I wish I could take a video of me reading your emails. I am sure it would be quite entertaining. I laugh, cry, and just smile the whole time. Thanksgiving looked like SO MUCH FUN! Thank you for the photo of the three nephews and thank you Jacque and mom for telling me who was who because I literally had no idea haha so sad.
Thanksgiving on the other side of the world is a little different but still wonderful. I was bursting with excitement which is rather odd for me at Thanksgiving haha. I think a lot of it was because I have been on my mission for a long time now and not once have I had time or the opportunity yet to celebrate a holiday haha. Christmas was the last holiday I celebrated. But this week we were given time to celebrate such a special holiday and I enjoyed every second of it. In the morning we woke up to snow, and we taught lessons and did typical missionary work, but in the afternoon we had some time off. We celebrated as a district at the senior couple's home! How thankful I am for them! We don't have many things you would typically make at Thanksgiving... (like turkey, stuffing, canned pumpkin, marshmallows) But our senior couple is amazing. They drove to the capitol city and got us a turkey, which I actually loved. She made a pumpkin pie out of real pumpkin and butternut squash! IT WAS SO GOOD! She also made an apple pie that I none of us could eat because of the sugar haha too American. We sat around and talked and ate and laughed and celebrated. Then, we watched "Meet the Mormons" (link is to a trailer for the film, the full film can be found on Netflix!) to top off the night. SO. GOOD. I loved Thanksgivng this year and made quite the list of what I am thankful for! Oh yeah! The Elders got us all fresh gingerbread from the bakery as well. That stuff is dangerously good.
This week was incredible. We are currently tracting a new area which is simply perfect. Every single time we are there we feel the Spirit so strongly. It is unbelievable. I look forward to 7 hour tracting days and cannot wait until we have a lot of snow so I can hide a lunch in the snow bank.
I found a quote this week that I forgot to write down and bring with me, but it says, "The longer you serve, the less able you feel. The longer you serve the more you recognize the complete necessity everyone has to hear your message and your complete incapacity to bring it to everyone." (It gets positive after that, I promise haha.) But I have felt that this past week. I am in the middle of my mission which is a dream! But I am starting to feel that great anxiety for my people here. We all need to repent! I feel God's love for them in a very sacred way. I have never relied more fully on the Lord as I helped people this week DISCOVER WHY we need a Savior and what He has already done for us. It has been one of the most inspired weeks. I have shed tears for these people. I have plead for their softened hearts. I have been their missionary this week and it was a privilege to do so. I can not wait for this week!
I love you all! Thanks for being so inspiring and happy. Go dance to chrismas music for me!
GO WATCH THIS CHRISTMAS VIDEO!