How are you doing? We have to hurry today, Sister Wygant only has a couple weeks left in the field, so we are going to Cleveland to visit the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is really excited. Did I tell you she plays the flute? She will probably play professionally when she goes home and will probably end up at Julliard of something. She is very talented.
We had zone conference this last week. It was great to have everyone together. I didn't like that I kept getting called on though. I was just glad I didn't have to teach a lesson right on the spot. He had a ton of Elder and Sisters go to the microphone and he picked a lesson and they had to teach it with another random Elder or Sister. We had a leadership meeting after and I really learned a ton. I came out just wanted to be a better missionary and realizing all my weaknesses. :)
We weren't able to see Jason this week, which was sad. He just "didn't feel like meeting". Sometimes people shouldn't go on vacation while they are meeting with the missionaries! ha, but we are going to see him on Wednesday. He was teasing us again, so that is a good sign :)
Bob has been really sick. Usually people struggle before their baptism, but Bob is really struggling after his baptism. He is having surgery after surgery. It's so sad... we made him banana bread this week and shoveled his driveway. He has been scheduled to get the Priesthood for the last three weeks, but he has been so sick and we haven't been able to meet with him. Good thing the ward is so great and there are a ton of people who are helping him, so he continues strong.
Remember those Book of Mormon videos we watched when we were little? Well, we have been watching them with Kayla and Kia. It has worked SO WELL. They are starting to understand...but we only have a few. Mom, do you know anyone who has them? So we can use them out here? It's really helping them understand and helping them "want" to read the Book of Mormon. Kia's head isn't on the table anymore, so that is good. She's a teenager ha ha.
I went on exchanges with Sister Ahrednsen this week. We had so much fun. Guess who I talked to on the phone???? BROTHER GREINER and BROTHER ANDRE! How fun is that? We had permission to call. He gave me the number for Brad Willcox and Robert Millett. We called them and asked them to come and speak here. Robert Millett is the greatest historian in the world, says Brother Greiner. Brother Greiner was so sweet. He told me to remember to sing... which, I was asked to sing in the Kirtland temple in two weeks :) Kinda excited...but don't know what to sing!
Nitin is having us teach him American words. Now he is saying, "cray cray, stoked and ya'll." It's pretty hilarious. We are going to teach him "totes" next week :)
I've really been trying hard to look at the eternal perspective of things and thinking about heaven. I feel like that is what gets me through to the next day and to continue going.
Think about these questions...
What is your favorite thing to see? What is the prettiest scenery that you have ever seen in you life?
Think of a time when you have felt the best. Either the happiest, most at peace, comforted.
What is something you love to hear? Either birds chirping, the ocean waves, pretty music...?
All of those things will be in the Celestial Kingdom. It will be even a million times better.
Another thought that I have had is that we need to continue finding joy in this journey and live in the present. It's so great to look to the future, but we can't forget... to look in the moment, prepare for the future and learn from the past.
There was a story of this dad who was at lunch with his little family. They were going to the Circus. The dad received a phone call from his office and said that they needed him to come into the office. The family was waiting for the disappointment to come. They then heard their dad say that he couldn't come in. He walked back to the table and his wife said, "The Circus keeps coming back". Then the dad sad, "Yes, but childhood doesn't."
One day, each of us will run out of tomorrows. It's important to make today the best day and be the best that we can be. It's important to tell out loved ones that we love them and to choose to be happy and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
"Sometimes we let our thoughts of tomorrow take up too much of today."
"You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays."
"There is no tomorrow to remember if we don't do something today and to live most fully today, we must do that which is of greatest importance. Let us not procrastinate those things which matter most."
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
I love how happy the Gospel of Jesus Christ can make you. I love the feelings that you can receive from service to others. I love this :)
I love my family so much.