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, January 4, 2016

Una Semana Muy Genial

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!! It's super weird to be in 2016, I come home this year, my sister turns 16, and my brother graduates next year........it doesn't stop. Life moves too fast. 

Anywho, this week was really fun! We had a lot of fun on New Years Eve, watching Polar Express with all the missionaries in the zone. Before that, last Monday, we went to Bass Pro for the first time in a while and went Bowling as a zone haha it was super great. I love Bass Pro Shop, it's a blast. 

Since there hasn't been much else that happened this week, I wanted to share a bit about some of the things I've been studying recently. The Book of Mormon is true, I'm learning more and more about that and other gospel topics in Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage, and I've been reading through the Old and New Testaments as well. Something that struck me during the Sacrament this week was Hebrews 6:10-12; 

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work andlabour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye benot slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 

What I took from it was diligence in missionary work. I have ministered and am ministering to those around me, but as I enter the New Year, it was a cool thing that refocused me and helped me recognize that I don't have too much longer to be out here, dedicating all my time to the Lord. And that's something I'm going to miss. So rather than think about things coming, it helped me focus on my work at hand. We want others to inherit the promises, it's the whole reason we do what we do.

As well, since the 2 great commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor as our selves, we should first of all, have love for ourselves, show that same love to others, and then let everything we do be motivated by our love for God. It's not easy, and I still have a long way to go, but it's what the Lord wants for us. Not just the missionaries, but everyone. 

Anywho, I hope you all had a wonderful week, have a great one this week as well! I love you all!

Elder Packer

1. The homies at Bass Pro
2. Elder Klamm during bowling

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