Hey there all!!
Christmas was a blast!! It was so great to talk
to my dear parents and little sis - and even some of my crazy cousins. I
love you all!!
We spent a lot of time eating on christmas.
Something that I'm getting used to again is just how much the members
here like to feed us. The food is amazing and I will miss it like crazy
when I go home.
I don't have a ton of time to write, as per usual around here. This
is the only library open around these parts and so it is BUSY which
means shorter internet time. But it's fine! I'll try to give you a
quick update on the week.
So, we had some interesting lessons this week. Some good, some not
so good. But there's one couple that I've loved meeting with. She's
from Honduras and he's from Guatemala. Every time we go meet with them
someone else is there so it's been a good opportunity to meet lots of
very receptive people. I'm getting used to teaching people with
Christian backgrounds again and it's kind of nice because most of them
really do have some sort of faith and have a good starting place for the
things we have to teach.
We had our first "red dot" day on Saturday. We had a pretty full
night with appointments but we got to our 4:00 one and it had started
flurrying. By the time we got out at 5:00 there were already several
inches of snow and the roads were not lookin' so good. So, all the cars
were grounded. We went back to our apartment and may or may not have
engaged in some snowball warfare with some other missionaries :) We had
a good time. For the rest of the evening we went crazy and started
cleaning and re-organizing our apartment. It's a super cool space but
had been set up super tackily so we rearranged it to open up the space a
bit more and make it look cooler. I'll send pics next week of the
finished product :) It's really actually helped me to focus a lot as a
missionary to have had the chance to really do a deep clean. It makes
my life in general feel a lot cleaner and free of distraction.
I've been making some new years resolutions and I'm still not sure
what will make the final cut but I want this to be the year that I just
start being the kind of person that I want to be. I'm not suggesting
that I'm dissatisfied with myself the way I am, but I have really wanted
to master the technique of living in a way that I can truly become the
person I have striven all my life to be. That is the goal :) Now I
just need to make some plans and work hard to be better!
I was listening to a great talk this morning by Elder Bednar about
the difference between having a testimony and being converted. I loved
learning about them both and how they relate to each other. I realized
that I've actually seen that disconnect a lot. It's honestly why a lot
of people fall away from the church. They receive a testimony of the
gospel, but they don't actually become converted to it. Kind of a
problem. It's the conversion that we must receive and must work towards
in order to firm and immovable amid temptation and adversity.
I'm excited for the new year. It will be a year full of change and
excitement. May yours be full of love and peace and joy in the gospel
of Jesus Christ.
I LOVE YOU!!!