Day Nine: A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
There are a lot of ways to look at this one, but I think in general, Dave takes it. I met Dave during my sophomore year of high school. The timing couldn't have been better, because as much as I loved the experience as a whole, in some ways I consider the years from the start of high school until my mission the most turbulent I've had so far. But Dave was always there. He got me through practically everything, from algebra classes and region dances, to lonely days and stressful social dramas. It wasn't that complicated, either: we'd sit and talk, perhaps over a game of Risk, maybe grab some pizza, and that fixed just about everything. It always meant a lot to have a friend I could count on, talk about anything with, and just be myself around.
That continues even today. We're both a little more grown up now, and have challenges that I doubt we would have even imagined in high school. These things keep us very busy, and it can often be quite difficult to find time to get together. But Dave's still there, along with his wife Stephanie. Together they have made my life brighter. I consider them just as much my brother and sister as I do my friends, and when we do get to visit, it's just like seeing family. I can say with certainty that if I could ever be half the friend they have been to me, I would have done well indeed.