Hello Sister birds,
How are you doing this week? I hope well. I’m hoping your tummy is getting better? R U doing ok health wise little? We worry about you that way.
I taught SS today. The lesson was on Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. Paul was such a powerful missionary. He had such an amazing way of figuring out what was wrong and really digging into the issues. In this case, he was talking to the Jews about the fact that the law of Moses was fulfilled, and that Christ is the author of our salvation. He made the point that the Law of Moses actually didn’t have the power we need for salvation, because the sanctifying power of the Atonement and the Melchizedek Priesthood are needed so that we can have a hope of obtaining perfection. Paul was telling the Jews to essentially forget about the old prophets and look to Christ for salvation. As I have studied the new testament for my classes this year, I have developed a great appreciation for the early Apostles and Disciples of Christ’s Church. It has been a blessing.
I have been thinking a lot this week about life’s challenges. As you know, from a career perspective, that last 6 years have been challenging for me. I have never worked harder, smarter or on something more meaningful at any time in my life. I have a better team and have created better technology than any other time in my life. I have been stretched and learned more than any other time. Even so, It’s been the time when I have experienced the most hardship and in some ways the least success in achieving what I wanted to achieve. It’s been stressful and I feel like I have spent the best career years of my life on this Moki project. I’m still not sure how or even if it will work out. It’s been a very introspective time for me pondering the possibility of failure of achieving my goals and trying to figure out what I am to learn and what is it that I should do. The only thing I know for sure, is that I have been greatly blessed to have such a beautiful family, and to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I know that even if I have a failure in my career, I am not a failure unless I choose to give up on myself and I will not do that.
It has been a warm fall, but the last few days things have cooled off and it has been raining. I was out cooking at the grill this afternoon and it was cool and rainy and I was thinking about you. Hoping that you are staying warm! We stayed home for UEA break this week. With my work travel and the trip I took Carson on last week, we just didn’t feel like going anywhere. Also, I was planning to teach Sunday, so I felt that we needed to be here this weekend. We wanted to take the boat out one more time but mom and I just felt it wasn’t right to go for some reason so we stayed home. As things turned out, I was exhausted and we just rested for a few days and did little activities with the boys. I was beyond wiped out!
Little. If there is one thing I can say based on a few years of experience is that we should not despair or give up hope in any circumstances. God is at the helm. He is aware of our circumstances and will bless us. Such hard advice to follow even for myself but I know that it is true. I know that you are going to be ok. Just do what you know is right in your heart and take care of yourself ok? This is my simple and regular request!
I love and admire you so much sweet girl. I miss you and pray for you every day. I am proud of you and 100% behind you ok? I am going to work on putting your pictures up into drive after this letter.
Talk to you soon. Love, Dad
Health wise we run everyday but my stomach is still not in tip top shape and we have tried so many different medications. If this one doesnt work the doctor wants me to see a specialist and maybe get a scope. I dont want to do that.
I love your lesson!!!! I wish I was there to see you teach :D
I know you have worked so hard. That is exactly how I feel about my mission. I have never cared about something more than myself to give all of my time and thoughts and energy and whole soul to the intercat and intemit details of others lives. And I am seeing so many miracles. My president is so proud of us and we are trying to hold a breaking branch together and we can only do it with God because he is really the one who does this work. It is stretching, trying, heart breaking, soul aching work. But I totally agree with your experience. It is hard, it is stress, it is tears, but it is worth it. I love this dad and all that you are learning through Moki. Do you understand that you are my hero? I love you. You are not a failure ever dad. In the big picture the only thing that matters is how dedicated and how much you put your heart into your progression and y
I miss grilling. When I come home I need some meat from the grill first thing. Probably a steak. I am glad that you all rested up and I LOVE YOU!
I will never give up hope dad. There is no chance of me coming home early. This is salvation for me. I am too invloved, to in love with this place and this people and this time I am giving to my Savior to ever give up no matter what is thrown at me. Sometimes all I can do is take a deep breath, cry it out, and just give it over to the Savior because this is my time to work for him, and I will not let it go or get distracted. But it is hard. I will take care of myself. You are the cutest dad ever. :)
I miss you and pray for you too! Thank you for your support. I dont know what I would do without it. Thanks for everything you do for me. And for being so in tune with the spirit and for loving this family just like a father should. You are the best and I am 100 % proud and behind you too.
Love you! KY