May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011 Letter

Holy Cow!!!!  I can't believe it's already the end of may.  The year is half way over already!

So not tons of things have happened this week.  Just small little moments.  But all at the same time, each small moment is really just a miracle in our eyes.  One big thing that we saw this week was in an appointment with Daniel Mediola.  We have been teaching him for about two and a half weeks, and he is just AWESOME!!!   Since we met him a few weeks ago he has already read to Jacob!  We can barely get our investigators to read the introduction, let alone half of the book of Mormon. But he has just been cruising along.  He has also been praying a lot.  He hasn't gotten a for sure answer but he knows that something about it is really just pushing him to keep pursuing it.  Anyway, this week was going to be an intense one for us, because we were going to be teaching him the word of wisdom.  We were nervous because his house always smells really smoky.  Well both of my companions were determined that he was the smoker, but I just wasn't so sure.  All week I have been praying that Daniel didn't smoke, and then yesterday when we taught him, turns out he doesn't!!!  When he told us that he had quit years ago, you could just see how happy all three of us were!!  He also quit drinking all alcohol ten years ago.  The only thing he would have a problem with is coffee, and he says he doesn't even like it very much. He just drinks it cuz it's there.  It's amazing how the lord with prepare his children long before they ever receive the gospel their lives.

This week I was also talking with one of our Zone Leaders, Elder Rose, at District Meeting.  We started talking about Lavell Edwards.  We were talking about how he was a really well known coach because of his ability to win.  Something that he said has really hit me hard.  "We don't win games on Saturday.  We win games Monday through Friday." --Lavell Edwards
How true is this quote!?!   I think a lot of times we just focus on the "big day."  Whether it be in sports, or a wedding day, or just some other even in our lives.  But what we forget about is those other days that lead up to it.  We HAVE to be preparing ourselves on the rest of those days in order to be ready for the day that really counts.  Lavell Edswards told them, without the proper practice and training throughout the week, they would never be ready on Saturday to win the game.  I hope that we can all remember how important those little days are.  Remember to read your scriptures and to constantly pray.  Because when those winds come to blow us over, we have to be prepared in order to not fall over.

I love you all so much!  I'm so thankful for all of the support and love you have shown me.  I hope everything is going well back home! 

Love Always,

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