Learn to walk by faith in a world governed by sight.
Shauna happy late late birthday! I sort of forgot about time in the mtc... everythin is just blending into one big mess of memory here.... happy birthday kelli!!!!! wow everything is happening really fast it is crazy.
ok so before you do anything or read anything you
need to watch the video on the home page of lds.org. the voice of the spirit. it is incredible. i love it. i watch it almost everyday. it will make your day everyday. it has so many good words. "learn to walk by faith in a world governed by sight". i love it sooooo much.
on the note of the spirit i have had two really cool experiences. two days in a row! two of our elders left for guatemala today. but before they left they wanted a blessing. strangely while watching the joseph smith movie i thought about giving a blessing... before i found out. it was crazy. then when we went to our room after elder rex pulled me aside and looked me dead in the eye and said he prayed about it and he felt i was the most spiritually intune and he wanted ME to give him one. it was so humbling. i am so grateful for the experience. when i gave him the blessing i felt energized with the spirit insomuch that i was shaking. it was amazing. the spirit spoke through me, i don't remember what i said. but when i was done he told me it was exactly what he needed to hear. i am so grateful for the experience.
the next day was the other experience. we gave elder williamson in our room a blessing ( i just helped) cause he was sick. elder himes is sick too and out of the blue he asked if he could get one. then he asked me to do it. this was a blessing with oil. so elder fonda annointed and i blessed. this one was REALLY powerful. wow. it is just indescribeable. it is a real testimony to me of the power of the spirit and of the lord. i am so lucky to have such experiences and have the spirit speak through me as an instrument. i feel like its like a rite of passage for me learning to use and recognized the spirit to what i need to say and do. it is awesome.
on that note thank you mom for raising me so well. :) i am so grateful you brought me up right and doing such a good job in making me strong while i was in my youth. just like the song "we have been born....to goodly parents who love the lord....we have been taught". i have been taught soooo good by my mom. thank you. women are FAR too often overlooked for the wonderful examples they are to us men. they have to raise children to be strong, all of their life! that is hard! probably stressful! they uplift others everyday and are so loving. they are such a good example of charity and the love of christ. i am working on charity but woman do it SO MUCH BETTER. but boy does it make me sick when these loving beautiful girls start to compare themselves to celebrities... just...UGH!! you are so much better in my eyes than ANY celebrity! a woman who can raise a child and have the spirit and get things done at home is far more beautiful than any woman i will ever see on tv. DONT YOU EVER THINK YOUR NOT BEAUTIFUL cause you ARE a daughter of god and he loves you. DONT EVER think your not good enough. dont fall prey to the world, the medai. you are different. be yourself. do what you do. be strong. be steadfast. be virtuous in who you are. dont EVER sacrifice your morals for anyone or anything. set the bard and don't move it. don't let anyone take advantage of you. UGH!!!!! i just really could care less for the girl who puts on tons of makeup and wears the fancy high heels cause she can afford them and yeah.... sorry if i sound mad or something but it is REALLY frusturating. be you. be strong. know who you are.i am so grateful for my mom and all of the girls who have made me better. and it makes me so sad that they even THINK to compare themselves too woman on tv. you are precious in the eyes of the lord. and honestly this is so random but i felt like YOU NEED TO KNOW that. so don't let anything or anyone get you down. you are a daughter of god. you are succesful when you feel the spirit, when you uplift others,, wwhhen you develop christ like attributes, when you stick to your guns and when you strenghten others.
now on another note. i'll etalk about some other stuff i guess. umm i just started tricking again during gym cause i haven't since i've been here. (gymnastics pretty much if you don't know what im saying) and elders are like freaking out about my skills. it is really interesting. and disconcerting (hhaahhaa im using big words) but ya it is funny. and everyone always asks about my heart surgery scar and aree lliike"did you get in a knife fight"? and asking about it. it is rreally funny.
mom yes i have gotten my pants. i see addy and josh and chris and kyle and josh ALL THE TIME. it is crazy. addy and josh both study on my floor so i see them all the time. it is awesome!!! so ya. i don't really know what to talk about right now. ummm...... i have like 6 min left to write..... hmmm... well my spanish is coming along pretty well. i can pretty much give the first lesson in spanish. and contact people and bear my testimony and pray in spanish. i am trying desperately to learn how to roll my r's but i am handicapped. sometimes i get it once then i have no idea what i just did. it is really sad you would probably laugh your head off watching me try. it is really funny.
i've had so many spiritual experiencs on my own since i've been here. soooooo many. my teacher is amazing. he is soooooo good. it is rediculous. like i have a list of quotes from him in my journal. thats how good he is. Erin how is school??? how is school for everyone??? i heard that iraq is over??!! lots of rumors. i have no idea what is happening outside the mtc. hahahha. it is awesome. i have to shave everyday now otherwise i look sort of like a bum. so i got some aftershave and stuff or whatever... i though it would be cool but i really don't like doing it. but it is pretty fun just to rub my face near the end of the day. it keeps me entertained when i have a hard time focusing. so ya i guess that is interesting??? i'm surprised i have n't had any awkward monents. i'm just not a awkward kid??? hahahah THAT is a lie. i make this awkward smile comparable to gilly at all my comps its great. hahaha well i'll talk tto you next week.
LOVE ELDER REEDER!!!!!!!!! write me! please!