Hi familyyyy! Love you but totally being honest emails are so stressful to write. but because i love you i will write it.
This week was awesome. New year what the heck?? my new years eve was pretty uneventful and i was in denial of the new year all day i told my comp that it was december 32. but i got over it and was excited for a new year and new starting. in the Liahona and probs in the Ensign President Uchtdorf talks about new beginnings and setting goals. He mentions a proverbs that says "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Now is the time to progress towards the person we want to be and the person the Lord wants us to be. He says that sometimes the fear of failure or something keeps us from doing the things we know we need to but he says to keep in mind that most likely we will fail at some point. Now that seems kind of unmotivational but he says that accepting the fact that failure will come helps us keep going when we face it. And even though we know we will fail as long as we keep going, we're still progressing. We're still better than we started even if we fall short of our goal. So make some new beginnings and I challenge all of you to make some missionary goals especially. As members it is our duty and privilege to spread this glorious gospel. Now is the time to engage!! Is that from the incredibles? I'm not sure.
Anyway our investigator is supposed to be getting baptized on Sunday. She has to get permission from her parents this week so we're fasting and praying for her that her dad's heart will be soft and allow her to join the church. She is the cutest thing ever. This week when we taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ we were asking her like why is important to have faith and to repent and get baptized? And she just kept answering to get to the celestial kingdom! And we were like you really want to go to the celestial kingdom don't you? And she's like yes!! It just reminds me that she doesn't know everything yet, but he has that desire to go to the celestial kingdom and be with God and have eternal life. What do we hope for? What is our focus? How much to we wish to go to the celestial kingdom? How do we express that desire to the Lord? After we finished our lesson we were talking to her about going to buy a dress for church and she got way excited and keep in mind this 16 year old Korean girl is pretty bad at English and she says in English I love shopping! And we just crack up and then she says I love 침례! which is the Korean word for baptism. Me and Sister Gap were seriously dying laughing. It was the greatest thing ever.
We got a new investigator this week that is absolutely the best. He's kind of crazy. A massive black guy from Texas that is going to the university here and we met him randomly on the street one day. He said he had a friend that was Mormon (turns out he was actually Amish) but that he didn't know about our church so now we're teaching him. He's hilarious. His name is Royale. He'll get baptized. After we tell him to stop partying all night long....he was going to come to church with us this week and he texted us at 8 in the morning and was like sorry I can't come I just got home from last night....yeah he's a work in progress. So pray for him!! Wish I could tell you everything but there's not enough time in the world.
I studied about the Atonement this morning. Particularly out of 2 Nephi 9. Everything in heavenly Father's plan comes back to the Atonement. How perfect His plan is and how grateful I am for it.
Love you all
have a good week
oh yeah also we went to costco and spent a million dollars on delicious american food. and sister gap wanted some chips and salsa so we're in line and she puts the two massive things of salsa (the were connected) on the conveyor belt thing and they were slanted and they slipped off, fell, and broke and salsa was everywhere. we were mortified because all the koreans were staring at us like you foreign idiots. we were like hey we're missionaries want to learn about the gospel???? anyone??? jk but it was hilarious and Sister gap was way embarrassed. and i made fun of her a lot. also the bulgogi bake is delicious here and they have a kiwi smoothie at this costco that is literally the greatest thing everrrrr.