Friday, August 30, 2013

Week Five / I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed

Today, Holly told me this was her new Motto (words to live by Yanni).

"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made--I am a disciple of His. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, worldly-talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer and I labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, hired away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, give up till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. And when He comes my banner will be clear!

I must go 'til he comes. Give 'til I drop. Preach 'til all know. And work 'til he stops me and when he returns for his own he will have no problem recognizing me. My
banner will be clear."

--Dr Bob Moorhead, in Words Aptly Spoken
Companion, Holly, Roommates

My heart is full. I first off want to thank Sister Richardson and Aunt Janis for their little notes and for all those who write me. I don't know what I would do with out you. It is so good to hear that the family is doing well and that school has finally started! Mom, you gave me the best muffins in the world. I am digging them so much.
Okay so on every Tuesday we have a devotional at the Marriott Center and they are always so uplifting! When we had to walk back to the MTC the rain was coming down like no other. It was seriously the best night ever. We were soaking wet when we got back to our classes! Everyone could of been looking down and feeling all sorry for ourselves, but we were all looking up and just dancing in the rain. After which we had a testimony meeting with our fellow districts. When we got up a puddle would be on our chairs, but the spirit was so strong! I love the MTC and I love BEING A MISSIONARY!
A lot of our zone is leaving this week and than on comes the Goldies. I am more than happy to see all the new missionaries and host a welcome to the new sisters. It is such a great opportunity to strengthen and grow off the old but as well as the new missionaries that come in. 
The lessons for our investigators have been way awesome. Before we knock on the door we say a prayer and take a deep breath and knock on that door! It's amazing how much we know and we don't even realize it.  The language is so humorous at points because our sentences have to be in Yoda form. Which makes me happy, I wish I could do Yoda's voice. This is when I need you dad!  

On Wednesday the new missionaries came in and me and my companion sat there and waited for them to rush in. I saw Elder Beard right away and welcomed him. He seems to be doing really well! I am so happy I get to see all these missionaries coming in from my ward! It's the best! The work here is so great and I can't believe time is flying! Soon I will be in Slovenia! It's the best feeling in the world.

I noticed here at the MTC it's a lot like looking at a mirror. You get to see all your strengths... But also a lot of what we need to be working on. It's tough at points and sometimes we get discouraged but we must always remember that if the Lord asks you. It means he already knows you can do it. Do you have enough faith to trust in Him? To give your all  to the Lord and trust in him with your success. It doesn't mean isn't going to be hard. Why does the Lord expect hard things out of us?

Obstacles= opportunities to become. 
Hard opportunities= Great chances to over come. 
Great chances= to become like Him. 

Great. We can always ask for help, we (Elder L. and Sestra B.) always ask for it before going to something like TRC or teaching. Than afterwards we give a prayer of thanks. It's incredible to see how much we are becoming. I love to watch my companions grow and I notice after we are done with a lesson or something we head back to our classroom just jumping around and dancing. This is what the work is about. The Lord is the best Master ever, I am so glad I get to serve him. 

What does the scriptures teach us about God's character? That He longs to be close to His Children. He wants so badly to help us, we just have to ask. "We are weak but thou art strong." How much those words get to me... We are human and beginners and fall down sometimes. In Alma 31:6 it talks about all these people God saved. It was people that had been rebellious and the vilest of sinners... People you think would never even have a chance. But they turned around and changed. They became the best of missionaries, the people who we look up to in the scriptures. My favorite miracle is God's Grace and the conversion of a human soul. How many times do we falter or mess up, but God always has opened arms and always willing to bring us back into his fold. We are always welcomed because we are already there. He knows us and trusts us. I feel like it's about us trusting in him and really in our selves. Recongizing we are worth it and we already made it. But we must prove it but showing where our heart is. We always have a chance. We can always turn around and come back home to Him. 

I love you all so much. And pray for you every day. Thank you for being amazing.

Love, 

Sestra Cuthbert


I forgot one more thing for you all.... Everyone....

Want to know a cool word? It's "se doplonjevati" meaning: to supplement; to complement; to complete; to make up a deficiency. 

I love that... You can use that for saying the bible and book of Mormon do that very thing. But  I also look at it as... you my family complete me. or You and dad. It's a beautiful word full of meaning. Anyway. Love you. Come what may and love it. Always walk forward and realize that the future is  bright. To love with all you got and you will find your final everlasting happiness.

Love,
Holly

Friday, August 23, 2013

Week Four / Kikirikijevo Maslo

Holly and her Sestra
Zdravo, This past Sunday, my dear Sestra had to give the devotional prayer at the big get together with the entire MTC. It was great and totally awesome. We even got to sit by the incredible speakers! But, I was directly in the view of the podium camera. So I was on the screen the whole time! I was trying to shift to the side, but nope! Everyone got to see me on the big screen. Afterwards, I got random comments of "hey I saw you! You are MTC famous!" The only reason why it was so awesome was because of it Elder Martin found out where I was in the auditorium and we saw each other!! It was the best to see such a familiar face! He is such a great inspiring missionary! 

Okay, it has been raining a lot. The thunder is the best sound in the world! One of the days this past week it just was pouring buckets so our teacher let us run outside and dance in it.We do a lot of our lessons outside which is great because I swear you get jungle fever staying in these buildings too long! We are getting to the point at our language where we know enough to just be really joking and we make the teacher laugh a lot with our broken-down Slovene. 
My favorite word from this week is kikirikijevo maso. Which means peanut butter! Can you believe it! You say it like super fast (kick-e-rick-e-yea-vo moss-low) Say that a billion times! I love it. I love this experience. I love the MTC and all the missionaries here. My Sestra and I when coming back from our classes at 9:30pm - always, always we get stopped by the German Frankfurt missionaries. They bear their testimony and I get chills just thinking about how amazing they are going to be. They are so ready! Plus, I totally understand everything they are saying. Makes me happy that I can still remember beautiful German. Apparently in Slovenia there is a lot of Germans so if Dad could send me how to say a prayer in German I would love to practice! The language is amazing and I am getting really good talking about the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus have for us that he sent his beloved son down to redeem us so we could return again. A lot of the loving parts in this gospel I pretty much know by heart. It's awesome to be teaching this to the investigator! The schedule is the same every week and yet new things are happening all the time. There is so much to look forward too in the next 5-6 weeks and the plenty more to come in the field but it's way fun! The older Slovenians left this week and it was so sad to see them go! I can't wait to reunite with them again in the future. I want the family to know I love them so much and that I think of you constantly. I want you all to be having fun. Go out and "treat yourself"! Go on vacation or something. Just know you are what makes me completely and utterly happy. I am so grateful for the support I have from you all. I love you bunches. Merci buckets! Hvala Lepa! 

What do we know? What do I know? For sure? I know I am a daughter of God and you are all His children. That He loves us. That Jesus is the Christ, our Savior, our Redeemer. He is our hope, our only chance. But He will come again. The Book of Mormon is true and changes lives.  I am so privileged to be with my family forever. How much beauty and hope in that is beyond me. The love and grace we receive is beyond me. His love is unfailing.
We should never go into a situation where you already believe you are going to fail. Always think you are going to have success, Elder Ian Harris told me that, and I believe it.  Joseph Smith, where would we be with out him. If he didn't listen to his heart or the promptings- what would of happened? At such a young age he believed there was an answer and he was going to find it. So young was he but so strong. The hardships he faced and the pains that afflicted him and his family are very great. He did it selflessly for us. How much I look to him. For I am young and am afraid at points. But how badly I want this gospel to be seen. How badly I want this to unfold. I want others to find this truth, this answer. The Book of Mormon is beautiful and expounds on the greatness of our loving Savior. The answers are in these pages. I can't thank my Joseph Smith enough. Because we have been given much we too must give. And if we try. If we act on that faith we will succeed. God will ever abide with us. He knows our names and He knows our needs. We are never alone. His works never end and His words never cease. 

What we need is just to begin... Begin to just comprehend the love Jesus Christ has for me and everyone. It's beyond me. Just seek to love yourself and your companion no matter how different they are. Things don't always go as wanted. They go as needed. Try to love... To love more. Your faith will influence others faith. Prove to Heavenly Father this is where your heart is and you will always... Always be doing what is right. You will always have success, it's inevitable. 

I love you, Mom and family. Thank you for being the miracles in my life. 

Sestra Holly Cuthbert

MTC Zone

Friday, August 16, 2013

Week Three / MTC Life

Last Sunday we sang during Sacrament "Because I have been given much"... There is Power in that song.. Incredible. Music has been the best here. I feel more in-tune with the Spirit than ever before. It's awesome to have a companion who plays the piano. She is so talented. We try to go and practice everyday and I usually sit there and read my scriptures or practice my language... But sometimes I close my eyes and just truly listen to the hymns. I can't help but think about Parker and how amazing it was to always listen to his fingers dashing away at the piano keys at night. I can't help but think about him and how much his companion is going to love him at the MTC when he plays.

During our Sunday schedule we have a movie night where we can go see "Characters of Christ",  "Joseph Smith", or "The Testaments"... My companion and I decided we wanted to see The Testaments! Okay... I seriously think that is the best movie ever. The ending scene where Helaman is blind and he wants to be taken to the Savior because he has finally come to the people. Jacob, his son is crying because his father was waiting for so long, he was so strong in the faith.. and never gave up hope. While Jacob is leading Helaman to where the Savior is (this is what touched me most), Jacob tells his father Helaman he was so sorry and how much he wished he (Helaman) could see the glory of Christ and then Helaman cries to him saying "But you can see him, Jacob, and that is enough." I cried. I just can't get enough of how much our families, our parents truly love us. That if we are happy that is enough for them. It fills them up so much. It's such selflessness that I wish I could have more of. 

While we are out and about, while we are moving along in life or being a missionary to help others come unto Christ and bring back God's Children through love and through selfllessness and love is enough. Everyone deserves to see Christ again, everyone is worth it. I know if we love everyone without falter we are only building each other up. That we don't have to look at our selves but look unto others and help them know they are enough. It's a self-fulling prophecy all in it's self. And yes we are not perfect but just knowing the Atonement and repenting everyday. I am so grateful that God is willing to forgive me. Even if I can't believe it. God does. I can't express enough of how much I am grateful for my Savior everyday for his forgiveness. For His grace. That we can never repay him back. No matter how great we are in this life. But we just have to try and that is enough! 

We had a devotional on Tuesday by Elder Richard G. Scott. I wore my Elvish Pin on my skirt. It is like my lucky charm because I was so pumped to sing in the choir for Elder Richard G. Scott! "Jesus the very thought of thee" look it up! It's so beautiful how they portray Christ and when you sing it... It lifts you high up. Our choir teacher talked about how everyone always says if they get a chance to every see Jesus they would run up to him and give a big hug. But our choir teacher read a scripture of when the Savior returned after being crucified. And John the beloved... His close loving friend. When he saw Jesus... He fell to the floor. When we see Christ what will we do? I feel like I would be falling to the floor. I don't even know? Jesus Christ is amazing and oh how badly I want to be like him. He is what made us greater! He redeemed you and me to make a difference to make all the difference thus to make us different.... And I love him so much for that. 

Anyway back to Elder Scott he talked all about prayer and how we need to ask the right questions when we pray. And I kept on thinking what is the right questions? I feel like a lot of the time we pray a lot for ourselves and how can we be helped. The questions are based around us. But if we take the time... TO look more outwards. To pray for others. To ask questions of how can I be better for others? How can I help... It's amazing to see how much my prayer has changed and become so much longer!  Elder Scott was so uplifting and so loving. We were on the edge of our seats. He is like the spirit. You really have to be paying attention and trying to listen to get everything he says because he is a bit more quieter than others when he speaks. But if you are listening... You get so much out of it.
After the devotional my district squished in on the Czechs to talk about it afterwards with the Branch President. (A district meeting!) The Czechs are so ready. So awesome. The Spirit amazed me in that one hour. An Elder said that if we have enough faith when we pray we will get miracles and told us a quote of how we can just get that. "Obedience brings blessings. Strict obedience brings miracles." It really caught me. I need to really strive to be obedient and remember to always know my Heavenly Father is with me and through him I will have success! 

The language Slovene is really amazing  I really love how we talk and how we say certain things. To be honest, it's been a beast and I feel like I need to just keep on studying and praying! But our teachers are amazing and I really love when we learn about just being better and being the best missionary ever. Yesterday was one of those days that you really don't expect. It's been amazing and so fantastic in the MTC. Each of us were going to go one on one with a teacher and give a full lesson by ourselves, and I was preparing in the 3 minutes we had and I thought wow this is going to be crazy good. But when I got in to go teach... I was fumbling over myself. I didn't know what to say and I was so clueless. I was thinking how could this be? And why can't I be amazing at talking? I was feeling all down about myself. Things had been said to me and I was just not getting it.. And I just sat there with my teacher so frantic... I just all of a sudden I asked if I could pray in the middle of it for help. So, I got down on my knees and began to pray. I got back up and proceeded to talk about my purpose. Why I was out here. For them. For you. That I loved them. That their Heavenly Father loves them and that we can feel so small so worthless at points... but that through our Savior, through the love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ- we are more! We are enough and I want them to feel as I feel. That the plan of happiness is to receive the fullness joy, this true church, this amazing gospel, and the best book out there... The Book of Mormon. I really can't get enough of it. After I was done my teacher and I were both crying. The spirit was so strong. I can't tell you how much our Heavenly Father really loves us and how much he wants for us to be happy and be successful. That if we just ask we will be blessed. That faith in Jesus Christ is the central point and if we realize and trust in him, Everything will be okay, because He has trust in us. He knows us all individually and He can make our weaknesses strong! 

Later that night we did TRC (kind of like a family home evening) and all of it was in Slovene.  My companion, Elder L, and I walked in and did awesome. We were a little worried cause we didn't really get to prepare but it was crazy to see the spirit come to our aide again. I never thought I could speak the language till last night. I just started speaking from my heart, and I even talked about how the chocolate milk is amazing. 

I hope you know I am thinking of you. I am so grateful for the plan of happiness. For the Grace Christ has for each of us. That we need to just get through the hard stuff and be better the next day, if we can.

Today we got to go to the temple. I wish I could stay there forever. I love you all. I really do. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Week Two/ I love the MTC


The MTC is a awesome place! I keep on going to bed at night totally just happy! For no reason! 

I know it's because I am at the right place, but wow. I just love it so much.

My companion is amazing, and super witty. Just the way I like them, but when we have to give a lesson or just talk she amazes me with the power she has! I just really lucked out. Elder L (The only Elder in my district) is pumped!!! He is a go getter. If he wants things done, we get 'em done! We have a tight unity and share the spirit well when we talk to our investigator. I love my district.... 
BUT I love our zone. There is so much personality and love for each other. It's just amazing when we are all in one room and how much different we all feel. Like we can achieve greater! Sometimes we group with the Slovaks because we are so tiny.

So we sing hymns in our different languages. It is my favorite thing! I can't tell you how much brighter a room gets when we sing at the MTC. So I just had to join choir! Sestra B and I always are singing hymns or humming something throughout the day. We should do a duet for you all when I get home!

Last Sunday I wore my old lady dress... The one that looks like those old fashioned drapes with the flowers. Yes. I wore it and felt totally Old lady-ish it was amazing! I can't thank you mom enough with how much time you helped me prepare and how much work you put in to get me where I am. I really can't wait to hug you.

Anyway, Sunday devotionals are great and the time just zips by. We try to write everything down and it's hard because everything is just what we need to hear! I went and saw characters of Christ. By Elder Bednar and it needs to be published in every newspaper, every news report... Everywhere. The message was beautiful and gives me a lot of perspective about what we really should be doing in our lives and our moving forward.. Onward. The success is all about being "turned out". Jesus Christ was never turned in. Always willing to give his time, his needs, his wants, even his own life and put them aside to help others in need. After he went to the Garden of Gethsamane... What did he do? He was gracious to his apostles who were just sleeping and helped a guard when his ear was cut off. We as Man are turned inwards and with that comes being selfish and thinking of what we need, what we want... How great would it be to be always looking outwards? How badly I do! Jesus Christ is an amazing example. The one I am wanting to strive to be like. It's by his grace we could be more. I want to be like that as a missionary. Helping others realize they are more. SO much more. If you are out and about, or simply at home. I want to encourage you look to your neighbors as friends... and help. Even just smile. Share the Gospel, because that is what makes us have the fullest joy. Don't we want to let everyone have just that? Share it. It's so worth it.

I will write more later. I love you so much... I will get on again and finish my thoughts. I just really love you. Don't forget. I think of you all and am filled with peace to know I have you forever. You are all so great I love you.

This past Sunday was fast Sunday and how amazing that was! There was one Elder who got up and said the most amazing thing ever! " Don't tell God how big your mountains are, tell the mountains how big your God is." That is so true! I love that with all the mountains we have to climb, all the obstacles in our life. It's nothing compared to Our loving Heavenly Father. That through him those mountains become tiny in comparsion. That we can always get through it. God is always on our side. How blessed are we?

I have to admit there can be no other way now to praying but only on your knees! Every time we pray here we get on our knees and it has a whole different feel to the meaning of prayer. It's something I should of always been doing but wasn't quite thinking about it. Like when we go to bed and lay in our beds and pray and fall asleep. But actually taking the time to put your knees on the floor and pray. Try it out. You will see and feel the difference!

I love the MTC! I can't say it enough. We, before our missions get all worked up and hear all these weird stories and just get scared. Let me help you out and say... The MTC is amazing. The Spirit is incredible and is always always here. The food is even good! Although I swear that food is giving everyone weird dreams, because since we have been eating it our whole district gets the most strangest dreams. I just feel like we should not be afraid of the newness. I was, but now I think how silly. Because here... Being on a mission it is overwhelming. It's an overwhelming love that you know life is good and we are doing the best work in the world! To help out God's children is such a blessing. The Book of Mormon has so many awesome passages that I can't get enough of! I love how we can pray anywhere we are and if we are ever feeling discouraged we can go have a little chat with Our Heavenly Father!

I am so grateful to have such a awesome zone, district, family, friends. You all are just so awesome. 
I can't get over the fact that we have an excessive amount of chocolate milk here and the Elders always ask if I had my daily drink. My teacher is fantastic when he speaks English (rare) my jaw drops and it's hard to believe that any one speaks English anymore. When I am trying to have a conversation with other missionaries I start talking in Slovene and have to stop myself because  I realized they are just staring at me all weird. Ya, it makes me smile. I can't believe I am a missionary! How awesome is the work? The teachings and the preparation is surreal and everyone is just the best. 
I was so excited to see the new missionaries get in on Wednesday! It was the best to see how prepared they were and to welcome them all. I have only been here for a week but still!

I saw Sister Hair right when I got out of gym and I was jogging to my apartment and I just jumped her! It was so amazing to see someone I knew! I welcomed her sisters and made sure they got some good eating that night. It was just so awesome to see so many missionaries coming to the MTC. I feel that all is well and I am super happy. I am so excited to serve out in Slovenia. Our older Elders and Sisters just got their flight plans. They were screaming the the class and jumping around us. It is so cool to be close with them! I just have loved everything and teaching the investigator has been amazing, and through the spirit I have said things and did things I never thought was possible.

We are here doing the Lord's work and he will help us thorough anything! I love my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior. The Spirit is so amazing and the Book of Mormon is the best book out there. I am so thankful that I have such an awesome family and that you are mine Forever. I love you SO much. Mom I love you a lot! Stay amazing.

Love,
Sestra Cuthbert

Friday, August 2, 2013

Week One / The MTC

 It's been a crazy first week, but I have loved every moment of it!

When I first jumped into the MTC I was running around trying to get my key to the dorm and my official badge... It's amazing to be wearing it. I must say  I love being a missionary! I have to admit I am having a hard time calling the Elders, Elders. I just see them and call them guys! Hopefully I will get over that.

But wow the Sisters and Elders are amazing- they are all spiritual giants. I love them. I love my zone, when I walked into my apartment all these sisters came rushing over to help with my bags. There was a lot of sisters from Spain and they are feisty and just full of love. I hugged them all right away. 
Anyway I went to my class and found my teacher. He is a red head that looks like he should be a part of the Weasley family from Harry Potter, but he is so cool and very talkative. All he speaks is Slovene to us. Which is a fantastic language. A lot of ZZZZZZZ words. Anyway, meeting the teacher means you get to also meet your companion at the same time. So he took me to her in some computer room and I was so happy to see her! We hugged immediately. We get along great. It is amazing how much the Lord knows us and puts us with people that are what we need. My companion, Sestra B. is fantastic... She is so spiritual and warm-hearted. She just wants to be on the go and get things done! Which is awesome and when we study she already has it down! So she helps me with the language a lot. We are starting to get down the prayer and the testimony. It's really weird to hear us speak a different language but we are trying to speak Slovene everywhere we go, so we can pick up the language faster.

We went to a meeting the first night and we sang Called to Serve. It was the best! I felt the spirit so strongly and I truly loved it. We also taught investigators with a huge crowd of missionaries which was very inspiring because a lot of the time the crowd of us just couldn't understand why we weren't getting to the investigator. What we learned is that we are not just missionaries trying to solve problems, but we are friends, brothers, and sisters loving and listening to others. That we have to open our eyes and not worry about ourselves but GODS children. I truly believe that we must be selfless if we want to get anywhere. That this is not about us, but the people. I love it. I feel like we get so caught up in thinking how can we fix them up rather than getting to know who we are teaching and think about what they really need. That we can't pray for baptisms or for spiritual miracles, but pray for those people you are helping get the miracles they need in their lives and what they need. I love it.

I have to say I didn't get much sleep that first night. I was up praying most of the night. I just kept on praying and I couldn't fall asleep. I want so badly to help others and there is so many things to pray about and to think about.

I have learned that if you ever want a take a shower here you should go at night. Sister Missionaries love long showers. I just go in there to brush my teeth and listen to all of them singing and laughing. My zone has a lot of random singers. Which is so cool! They are like my personal i-pod. I feel like the Elders in our zone are way awesome, too. Especially since there is only one Elder in my district, Elder L. Only three of us are going to Sloveina! But Elder L... Wow. He is just so strong and so amazing when he bears he testimony. We are all meant to be here doing this work. We just build each other up so much.

There are older missionaries that have been here for awhile. The Mother and Father Slovene Missionaries, they are so funny! They teach us the weirdest words and just cheer us on. Elder T. (Elder Father) is just the greatest guy ever. He really just befriends anyone. We did gym and my Sestra is working me hard! And I was totally breathless by the time when we were done, but I did it. And I feel like I really needed that, because I want to keep in shape. Sestra B was on track team and loves running so I hope to keep up with her. It's great actually to have such a motivated companion. She is lovely.

Wow.... I love being A MISSIONARY. We keep reading the scriptures and praying so much and can't get over the feeling of how much all of it feels right. But there is another feeling too- when I eat. I feel like they put an addictive chemical in the food that makes you crave it fortnightly-even if you don't want it! It's a funny feeling...  But other than that I have been keeping healthy and sticking to a lot of veg and fruit.

We met our Branch President and they are just cute oldies that I love way too much. They know exactly what to say to get us thinking. It was awesome though at that meet and greet how we all had to bear our testimonies as a zone and see how sweet and how strong we all are! My zone is so great. I can't express it enough. So today is Friday and I finally got my mail!!! It is so nice to see it come. Thank you all who sent me them. I truly can't thank you enough!

I keep thinking about what the Cuthbert's are doing though! I have to say I love you so much Mom. Thank you for always being here to support me and build me up. I love you so much. I can't believe I am a missionary. It's crazy that I am going out and I am serving a mission... But truly it's amazing. I hope you know that I am always thinking of you and I am so excited when I get to hug you all again. 
Tell the family I love them and that I really miss them but I know this work is great. That Jesus Christ is our Savior, that he died for us and gave up so much so that we could achieve greater. The Book of Mormon is awesome, it's so true and it's the best! Eternal families are the best. I love this Gospel because without it I would feel so hopeless. I am so thankful to know we have eternities and endless time. The plan of salvation and happiness truly blesses the lives of families and if you can go to the temple GO NOW! GO PRAY. GO READ THE SCRIPTURES OR GO HELP SOMEONE IN NEED.  Smile and know the world is amazing. That LOVE is the answer. That Our Heavenly Father is amazing and only wants the best for us and when we put him first everything else falls into place. I am so happy and so excited to serve out in Slovenia!! I am so excited for the other missionaries out in our ward! Tell them to not be nervous because really it's all.... Good. Seriously. I love it.

Love you,
Sestra Holly Cuthbert

P.S. Tell Ivy I love her. That I loved her letter. Tell Dad that I am so grateful for what he wrote and that it truly helped. Tell Parker I miss him. If you see Laurel tell her thanks!! And for you... Mom... I love you.... I really really love you. I can't get over that.