So this week has been probably the craziest weeks of my mission. 😦 It has been seriously a roller coaster of emotions. My companion went home because her mom is really sick and doesn’t have that much time to live. It was the saddest thing ever because this girl is one of my best friends in the mission and we always said, “Christmas we would be companions!” and it’s Christmas and we’re companions and then she goes home. 😦 We were only companions for 2 days but that was a tender mercy of the Lord, to put us together! I’m soo grateful for that. I know the Lord was looking out for both of us and I know that He knows all the desires of our hearts.
Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.
Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.
Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.
Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.
Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.
Because He came, we are gathered tonight to worship Him, in bonds of brotherhood and love.
As the year closes we should all rededicate ourselves and start anew. Rededicate ourselves to the families we have, the callings we have, and most of all our Lord and Savior even Jesus Christ. There is no better time than now. Now is the time and look ahead and remember all things are possible because He came.
Super quick: We put two kids on date this past week. 🙂 They are (girl) 9 and (boy) 8 respectively. They want to get baptized on the 25th of January. Their parents are less active but the kids just love the church. We read with them 2 chapters from The Children’s Book of Mormon and it was my turn to read a picture. I read the part where Joseph Smith wanted to know which church he wanted to join because he didn’t know and was confused. Then the boy says, “I know which church I want to join! It’s this one!” He’s only 8! And he was so serious and it just made my heart melt.
I love you all and I hope each of you continue enjoying this Christmas season. Praying for each of you. Now I’m going to enjoy my last moments with my very first trainer, Hermana Milliron, in downtown Chicago before she leaves! She heads home in two days 😦 I’m super bummed. She’s been the greatest support system for me out here since I came. Shout out to Hermana Milli! I love you!!!
Hermana E. Whitney
P.S. NOELLE, HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY!!! NO BOYS TIL I GET HOME.