Dad’s Note: The following is from a letter that Elder Waggoner wrote on the same Prep Day as the entry below.
Very glad Dad’s birthday went well! Sounds like a bunch of fun. Leah tells me Mom has Alzheimer’s. Good to hear. I hope the Christmas tree works out. Did you put C-3PO on the top? (Dad’s note: That’s an old family tradition, and yes we did.)
I feel much better now – don’t let the e-mail scare you.
We had Mission Conference. I gave a talk on Diligence and Obedience. It was the best talk I’ve ever given. It was cool! I used a lot of scriptures of people like Nephi an Alma the Younger, but all the while specifically relating it to missionary work. I read from the white handbook, Preach My Gospel, and of course the standard works. I talked about the blessings that come from being obedient and talked about living a higher standard, from the Law of Moses to the new law Jesus gave, and on to the standards of the white handbook. I didn’t say it was a new law, just an even higher and more specific standard. The other talks ran short, so I got to run long. It went very well.
Thank-you for sending the Bobby Kennedy speech. (Dad’s Note: Nate had asked for the speech “A Ripple of Hope.”) I love that speech. It’s so good. Not really as a missionary, but as a person. I’ve shared it with Elder Thayne. He loves it too. I really appreciate it.
I got a letter from the Bishop’s family with drawings from their kids. I hung one of them up. It was so nice.
I’ve been trying real hard to make the new district feel comfortable. Did I tell you that the second day here, the Branch President slapped me? He does it to someone every time a new district arrives. Yeah, it’s for the benefit of the entire zone, not for me. He says something like “If you want to go home, give it 7 to 10 days” all the while slapping an Elder on the cheek. I was that lucky individual our second day here back in October. So, this week in Priesthood, he out of the blue says “Elder Waggoner. . .” and steps up to me. I said “Please don’t slap me” before he said what he was going to do. It was really funny. He wasn’t going to - he was just asking me a question. Funny, though.