I was so surprised when I got on and saw about ten emails from you, all pictures! Charlie!! I was thinking before I started writing, "I wonder if Jess had her baby yet? Probably!" I don´t know about you, but I think he already looks like Jameson! We shall see! He is the cutest nephew ever though, and I can´t wait to see him with my own eyes!
Sounds like you have all been really busy this week! I guess that´s how it is at the end of the school year. I can´t believe there are only two or three weeks left of school! Doesn´t time just fly? I know I say it almost every week, but wow! It´s almost June!
You heard right about El Salvador. It has been a little dangerous lately. ;D I have faith that if I am obedient and obey the rules of the mission that everything will turn out fine though. As missionaries, the Spirit is like our bulletproof jacket. ;)
It is always sad to hear about people that do not have money, have health problems, and sometimes can´t even work. You asked me for more pearls of wisdom, and I will give you this: When we live the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, there is ALWAYS hope. Hope for blessings, hope for a better life, hope for peace and joy.
I will always remember a talk given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland about a man, newly wed, whose car breaks down as his family is moving to another State. The man walks to the nearest town, in search of someone, anyone, who can help his family in their situation. Eventually he gets to a carshop and the man there inspects the car and tells him he cannot find a problem. They start off again, and the car breaks down in the same spot, the exact same spot as before. The man leaves his family behind, and begins walking to the same town to look for help. Elder Holland imagines driving down the same highway as this family, and seeing the dad walking, his family waiting anxiously on the side of the road. He imagines telling the man, "Keep walking! Don´t you quit! There is hope ahead, you have a bright future!"
Sometimes life is hard. We will all have challenges, financial problems, health problems, and lost trust in some of our best friends. But if we live the gospel to the fullest, none of it will really matter in the long run, because we are following the path that Heavenly Father has provided for us. One day we can live with God again, in an eternal state of happiness. But this life is a time to prepare to meet Him. There is no time to lose, the time is now!
It is sad, but sometimes the adversary attacks us really, really hard. Sometimes we begin to fall, spiritually. We need to heed the advice of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, to "doubt our doubts before we doubt our faith."
This Church is true! Joseph Smith restored the Church that was lost after the death of Christ and his apostles. The Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and contains the fullness of the gospel of Christ. Thomas S. Monson is God´s prophet.
I love my mission so much! I love helping people come to Christ, because I know that He is our hope. Only through Him can we reach our potential! He wants to strengthen us and guide us to eternal life. We only need to reach out to Him, as He reaches out to us.
This week Elder Villalobos and I taught a member couple, Ricardo and Esmiralda. We read Alma 50:1-4 about how Moroni prepared to defend his people against the Lamanites. We compared Moroni to parents and the people as their children. These times are really hard, but if we stay faithful to God and his commandments, we can overcome our common enemy, Satan, and have a happy family. This is definitely something that you and Pap and put into practice with us. There could not be a happier family, and it is because you taught us the gospel of our Savior, every day of our lives. Thanks for that, Mom. You´re amazing. :D
I hope you have an amazing week!!
P.S. I´m sorry I don´t have pictures this week. Next time!