Hello closest friends and family!
just to first tell you all, i love you all very much. this week was amazing. it first started off by enjoying the beautiful beach and sea breeze. hangin out with members and playin some beach soccer. then we taught two good times! good way to start off the week! then tuesday was full of work and good stuff, as well as wednesday. we did a member split about half the day and got over seven hours of teachin time combined and a total of 10 lessons. whew. doin work. then on thursday we had our beach side bon-fireside. i have pics but the silly thing wont show up on the computer. i think there might be a virus (sad day) ill get it looked at next week. so on friday we just did more and more work. and on saturday we had a baptism! (pics but...ya know) and then on sunday it happened to be the 19th of April which is a day dear to my heart. probably cause thats the day my heart started. my body is now 19 years old. i kept it on the DL, my comp barely knew cause i told a member and he talks pretty loud haha all in all it was an amazing week. we finished the week with 41 lessons, over 30 hours of teaching, and a lotta laughter and love.
Being out here, so far away from family, America and even the mission office, a lotta things become clear and it is easy to love. i truly have recognized what is important in life. relationships. family, friends, and especially God. not once upon being out here have i missed facebook, or instagram, or my smart phone. the things i truly miss is a nice day talking to a friend, a family game night, a three hour church block with your family and friends (in english). i miss you all and i love you. but i know that it is only these beloved experiences that truly make it worthwhile and will make our reunion that much sweeter. This week i have truly come to appreciate love, understand more about it, and to experience and express it. please know, that i love each one of you and i know that God knows and loves you individually. please read Alma 7:11 and 12.
i attribute this understanding to my understanding and knowledge of the Atonement. theres a line in preach my gospel that i love "Your desires to serve and work hard will increase as you better understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ" i have prayed dilligently for that desire and i have a strong testimony that if we pray and seek that, our desires will increase. it starts by giving your desires to him. give your heart to him. my personal prayer has, as it is obviously stated should be, become a lot more personal and meaningful. it all stems from understanding the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.
I have also been reading a book about Joseph Smith titled "The History of Joseph Smith given by his Mother" it is amazing and i can hardly put it down. the sacrifice, the trials, the testimony, the strength. he truly was a prophet of God and the prophet of the Restoration.
I love this life and this area! oh i nearly forgot! my third world probs! (pretty good this week if i say so myself haha)
scrubbing youself down with soap only to have the water go off whilst showering #jirama #patienceisavirtue #myeyesburn #TWP
the power going out at four o'clock pm while working and not coming back on till 11:30 at night...gave a new meaning to "wetting the bed" #jirama #psalmssixsix #TWP
i love you all. truly.