It is always so awesome to hear from you! I love you so much! I dont know about being a great leader or not, but thank you. I look back on the companionship that I had with Elder Johnson and thank the Lord for being able to be around the influence of such an amazing person. So to am I forever grateful that God blessed me with such a great set of parents and a wonderful family. And by the way, that is so neat that you are making the quilt. I bet you have alot of jeans. hahaha. How did you hide them all? I never really saw them I dont think. It sounds like a real feat to accomplish. I'm excited to see it though:) As for the story of the Jaredites crossing the waters, that too is one of my favorites. I love that one becasue the whole story is so relevent to my life. It relates very well. I also really like the story of how they got the light. Im not going to lie, this last week has really pushed and streched me. We worked really hard and i felt the spirit often. Its interesting to me that our spirits are really like our bodies, because when we do more physical work, we then become more hungry, but now that I had been in the possition of working really spiritually hard I have had the need of spiritual food more and more, and it is such a blessing. because who so shall hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. I love you mom. So you know how I said that I often have the spirit give me themes of things to learn? Well it seems that the spirit is trying to reteach me something. (must be really important.) I say that because of the strong feelings I have had about this subject. That subject being love and charity. I was thinking this morning of how thats one of the main things I want to look for in a wife. Before I got to NC an apostle (maybe you can guess who) told us to decide now what you want in a spouse. So when you get home and are confused about everything you can still have some direction in such an important decision. So I have done so. I have made a couple of pages of what i hope for that special daughter of god. But one of the most vital things I will look for in her is the amount of charity she has and how loving she is. It seems like this is a common trait in women but it is such a requirement for me to have a companion to be ultra loving. Its really interesting. When I think of the savior and the charateristics he has, the first one that comes to mind is his love for the father and us, and the more we become like him, the more love we will have rooted in our hearts. When I talk about love, I dont mean, fake passion or meerly wanting to have a desire to love, but an actual deep compassion and devotion from the inner heart for God and others. When we become like Jesus Christ, we will gain this love. It is a difficult trait to recieve, but it is worth it. Our level of love and compassion for others is directly connected to our level of happiness. God has great joy, and as we feel the spirit and are changed to become more like him, we too will undoubtedly become more happy. We will smile. Other people will truely desire to be with us because of how they feel when they are around us, especially if they feel the spirit when we are near. The gospel is all about joy. Being really happy. Through the atonement, and in eternities, its all roses. I wish I cold say how my heart feels about this right now, and I wish that I can obtain more of this love from God. I hope the same for you and those within your circle of influence. I love you so much mom. God loves you and I. He loves us and all the people that we will ever meet. I plead to seek this love and cling to the spirit. I hope this makes your day.
Man I just get into the gospel and then I realize I have to transfer my thought from being spiritual to things that are not as eternal and more temporal. Like for instance, how is Randy doing? When on earth is he going to get an email address? I WANT TO EMAIL HIM! Im way excited for that. I hope he writes often and I hope its not like he must write because its an assignment. But from the sounds of things that wouldnt be so bad because he is getting good grades. Also, man, I really want to get the rest of dads conversion story. also, that pink butter was super amazing if you know what i mean. wow, someone, reading this would probably think, (what a needy guy! all you needs!) I also have an underlying purpose to get mail. we are doing baseball with mail. different forms of mail count for different kinds of hits. and the person who has the most points by the end of the transfer wins. Right now I am at 3 points. and I hope to beat someone that is writing a girl that writes him every week. so... hope to hear from you soon hahahaha.