Mom I am glad that all the kids spoiled you on your birthday! I hope that you got time to rest! The trip looked like a blast. I am not the least bit surprised, mom always knows how to have a party! Wow...it is amazing how life can change in just one week! Meg and Quinn moved out?? That is great! I am happy for them! But Sorry that now you wont see Mase as much anymore!! Man, what are you going to do with yourself now? No YW, no tending...no kids at home...It sounds like you will finally be able to retire? hahaha. I guess you can never really retire from being a mom. It sounds like all the farewells have been great! I am excited for all the experiences that they are going to have out here in the field!! Ben sounds like a sports fanatic, sheesh does that kid ever rest? You need to take the boat out!!! You always told me.." I'm the man!" So I know that taking the boat out will not be a problem for you!! Just please don't drop the keys in the water! :) Sorry that I have not been great at emailing lately, I hope you will forgive me! Don't worry, I have not forgotten all of you, things have just been pretty crazy! But that is not an excuse! I will be better!
These past couple of weeks have been pretty challenging. And by pretty challenging I mean..really hard. This week President and Sister Brewer came to our island for some meetings and Zone Conference. Papa God definietly answered a lot of my prayers through their wise counsel. In one of our meetings with President and Sister Brewer they showed a viedo about all the attributes of Jisas Kraes. If you have not watched it..you should! It shows His life and all of the attributes that he had. Jisas Kraes was completely perfect, he never made one mistake, but yet he was still an outcast to His people. He served His entire life, but yet people hated him and rejected Him. The path He walked through life was a lonely one. These past few weeks we have faced a lot of opposition. Sometimes as missionaries we feel as if we walk alone. But I have learned that we are never alone. No matter how many people reject this great message, no matter how many different trials we face, Papa God will never allow us to walk alone because Jisas Kraes him already walked the lonely path. If we want to be a disciple of Kraes we must be willing to walk a small portion of that lonely path that he walked. If we endure, in the last day we can rest with him. In that same meeting President counseled us "Don't be afraid to do hard things." This is something I have defnietly learned these past few weeks. Hard times are the times that we grow the most. Hard times give us a choice-we can choose to become bitter and harden our hearts or we can humble ourselves, soften our hearts, and determine to do better. Another thing I have learned these past few weeks is when we feel like we are facing a hard time we must take time to look for the small and simple blessings that occur every single day. Five months ago when I came into this area I met a less active papa Alfred. Alfred had been baptized several years earlier but had since "left the church." Just by looking at him you could see that Satan had indeed done his work on him. Ever since I have come into this area I have made a special effort to be sure to visit him as much as possible. He is the only member in his family and needs all the help he can get. When we would visit him, many different people would make comments and tell us we were wasting our time. We could continue to invite him to make changes in his life, but he would continue to stay the same. To be honest, I felt as though we were making no difference in his life. But yesterday when church started, I looked back and saw papa sitting in the back row in his white shirt. He had his new scriptures with him and he was just shining. Like literally, I could not stop smiling. Something was just so different about him. After the meeting we went to go visit him and he was so happy! We started the lesson and he looked at us and said..I did it. I have quit kava and smoke and I have seen blessings. I will never go back. Thank you for not giving up on me. I have just tried it for this one week and I have seen blessings already in my home. I have seen my wife's (not a member) heart come softer, we have money for food, the blessings just keep coming. My companion and I were so happy. The scripture in 1 Nifae 16:29 is true. By small things (small visits) great things come to pass. He is the power. The power of the atonement can heal even the most broken of people. We have been facing full up hard things, but now we have one more worthy Melkezidik prishud holder in our branch! (There are only 3) Papa God he has his own purpose for each of us!
Even though I have been through some hard times as a missionary lately, I am happy. I love missionary work. Time is going by too fast!!! I am grateful for all the support and love that you all give me! It means the world to me!! I love all of you!!! :) Have a good week!!! :) :)
Happy Birthday!!!!! I wish I was there to spoil you rotten, but next year! I hope that everyone lets you put your feet up and rest, you definitely deserve it! You are seriously the best mom anyone could ask for. Thank you too much for all the the sacrifices that you have made for us kids and that you continually make every single day. You have taught me so much through your Christlike example. You have never once given up on me. Just like the stripling warriors said in Alma 56- I have never doubted the gospel because you have taught me. Your faith through all the trials that you have faced has strengthened me and given me power to continue even at times when I didn't think I could. I am grateful that you have stood up strong in the gospel so that I could have the great blessing of the gospel in my life. I know that it was not always easy, but I know that it was worth it. You have taught me so much and every time I am faced with something hard out here I think of all the things that you taught me. I am beyond grateful. I will never forget the lessons you taught me. They give me strength and it encourages me to work my hardest to bring blessings back to you and the family. Even though sometimes I didn't listen, I look back now and see that truly "Mother knows best." I am glad too much that we have so many memories together and I cannot wait to make more when I get back!! :) Thank you too much for always putting us first. I hope that I can be half the mother you are someday! I love you mom!!! Have a great birthday!! LOVE YOU!