Monday, April 29, 2013
Hello Mom :) and family...if you forward this to people...if you don't then just hello to you. :)
No I don't think I need anything...I have to send you a package next week of the things I wont be taking to France with me. Crazy right. 2 weeks from right now I will be flying out to France. That is the weirdest thing ever, I feel like my mission is the MTC haha but wait I haven't really even started my mission. Although I am officially a month down, only 17 months left. Odd.
This was a good week, hard at times, but hey what isn't. I've decided to try and take the attitidue of Joseph B. Wirthlins talk 'Come what may and love it'. So far this week it has served me well. I had somehow forgotten how much i like Elder Wirthlin, he's pretty awesome.
So me and companion are officially one of the best companionships, sadly serveral people have commented on it, because we never fight and that is apparently very unusual, it's pretty sweet. We set new goals and are trying super hard. I think i'm pushing Soeur MacKay a bit hard, but that's okay. She struggles waking up, and being able to stay up that long, whilst I have the energy that it's not a huge problem. But we plan our study times out really well and are using them the best we can. And although we are still not fluent in French our teacher says that we are improving, and that is all that you can hope for. So that's coming good.
Since the semester changed at BYU that means schedule change, that was the worst part of this last week. haha our new schedule is not wonderful, and our last one was super great. So P-Day is Monday now, and we have to wake up a lot earlier, it's crazy buisness. But it will just make it even more better when we get France being able to sleep in until 6:30. So I am deeply trying to conform my will to God, and be completely obedient, it is becoming slightly easier as I keep trying.
On Sunday nights after devotional we get to go watch a movie or a talk, it's like our treat for making it to a Sunday. So this week we watched a talk given by David A. Bednar a year and half ago at the MTC. It's called 'Character of Christ', and it was pretty amazing. Mom I think you and Colleen should try to find it, because both of you would love it. It had some really good points on how Christ's character is that he turns out to people, while we turn in. Which is very true, and I guess I never thought of it that way. But he disscused how after Jesus had suffered unimaginable pain in the Garden, suffring for your sins, and then he was dissappointed by the 3 disciples who he asked to stay awake and be with him, and then betrayed by another disciple. After all that suffring, and all that hurt from the people who were closest to him, he still turned out. While we would have had a pity party, and asked God just to strengthen us, Jesus healed the ear of the guard who was arresting him. I never really thought about it the way that Bednar put it. He turns out when we turn in, and when we are truly converted to Christ we become the kind of person who also turns out, even in the worst of our trials we are helping others. It was really incredible, I think you'd love it mom.
So I am going to list my study goals for you guys, and I challenge you to do them with me. :) haha but if you really don't want to I wont be at all offended.
Study goals: 1) Ready Jacob 5, twice, especially verses 60, 70-72. 2)Read about the character of Christ, at least 3 stories of things he did each week. 3) Study revelation through the Book of Mormon. We'll see how this goes, i'm not going to lie, i'm already pretty far into goal numbers 2 and 3, we had lots of study time this morning.
Anywho, I can't think of anything else to write. Haley and Lindsay i'll write you later today a letter. LOVE YOU LOTS AND LOTS!!!
Write me with everything going on!!! Oh, and i'll send you our zone pictures that we took on Sunday because half of our zone is leaving, and we get our travel plans this week so next Monday I will be able to e-mail them to you, because guess what! I get to call you!!! And I believe that Becca will be in town then too!! WOO HOOO!!
So that's it. :) Much love,
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I'll tell you the good things that are happening. My comapnion is wonderful. I didn't realize what a blessing that really was until this weekend when we noticed all these companionships getting in fights. And we just kind of clicked and really work well together, so that's good. My teachers are both still great. Soeur Larsen tells a lot of really good mission stories, that make this whole thing seem a little bit more achievable. Me and Soeur MacKay have come up with a study regime to try and make us learn a lot better. yesterday was the first day we actually got to impliment it, and it seemed to work yesterday, so lets hope we keep on continuing.
Sundays are always good, because of church and devotional. They always seem to say just the right thing to make you feel like your not just drownding here. For relief society we had some lady from the Primary Presidency of the Church, i think. And she was really awesome, and she made some good points about what I need to be doing. That I have been doing, but apparently not enough. So I will just study study study and trust in the Lord, i'm sure he knew what he was doing when he called me to France (most of the time I believe that:) ). haha I can't really think of anything else that happened. On my super bad day Soeur MacKay took me into a room with a piano, and I got to play for the first time in weeks, I might have shed a tear, but in a good way. So that improved my day substantially. And I found that for some reason keeping a journal really does help, it's the oddest thing. So I write a lot. But yeah, that's about it. We got to watch the Testaments. I love love love that show, so I was pretty excited about that. Soeur MacKay thought it was so funny that i was crying so hard at the end. But what isn't beautiful about the part where Jesus is blessing the children, and the father is just so happy that his son can see him, and doesn't even care that he can't. And then Jesus comes up, calls him by name and heals him, and he gets to see him. It's just so great. So we walked out, I was crying, and I just said casually 'man I love Jesus'. Soeur MacKay laughed for like 10 minutes. It was good.
So all is alright.
Let me know how everything is with everyone there. Lots of details! I miss you all tons and tons and tons and tons! LOVE YOU!!!
Your trying to be full of faith daughter.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
First off, thank you for the package!! I loved! I actually just barely got to go pick it up. It's great. And your right. I have a very limited time on the computer. haha but you can always write more mom!!!! I liked conference a lot, they were all good, it is pretty funny at the MTC to see how all the missionaries react to certain things. it's uncomfortable, but fun. Doing priesthood the sisters watch the young womens conference. which honestly was better than almost all of the conference sessions. Uchtdorf rocked his talk! So that was lots of fun. And yes that's very true, you have a lot more confidence in me than I do.I have to prewrite some of my letter because i only have a half an hour on the computer, and between reading all the e-mails it doesn't leave me a ton of time, so here is some of my pre-written letter, enjoy. You need to forward it to becca and stuff cause I didn't have the chance to write her a ton of details yet.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
“Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your
Tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy
Unto this generation”
So my mission is finally here. After an incredibly long wait I finally get to serve the Lord! I am so excited and so happy, and so going to miss everyone! I hope you all write so I can be up-to-date on what is happening in your lives. See you all in 18!