September 7, 2014
Oh, how we miss you! You probably don’t understand how much we LOVED seeing every one of your beautiful, smiling faces as we skyped you tonight. Being here at college, we realize even more the incredible blessing of having each one of you in our lives. We need each one of you in our family and each one of you have touched and changed our lives more than you could know.
Being here at BYU we’ve been realizing even more the importance of learning and where education can take you. We want to share with you, in whatever tiny way we can, some of the things that we think are most important to know. Sure, knowing chemistry can be cool to understand more about the world (and the miracle it is!), history can make you a more educated citizen (and one who can stand for truth and right!), and math can stretch your brain to think in different ways, solve problems, and, like all the other subjects, give even more of a testimony that there is Someone who created all of this perfectly for us! But there’s more knowledge that matters way more than any of those, and although we are inadequate to describe fully the knowledge we want you to know, we’ll try our best because we feel it’s so important.
Tonight, after we saw and talked to each one of you, we have to start with this. We need you to know, more than ever, how beautiful you are. Mikela. Kate. Esther. Zoie Grace. Clara. Adelynn. Sarah. Our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude for you tonight. When we got off skype we just sat together in quiet for a minute, contemplating the gift of family. And looking at each of our sisters, we see the love of Christ in each of your eyes.
We saw little Zoie Grace snuggled on Katey’s shoulder, Esther and Clara laughing together surrounded by bubbles in the bath, Adelynn and Sarah smiling so big as they danced together, Mikela’s kindness and thoughtful heart in asking all about our week.
And that love makes you more beautiful than anything else.
Know that. Let it be engrained in your souls that the love we see in each of your spirits makes you so exquisitely, majestically, perfectly beautiful. And it’s a kind of beautiful that haircuts, new outfits, or different bodies can’t change. It’s the beautiful that you’ve heard of before… the kind of beautiful that comes from within.
Keep being absolutely beautiful in the ways that matter most.
Love you forever, love for always, forever and always, our beautiful sisters you’ll be!
Emily and Anna