I seriously want to cry right now because I just spent 30 minutes writing out a really good email right now, and randomly it just vanished right now, and now I have no time, so I'm really sorry and really mad at the moment. My sweet companion let me re-write some of what I originally wrote, and really sorry all of you I didn't get to properly respond to. Next week! Thanks for all your birthday wishes:)
MLC: I was a little stressed on my birthday because I had to speak the following day for 20 minutes about Accountability to the Lord. It is a bit intimidating speaking in front of all these awesome missionaries and president Millar, but the Spirit helped me and it turned out well. At the beginning I did a skit acting out the parable of the 10 virgins, but of the 4 sisters to illustrate that you can't give someone else your accountability to the Lord. The bridegroom was the district leader and my homies from the MTC Sister Cowley and Barrow were the wise sisters and Sister chamberlain and I were the foolish ones. It was funny, but I think illustrated that accountability to the Lord is not just a principle of the mission, but an eternal one.
When it really hits you: On Wednesday I found out my old companion Sister Anderson had a tragedy in her family. Her sister with 2 little girls suddenly died of a brain tumor and she was able to fly out to Denmark to be with her family. When I read that, I immediately started balling and I felt so much sadness for her and her family. There is such a special bond you can make with your mission companions especially when we have been writing each each week after being together. When I returned to the flat, I just got down on my knees and prayed with the Lord for comfort for her and her family. It seems like when I feel the Spirit the most it is when I am praying for others to have peace amidst their difficulty. If you could keep her family in your prayers, that would be amazing. I am grateful for the principle that our families last forever and death is but a temporary pause into our eternal progression. I know that this is possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I love my Saviour and his ability to help each of us amidst the storms of life.
Love you all,