Saturday, February 2, 2013

Turkey day left overs

November 26, 2012

Hello again!

First of all......... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..................................... I heard that Hostess went out of business. :( :( :( :( I am pretty sure the world will end before Christmas!!

Anyway, just had to get that off my chest.

It's been a really great week! Thanksgiving dinner was awesome! It wasn't the same as home but was pretty darn close! Sounds like you have had a good week too! I can't believe that black Friday starts on Thursday.. thats so dumb! 

My core experience with God this last week was getting to take Brother Havea, the most recent convert, to help us teach a lesson to a girl who is preparing to get baptized. She was having trouble attending church so we re-set the baptismal date with her for the new year. Brother Havea was one of the best member/fellowshipper/teachers that I have ever seen! His testimony is so strong and his knowledge of the gospel is growing so fast. He takes every moment he has to read the scriptures, church manuals, ensign magazines and anything he can get his hands on. He truly feasts upon the words of Christ and I think is a great example to me. He appreciates the gospel so much and it really touches me to see someone be so heavily influenced by God in his life. I know that all of us can have that kind of joy in the Gospel. 

Probably the greatest insight that I have learned about knowledge this week is that it gives an advantage after this life. We do get the opportunity to learn all things in the next life. We do not automatically know everything, but we are given the capacity to comprehend all things. We still have to use our agency to overcome our ignorance. I am having quite a good time expanding my knowledge. I am taking some time right now to read the Old testament and I am getting sucked in! It is really great to learn about the ancient prophets and things. I feel that my knowledge has expanded a lot! I have a goal to read the entire missionary library on my mission so I'd better pick up the pace!

That's good to know about the newsletter. I'll type my paragraphs at the end. As far as when I come home. I will definitely be home before Christmas next year. Exactly when I will come home, and where I will be at that time.. not sure. I will talk to Sister Hill when I see her next Monday. Oh I just realized that transfers were yesterday and that today is Tuesda and that you need my 2 paragraphs not by tomorrow but by today! I hope it gets there on time. Oh yeah and you can email Sister Hill that you sent the package.
The retainer situation is pretty much taken care of. I just went to get new molds taken and will get a new retainer. The mission will pay intitially but don't have insurance for that so they might send home the bill but insurance should take care of that, right?

ok here is my two paragraphs 
"Hello everyone! The Lord's vineyard in the down under is definitely being taken care of. And more than that, the vineyard is taking care of me! I am having such an amazing time serving the Lord here. There are too many great experiences to list them all, or to even really pick one to talk about, but I just want you all to know that miracles happen. They will continue to happen. This is the Lord's battle and he will not lose. It is touching to see lives change as the gospel influences them, and it humbles me to know that the Lord is using me in His hands to accomplish His work. 
I am still serving in my second area and am coming up on one year. This transfer will take me into the new year and I cannot believe how fast time is going. I have had four companions and have loved every single one of them and I know that every companion I get in the future, I will love them just as much. The Lord puts us together for a reason.  I hope you all continue to be steadfast, love the Lord and serve him with all your heart. Love, Elder Thompson"

That can apply to you guys as well :) anyway. Talk to you next week!

Love, Elder Thompson

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