Wow, what a week. Here's the highlights:
1. Talking to the family on Christmas! Favorite lines:
Me: "We have ten more minutes!"
My dad: "How long can we make ten minutes stretch?"
My cousin in the background: "Depends on how many blessings you want her to lose!"
Haha :) Love them!
2. MIGUEL'S BAPTISM!!
Oh my goodness. It was so nice to go back to Santa Paula and see everyone. The baptism was amazing. He didn't know I was coming, so it was fun to surprise him and see his face when we walked in. Aw. TENDER! :) It has been
3. My fingers are freezing so I'm going to wrap up with a little thing I've learned this week....
One thing I have been asking myself a lot this week is, "Lord, is it I?" I have tried really hard to cast the beam out of my own eye and reflect on the things that I can be doing to have more love and patience. This morning I rediscovered the talk by President Uchtdorf called Continue in Patience. One of my favorite parts says:
"Often the most difficult times of our lives are essential building blocks that form the foundation of our character and pave the way to future opportunity, understanding, and happiness."
There is also a quote by Brigham Young that says, "Give me patience until I can understand it for myself." As a sort of fill in the blank it could also be, "Give me ____ until I can _____." For me it is sort of like, "Give me patience to love until things get a little better."
Things aren't always easy, but it is during times of difficulty that our character is shaped. If we look at times of difficulty with love and patience and a positive attitude, we will become that kind of loving, patient, positive person. On the other hand, if we look at times of difficulty and stress with a negative, "when will this be over" kind of attitude, that is the kind of person we will become. I would much rather be the first person, so that's what I'm going to be. :)
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! LOVE YOU!