Tuesday, December 18, 2012

well howdy...

Monday 17, 2012

This isn't going to be very long. But please just know that I love yall so much. I will be excited to see you on Wednesday. It doesn't seem real, but maybe that's a blessing. I think I would be a huge mess if it seemed real.

I have a coat to carry on the plane. Yikes. We should go to Cafe Rio when I get home because I have missed it oh so much. Kimmy Lane and Mikelle want to come see me that night. Also, Madre, does Keri Holyoak still work at the dermatologist? Cause I might just be verrrry beautiful right now. Yep.

We had a good week. I will tell yall about it when I get home.

I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Redeemer of my soul. He is my brother, my friend, and my leader and I will follow Him. All that is unfair about life can be made right through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We cannot make things fair. The atonement is also what makes up for our mistakes. It is what allows us to truly try and to truly live. Without it, our mistakes would define us and cripple us.

He has conquered everything, except our own will. That makes it the only thing we truly have to give to him, the only gift He really wants. We have the great opportunity to learn truth for ourselves. testimony is a sure knowledge that nothing can separate from you. Faith is trusting the enlightened moments you know you've had when you're in between them.

Jesus Christ has restored His church to the earth in these last days and He will lead it and guide us.

My Father in Heaven loves me. He hears me and He cares about me just as much as my Savior does. He is the great orchestrator of all of our lives. I know that He knew what I would need and ultimately what I would want with all my heart. Because of that, even though I prayed and prayed to be excited when my mission call came, He sent me somewhere He knew wouldn't thrill me initially, but somewhere that would become holy and hallowed ground to me. He sent me to the Crawfords and my companions and to the amazing amazing people in this area. He gave me the greatest thing I could ever have hoped for. I have learned to trust Him more. He wants us to pray to him and when we do pray we will find many of our problems solved and most of our burdens lifted. He is the first source to turn to.

I am so happy. I am so so happy because I know my Savior and my Father. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve as a missionary. I believe that He will accept what I was able to bring and sanctify my offering. My whole life I can be this happy if I will stay strong and converted to the gospel. I will serve Him my whole life. This is just the beginning of what I can do for the Lord. I'm excited to do it.

The Book of Mormon is a miracle and I love it. Service is the way to remain constantly happy, especially missionary service. If we are bold, mighty forces will come to our aid. Sometimes we just have to square our shoulders and do it. There is nothing that will magically make us like our Savior, we must practice and practice. That's all He wants us to do. He loves us. He is so much more patient with us then we are with ourselves.

Yall. I belong to the church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-Day Saints). I know who I am. I know God's plan. I'll follow Him in faith. I believe in the Savior Jesus Christ, I'll honor His name. I'll do what is right, I'll follow His light. His truth I will proclaim. I promise.

2 John 1:12 :]