Sunday, December 25, 2011
Hey they are actually letting us email on Christmas! So I just wanna wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We heard from Elder David A. Bednar from the Quorum of the 12 Apostles today for our devotional. That means that I have already seen 3 of the 12 Apostles since I've been here. I think that's pretty cool! I hope that you can all still remember the true meaning of Christmas, which is remembering the Birth of the Savior, as we usually all try too. I can remember Christmas passed from when I was younger or even last Christmas and the one thing that usually occurred was the fact that I would always be most excited to get things and receive things without appreciating the real meaning of gift giving, which is an expression of love to one another. I'm thankful that you all have supported me through love and that that is the one of the best gifts that I've ever been given.
This Christmas here has given me more of a perspective on helping others, and being more Christ like in everything that I do. One of the best things that you can receive from a mission I think is the ability to be humbled and rendered like a child before Christ, which is a way that he can bless us. We got about 10 minutes to open presents this morning because we had to be in a leadership meeting haha, but it gives you a better appreciation for what you are doing in a way, you lose yourself in the work, you hardly ever get any time to do literally almost anything for yourself here. That can allow you I think to get a better appreciation for others and for all the things that you have been blessed with. Ha I don't intend this email to be like some lesson, I just think that It was interesting perspective that I was able to kinda see and look at.
I love you all and I hope to call you soon, thanks for all the stuff you sent me!!! That was awesome, I really loved the trolling present that Jake sent me, it made me laugh, everyone in my room loved it! Well, I don't have much time here to send this, but I want you to all know how much I miss and love you all, and that I'm alright here and everything is groovy. I'm on the home stretch to get to Russia here, only a few more weeks and I'm on my way. Well thanks for everything and I'll be emailing you next week! Tell everyone I said hello!