Feb. 13, 1938.
My very dear son,
Who is so very far away from us, and I’d give a week’s rations to see him.
We received your very welcome letter yesterday written Jan. 11. First since Jan. 16.Oh my dear, were we shocked to hear you had had so few letters from us. Do you know, I think It is three times we have missed writing to you in the week since last Oct. Whatever can be the matter. And I oftimes wrote when it was a real effort. It made me sick at heart when I read your letter. Don’t think we don’t think of you, & I have missed but one week since Helen left. And you don’t mention your father’s letters and have you got the letters I have sent since you got down there. Oh, dear, if you haven’t.
Bob Wamsley arrives home tomorrow. I shall be so happy when you are headed this way. Of course I wouldn’t hurry your time. I know you are enjoying it.
I just cant think what to say, there are so many things I thot you knew. Helen has been patiently waiting for a letter and she thinks her brother is pretty slow. She is a grand girl. Winnie is coming home next Fri for the weekend I am so happy. I get so homesick to see one of my three wanderers from home & I’ll be so glad next fall when two are home for a little bit.
You will be delighted with the church, when you come home. It is so beautiful. Hope you got the picture of the Amusement Hall.
Here it is the next morning. Stopped last night to go down to the Dr’s. with daddy. Stayed & talked so long. I was sleepy when I came home.
The Dr. is a very nice man, and very well informed on current events.
The town is full of mumps and we thot surely Flora had it, but I guess not.
Did Daddy tell you Helen Jackson married Keith Wamsley. That was a shock. There really isn’t much news from here. Life runs along quite smoothly.
Hope you like your new place of labor, and also your work. I thot you would go down by boat. Tell us what they do for a living down there. It isn’t a[s] tropical a climate is it as it was up at Jargua. Why have ranches in a place where so much could be raised? Lack of water? Tell us about it.
California has been having some bad weather. Wind, rain & an earth quake around Frisco. Helen’s health is so much better down there. She has gained 10 lbs. And has no asthma.
Well dearie, I must get this off this morning so think I better be closing. Oh, I have learned half of the Sermon on the Mount. Rather slow I am, but I have a lesson to give tomorrow in R.S. [Relief Society] & I am reading the New Testament, so I keep busy. Have just read “As a Man Thinketh.” It is fine, but I wouldn’t dare send one to you. Never know when you are going to get anything from us. I should like all my boys to have that book.
Must get Maeser up to send this off. Will register it. Those other letters I mailed to 264. Hope you got them.
Well, love & kisses from all of us, and may the Lord continue to bless you in your labors.
Note: "As a Man Thinketh" is a literary essay by James Allen, first published in 1902. In more than a century it has become an inspirational classic, selling millions of copies worldwide and bringing faith, inspiration, and self healing to all who have encountered it. The title comes from the Bible: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." -- Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7