1.) Christmas of course! I got to skype the good ole familyy!:) that was definitely the best part! the rest of the day was everyday missionary life! but everyone gave us food! my favorite here is fruit salad! but most of the people here make the fruit salad with the fruit out of a can....i don't understand it! because they have like the best fresh fruit in the world! but its till good! but when i make fruit salad i use fresh fruit! like coconut,mango,watermelon,
banana, and other delicious stuff! i think the fruit here is definitely one of my favorite things! anyways that's my fruit salad story...haha.
2.) Christmas conference! So the mission got together and we had a conference! it was really fun! I got to see friends from the MTC that I haven't seen since then! I'll send some pictures!
3.) New years! So we had a curfew on new years eve at. We watched some church movies,and caught up on some stuff! but we woke up to fireworks in the middle of the night surrounding our house! they were so loud! they weren't the little fireworks we're used to! they were the huge ones! anyways we sat on our porch for a little bit and watched them. It was a new years ill definitely never forget!
4.) Tatay Crispin! So I'm really excited to tell you about him! he is a 75 year old man that lives really close to the church here. anyways he will be baptizedso ill make sure to send pictures! I'm kind of worried how he will get under the water cuz his body is so fragile!! but there's a way! haha.
5.) We had zone interviews with our mission president this past week! We obviously get interviewed, but then we are taught by some of our leaders. these first few months of the year we are focusing on the atonement and its enabling power! Everyone who reads this needs to watch the Mormon message " reclaimed" here's the link! the atonement is not just for sinners though! It's shown in our everyday lives! Through the atonement we can do things that we can't do on our own! and I definitely feel it here in the mission! I've grown in ways I couldn't have on my own!
6.) "Ponder the path of thy feet" this is a talk by the prophet. read it! its about becoming more like the Savior. i really love my Savior! Ive gotten to know Him better through reading, the book of Mormon, the bible,preach my gospel,Jesus the Christ. and through finding people and teaching people. I don't understand how someone could love us so much. I was reading the account of His atonement in the book "Jesus the Christ: (read that too! ..you have a lot of homework!) anyways it made me so sad reading about His pain.but I'm so grateful for his sacrifice. just imagine that, giving your whole life for other people. All your time, efforts,and even you literal life. yet sometimes we are selfish and want things for ourselves, now. but the Savior never thought about Himself. I just really love learning about Him.
7.) I really love this gospel! I don't have a perfect knowledge of all the things of the gospel! i sometimes have questions! but that's okay cuz there are some things I do know that make everything else not matter. and those things are : Jesus Christ lives. He knows us individually. We have a loving Heavenly Father. He wants us to go to Him through SINCERE prayer. The Book of Mormon is the words of God. If you want to have a better relationship with Him and our Savior..read it! Joesph smith is a prophet that was called of God. i don't have all the facts about the apostasy and restoration, but i know it really happened. He sacrificed His life for this gospel, along with many other saints. but more importantly, i have my own testimony of the restoration. i know it in my heart and it just makes sense that Heavenly Father still speaks to us because we are His children , and we need guidance and He loves us! so of course he can call a prophet in these days and reveal to us His will! i also know the atonement can change you. it can truly change your desires,your heart, and your weaknesses. its truly amazing! I'm not a super good missionary, i have many weaknesses. but i always try to make sure everyone knows they have a loving Heavenly Father who knows and loves and has a plan for them. that, to me, is the message of the restoration and the gospel of Jesus Christ! i know family is the most important unit of the gospel. the home is the most sacred next to the temple. I heard that in a quote that week. That's pretty amazing! I know that when we have trials we are being blessed. ether. If we are having trials its a good thing. Hard, but we are growing closer to the Savior.
anyways hope all is well back in the good old AZ! :)
love Sister Peavler