On this last day of December in the two thousandth and twelfth year of our Lord, I sit at this computer and email...
It has been a good year and we have fought the great fight.
We are beginning a new and it is sure a great sight.
The start of a new year, to learn and to grow,
to laugh, to enjoy and new experiences to sow.
I'll be in Texas, the Lord's work shall I do
You'll be in Provo, living life too.
Each new year states a brand new slate
New goals, dreams and challenges are at our fate
Accomplish them we will, the work may make us sore
but hopefully all of them, will mold us like Christ a little more.
Did you like my poem...yeah I just wrote it. its the rapping skills coming into action. ;)
Okay but in all seriousness...
What a wonderful time of year
because we have the chance to re devote ourselves to a new "season" in
our lives. As the year comes to an end I hope that you are enjoying the
last day of this awesome year. I hope you are looking forward to the
year of 2013. The ring of that number just sounds sweet! I think that
sounds like a really good year...:) I hope you all have goals to become a
little better to improve in areas of all aspects of life. Not only in
physical but in spiritual as well.
I love this quote from Conference...
"This is the exchange
the Savior is asking of us: we are to give up all
our sins, big or small, for the Father’s reward of eternal life. We are
to forget self-justifying stories, excuses, rationalizations, defense
mechanisms, procrastinations, appearances, personal pride, judgmental
thoughts, and doing things our way. We are to separate ourselves from
all worldliness and take upon us the image of God in our countenances."
(Robert C. Gay - What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for his Soul Oct2012)
and Jesus don't ask much of us for in return we gain such a greater
reward. I hope one of your goals is to read the book of mormon every
day. Did everyone sign the paper? I hope so.
Well this week has been a bit rough because everyone is busy but we
still found a lot of success. It was fun talking to you all on Tuesday
but it seriously feels like it didn't really happen and it was forever
ago! :) I don't know if it feels that way for you.
I received your package - Kate and Nick! I loved everything in it.
It was so silly. I enjoyed the card and the pictures from Kinley and
Kylee. Thanks! :) Hna Koerner and I already finished a game of words
with friends. We do everything way fast at night and played from
9:40-10, two nights in a row. Lets just say...I still have it but Hna
Koerner is good. I won barely because my last letter was I and hers was
q. It think final score was 372 (me) to 321 (her). It was a lot of fun.
We are going to play in spanish next. I took a picture but I forgot to
bring my camera.
This week I had the best food of my life and the worst...:) Which
one do you want first? Good first. I ate the BEST Pupusas ever this
week! Nubia (juan solano's wife) made them. From what I have heard they
are the best in Texas. Hna Rivera is from El Salvador where they are
made and she said that they are the best ones she has ever tasted. She
has a business from her home. They were dang good. We ate like 6. She
kept bringing us more and saying eat eat. Yum. You can look them up on
line and see a picture if you want. She also made us this homemade hot
chocolate. It was quite tasty as well.
As for the Grossest...Saturday night we were knocking lots of doors
for a few hours cause we couldn't get any appointments. We end up going
to a ward member called the uribes to welcome them to the ward. She said
oh I am making dinner let me feed you. We had a dinner an hour later
with Tio and Tia Perla (Hna. Rivera's aunt and uncle) but you can't deny
these people...so we are like okay...) She gave us Oysters...then Clam
Chowder...then Artichoke dip with chicken and potatoes...I was dying. To
finish it off, she gives us Fruit Cake...and I couldn't do it. Sorry
Grandma...I know you like it. I ended up sneaking it in my napkin and
putting it in my purse and then throwing it away. Hna Koerner was asking
how did you eat that? I told her what i did and she was laughing so
hard. She told me I kept looking over and it was less and less and less
and I was thinking HOW is she eating this cake! haha The oysters were
sooo NASTY! YUCK. ahhh. I thought i was going to die. I was choking them
down. They looked like HUGE Bugs. ewwww. okay haha. Sorry, I am done.
It was quite funny. After we left we were both like I can't believe we
just ate that! We go over to Perla's and we just ate a normal dinner but
they were telling us about how they eat snake and iguana in El
Salvador. Tia Aida said " I am going to make Iguana next time and then
you are going to ask what is this and I am going to say...Oh Just
Chicken! :) I love them they are such great people! :) She said she
misses hearing from her. I told her that we would call her to see how
she was doing and that we would come and visit them.
One cool thing... I was telling Hna Koerner about our traditions and
about the book tradition. She bought be a book for christmas and we
read it on christmas eve. It was Belle and Rapunzel in winter. It was so
thoughtful of her.
I saw my Greg Olsen Signature on my calender today when I hung it
up. I was like why did my dad sign my calender then I was like Oh MY
Goodness that is Greg Olsen! haha :)
When we were knocking doors, we go to the first one and the guy tells us he doesn't need a prayer or a picture of jesus.
The next let us in, told us a lot of stuff and then invited us back to
teach them. They are Potentials and it is a family of 4 kids and the
mom. They are great. We are excited to visit them this week.
The next door was also great and invited us back to teach them. Another Potential
The next was yelling when we knocked and yelled WHO IS IT? We said the
Missionaries and he said WHAT DO YOU WANT. I said to say a prayer with
you and your family...he said they were having a problem right now so
no. I was really glad they didn't let us in! :) haha
We met these little girls and they were all drawn to us. We asked if
we could pray with them. They said yeah. Then I said we have something
for you. One of the little girls says "No, I don't take candy from
strangers!" haha I said oh i don't have candy. I have a picture of
Jesus. She said oh we will have that! :) It was quite funny. :) We met
her mom and are going to visit her as well.
It was an awesome week! I got to get going but I am excited for this
year because I have a whole year of being a missionary ahead! :) I love
Well remember who you are and to whom you belong to.
Off Finding the Tens of Thousands!
Love you! :)