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Here's William's latest:
Ohhh man Dad, this work can feel like you're on a real roller coaster sometimes! I truly appreciated your letter, I hope Kylie is learning all she needs to while at the MTC. It sounds like she's dealing with a lot of fun stuff right now haha! It is sometimes amazing to just step back and look at the challenges we deal with, take a deep breath, maybe have a chuckle or two and then attack them head on! I feel that is what I'm doing right now, we found out that Elder Brown and I will be together for the next transfer, which is pretty unusual to stay together for 3 transfers...especially with your trainer. We have transfer meeting tomorrow. Two of the missionaries in the district got their visas and so one went to New Zealand, and the other went to Argentina! So we'll have a bit of change up in the district, We're having another brand new missionary come to the district woohoo!
I feel that this next transfer with Elder Brown can be really great if we change some things. We need to work on our morning routine TOGETHER so that we're having our studies...sooo important! We need to pray more and bring our level of obedience up. Obviously we haven't done anything bad, but we could do a lot better. I've talked a lot with him since we found out we're staying together about this and tomorrow we're going to sit down and make some written goals and how to accomplish them and keep it posted between our desks.
(Feel welcome to put most of the things I say on the website, the reality isn't always perfect and just dandy...people should see that. We aren't perfect but we're trying and we're heading in the right direction, I believe that's what matters.)
A couple random things...
-We drove to Moms old house the other day! I got a couple pictures, it was pretty cool to see the house she used to live in:)
-The stake patriarch is married to one of Ezra Taft Bensons daughters and we ate with them the other night! It was pretty cool. Her name is Bonnie Madsen.
I feel that this last week I've learned a lot about the Atonement. It is hard to describe but I feel like I'm starting to change and become who God wants me to become. I've felt divine protection from the adversary in moments when I needed it most and I am so grateful for that. I talked with President Maynes about how I felt more of a distance from God lately and I didn't know how to tighten my relationship with him. He gave some helpful advice. He told me sometimes the spirit will comfort, sometimes the spirit will bring things to our remembrance or testify of truth to our hearts, and sometimes the spirit will give us a sense of "divine discontentment" when the Lord wants us to change or become better. That is what I was feeling for a couple weeks. I'm so grateful for the things I've learned in the past week or so. There is a book I am reading right now called "The Infinite Atonement", it has grown my faith of the atonement so much and I would urge you to read it, and anyone seeking to learn more about the Atonement. What better event or subject could we possibly try to understand, comprehend, feel or love than the Atonement of our Savior? I really want to send the family a copy of the book when I can, I know Tevis has a copy he would let you borrow:)
I am healthy, happy, and doing my best. Thank you for everything! I appreciated what you said: "You have so much to offer when you are happy and righteous. Too great a price is paid if you aren't." Thank you for that. Give my love to the family, you're all in my prayers. I have felt the prayers of so many faithful family members and friends back home. We need em! Love you Dad.
Him Cook Burger! :P
Elder W. Marks