Group Email April 27, 2015
"This week was super great!! We had a tornado warning last week here so we had to go take shelter for a bit, so that was fun!! It was raining SO hard!! Hmm let's see what else.. man, SO much happens in one week!! It's so crazy!! The weeks just BREEZE by!!
This past week I have really been able to see the effect the Book of Mormon can have on a person. If you haven't read it yet, DO IT. And if you have, DO IT AGAIN! And again and again and again!! God works in mysterious ways, a lot of times He answers our prayers or questions of the soul with the scriptures! Especially the Book of Mormon!! It is impossible to express how much I have seen that this book has blessed my life... I just want that same joy and happiness for everyone I come in contact with!! I encourage those of you who have gained a personal testimony and strong conviction that this book is true, to share it with your friends, family, coworkers, etc. Let's flood the earth with goodness!! :) And if you haven't quite gained that testimony yet, partake of the goodness!! I promise you will receive a witness and your life will be CHANGED. I know mine has!! :)
Yesterday we also had a SUPER great regional conference where both Neil L Andersen and Robert D Hales from the quorum of the 12 apostles spoke, as well as Linda S Reeves. It was AMAZING. Like basically, when Robert D Hales spoke I felt as though that was one of the reasons I came on my mission, and God knew it. I NEEDED to hear that talk and those words from a servant of the Lord. He talked about the future and raising families in love and righteousness. One of my favorite lines from the entire thing was "NEVER RAISE YOUR VOICE in your home, or your will find yourself in darkness." He talked about how the 62 years of him and his wife's marriage they NEVER raised their voice at each other, not once, and how happy they were! That pierced me to the soul. I know that in this day and age Satan is trying his hardest to attack the family unit and what the family is all about. He is distorting the perception of the family so rapidly and so sneakily that many don't even know it has hit them. I encourage all of you to BE LOVING. Towards everyone! Including and especially family. I know I have had my own trifles and arguments with family members, but as I have been on my mission and have come closer to my Savior Jesus Christ more than ever before, I have seen what PURE, true, GENUINE love can do and how if we all just had that same love our Savior has for each and every one of us how different this world would be.
On that note I just want you to know I LOVE YOU ALL. And I don't just say that I mean it!! :) Each and every one of you!!!
1-Here's a pic of a member we have become pretty close to, but she's leaving to Mexico for 3 months so won't get to really see her for a long time!! And oh man, the trees in the back?!! You just got a glimpse! Virginia is SO beautiful!! :)
2-We also went on exchanges last week, we have English Sister Training Leaders now, so it was interesting!! Basically I just spoke Spanish the whole time and didn't really have a companion who could do the same!! But it was fun!! We tried to visit some people who could speak English as well so it could be a bit easier.. haha :) #spanishprogram"