My Mom received this e-mail today from a Mother of one of the Missionaries that Bracken has got to know.
Hello, Sister Doney
This is Elder Blacks Mom. Your son and mine have become really good friends. I am so happy that Jed (my Son) has found a true friend. He speaks so highly of Elder Doney. This last few months as been a struggle adjusting to the phillippines. My son is in Burgos Area, and he has struggled with the language and companions, but now is doing so well. Each Letter I ask him about Elder Doney, and each time he responds with how much he misses him and loves your son. I am grateful for you in raising a fine young man. Someone who has high values, and will keep in contact with my son.
Jed is my oldest and first going on a mission. I had a hard time in letting him go, but now I can see the blessings of a mission, without it he wouldn't have met your son.