|Us with Cute Sestra Smartt (one of our senior missionaries:) Elder Smartt must be taking the picture!!!|
This week has been another great one! I love the fact that it's December and that the Christmas spirit is all around. Even if people don't really celebrate Christmas here there is something still so magical about this time of year! I definitely have times when I can hardly bear to think of our house all decorated, Mom making cookies and watching a movie with the fireplace on, but at the same time there is something so comforting about putting on 20 lbs of clothing and bringing this message to people here. It's more of a "working" type of Christmas spirit now and it's fabulous.
Sestra Black and I have been working as hard as ever and really just loving every minute of the work here! It's so interesting that the harder I work, the more tired I am when I go to bed, but the more awake I am in the morning! It's so backwards, but I couldn't be more grateful. I know it's definitely a tender mercy from Heavenly Father that I am able to get up and do the same thing each and every day, because we all know I'm not very patient. :)
We're still looking to find the family that we have been praying for, so we've been talking to everyone we come in contact with! We've really been searching and using different approaches to help people feel the spirit, but we are definitely learning every day that some things work for some people and those same things DO NOT work for other people. haha Lately it's been the bit of the same: people trying to convert us to Islam. I'm actually considering it because they get to wear coverings over their faces and no one looks at them strangely! I bet they are just snug as bugs in rugs under there! haha
I miss you all so much! I'm so happy to be a missionary. Missionary work is definitely about WORK and I couldn't be more happy doing what I'm doing. I have spent a lot of time in my life waiting for the "next phase" in my life because, of course, AFTER I graduate things will be better, AFTER this semester I will be better at reading my scriptures, AFTER my mission I'll be a better person, AFTER I'm married I'll be satisfied with the way that I look, but this week I was lucky enough to re-read President Uchtdorf's "Forget Me Not" talk and it set me straight.