Another day in the life of a missionary has come and gone. It’s a new year and I plan to use it to the best of my ability to meet the will of my Father.
Sunday was another day full of blessings. I am feeling 100% better since I got sick. The bronchitis is gone. Thank you of your prayers, I know they have helped a ton!
I've been reading the Book of Mormon a lot lately. As I read through the teachings of King Benjamin I’ve learned a lot about myself. You should all read his words in Mosiah Ch. 2-5. As the new year has begun I challenge you to pick a way that you can apply his teachings to your life. I am going to strive to be more charitable than I have ever been before. Charity is the true love of Christ. I know as you make your own resolution and approach it with humble and sincere prayer, Heavenly Father will multiply and expand your efforts. I know that if you fall short, you can recommit yourself each day and as you do so, I know that you will be blessed beyond what you could have imagined for yourself.
Thank you all for your love and support. I know this calling is not easy or convenient, but I know it will be worth it. I love you all so much! I will keep going because I have your love to lift me up.
On Sunday we watched the John Tanner movie that Grandma and Grandpa Culley showed us a few years back. I told my district that I am a descendant of John Tanner. Everyone made the connection (except for me) that my companion is a descendant of Parley P. Pratt. Him and John Tanner were called on missions at the same time. It’s like a spiritual inception and now, their descendants are companions on a mission together. We were called on the same day, just like them! Pretty amazing huh!
Dear Elder must have closed down for the Holidays because I was flooded by Dear Elder’s on Monday. It was a joyous occasion! So I will try to respond to those all at once. I am just going to have to suppress the thought that Mom has a freaking HUGE gun! In response to one of your questions, I love hearing about all the silly little details of your lives, it helps me to feel close to all of you. Everything I write is for each one of you…. But I should take my own advice more often.
You mentioned Keegan Hicks in your letter. I met him here on Christmas Day. He told me to tell Riley that he says “hi” and to write him. So Riley, if you aren’t going to do homework, you should write Elder Hicks. He seemed really happy here. I was surprised that he recognized me. He waved me down in the hall. I would love if you sent me that letter that he wrote on Christmas.
I am sorry that I wasn’t there to take down Christmas decorations! NOT! Haha! Just kidding though, you would be surprised how much the little things mean to me now that I’m away.
I am glad that TJ is doing well. Tell him I said “Hi”!
And Mom, don’t go adopting more kids just because I’m not there. Ha ha! It might be a little too much to come home to another sibling sleeping in my bed.
On more thing, I want to hear all about Zoe. I miss her so dang much. I sleep with an extra pillow because I can’t sleep without her. You better be walking her.
In scripture study today I came across Mosiah ch 25:10, it says, “when they thought of the immediate goodness of God and His power…. They did raise up their voices and give thanks to God”. God’s blessings are immediate. When we experience a gift of God or notice His hand working in our lives, are we raising up our voices and giving thanks to God? We are given miracles everyday. Each time we are given a miracle, we need to OPEN OUR MOUTHS! Open your mouth in prayer, open your mouth to those around you, tell them how you are blessed and how they can notice their blessings too. Spread that light of Christ in the lives of the people around you.
THE GIFTS OF GOD ARE IMMEDIATE… THEY MAY NOT BE WHAT WE PLANNED, BUT THEY ARE BETTER. OUR GRATITUDE SHOULD BE JUST AS IMMEDIATE!
I love you all!