I GOT YOUR PACKAGE AND I ALMOST CRIED!! Thank you guys soooo much! I'm not sure which I am more happy about: The freakingly amazing Betty Crocker cake mix with HERSHEY SPECIAL DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING (oh my goodness, you guys know me so well) or the FUN-FREAKING-FETTI!!!!! pancakes with... OH MY GOODNESS!! MAPLE SYRUP!!!!!!!!!!! (Just so you guys have an idea of how excited I was) Needless to say, I celebrated my wonderful countries Independence Day with a lovely American breakfast. USA!!
So I tried using the SD card reader that you sent me, and it still doesn't work. Sad face. I'm going to see if I can print some up and send them to you in a letter, because I don't know any missionaries going home this transfer to send back my SD card. Wish me luck!
OH MY GOODNESS DANI JUST SENT ME PHOTOS AND HAYDEN HAS A BEARD. Nope. Not allowed. Shave it.
Anywho, on a more spiritual note, I was reading Eld Ballard's talk from this general conference this morning and was reminded of just how incredible it was. My challenge to you guys is to read this talk together for family home evening tonight, and focus on the second half about his missionary challenge. He extends an invitation to all the members to study out of Preach My Gospel and share what they are learning with the missionaries. Together, they can learn more, share ideas, and increase the unity between the members and the missionaries. I LOVED THIS when I read it this morning. Can I start by sharing a section that could be really helpful in your calling as Family History Specialists? In Ch. 9, there is a section for the missionaries to find more investigators and strengthen recent converts through family history work. The story that it includes is really fantastic, too. It would be so awesome if you guys could meet with the missionaries and ask if there is something that you could do to help them out with that! Teach the recent converts to start their family tree, or even invite non-members to start researching. You guys are an incredible tool to the ward and to the missionary work. Over here, we don't have any specialists like that, so we don't really get to take advantage of this blessing of turning the hearts of the children to their fathers. This is just an idea that I had. What do you guys think?
My comp and I are pressing forward. We recieved an AWESOME reference from some members visiting from Argentina yesterday who brought their cousin to sacrament meeting. We are super excited to go visit her and her husband tomorrow and teach the first lesson.
As for health, we're doing alright, but I think my comp has an inner ear infection because it's been hurting her all week. Tonight we are calling the mission president's wife to get a doctors appointment. We are still taking lots of vitamin C and trying to eat lots of fruits and veggies, although it's a little rough when we eat nothing but meat and grease with the members.
I love you guys a lot, and I'm so glad you guys had such a blast for the 4th! Keep praying for my comp and me, please. You guys are always in my prayers.
Lots and lots of love,