Mom- I did get Flat Stanley!! I haven't taken any pictures with him yet, but you got the address correct!! Also thank you very much for the baseball updates! I appreciate them:)
Dad- That's really good that you have the priest's going on splits again!! I would try to get the missionaries as involved as you can with the youth (depends on whether or not it's productive for the missionaries there to do it) but a missionary night at mutual is a really good idea. We've been trying to do stuff like that here to prepare the youth here for missions; cause I have noticed that some missionaries when they come out really have no clue what they are meant to teach and don't understand the doctrine all that well. I would say understanding why their needed to be a restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ is so important to understand as a missionary. Along with that I think they need to understand the importance of the Book of Mormon in the restoration. The Book of Mormon contains a fulness of the gospel, and also witnesses more fully to us that Jesus is the Christ, but for missionaries the key thing to understand is the fact that it is evidence that Joseph Smith was called to be the prophet to restore the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I would say every priest getting ready for a mission really needs to know that, and then also gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, so that way they do know for themselves that everything taught in the Book of Mormon and by modern day prophets is true. In all honesty, I would go through PMG Chapter 3, and just help everyone understand those basic principles taught in the first 3 lessons taught by missionaries. If you can understand the principles in PMG about the restoration, plan of salvation, and gospel of jesus christ, then you're definitely prepared for a mission.
And that's some really bad news about the D-backs, but oh well. If there going to suck, I'd rather it be the season I miss while on my mission!! Also being a senior companion and district leader wasn't too bad of a transition. Elder Lattin is a really good missionary and we work well together so I don't really have to worry about leading out in lessons and stuff a whole lot. Being a district leader was kinda scary at first, but now it's pretty easy. I'm learning a lot and it's helping me more than any of the teams in the district I think!!
Well I think that's it for me! I love you all and am so glad to hear from you!