|Pre-mission pics, Baby Doll and Teach|
It truly is such a blessing to be able to hear your voice and to know that you are supporting me. (: I'm so glad that I got to talk to y'all for once when I wasn't dying of home sickness. Although I miss y'all that phone call was SO much better because I was able to enjoy the blessing it was and not hold onto every minute as if I would sink when I let go. Wow. That sounded uber dramatic, but that is really kinda how I felt in December. That was a hard time for me. I feel so much better now. (:
Only 3 months to go and she is working hard in so many ways. One of her biggest goals when she left on her mission was to not gain any weight. So many missionaries come back with an extra 20 lbs because the members are so good to them and they get great meals all the time. And you know Texas, everything is bigger and better in Texas! Well Teach wanted to get better, but not bigger. It sounds like she is doing a great job at sticking to that goal.
My diet is going pretty well actually. We eat with members basically every day so if I just eat healthy at home... it works out. I'm eating raisin bran crunch with almond milk for breakfast and I usually eat a spinach salad with strawbs, almonds, and craisins for lunch. (: And a yogurt with strawbs and a bit of granola as well. Then I eat what the member gives us without seconds and then I eat the dessert. It works pretty well for me. I still love desserts but I also love the feeling of when I'm in control. It's interesting how quickly I can lose control and turn myself back over to the natural man. It sounds so dramatic, doesn't it? But I've learned an awful lot about my body especially the last two transfers.
We got into a little religious discussion about some of the stories from the Holy Bible. At the risk of being a little too personal, I'll share with you first her take on it and then mine.
President says that commandments are the secrets to happiness and we will NEVER be unhappy because we kept a commandment. I know that is a true principle. Also... the story of the laborers has always been hard for me too. Along with the prodigal son. Yet, there is truly a principle to be learned... we are blessed to avoid the heart ache. There is enough heart ache in this world to not heap more upon ourselves by breaking the commandments.
The story of the laborers used to bother me as did the prodigal son. When I was younger I just went about assuming life was supposed to be fair. It's not. And I'm so glad!! We have a much better life than most people. So many moms have lost their children to disease of disobedience. I still have all of you. Dad has a good job. Lots of people don't. Heavenly Father knows what we can handle and he loves us completely just like I love you. Probably more because he understands love better than I do. Although it's hard to see that. I love Him. I trust Him. He wants me to be happy and my happiness is not predicated on whether my neighbor gets a better reward than me. I know Heavenly Father will give the best gift for me. Because He knows me completely. He loves me eternally. He is my God, my Father.
|Who has changed more? Baby Doll or Teach?|
I loved her response to my testimony.
Thanks for sharing that mama. (: I love hearing your testimony. I always know that it is there. Yet i still love to hear (or read) it. I just wish... everyone knew this doctrine. It is so true. I find a lot of comfort in knowing and trusting God loves me perfectly and He knows exactly what will happen to me. I learned in my studies this week that this is called meekness. I never really knew what meekness was... but that's basically it. (:Here. I'll find a talk to back me up.
Then she sent me a link to a talk on lds.org. It took her about 30 seconds. I'd like to say that I could find anything I wanted that quickly, but it wouldn't be true. She is a wonderful, amazing missionary.
And she will be home in just 13 short weeks.