Hello hello my friends. What a wonderful week. Am I right? I hope you all have had the opportunity to feel God's love this week! If you haven't, pay better attention.
This week I am exercising repentance and hoping to reply to emails and more effectively, sorry people! Hahaha and yes mother, I will send some pictures this time(;
To start explaining my title, there are a couple of things you have to understand about driving in our mission.
We have a device called "Tiwi" plugged into each of our cars that warns us when we are going too fast or driving aggressively or not wearing a seatbelt. It is actually a really good device. Everyone hates it though because it has a really annoying robot voice that says, "check your speed" or "aggressive driving" it's hilarious.
Another thing to mention is that it is really hard to get an "aggressive driving". You have to drive seriously rough to get one, and all of our records are sent to our vehicle coordinator to make sure that we aren't driving like lunatics.
Anyways, all of this information builds up to an event that happened this week:
We were searching for an address and our GPS took us to a really strange route, and we ended up traveling across a dirt road. There was a ton of snow that had frozen into ice, and snow banks on either side so we couldn't flip a U-turn. Lo and behold, all of the sudden we came to some really sketchy parts in the road and we were bouncing around like crazy in the car. I was laughing my head off and Elder Sorenson was freaking out because he was the one that was driving. Meanwhile, Tiwi was shouting from the corner, "AGGRESSIVE DRIVING!" It was a good sight to see.
My week really has been amazing though. As a missionary, I am constantly reminded of the matchless power of God. Miracles happen daily, you just have to be open to witnessing them. For example:
The other day Elder Sorenson and I were out looking for some menos-activos and when we knocked on what we thought to be their door we met a kid named Gonzalo. He is 18 and discussed the fact that he had gone through times in his life where he thought that God had abandoned him. He said that he was trying to go back to church, but that he still had confusion and doubts. We testified that God had sent us to his door, and that through reading the Book of Mormon he would be able to feel it. We came back a few days later and asked him how his experience had been going. His response was that the Book of Mormon had answered questions that he didn't know he had. He said he reads nothing but a few verses every night before he goes to bed, and that he had felt something. I want you all to know that that is the power of the Book of Mormon. That is my favorite part about being a missionary. These are real people with really questions and concerns, and we have the answers.
Saying that might sound arrogant. But I want you all to know that I stand as a witness that the answer to all of life's questions can be found within the scriptures. I use the superlative "all" on purpose. The answers are there, GO AND FIND THEM.
Transfers are next week! So next week I will find out if they are going to move me from my birth place (Carpentersville). I have to admit that I would be sad to go hahaha this place and these people feel like my family. I can not describe how much love I have for each one of the people in this area. Time is flying by far to fast - but it is good to know that I have made some relationships that will last forever. Luckily, I have confidence that the Lord will put me in the place that I need to be in. There are still so many people to meet! Life is spectacular. Taste it and feel it and love every moment!
My prayers go out for all of you! Have a fantastic week! Thank you for all your love, prayers, and support. It means the world to me!
Especially Grandma Jackie, I received your letter in the mail and was touched by your wonderful testimony, thank you so much for your example!
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