First of all, thanks for all of your emails this week– they were very uplifting to me. I took lots of time reading them, so I have about 5 minutes to write this entire email.
As far as news goes, we just got back late last night from Novosibirsk from zone conference. The conference was with Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Novokuznetsk (including Kemerovo) zones. I got to stay with Elder Player (my mtc companion) (who is serving in Novosibirsk now) and we had lots of fun together. Our sister missionaries are on a trip to get a migration card renewal, but after tomorrow evening, we’ll all be pretty stationary in Tomsk for the next 4 weeks, so it’s going to be nice to have missionary work without any more distractions this transfer of having to travel.
I’ve been thinking a lot about trials and life when it gets tough. It’s funny how easy it is to get discouraged about things when life gets tough. I teach people everyday that the gospel of Jesus Christ involves “enduring to the end,” the longest hardest step. We read in the scriptures that we need to endure trials and tribulations with joy, and an apostle spoke last conference about how we should serve others in times of trials. Yeah, it’s tough when life is hard, but at the same time, if we know our purpose here and what we want later in life, we already understand that getting through tough times is, you could say, the agenda. The trick is to stay obedient and happy when things get tough. If we can learn to do that, then we’ve already won the main battle in life.
A funny little note:
Erica, you wrote me a dear elder a while back, i guess. Well I got the dear elder, but the website must have messed up, because I didn’t get anything from you– instead I got a sappy, poorly written love letter from a girl writing her missionary. While it’s a shame that I didn’t get to read your letter, it was extremely entertaining to get some other missionary’s mail, and we all got some good laughs out of it.
Alright, well until next week– everyone take care!
(for those who have told me they’ve sent packages– i haven’t gotten anything yet)