Letter from LeGrand to Erline, February 27, 1942

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Billings, Mont.
619 N. 31st St.
27 Feb. 1942

Dear Erline,

I had the opportunity of baptizing 5 of the nine that were Mormonized last Sunday. It sure is good to see the change of a person from the time they are first met in tracting till they are baptized. It's worth quite a bit to witness their joy & satisfaction when they know for sure that they are baptized by one who has authority from God.

It's worth more than all the wealth of the earth in gold & silver to be a representative of God & Christ on earth, to have a calling of calling the world to repentance. Ofttimes this fellow falls far short of what is required of him in this section of the Lord's Vineyard. I know that old Lucifer has a real hand on me and ready to play ball and many times I know that I get right in the game with him.

Tonight for example. About 5:00 P.M. I being the senior Elder suggested that we tract this evening beginning about 6:15 or 6:30. Well we had supper & did the dishes by 5:30 then went to studying. Companion has a speech to give next Sunday, so he took to reading "Orin P. Rockwell" and got a good start by 6:30, so we continued studying. Well, things went O.K. till 7:45 or 8:00 when it was too late to visit someone.

But about that time I finished the article I was reading & took to answering a few letters. About 8:45 I heard a rustling of books & paper & companion was piling books on the shelf with a thud and explained his disgust and inability to find anything to talk on. Now it is 9:30 and in the last 3/4 hours I have been asked to go to the movie 2 or 3 times besides try to help companion with his talk. He is on the daybed leaning on the pillows with his head in his hands. Somehow I can feel his feelings and know that he has a longing to be back in Arizona or somewhere besides Billings.

Nevertheless let this be a lesson to me. When it gets time to leave the room, pull stakes & let companion rave on about not having enough time to study. In the long run it will be for the best good of all concerned and our souls won't be cankered so strong. One big mistake to my notion is to stay in the room till we get stale & lose the desire to study & work.

"I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say ye have no promise" is certainly true, and one experiences that more & more in the mission field. He has so many angles to neglect but when all of them are kept up, things seem to work out better.

A real epistle this evening, but when you get one as this you more or less know how I am, and that I presume is what you want to know.

Thanks for the letter. It was in the box yesterday telling me your back was pretty sore and I take it from that that you have been around home for some time. Well, here's one thing, don't worry about the money you send me. If you are low just explain to me & I'll understand. Some how things will work out for the best in the end.

Well, in trial and tribulation or in health and prosperity you can always be sure that this old stick has ends to see with, but they see only you. "Don't be good" as that fellow told us in Logan Canyon after one dance, "but take it easy."

Lovingly & faithfully yours forever,
Elder LeGrand Whipple