Dear Family and friends,

Oh how I love you SO much!  It was so good to hear from every single one of you.  I don’t have enough time on the computer to write you all back, but I will write you a personal letter… next week.
My birthday was awesome.  It turns out the people don’t really do the traditional dress thing anymore and so I didn’t go and get a dress.  I probably will eventually though.  We ate dinner at 2 peoples houses. I have been absolutely stuffed for 5 days straight.  It has been … great.  However the food is always good 🙂
Something that made me think:
I have had so many thoughts on my mind that I don’t know what I wanted to share.  I was thinking about Jesus Christ though… a lot.  Its funny because people don’t really understand why they need to care about someone that lived 2000 years ago.  Its funny how insignificant he seems when you don’t understand the magnitude of the atonement and its effect on your life on a personal level.  Its something that is so hard to teach.  So, I want to share with you that the Atonement of Jesus Christ has had a profound impact on my life.  Because of Jesus Christ, I can return home to our heavenly home to live with… all of you someday :). I am so grateful for that knowledge.  There, we can live in happiness that we can’t even comprehend right now. Also, because of Jesus Christ, I have the ability to endure any hard thing that i may face in life.  I have really come to understand this power.  there are so many situations that I have come across that without the perfect example and love of Jesus Christ, I would have never made it through.  I know that this power is real and I know that it is divine.  We have much more help than we think we do.  A quote by Elder Uchtdorf in the forget me not talk says “Sisters, you are closer to heaven than you realize” I know that this is true.  Likewise, He is closer to us than we realize or can comprehend.  I have felt this many times in my life and I know that it is real.
Something that i am grateful for:
I am grateful for Families.  I am grateful for the times when we can go and meet with members or investigators who have families that they want to improve their life for.  Families promote us to do amazing things.  I don’t really know how to express the thought that is in my heart, but because of the love that we have and give to family members, our lives are blessed.  I think of the investigators that we are teaching.  They all love their families so much. They want to live eternally with them.  There are other things about the Gospel that might make the pathway there a little harder, but because of the love that they feel for their family they are exploring this gospel.  I wish we could just teach them that it is absolutely essential.
Something that made me laugh:
I can’t even remember.  I have laughed at a couple of things pretty hard, but in an email it just sounds weird.  I have picked up the Pusan dialect pretty well for a couple of phrases and the Korean missionaries in our district love to hear it.  We were at a families house for Solnar and of course I didn’t know what was going on, so an American elder told me to say “suddenly it was cold” in the pusan dialect.  So, I did, and I basically yelled it because… thats just the way it is.  The family now thinks I am crazy and yeah.  Awesome.
Family news response:
Can you tell me more about this oral surgery and why you needed it?  I have yet to read some of the emails from the family, but I will respond… I promise.  I am thrilled about Ben.  She seems good for him.  Kaela hang in there.  Micah, I love you too and the basement looks AWESOOME.  Jacob, oh, man You are just perfect.  I have to go to an investigators house so I will write again on monday.
Love you!
Sara
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