Friday, August 2, 2013

Hi my lumpy armpit is back

helllloooooo my beautiful family!!
okay i legit have no idea what to say because i can't even believe that a whole has passed by already and i don't remember really what's going by so crazy fast. i will get my flight plans next week and I'M SO EXCITED I WANT TO BE IN KOREA ALREADY. I love it here so much and I am so happy it's great. Can't believe I've been here for so long but at the same time it feels like I've been here foooorreeevveeeerrrrr and i am so ready to go. Seriously the food is slowly killing me I think. I miss mom's and kelly's food soooooo much. Oh sorry for the late shoutout kell for the AMAZING CUPCAKES (are you happy now??? hahaha) sorry i was super sick that weekend and was totally out of it so that's why you didn't get honorified sooner. Thanks kris for the happy package. The watermelon popcorn was super weird but the caramel corn was so deliciously unhealthy. Basically I'm getting to be a fatty pants because I eat so much crap but don't worry I work out hardcore now so it's all good. haha except I recently discovered that I love playing volleyball with our zone even though I am ridiculously horrible at it. So that doesn't really give me a work out except it kind of does because mostly i just dance around the whole time. also there's a rule about no dancing at the mtc what is that about? So my district is officially the oldest district because the group older than us left on Monday. It was super sad because there were like a million of them and they were all hilarious but I'm glad because that means I am that much closer to going to korea yaayyyyyy.
The baptism on Saturday was an AMAZING EXPERIENCE oh my gosh it was great. The girl that was getting baptized was beyond happy and her excitement just filled the room. I haven't been to a baptism in so long and it was so amazing!! I was so happy for her and it was so awesome to see that she was making that step closer to Christ and to see how happy that made her. She was beaming with light and it was the coolest thing ever. It made me so excited to go to Korea and start sharing the gospel! I only taught her once and I was so happy I can't even imagine what my joy will be like when one of my own investigators gets baptized. Ah the gospel is the greatest thing ever.
On Sunday I watched a talk by Elder Bednar called Character of Christ which was literally the greatest thing I ever heard even though it made me feel like I am the farthest thing away from Christ ever. But everyone in the whole world should watch it. It talks about studying the character of Christ and when we think about Christ do we know about Him or do we know of Him? Christ's whole character was about turning outwards and serving those around Him. Even in His darkest hours He turned outward to the people. Even when he was on the cross suffering because of what the people did to Him what did He say? Father forgive them for they know not what they do. He was pleading for their forgiveness in the midst of His darkest sufferings. That's what's so hard is that it's so easy to be selfish and focus on ourselves and what do I want what do I need? But Christ turns outward and thinks of other people first. Elder bednar said that if you look for yourself you will never find yourself. But if you serve others, you will find yourself without even knowing it. Sometimes I just wish that i had all the time in the world to sit down and read the scriptures nonstop for hours on end so that I could study more about Christ, but right now I have the opportunity to serve others every day. I hope that on my mission I learn to care more about others than I care about myself. Learn to love others more than I love myself because that is what Christ did.
Also read a talk about Hope by James E. Faust which was really good too. I think it was given in like 1999 or something maybe I don't remember. Anyway I love you all. Thank you all for your letters and love. I miss you all but I want to go to Korea. Pray for me still! Love you to death
Sister Blickenstaff

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