittany had come over that night and that we had to reschedule our appointment - Heavenly Father wanted us to cross paths so we could share with them the love He has for all His children. We haven't seen Brittany since, but Erica we met with again and taught her the rest of the Restoration, and she came to church this Sunday! She has a 3-year-old son who fits right in with the rest of the Nursery-aged kids and many members of the ward were really excited to meet them. Tonight Elder Parkinson and Michael (the 20-year-old on the mini-mission with us for the week) will be going over to a members house for dinner (the Palmers) with Erica and her son. They'll be teaching the Plan of Salvation which we know will bless Erica's life even further. We're excited to get to teach her and help her come even closer to her Heavenly Father! I love to be able to see how Heavenly Father orchestrates everything in our lives just right so that we have opportunities for progression and happiness.

I know that this church is true. It is the re-established, Christian church that Jesus Christ set-up during his earthly ministry. In it, the Priesthood, or authority to act in God's name, is held. Only with this Priesthood can we make the proper covenants to enrich our lives with the Spirit, open the gates of eternal life, seal our families so that we will be together forever, and receive the purest and most joy in this life. I know that! People always ask what we're doing in Ohio or why we would "choose" to come here, and that is why. So I can open the eyes of so many out here who do not have the truth because they know not where to find it. My purpose is one with my Heavenly Father's: "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). To help people see the divine potential they have and see the blessings they are in a sense entitled to. President Harold B. Lee said, “If you could look into the heavens and see who you really are, you would be overwhelmed with your capabilities, your talents, your spiritual qualities, and the vision of what you are able to become.  If we knew now who we really are, we would feel different about ourselves.  We would be excited and enthusiastic about this life even with its burdens and frustrations.” My prayer is that we may all grasp a clearer vision of what we are able to become. This comes through earnest prayer, diligent study of the scriptures, and a commitment to church each Sunday to partake of the wonderful Sacrament. Have a great week!

Love, Elder Dransfield

 My current companion: Elder Parkinson

 Saying goodbye to Elder Toth - my favorite Canadian

Me coveting Elder O'neils yogurt? 

 Why my mission is the best!

Deer are everywhere in Ohio!

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Ohio Cleveland Happenings: Missionaries at a Trainers and Trainees meeting in...: Missionaries at a Trainers and Trainees meeting in the mission office building on November 4, 2011.

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October 2011

Ohio Cleveland Happenings:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hello all,

Life is great. Super busy, which I like. Have meetings from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Trying my best not to be stressed out - just doing my best and leaving the rest up to the Lord! Last week we had the privilege of going to the Isaac Morely Farm with Karl Anderson - us, President and Sister Sorensen, the Zone Leaders, and Training Sisters. It was a wonderful experience. We read from D&C Section 50 (the Morely Farm is where this Revelation took place) and discussed it. A total of 13 sections came from the Morely Farm: Section 45-50, 52-56, and 63-64. Karl Anderson taught us so much and helped us gain greater insight to who Joseph Smith was. (He's pretty knowledgeable. When the church presidency has a question, they call him. In fact, he met with President Eyring yesterday...). Joseph and Emma were residences of the Morely Farm for 6 months (from March 1832 to September). It was an incredible experience that I'll never forget.

We've been doing a lot of service lately is seems. We helped an old lady who lives by a member family do some yard work and afterwards taught her about the Book of Mormon. We continue to do service at that barn for the less-active member I've mentioned before. Service is such a great way to fill everyone with gratitude, love, and the spirit.

About once a quarter, the office puts together a mission newsletter and we, as the Assistants to the President, have a little column we write a message in. Elder Parkinson and I came up with the topic together and then I just wrote it. This is it:

Elders and Sisters,
Can you believe that November is already upon us? What an exciting time of the year this is! With the change of weather, the change of leaves on the trees, and the change of hibernation patterns of Ohio residents, we hope we can continue to change, or grow, as a mission to reach our goal to baptize monthly. A profusion of purpose is rapidly overtaking this mission as our “faith, hope, charity, and love” (D&C 4:5) illuminate the Ohio – these very grounds where our beloved prophet, Joseph Smith Jr., once walked. We hope that we, as a mission, may continue to lose ourselves in this great and marvelous work. We hope that we may all qualify for that constant companionship of the Holy Ghost – for without this aid, we are nothing. We hope for great success in each proselyting area as we watch the Atonement transform mankind. This hope drives us; it consumes us.
In a 1984 BYU fireside address, Elder John H. Groberg posed the question “What is hope?” His response: “As near as I can tell, hope is light. It is a light within us that pierces the darkness of doubt and discouragement and taps into the light (hope) of all creation –even the Savior. …Hope, in a word, is the Savior. Hope is a part of the deity in us that attaches us to the Savior. Don’t let that thread be cut. No matter how tenuous or thin it might be, there is always hope.”
To qualify for the work, to fulfill our purpose and callings as representatives of Jesus Christ, we must have hope. We must become hope. Thus our responsibility is to “lift hands which hang hopelessly down” (Elder Neal A. Maxwell). If hope is light, then in D&C 88:67 we learn that the fundamental process to become hope is to align our will to the will of the Father – our eye single to His glory; to, again, lose ourselves in the work. May our threads of hope which bind us to the Savior become cords of hope. As this process takes place, we will see our goal of monthly baptisms come to pass. We know that Christ lives and is the Savior of the world. He is our light, He is our hope, He is our friend; May we look to the light this holiday season and qualify for the work.
Love, Elders Dransfield & Parkinson

I had fun writing it. We continue to search for people to teach. Yesterday we found a handful of potentials through tracting (they accepted a Book of Mormon and gave us their phone number for a possible lesson). We're being hopeful ;) We unintentionally did a lot of less-active work this last week; got a hold of many families who have been hard to contact and set up appointments with. A few are making huge progress, others don't have any desire to change. Dallin H. Oaks said in his April 2011 General Conference talk, "Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our change, our achieving, and our becoming." We've been trying to help these people gain a desire or create vision for themselves, which really all comes down to understanding the Atonement.

The weather is getting colder and the thick snow jackets are being pulled out of the suitcases. Soon it will be snowing (no!!!) and I will be permanently cold for the next 4 months... (just kidding...but seriously). In other news, President took us out to lunch today to a Mexican Restaurant and by the end I had to loosen a belt buckle because I couldn't FIT!!!! hahaha... But don't worry, by tonight I will have shrunk down to normal size.

WELL, I have an appointment we have to get to in an hour and 15 minutes. Before that we're supposed to wash the truck, get our hair cuts, and go grocery shopping. Guess I'll be fasting all this week! Have a great day!

Love, Elder Dransfield

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Quick Hello (Received 10/31/11)

Sorry I didn't make time to email today. that was my bad. CRAZY week ahead... We left the office around 12:30 last night (bed by 1am) and woke up at 6:30 and headed straight back to the office. This is the 3rd or 4th day in a row we've gotten less than 7 hours of sleep. I have big, black bags under my eyes. Halloween costume? We were swamped in the office preparing for our big meetings this week - one tomorrow, one Wednesday, one Friday. Then the following week we have a meeting every day Monday through Friday. Tomorrow is our Mission Council, and we'll be taking the Zone Leaders and Training Sisters to the Morely Farm. Many revelations from the Doctrine and Covenants came from there - check them out to find out what we'll be talking about tomorrow! Karl Anderson will be giving us the tour. Following the tour we'll have lunch and will have our Mission Council meeting. The next day we have another meeting in Kirtland with all the District Leaders and Zone Leaders (and another set of Sisters. Boyd K. Packer said that the intuition of a righteous woman availeth much, so President likes to always have a set of sisters at our meetings. Which is why we have "mission council" instead of "zone leader council." Friday we will have a meeting with all the new missionaries who came to Ohio last Wednesday and their trainers. All the meetings are from 9:30am to 4pm. Elder Parkinson and I will be conducting the meetings and giving many workshops. Keep me in your prayers that I'll be able to inspire these missionaries! ;)

I know that our Heavenly Father watches over us and knows us personally. There is no way I could get through these meetings and the everyday work without Him. I am grateful for the Spirit in my life. I have learned and grown so much as I have qualified for that constant companionship and have listened to the subtle promptings. I know that as we align our lives and our will to the will of the Savior, we will experience true, pure joy. We will not be enduring to the end as much as we will be enjoying to the end. Hope everyone has a happy Halloween. We were told that the most popular costume this year is an LDS Missionary (I think because of that play in New York). Maybe I'll go grab some candy tonight :) Love you all!

Elder Dransfield