I hope you have had another fantastic week of life.
This week my message is a message of American Pride. A message of pioneer spirit. A message for life. These are some of the things I have learned as I continue my trek back to my Heavenly Father along with everyone else.
- Though the trek was difficult beyond measure, the inexpressible joy was worth all the pain.
- Rely on the goodness of God and not the wisdom of men.
- I will go on this trek, though I die on the way.
- When you feel like giving up, give a prayer of thanksgiving.
- What is small and weak may become great and significant.
- The Lord calls us in our weakness, but He qualifies us for His work. Sometimes the Lord lifts us low so He can bring us higher.
- When you climb a ladder, you start at the very bottom, and then you go one step at a time until you reach the top.
- The Lord takes raw material, shapes them, and refines them.
- We're not just building a temple here...the Lord is building us.
- This is for the Lord-do nothing but the best.
- When you are accomplishing the greatest things, the greatest opposition comes.
- How do we endure well? We trust in God.
- Happiness is what God intends for us.
- Every blessing we receive comes through obedience.
- It will all be worth, especially if my posterity will follow God.
- I do not want your hand until I have your heart.
- If we gave our all, then it was for something.
- We will do the best we can and go on.
My beautiful group of Russian Sisters left at 5 this morning for Russia. I woke up at 4:45 so I could see them off and help them with any last minute things. I'm really going to miss all of them. Now that I know my third cousin (Sister Winterton), we are going to be super good friends forever!!
This week I got to be a new missionary host!! It was super fun, and boy did it bring back a flood of memories from the day that I came here. The first girl I escorted at both her parents and two younger siblings in her family and they were all crying. As a host, I was doing all I could not to cry as well. The mothers of a family have the most tender hearts and rest assured that they hug their missionary at least twice before we take them in. I made sure to take good care of the Mom of the family (that's important)!
Mom, you are an angel!! Thank you for all the DearElder letters. They mean the world to me. Dad, I've heard from Mom that you are doing well in the rodeos. I thought of you during the firework show that we got to watch on the fourth. Kelsey, I'm seriously dying to know how you did on the ACT?!?!?! Was it your idea to do a surprise birthday party for Riley. Speaking of, Riley Yamauchi, a very special birthday wish from me to you. I cannot believe you are 16!! Take care of Mom on your first date. I love you, Ri. You are so amazing and have so many incredible qualities. Use them to continue to Lord's work and you will be blessed. Reagan, I'm so excited your are wanting to be a setter!! You will be so good at it because your name is Reagan! :) You asked me for some tips, so here goes: 1) Ask Grandma and Grandpa Yamauchi. They are super fantastic coaches. I am so thankful that I got to go to their volleyball camps over the summer. 2) Work hard. Nothing beats working hard, and I already know you will do that. 3) (My favorite tip) Remember that I love you and so does the Lord! Rhett, my buddy, I've got to do a check up on the horses, calves, and Gracie, so I thought I'd better ask you. Also, I heard you bore your testimony in church. Rhett, I am soooooo happy for you. Didn't that feel so wonderful to do. I know that Heavenly Father is very proud of you and I'm sure that angels were by you as you testified of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Grandma and Grandpa Yamauchi, thank you soooo much for the package. I just barely got it, and I'm assuming I better wait another couple days to open it, so I will. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now for the weekly pictures:
DSCN0094: District Picnic Party every P-Day
DSCN0105: Firework show on July 4th!!