If anyone is feeling sad, stop. Forget about yourself. The only times we really are sad are when we're thinking about ourselves.
When we focus on others, that's when happiness comes. Everything is a choice. Literally. Everything.

Monday, December 29, 2014


Hey everyone!

First off, thank you to everyone who sent me things for Christmas, it was so appreciated and it made my Christmas so much better. Secondly, my Christmas was awesome!! We had lunch at a members house (super good tacos and cookies for desert) and then went over to Skype our families, and the lady whose house we were using also fed us some spicy turkey and stuffing, that was really good too. And then we had another meal appointment with a family in the English ward who has a huge house and some pretty nice cars (especially for what is around here.) I ate so much that day, it was nuts.

So Christmas was super great, and the days following were also pretty awesome as well. We talked to a lot of people, and have three progressing investigators who all seem pretty solid to get baptized in January. Our zone goal for December was 13, and as of today we have 12 baptisms, we just need to get one more before Thursday! It's gonna be a struggle tho, hopefully everything works out.

Outside of that, nothing super special happened. This week we have to be in by 6:00 for New Years Eve, but we get to watch Frozen!! A bunch of missionaries are super excited about that because a ton of them still haven't seen it. So that should be a pretty fun night as well.

I'm super grateful for those who have supported me thus far, please know that I appreciate it so much. One thing I'd like to challenge everyone to do with this new year coming up is make at least 3 resolutions that you will actually try to work on. We have a lot of goals as missionaries, broken down into things we can do every single day. So find three things you want to improve on in your life, with at least one of them being centered in Christ. Then at least once a week, assess how you've been doing with that goal, and make plans and smaller goals to accomplish during the week. Do this, and don't forget to ask the Lord for help. He can do all things, so why not help one of his children reach a goal?

 I hope you all have a great year, this is the only one where you won't see me in person throughout the entire year! Strange....but anyways, make it a great one, and I hope that you all can accomplish something you want to do this year.

Elder Packer

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