It's great to talk again. I'm freaking out a little right now, (as much as I ever do; just imagine me waiting to play a new Legend of Zelda game, or waiting to watch Lord of the Rings, then quadruple it, then double that) because I happened to look at a calendar and realized that...
I'm almost A YEAR OUT!@@!@#$@#$" FREAKINGOUTFREAKINGOUTFREAKINGOUT
OK, I'm good now. The librarian just shushed me, so I'll keep it down for the benefit of the other patrons. I'm terrified that the time is passing so quickly. I've been out here a year, and what do I have to show for it?
Well, that got me thinking, and I realized I have a lot to show. I've helped people come closer to Christ. I've learned new skills, like carding doors, and Hmong (sort of... it's a work in progress...). I've strengthened my testimony, and come to see miracles all around me.
Truly the scripture is fulfilled: "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up" D & C 84:88
I've seen amazing sights, and met amazing people. I've come to know my Savior and King better than ever. And I've helped others do the same.
All in all, as I thought about it, a lot has happened out here, a hundredth I cannot even begin to write. It's been amazing
As Brigham Young said about Zion's Camp, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world, and all the riches therein.
But anyway, enough musing. We had snow fall a couple days ago, which is officially earlier than all you you down south. HA
This week we kind of met with our investigator De. She couldn't leave her house, and we couldn't come in, because the rest of the family was shamaning (yes, that is a made up word). when the shamans are doing their thing, no one's allowed in or out, for up to a week. It's actually kind of scary. They're trying to expel evil spirits and such, but it's really inviting them in. De is awesome though. She's been reading the Book of Mormon and she said that it always makes her feel better. Which is my testimony: Just like the Bible, the Book of Mormon contains the words of God.
How can you help but feel good while reading it?
I'm about out of time, but I'm doing great. Seriously, if there even was a problem, I probably wouldn't notice anyway. but anyway, I love you all.
Love from the Snowy-and-only-getting-snowy-er-North,
The attachments are the songs an Elder wrote while up here. A little about Elder Calk: he's amazing. He was AP when I first came out, then he went and served in BARROW. ALL WINTER LONG. He's one of the best musicians around. These songs are just a sample of his amazing talent. His music has spread all over different missions; we heard that missionaries were listening to him down in Arizona, at last check. but anyway, the second song is exactly how I feel right now about going home.