To preface Katie's email this week, we would like to share with you
some background that is significant in relation to Katie's letter.
Eleven years ago, Katie's father, Scott Pendleton, tragically passed away.
Scott was born on January 23, 1960, to Alan and Beverly Pendleton and was raised in Bountiful, Utah. All that knew Scott enjoyed his uncanny sense of humor and quick wit. He had many talents and excelled both at academics and sports. Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brigham Young University; where he met Dianna Woodland. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple and were blessed with two children, Jeremy and Katie. Scott fulfilled his dream of earning an MBA from Harvard. However, he was the first to acknowledge that his greatest accomplishment and most valued treasures in life were his children.
Scott passed away on September 29, 2002. He was a gifted man who loved the Savior and the gospel. To this day, his influence continues to be an important part of his children's lives.
September 30, 2013 letter from Hermana Katherine Pendleton:
Hello my dear friends and family,
For those of you who don't know, I have been consistently sick my entire mission. Stomach problems, vomiting, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, the list goes on. Just when one thing starts to get better, I am blessed with something else. I could go into detail with what I am dealing with right now, but I will save you all from unpleasant images and unwanted information. I'll just simply say, I spent three days in the hospital this week, trying to get back to a healthy state.
As President Ortega started to give me the blessing, I couldn't believe the things he was saying . Not only was he blessing my physical health, but my mental health. As if he knew all that I have been through throughout my life. He was saying things that I knew I had never shared with him before. It was all perfect and we were all in tears. Never, have I felt the spirit so strong in my entire mission.
|Hermana Castleton con Maria y Guillermo!|
I was so happy to receive so many wonderful emails this week! Thank you all for the update in Crazy-ville! Tay, Hermana Castleton and I are dying over how pretty you looked for Homecoming! Becca and Cam, thanks for your letters :) Cam, so proud of you for accepting the challenge to bear your testimony. Tay and Becca, there is always next month! Dad, your message was beautiful and got me even more pumped for General Conference! Seriously, G. C. is like Christmas in the mission!