I leave tonight!!!! Well at 2AM!! Crazy! Last night when I said goodbye to Hermana Bown, Hermana MacLellan, and Hermana Daines I didn't get much sleep. I probably only got three hours of sleep and surprisingly I'm not passed out.
And tonight I'm not going to get any sleep because 1) I leave at 2AM and 2) It's Mexican Night for us to celebrate Mexico's Independance Day and Mexico City will be partying all night!
So five people from my district will be on my same flight and I'll be sitting by Elder Dahl so it'll be tons of fun!
This past Friday everyone who was leaving this week had a day full of back to back meetings and they showed us how we could approach someone in the airport with a pass along card. So I have a few of those...we'll see what happens. We all fly to Dallas and then from there we split off in different directions.
I can't believe it's already time to go.
This past Sunday we were lucky and had Presidente Pratt and Hermana Pratt in our sacrament meeting. He said some really nice things just for us missionaries that were leaving.
Elder Dahl also sang a musical number where he sang a combination of 3 different hymns. It was beautiful and I started to tear up.
When I said goodbye to Hermana Bown and my roommates it was sad and I teared up a little bit. I have a feeling that when I say goodbye to all of the guys I'm gonna ball.
I'm a little anxious about the airport but I'm all packed and I think I have enough pesos. Cross your fingers!
Also this week we had a devotional given by Hermano Shawn Cates. He is the one that takes care of all the physical stuff within the CCM. His devotional was amazing! I learned soooo much! Everything he was saying was just great!
One of the many great things he shared was a poem that goes like this:
"Come to the edge."
"No we'll fall."
''Come to the edge.''
''No we'll fall.''
''Come to the edge.''
So we came to the edge and He pushed us,
And we flew.
Many times we just need to have faith and follow the promptings of the Spirit. Many of us have faith and have felt the Spirit before but we do not have strong enough faith to just act. FAITH TAKES ACTION.
Many of us do not realize our full potential. If only we could have faith in what we could accomplish with God on our side.
We can't be like Lot's wife who did not have faith and longed for the past. We need to point ourselves toward the future. Having faith leads to amazing things. We just need to step out of the way and let God lead.
Also one thing I liked that was said in Relief Society was, ''When you are discouraged you are listening to the Devil.''
No bad thing comes from God and no good thing comes from Satan.
When you are discouraged pray for more faith, strength, and peace in your life. But that is not all. You have to act! You cannot just pray for more faith and expect it to magically appear. Pray for faith and then study the scriptures, go to church, do everything you can to work towards that and then that is when you receive blessings and answers to your prayers.
I am so grateful for this gospel it's surreal. It is my anchor in my life and it means everything to me. I know that the mission will be difficult at times and that maybe sometimes I'll wonder what in the world I am doing. But I know this church is true and I know that this is exactly where Heavenly Father wants me to be at this point of my life.
I want to share the happiness this gospel gives me with others and help them to receive the blessings of the gospel as well.
I know that serving a mission will bring me and others many blessings. I know that I am changing on my mission. Even within the short time I've been here in the CCM I have seen changes in me. I know that my mission is a part of my lifelong conversion process.
I want everyone to have the knowledge that I have and I want to keep growing and learning more!
I love the temple! As I share the gospel I want to help as many people as possible to get to the temple because that is where we make eternal covenants. That is where we can be sealed as families for eternity. The temples give us an eternal perspective that everyone should be able to see.
Wow, I can go on and on...but I won't.
I should be able to call you from the Dallas airport but if not I'll call or email you when I'm in Washington.
I love you all!
P.S.Sorry if my thoughts are a little frazzled lol
|My District with our Branch Presidency|
|Out farewell District picture|
|Our last casual District Picture|
|My awesome instructors Hermano Monroy and Hermana Arno|
|The night my companion and roommates left me.|
|It's my turn!....Goodbye CCM...|