Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope the high school kids in round valley are doing the cinco de mayo parade tonight! I feel like that should be done every year in honor of its founder, Tell Udall. He is the only person I can think of that would start such a wicked awesome and completely ridiculous tradition like that and have it catch on haha Tell will forever be a hero to me! I am so thankful to know that families are forever. That we are still a family in heaven and he will always be my big cousin. I look forward to the day he leads us all in Telga in its most perfect state!
I'm also so stoked for Kenny Cakes! My companions dad served in that same mission and loved it! He says it's the best mission in the world. I'm in favor of the OPM, but the Dakota's are like a sister to me or something.
And I can't believe stellaphants papers are in! What a woman! Portland is my prediction and I'm almost never wrong.
Things are going swimmingly here in Sherwood! Riley did not get baptized this weekend because she has decided to wait for her brother that we are working with to get the priesthood so that he can participate in the baptism.
I am so excited and I love to see how this gospel brings families closer.
This week I went to Portland for the first time and went into the world infamous Voodoo doughnuts. It was wild and semi-satanic but really funny. The people in there hate missionaries, both the employees and customers. The doughnuts are shaped like voodoo dolls and have strawberry jelly in the middle for their blood. They have pretzel sticks stuck in them everywhere too. Creepy right? Portland prides itself on being super freaky weird, but i love it! I never want to leave Sherwood, but if I must, I hope to serve in Portland!
There's this family in our ward that has a million kids and they are all the most missionary minded family on earth! They are always finding us people to teach and they call us all the time to meet their non member friends. Anyways, we had the chance to teach one of their friends the restoration this week. She has two small boys and has been struggling. She told us that she wants the light that we have. She wants to know how Mormons can be calm with all that's going on in the world. So we taught her the restoration. About how God loves us so much that he has organized us into families and called prophets to lead and guide those families back to Him. We taught her that God is listening to her prayers and He will answer them, just like He did for 14 year old Joseph Smith. We taught her that through the prophets we've receive the revelation that our families can be forever if we abide by the laws Christ has set. We taught her that she has a savior that has paid the ultimate price because to Him she is worth it. The gospel is so simple, and these simple truths help us as members to be calm despite the chaos around us. We have a hope for brighter days to come and the knowledge that God will not fail us, nor forsake us. "Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend." - Elder Jeffrey R Holland.
I hope you all are having missionary experiences! Don't forget, Elder Ballard challenged us all to find people for the missionaries to teach at least four times a year. That was a commandment from God through one of His servants, so it is not to be taken lightly :) I love you all so much! Work hard, pray hard!