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Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year!!!

January 4th 2016:

What do you call a sleeping cow?
A bull-dowzer. 

I did not write an email last week. There was so much to write about that I couldn't just pick one thing! So here is a quick summary; I went to the temple for the first time in 9 months, and it was amazing. It truly is a house of God! We had a Christmas devotional, the spirit was really strong. Christmas Day we went to my favorite members home for Christmas morning. Taylor even filled our stockings, and attempted to make us snowman pancakes.;) They were delicious! We always have a lot of fun with Taylor. We skyped our families at the Smiths house, and had a yummy lunch. Later that evening  we went to the Erbals home for dinner.  It was a wonderful Christmas! I truly came to a better understand on why we celebrate Christmas. It's about the greatest gift of all- our Savior and Redeemer.

We had a lesson with a media referral named Rob. He said something that really touched me. His point was Heavenly Father wants us, he doesn't need us, he wants us. He kept saying that Heavenly Father doesn't need us, in my mind I was thinking no he does need us. He was right though, he is perfect. He can do everything and anything he wants and he doesn't need us to help him do it. Rob mentioned how he wants his wife to want him , he doesn't want her to need him. It made me think uh yeah! I want someone to want me, I don't want them to talk to me because they need something. Heavenly Father wants us because we are his literal children. It all makes sense in my head now! It was an ah ha moment for me.

On missions you can have some pretty crummy days, days where you are homesick and done. But then I meet someone who doesn't have the knowledge of the Gospel, and I realize the blessing it is to know that there is someone in Heaven that is my Father and he knows who I am. Not even that, but the knowledge that he has a plan for me, in that plan includes my family. And let me tell you my family means the world to me. I miss them like crazy, but I get to spend eternity with them and I know that. Friday night sister Morgan and I went tracting. We knocked on this ladies door, and asked if we could pray with her. She was holding back tears as she said yes, she then goes to explain that tomorrow is the 19th anniversary of her daughters passing. For 19 years she has been in pain, 19 YEARS!! I asked if her daughter had been baptized, she explained a little more of what happen, and that she died right after birth. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father guided me and sister Morgan so that we could tell her about the wonderful chance that we have to go to the temple and be sealed for time and all eternity, and to tell this sweet mother that she could be with her daughter for eternity. There are no words to explain the spirit that was there. It was so strong, and I know that she felt something stir inside her heart. There truly is no greater work. I know he sent us to her house. Gosh I love being a missionary. These are the moments that make all the bad days worth it!

Ps. Don't send me any mail. I could be getting transferred, I'll let you know next week! 

1. Taylor made us yummy salmon! :) she is a keeper! (Taylor is the one closest to me) 

2. Temple!! 

Sister J

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