Dear Family and Friends,
Cheers to all our favorite people!!! We hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Tis truly the season for great rejoicing and the time to give thanks for all our blessings! It was great to visit with so many over the week! McKinley and Jordan, we sure hope you are feeling better! It was a rough week for you and your parents.
We had a wonderful week. We enjoy FHE with our young single adults. We have a discussion and then have so much fun playing games together. On Friday we hosted the Stake YSA’s here in our ward building for Institute. We had about 15 kids this time, which was a pretty good showing. Most have to drive over an hour to get clear out here where we are. The Stake is rethinking a once a month Institute class for the whole stake as the transportation is such an issue. Most YSA’s don’t have cars and a lot of them don’t even have driver’s licenses.
Thursday, we hosted an American Thanksgiving dinner here for our young single adults. It was really fun. We had 16 people. We had an investigator come who had never had a Thanksgiving dinner and was so excited to try everything and anything. Most of those who come have never had the experience before. I think it kind of blows them away! We had a riot playing Trivial Pursuit afterwards. We had four of our missionaries come and they always love a hot meal! I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving! Then on Friday, we got to take our YSA committee to the London temple. Brad and I took the names Chloe sent to us to receive their endowments! Chloe, that was really a sweet experience for us. Thanks again for your efforts!
On Saturday, we spent the day with the Haskins, our dear friends! They took us to see Southwold and some other seaside villages on the North Sea. The day turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. As we walked out on the Southwold pier, the sun was shining and the sound of the surf was music to our ears. The salt sea smell was invigorating. We enjoyed a wonderful fish and chips meal at a local pub which was built about 600 years ago. The food was very good and the atmosphere of the place was brilliant. We felt we had stepped back in time. The rooms were small, the undulating floors added so much charm. We ate in front of a huge open fire place. The open beam and plaster ceilings were low. It was cozy and oozing with charm! I love this country! We had stopped at a church which is supposedly haunted and found a lovely community of people setting up for a Christmas Market. Brad bought a tie for 1 pound, and I bought a beautiful Christmas wreath made with fresh holly and pine boughs. I couldn’t get over that they were real! The church didn’t feel haunted at all, even with the blackened scratch marks from Satan on the door!!! The angels were a little bit spooky looking however!
Our dear friend Clinton went into the hospital to have a stint put into his heart. The ward had a special fast for him. The doctors were concerned that the vein in question would require open heart surgery. However, after further consultation, they found that they could take care of the problem intervenously. The fast really touched Clinton. His goal is to get to the temple before we leave! He is now very motivated! It is amazing how challenges help us look at life with heavenly eyes. We really love Clinton. Brad calls him his brother from another mother! He is big, tall, and very black. Brad introduces him as his brother and then asks, “Can’t you see the resemblance?” There are a lot of very special friends we will miss!
We met with another YSA couple from the Bury St. Edmunds Ward to talk about their young adult program. We found out the Claire grew up in Hitchin. I asked her about my parents and said, they served in Hitchin when they were on a mission here. She said, “Oh, I love the Glauser’s. They taught my grandparents.” Her grandfather, Ron Kilbey, although, still not a member, loved them very much. Out of all the missionaries that taught him, he felt a special cohesive bond with Dad and Mom. He said, there was really something special about this senior couple. He is now attending church about every other week. One never knows the impact they can have without them even knowing it!!! Thanks Dad and Mom for your example!
We meet every Tuesday night with our dear friend Kalil! He comes for supper and scriptures. It is a sweet highlight of our week. He adores our little Jordan! He really feels connected to all of our little stripling warriors! Brad went to his soccer game on Thanksgiving night. Luckily, Brad was there as a fight broke out and he was able to get Kalil out of there before something even worse happened. Kalil told me that he was glad that I wasn’t at the game. The referee looked at Brad’s name badge as he was leaving and commented that he wished Jesus Christ would have been there at the game. It was pretty rough. I was just grateful Brad and Kalil got out of there safely!
Happy Birthday to our dear little Russell on November 29 (age 1)! And to our Kinners (age 3) on December 4! You are very special little people!! Happy Anniversary to Brian and Heather on December 1! We love you all and miss you a ton!
Our time hear is going fast. We are anxious to work hard! We love our Heavenly Father and His Son! The gospel of Jesus Christ is here upon the earth in its fullness. We are so grateful to be a part of this great latter-day work! We love you all!
With all our love,
Dad and Mom
Papa and Grandma
Elder and Sister Jackman