Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Nov 17 letter from Dubuque, Iowa

This past week we were privileged to drive all the way down to Iowa City in our car to attend "Mission Tour" conference at the Stake Center there.  We got to hear from our President Jensen and Sister Jensen and our guest speaker was Elder Craig A. Cardon of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 2012.  The whole meeting was really good and we were able to feel the Spirit and receive a lot of personal revelation and guidance.  The meeting started at 9 am and lasted until almost 4 because they served everyone a nice lunch in the cultural hall afterwards.  

Also got to see, for the last time, a lot of missionaries that are leaving their missionaries in a few weeks.  A bunch of them hadn't been out very long when I first got to Iowa.  My time is creeping up on me too fast!  I keep having endless dreams about me leaving the mission and being very upset that I didn't extend my mission.  I would do it in a heart beat if it was allowed, but it's not for the current time.   

It also snowed a TON here this past week compared to a normal November.  It has been below freezing in the single digits and teens for almost a week now and the rest of this week will be the same plus more snow. Busted out the boots, coats, and ice scrapers already and It isn't even Thanksgiving yet.  The farmer's almanac here has predicted this winter to be way worse than last year and last year beat records.  Scary!  This winter will be a fun one.  The Reynolds kids have already been wearing their snow pants and went sledding over the weekend behind the house.  I feel like summer was just a month ago.

A few weekends ago we were surprised with a plate of cookies and chocolate with cups of hot cocoa full  of marshmallows by one of the older Ladies from church that we visit every week.  Me and Sister Roberts were hungry and excited so we all said a prayer and I started going at the marshmallows and we found out after the first sip that it was not chocolate... it was cappuccino.  We couldn't smell anything but Marshmallows beforehand.  Great time to talk about the word of wisdom!  Awkward?  A little bit. 

Notes from Mission Tour Conference:

"the greatest sin in this world is the sin of ingratitude"... Jesus "took the cup and gave thanks," so find ways to express your gratitude by helping others.  Your hearts open up when you serve more.  "Even the pests can give us freedoms"  Recognize the blessings you receive, big and small...there are so many of our blessings that we overlook. 

"if [others] cast me out, Jesus takes me in."  We are never left alone.  Only Christ has the true empathy in which we are seeking for.  

Elder Cardon, "It is just as important to know when God does not speak as it is when He does."

" Him...there are many things you can do that are good."   

Sister Robertson

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