I am not gonna lie, I am pretty jealous that you guys got to spend a weekend in St. George. I would kill for some nice dry heat! I'm getting a little tired of being wet and cold;) But things are looking up here the sun has been out occasionally and the spring flowers are starting to bloom. I absolutely cannot wait to see Wales in the Spring. It's gonna be good.
Well this week has been fairly uneventful. It is Easter Break at the university so all of our investigators packed up and went home for 3 weeks. The town that once had a population of 20,000 has now gone down to 10,000 and it feels like a ghost town. Needless to say I miss the students! But we did get to take a trip down to Swansea for interviews with President Rasmussen. My love for that man continues to grow everyday and it was really nice to get to talk to him. He is the greatest.
Along with a trip to Swansea we also power washed one of our investigators decks. That was good fun! Her name is Shirley and she is super cool. She is a great cook and whenever we go over she has always made some delicious dessert for us! My favourite is her coconut cookies Mmmmm they are probably the best coconut cookies I've tasted. Dad would love them:)
But other than endless hours of finding in the rain not much has happened. Besides me learning a lot of patience along with many other things. But I think what I've learned the most this week is that people are very quick to forget the spirit and the blessings that God gives to them. I've been reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover with our investigator Tom, we are both gonna finish by April 10th the day that Tom gets back from break. So during my spare time (Lunch and Dinner) you can find me reading my 13 pages a day until the 10th of April when we finish. I love the Book of Mormon. It is honestly the best book ever, and this time through I've really been noticing how often the Nephites or the Lamanites fall away or forget about the Spiritual expereinces that they have had. I've been thinking a lot about my own life and about my investigators and how often and how quick we are to forget. And I have blown my own mind. Honestly looking back on my spiritual experiences and looking back and seeing how blessed I am, I am appalled at how quick I have been to forget the Lord in my life. I've realized that when I have kept a journal or have made sure that I read my scriptures everyday that I'm a lot less likely to be so forgetful and I see now why they are so important. I wish I would have learned this earlier because I am sure that I have missed out on some really amazing experiences and blessings simply because I am so quick to forget where it all comes from.Why do we have the Book of Mormon? So we don't forget and so that we don't make the same mistakes that they did. Look at the Jaredites and how those records were translated and passed out to all the people so that they would not be so quick to forget. We need to learn from these things, we mostly just need to stop having memory loss and start remembering the Lord. So guys don't be quick to forget where it all comes from. Don't forget those spiritual experiences that you have, and when times get tough and doubts start entering into your mind remember the council of President Uchtdorf, "Doubt your Doubts before you Doubt your Faith." I would add to that, cling to your spiritual experiences, hold on to them with all of your might and when that doubt comes think back and remember how you felt. Don't be quick to forget.
Well enough of my ranting. Sometimes I just go off... But hey at least I'm learning something from it if nothing else. I hope you all are having a fantastic spring break and if you are not on spring break well that's too bad!
Love you all,