Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 9:41 AM
We had a pretty awesome week this week. The highlight was definitely the All Mission Conference that we had. We got to see everyone from the mission and we got to see the Faitau Family because they were helping to prepare the lunch that was provided for us. I got to see my best buds Elder Parry and Elder Lokeni and my parents away from home Elder/Sister Flint. And to top it off, Elder and Sister Seaman brought Elder Spencer and I out to Mama Garden's Chinese Buffet (my favorite buffet in Missouri) because they knew we had a long drive back to St. Joe and we didn't have a dinner scheduled for that night. Oh, and did I mention that we get to drive a Chevy Colorado because our normal car is in the shop being repaired. Yeah, this week was pretty awesome.
Last week we played basketball in these super ghetto apartments with a less active young man in our ward and his friends, one of whom we are teaching. It was the best P-Day we've had in St. Joe because we got to play with more than 4 people. Well this week we invited them and some of the youth in the ward to bring their friends and play at the church building so we should have even more people and even more fun today than last week.
Bro. Perkinson taught our lesson in Elders Quorum this week and said a pretty funny quote. "Christmas isn't when you spend time with those you love. It's when you spend time with family." I was laughing so hard after I heard that. That guy could be a stand up comedian and we get a free show every single week.
You said Adelyn is turning 8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADELYN! I thought she was ~6 years old..... Just goes to show how out of the loop us missionaries are. Or how forgetful we are of stuff that isn't happening near where we live. One of the two.
Last week I shared Jacob 3:1... This week I want to share Jacob 3:2 because it is also pretty awesome. It says "O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever." I've been thinking about that and what it means to "receive the pleasing word of God" so that we can "feast upon his love." I think a huge part of it is our scripture study because the scriptures are literally the words of God that are meant for us in our day. As we learn more about God through scripture study or other means we start to realize exactly how loving he really is to us. Once we are able to understand and comprehend the amount of love that he has for us we can begin to feast upon that love and let it be an anchor in our lives. The knowledge that God loves us unconditionally can start to become that one thing that will keep us going through any trials that we have ahead of us.
That's about it for the week. We are supposedly looking forward to some really cold weather and a lot of snow. I'm not excited for it. But whatever, we are on the Lord's errand right? I love you! Have a great week!
        -Elder Nyholm

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