Logistics and responses 1st:
Mom, can you try and send the Pentel twist erase pencils in a thin bubble wrap envelope that you could smother with stamps? we cant get packages, but I think it'd work if you use stamps. Worth the risk in my opinion. I imagine something along the lines of the letter Harry Potter got or something.
Can you send me the home addresses of my cousins? All of them
Love the Callister and Monson talks. Great job Anna! Atta pep, Brig, get those papers in ASAP. Mom, do you remember the exact date I got my call? can you find out?
Yes, it makes me sad that you don't send letters. Especially now that we can't get packages, I'd love it if you send them often, preferably with printed photos
Love hearing about Lincoln's love for football. Keep the love Lincoln! Everyone, cherish your time to play in the yard and the playground. Don't take it for granted.
Dad, hahahah I wish i could take a 2 hour nap, even if it was just once ever 6 weeks or so. Not allowed in my mission. Love the Green Hill song.
Alright, so for my week:
Ald's neice (basically a sister, she's 13 and Adl's 17) got baptized Saturday! It's crazy how much she changed, solely because of the Spirit working in her heart. I got to confirm her a member and give her the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It was my 1st confirmation, and hahahah I was SOO nervous, not sure why. Killed the Spanish and the words, but I was shaking uncontrollably. Oh well, it was a great experience.
The experiences that tend to drive these letters are my Sundays, perhaps because they're freshest. Yesterday was pretty good - Sac Meeting the highlight.
As we started the Sacrament, I was feeling really relieved. I felt prompted to open up 2 Nephi 4, and turns out Nephi describes exactly how i was feeling:
I felt like this week I had fallen into a routine a bit, and perhaps I just need a change of scenery. I'm taking some council from Pres to try and finish strong with potentially 1 week left in Limache. He told me if you cant withstand 7 months in the same place in your mission and you slack off towards the end, what are you gonna do when you have to sit in the same cubicle for 40 years? you gonna slack off?
Thus, the mission is indeed a mini proving ground for life. Pretty grateful for that, but it can put a lot of pressure on the rest of the mission. I feel like I still have so much to learn and maintain these 16 months left.
I love the humility of Nephi, he's obviously a boss, and over-reacting. I hope I'm a little like him, and for now, I'll just quote him and Mumford and Sons: "
Awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkeee, my soul."
Had another dope experience reading the Book of Mormon with the Cor's. Rom has her baptismal date for Sat. the 3rd, and we read 3 Nephi 11 with her and the fam. Her boyfriend (a very stubborn Catholic) tagged along and read with us. I was on my toes because he loves to throw weird questions at us. Basically, instead of prepping the defense, I decided to arm my offense. Nothing direct, but I was striving to find the Spirit in the reading so that I could testify to all (him) with conviction. These verses hit me hard:
I felt much love from my Savior, and Danny even shared a tender testimony of the His love as well. I can't really describe how I felt: love, peace, knowledge, the absence of any evil or doubt. I'm grateful for the Spirit and the Book of Mormon.
The week was slower than usual, and we had so many people commit to come to church only to disappear or be asleep. We're trying to focus on what we can control, which is inviting the Spirit. I love a quote from Joseph B Wirthlin's mom, I think from "Come What May and Love It:"
"Don't be a scrub"
This week, I'm gonna revisit diligence, as well as a bit of humility. Awake my soul! Awake our souls! And yeah, let's not be scrubs this week.
I love you all so much. I believe with all my heart that the Church is true. I might even know without a doubt. What I do know is how I feel: I feel my Savior's love, and I feel the warmth of the Spirit as I try and serve Him.