We received an actual pen-and-paper letter from Gabe this week. It arrived with a package of things he sent home. Here is a transcript:
Mom & Dad,
I can't tell you how much I am happy & blessed to be here. I know I've been here for 2 weeks and I love it. I have never felt the spirit so strong....I'm so happy. Love you both. Thanks a ton!
Love, Elder Castleton
And then another letter written to the whole family:
Hey, how is everyone? I am so happy here. I am doing so good. Lots of Spanish! I pray in Spanish and bear my testimony in Spanish. I have felt the spirit more than I have ever felt in my entire life. I feel the gift of tongues and it helps. I pray like 20 times a day. It's weird. Like wearing church shirts is so normal. Wearing my p-day clothes is weird. Family... I have a testimony that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. I testify of it. He did translate the Book of Mormon. He went through so much. I'm so grateful for what he did. This is truly the true church. I can never deny. I will take the truth and preach unto every soul. I feel the Savior's love for me. I love all you guys. Jesus loves you! Take care. The church is true! I testify of it. I am a representative of Jesus Christ. I am so blessed and proud.
Love you all!!
Gabe, I want to stand beside you and testify that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith is his prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is true! I am so proud of you. I feel the power of your testimony in your letters. I love you!