A few days ago I got a letter in the mail from Teach's first companion. She and Teach were together for about 3 or 4 months before she was transferred. Teach spoke fondly of her and we learned that in all the time this sweet sister had been on her mission she had never received a care package. Well, the kids wouldn't have any of that. We immediately set about putting together a little box for her with some fun items. We decided we had better do one for Teach at the same time, so suddenly this became an FHE project.
We carefully wrapped jars of fresh apricot jam in new socks and we wrote a family testimony that we placed along with pictures in several copies of the Book of Mormon. We slipped in a few extra things including a couple of church CDs the Dog Walker burned for us.
We were pretty excited to receive her thank you note with this beautiful picture of Teach and her kind words about Teach I want to share with you.
Your [copies of the] Book of Mormon have been great. I am serving by the prisons and they have put some of them in the libraries there. They will change lives. And last of all I just want to let you know how much I love Sister Teach! She brought so much light and enthusiasm with her. I saw first hand people's hearts softened and changed by the spirit working through her.
I know this is where the Lord needs her. She has such a pure and caring heart. She has such a strong testimony and close relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. I know every one of you mean EVERYTHING to her and she loves you more than you know. Thanks for your influence, examples, and love.
That is so like Teach, sharing her love with companions and friends. I say "friends" because it is impossible to be in a room or even on the planet with her for more than a few minutes before feeling like her oldest and dearest friend. She is the sort of personality that just draws people in and makes them want to stay. I'll share some of her own words in a day or two, but just so you know I'm not biased...Teach really is changing the world... one heart at a time.