Want to know something I love? I love that email time on Monday is such an uplifting experience! I literally adore my emails from each of you. I was just going through and reading all of them and realized I had the biggest grin on my face. I literally always walk away from emails feeling uplifted as I see the promise in Doctrine and Covenants section 100 being fulfilled. It says 1. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my friend Sister Higgins, your family is well. They are in mine hands and I will do with them as seemeth me good. For in me there is all power. 2. Therefore, follow me! This scripture has brought so much comfort to me on my mission. I have witnessed God taking care of the people I love so dearly as I have followed Him and invited others to do the same. What a precious experience it is to be away from you all for a short time, yet feel your love in a way that I never have before. Our reunion this year will be sweet.
I loved this week as I love all weeks. It was filled with changed plans, dropped investigators, SNOW, coloring people's hair, discovering the severe lack of traction on my boots, border crossing into Croatia, and the Love of my Savior in every second of it! Haha that sounds like a terrible week... but it was actually really good!
I celebrated New Year's Eve the way that would make my dad proud --- I was sound asleep haha. It felt good to start a new year with a solid night's sleep! I mean we did blend up all the old things in our fridge along with notes of old habits and dump it over the balcony, but I mean... details. Overall, New Year's Eve was spent looking forward to what the Lord and I are going to do this year! We had dinner at the most selfless senior couple's house as we listened to fireworks around us (it's been like that for a few weeks... so loud). It was great! The New Year is here! 2016! So cool.
I was just looking back at my planner this week and realized that not one day went as planned. In fact, I don't remember the last time it did. Sometimes, you get contacting and get a lesson right then and there and miss your meal time. Other days you receive a phone call from someone in need and your whole day is gone. I love that time is not mine right now. It is the Lord's. I do what He wants, no matter how out of my comfort zone it is. It's been cool.
I felt the Spirit in a very strong way the past few days, which has had me on the brink of tears haha. But it has shown me two precious truths. One... while sitting in fast and testimony meeting and listening to people talk about how the new year is a new start, the Spirit whispered to me that He has given me many new starts (and my very in tune momma said the same thing in her email. I love that she listens to the Spirit when she writes me). Each morning can be seen as one. The privilege of taking the Sacrament each week, which has become one of the most dear and sacred parts of my week, is a new start! The atonement can be applied every day... not just on New Year's Eve. Progression and improvement are eternal truths which I love. Second... I LOVE LEARNING SLOVENE! It has been so incredible to me to see the gospel expressed in another language. There were frustrating parts at the beginning on my mission where I am so so bugged I can't express myself to the people in their language (like when the word for faith and the word for religion are the same and there is no difference... UGH!), but now that I have learned how they express things in Slovene, I have a hard time expressing myself any other way. My testimony has grown because of the way they express themselves. No matter how impossibly hard Slovene is sometimes, I know I was meant to speak it because the way that they express the gospel, is the way my heart receives it. I hope that makes sense.... but that was just something that hit me this week!
It is finally white here! Snowy Slovenia is beautiful.
Anyway... it was just a really good week. I am happy! All is well! This week should be so much fun, I can hardly wait to live it. I LOVE YOU ALL! Go show someone love today!