Mandy Elsmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sorry for the late email, Temple days have been moved to Wednesdays now here because of too many people going on Monday and Tuesday. YAY! THATS AWESOME! Its worth the wait of another day for P-day.
This past week was AWESOME! (don't think I'm going to do it justice in this letter...)
I was able to go back to my first area in Antipolo and go on splits with my anaks (child, our word for trainee), Sister Velasco and Sister Dowe. ^_^ They have both improved so much and the area is starting to improve. Before, 60ish people would come to church on a good day, and now there is over 100!!! YAY YAY YAY!!! ^_^ I may be biased, but my anak are the best! They are just inherently awesome! ;) Its really funny, because in my absence, Sister Velasco and Sister Dowe have become more and more like me apparently. They do and say the same kind of things I do. HA HA HA! Cooking, Saying Grabbe or Anako all the time, Laughing at Random things in life, etc... Is this what raising children is like? O.o Anyway, I'm super proud of them and the work that they are doing. ^_^
When I get tired, or just get over a super stressful point in my life, I become SUPER forgetful. I start forgetting random things at home like the phone, pens, pamphlets, etc... I thik this time of my life has been probably the most absentminded I've ever been in my life. (If you can imagine that Mom and Dad). Trying to figure out different techniques to fix this... proving to be harder that I thought... Oh well, I'll keep working on it.
Random Tender Mercies:
Rode a Train in the Philippines for the first time today. Like Japan, except a lot more run down and dirty. Did not realize how much I've loved and missed trains.
Raining just enough to cool the air, but not enough to flood. ^_^
General Conference was SO GREAT!
All of my questions were answered and what President Monson said about this conference being the most inspired general conference to come, I would have to agree on that. I learned so much from each talk and felt more inspired to become more converted and keep striving to improve myself by following all of Gods commandments. Developing Godly Habits.
I really liked Elder Russell M Nelson's Talk about how our decisions determines our destiny. The little things may seem like they don'd make a different or impact, but as a whole, they all add up and determine what type of person we have become. Also that no matter where we are in life, its never too late to change, learn, and grow. As children of God, we have the glorious gifts of having a body and a spirit, and Its our responsibility to take care of them.
Something that I need to improve on, because sometimes I get so caught up in the work, I forget that I need to take care of myself as well. Our bodies has an effect on our spirits and our spirits have an effect on our bodies.
Exhaustion & Poor Health=Stress & Depression O.o
Figuring out little by little where is the balance in life and what is most important to me and how to accomplish them hand in hand with God. Its hard sometimes, but just be patient and he'll always be there to lift us up. We will find we reached greater heights than we thought we did...
Anyway, I can't wait for the next issue of the Ensign to come out so I can reread the talks and mark them up. ^_^ For now, I'll just read them online. I have a lot of evaluating of my life to do.
Love Ya'll! Praying for Ya'll!