This is Bryan Hicks and Bro. Freestone, happiest day. I love this man.
This is my girl Camryn Cupp. She's a rockstar, also one of my heros, she gave a talk on Sunday, general co
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Dearest Family and Friends wherever you may be,
Good Afternoon! This morning my companion Sister Weight got to go to Doctor Becker's office to get her cast removed, apparently her broken hand is healed! It's a miracle. They were running a couple of hours behind and we've got to still go practice our musical number for zone conference, things have just been the craziest. It's a weird phenomenon. I'm so tired.. like all the time.. but I'm so happy, so happy. Sister Weight and I had a baptism in the Chilhowee ward on Saturday, Mr. Bryan Hicks got baptized. I will send pictures, don't you worry. He is the most amazing person, I know I talk about him so much lately but he is definitely our most progressing. It's also like COLD, really COLD. I'm told this week is supposed to be worse, the cold is worse out here, it's wet and humid but we're staying alive and hoping for that warm whether to come around someday in the near future.
I also really just love the Kronick family with my whole soul. Debbie, the wife is progressing, slowly but surely she just needs patience and love, and of course some outreach from the ward, which has been really great. She gets invited to things and comes sometimes. Joe just doesn't really want to do this without her, which makes sense so he hasn't been coming to church as much as we would like, but all in the Lord's time. Colin Kronick, their son, the 27 year old, however is on fire. My goodness he is getting his patriarchal blessing on Sunday, he has a new calling in the Scouts, which he is pumped about. He's also going to the young single adult ward, which he isn't crazy about but he is getting used to it. Colin is so close to the spirit and so submissive. He knows what is right and he wants to do what is right. I am so grateful for his goodness and willingness to continue to progress. Last night we were talking about how he just wasn't progressing but he wanted to do something and he found it in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he always says this is how Christ would want it to be, he doesn't want us just standing still. I'm always so amazed at his faith and his ability to follow the spirit so automatically, I'm not always perfect at that, so he gives me hope. I just love them, and I can feel every time we go over there or pray for them that perfect love The Savior has for them.
I was thinking today about all the missionaries all over the world. Each mission has it's challenges and each mission has it's strengths. There are about seven from this ward serving and I know several in our family and from our home ward. The faith of these Elders and Sisters out here inspires me to be better. I have had the blessing of going on exchanges and interacting with so many more missionaries than I would've been able to otherwise and I just have to say, they all have parents and family and friends and loved ones back home, I know how much of a sacrifice it is especially to those who have little or no support, I have been so blessed and I can't say thank you enough for the prayers and love.
I am not a perfect missionary, or a perfect person. I have weaknesses as we all do and there are several things that I have been working on this week, my conversion will be a process as is all of our conversions but I was talking with Colin last night and he said you always ask me how I know this is true and why I keep going in the gospel and he turned it around and asked me why I keep going, why I'm still a missionary. I had to take a step back for awhile, I had never thought to ask those questions for myself and the only thing I could come up with is that I know it's true. It's really hard to explain but I know in my heart this is right, this is real, and this is what matters. There's a quote I love by Tad R. Callister from the book The Inevitable Apostasy and he says: "Some things we know not because we see them, or hear them, or even because they reason well, but because they feel right."
As we open our hearts up to the spirit it can testify of the truth, if we let go of bitterness and hostility and hurt we can be healed through the Savior and the Holy Ghost will be able to guide us and help us to know that we're on the right path and that this is the way home.
I know I say it every week but I love my mission, I am learning things he I couldn't learn any other way.
Love you all sooooooooo very much.
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM
Love, Loved ones back home,