We hope you are well! You are in our prayers. Keep pushing onward. The destination is worth the work.
On a less inspiring note, you may or may not have heard about the recent Pokemon Go craze sweeping the planet. It is a craze. Any day, anytime of day, you can find groups of kids and adults walking around the city chasing after Pokemon. It's endlessly entertaining and kind of touching in the case of whole families out together after charzard. It probably hasn't reached Brasil yet but when it does, oh boy:)
We are in full Europe planning mode and this week paid our first full month of rent. For at least the first month we will be staying with another couple in north Edinburgh. We rented their home through Air BnB, which saved us quite a bit of money on our short term stay as it includes utilities and doesn't require a large deposit. And we booked our apartment for when we arrive in Paris in a month and a half. Things are getting real!
I'm sure you've heard of the recent terror attack in Nice France. Interestingly enough Ammie and I were planning on spending a week there but decided just earlier this week, before the attack, that we'd rather go to Barcelona and adjusted our plans. The world is indeed in commotion, as the scriptures say, with wars and rumors of wars. Luckily we've been blessed so far to live apart from many of these atrocities, but make no mistake about it, they are coming ever closer. The only true refuge we can run to is that of the gospel.
Thursday we received the sad news that AnneMarie's grandfather had passed away after battling Alzheimer's for the last 10 years. Tomorrow we will be heading up to Utah for his funeral. I'm grateful I had multiple opportunities to meet and get to know him before his passing.
We were both feeling pretty emotionally drained after a long week yesterday so we treated ourselves to a nice long date night. AnneMarie's parents sent her a gift card to an Italian restaurant and to Coldstone, so last night we went to Buca Di Bepo for some Italian eats. When you find your main squeeze let me recommend you bring her here sometime. Dishes only come in two sizes--large and monster large, or as they say, small and large. Small feeds two to three people and large feeds 5-6! We're talking monster portions:) plus they take pictures and give you a postcard on your way out which is a nice touch. After dinner we headed to the temple to do initiatory work. That was and is the right place to be. We were afforded lots of time to reflect and the spirit was present in abundance. The veil was thin. The temple is certainly a place of refuge from the toils and troubles of the world. Of course we snagged some ice cream after and got excited for the upcoming olympics by watching the women's gymnastics trials.
Work hard, pray hard.
Tanner and AnneMarie
P.S. Only about a year left now! Everyday counts!