Monday, December 30, 2013

Week 22 / Love is All You Need

Dear Family! I love you! Thanks for this awesome week!
 
It was super great this week to go around our town and give away treats and talk about the Savior with everyone. To share that sweet message always made the days brighter. While being on a mission it is kind of inevitable that you bear your testimony all the time, but how great you feel after you say it. Like you want to say it all the TIME, Even in my broken down Slovene, it feels so right and so complete.
 
I gave a talk this week on how love and peace grows our faith. I wanted to go all out in metaphors and words of wisdom that would blow their minds! As time came down to the actually speaking, the words that I spoke, the simple phrases I ended up doing were the strongest. It was an eye opener to me that this Gospel has simplicity but how deepening it is. That we don't need to elaborate and make complications, but simply state the truth and that is enough. I have much gratitude for simple words that can go a long way. Like, ''We are God's Children. He loves us.'' I find that so powerful. If we could just wrap our heads more around those words, I think we would see and do things a lot differently. 
 
We can learn so much about God, about Jesus when we just love. One of the gifts God has given us is to love and be loved in return. The plan that Heavenly Father gave to us was made because of the love He has for us as His Children. Jesus our Savior came down to this earth and died for us because of the love He has for us as His brothers and sisters. They loved us so much that it is just right to try to love that much back. To meet the world to love all God's children, you are meeting your whole family. Let them in. It's a nice reminder to me that we really do just need to love and love and accept everyone as our own. As one of the members said, '' When you meet someone new or old you love them no matter what. You accept them no matter what, even if they don't do it your way. You love. You treat them as Kings and Queens.'' It struck me. I love how true this member lives by this golden-ness. I want to be only that. I hope I can strive for that more and more.
 
We are all children of God. We all have a destiny, we all deserve happiness. We all deserve another chance. We can always turn to Jesus Christ for peace. When you truly remember the Savior you have the fullest love. We must pray to love people more. When it is done with love it is done right. If you will only allow God's love into your life, it can soften any sorrow, mend any wound, and heal any heart. I promise if we reach out to others with love, if we try to strive to live and be more Christ like. If we do what is right. We will find that peace, that love... Overwhelmingly. Sometimes it can come in a blink, sometimes it may take years, but I promise God and the Savior are always with you. They know your name, they know your needs, and how much they LOVE YOU. If we remember the sacrifices Jesus made, the atonement He gave, if we try to serve diligently, and keep His commandments. Serve with all we got, listen, be kind, pray, pray, pray, if we do this, our love will increase and our happiness will grow.
 
To find this ultimate happiness. The secret to it all is only by following Christ. I know this. I love Jesus Christ, I love Heavenly Father, and I love you all. Bodi ljubezen, bodi ljubezen, bodi ljubezen in mu sledi. ( Be love, be love, be love and follow him) I had to, just had to say that in my talk. It's my motivation, my motto.
 
I can't tell you how much it meant to me to see you and all the family. It made me realize even more that I need to work hard and that how little time I have here. I need to live it and share this gospel like crazy. It also made me realize I love you a ton. Not that I didn't already know that, but just the fact that I love you and I know I get to spend the rest of my eternities with you. I want everyone to have this joy. This promise. I loved hearing your voices and seeing your faces. I really can't believe I haven't seen you in so long, yet when I saw you it felt like you had been with me all along. It was really great.
 
It's nice to see people rooting for me.
Just know I am rooting for you too!
 
Christmas was love and all about Christ. There was a calm and there was just sweet hope in the air that night. Our Christmas didn't have snow or cold air. It was surprisingly really really warm. I really liked it.
 
Happy New Years! It's a bright year to come. To have faith in the Savior gives us strength to see a brighter future. We have power to change. We have power to move forward. I wish you all happiness and love. I hope it's wonderful and you have a toast on New Years Day at midnight, I will probably be sleeping. Woop Woop!
 
Love you.
 
Sestra Cuthbert

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Christmas Phone Call

Holly called and talked to all of us this week, and she sounded wonderful and happy. She is excited to be where she is in the world and loves loves loves her mission. 

Holly's Testimony in Slovene
  video

Monday, December 23, 2013

Week 21 / Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas this week!
Three Beautiful Ladies

I am more than excited to talk to my amazing family! How I love you all and am excited to hear and hopefully see your faces! I can't believe the time. It's been flying and the more I am here the more I get teary eyed. No joke. I am such a weeper. Jesus Christ lives. He lives and He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my brother, my best friend. I am so grateful for His birth. For His perfect example. For giving us hope and our most fullest joy.

Being here in this City- is a treat during this season. While we are getting ready some presents and chocolates, we are also preparing meals and sharing the message of our loving Savior. That is the best gift. I walk around and have this tag on that has His name. Jesus Christs Church is on the earth today! I can't help but reflect on the passages in the Bible of His birth and His life. The more I come to know of Him, the more my life feels happier. More full. I have to admit there have been times in my life I have felt just empty. I guess we all have our downs, but the more I have drawn nearer to Heavenly Father and the Savior the more I realize their hand in my life. Or rather their arms around me. How much they love us. And how much I love them. It is a beautiful time. Our Savior was born. Gets to me! You know!! Why Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do everything is because of love and I believe for this Christmas we must love back. Love His Children. For Christmas Eve Sestra P and I thought it would be nice to cook for some people who will not have anyone this Christmas holiday. There is this 22 year old, out on his own who has no one... It's the least we can do. I just wish we could do more. You see a lot of that here and how much we wish we could just help everyone. I love this city. I love these people. I love that I get to be a Representative of Jesus Christ and warm the people's hearts up from this cold cold cold weather. I love. I love. I love.

For the White Christmas it was only Sestra P and I who had someone on date for baptism. So the Ljub event was no more and we were planning to have it here. So this last week we were trying to get the baptismal font prepared, but during the week the font was just having troubles. It wasn't going to work out. The member fixing the pool suggested that we could just go to Ljub for the baptism since they actually have a real font and that is where it was originally going to be. Sestra P and I thought that would be really good since the water won't be cold and our investigator won't have to jump in the pool by a ladder. She is the best and would have gladly done it! But she was nervous but so excited. She came walking into the church like a movie star. We read from the Book of Mormon and said a prayer. Then we were off to Ljubana. I just kept praying that she would have peace of mind and know how great this was all going to be. She put on her white clothes and looked beautiful. She sang her  musical number solo and Sestra P and Staresina H spoke. I said the prayer and I was wrapped in the thought that this is the best ''white christmas'' I ever had. When it was time for her to get in the font we led her to the door. I couldn't help but hug her and tell her how much we loved her. She was so ready. She was worried about bending in the pool because she didn't work out that day. :) We reassured her that she would be okay. When the prayer was said and she got put in the water - sparks were flying. She came from out of the water smiling so big. She was so bright. I remember telling her before the baptism started that she was going to be whole. She was remembering herself and who she had been and she was sad about that. The Spirit led me to open my scriptures and read Enos 1:5-8.
It reads..."And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed. And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away. And I said: Lord, how is it done? And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole." She was teary eyed but hopeful. I told her... That was her. I knew how true it was. I knew that through the Atonement, through Jesus Christ she would be made clean. That through Him we are whole. We are finally at home. That day was full and amazing. We went home by train and we all sat down and sang hymns and a little Merry Christmas. It was the best day ever. She said something beautiful -  "I now face the sun and the shadows are behind me."  I love that. Quite an amazing 27 year old.

Guess what I really want? Everyday? Alma 27:17, ''Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength and he fell again to the earth.'' I want to be joyful,to be so happy. That through Him, I am full. I need nothing more. Everyday should be so full of joy, overwhelming that when it's time for bed we will fall to the earth. Life can be just that good and it is. I love it.

The sausage who must not be named. We went to one of our in-actives this weekend and she brought out a "famous sausage" of Slovenia and it was huge. It wasn't what you expected and the taste was rather funny it was black and the more I ate it the more I realized I wasn't just eating normal meat. We asked her son what was in it and he said if I told you, you probably wouldn't eat it anymore. I just started laughing. We ate that thing and he looked up how to say it in English. Guess what I ate mom? I ate pig ear, intestines, and nose. Maybe a little more. But mom. I DID IT! Woo!

Today is Joseph Smith's Birthday. I love that man. We were watching a documentary on him the other day and just watching and hearing how much he went through. How much faith he had, how amazing he was and still is. I love how much compassion he had for the people and love he had for the Lord. It was very inspiring to watch him and his life works. I am so grateful for Joseph Smith for how much he did for each of us. For giving us the Book of Mormon, for helping restore this Gospel. For being our Prophet. Our Friend, our Brother. I really look up to him. I couldn't help but admire how happy he was. No matter what, he was optimistic. I take heart in that and hope I can somewhat emulate such a great person. I hope that you take some time out of your day today to read or watch something on Joseph Smith. Hey, Mom you could bake a cake? yeah? yeah!

The Christmas Party was a blast and I loved the musical number by President Rowe's twin daughters. There was great food and great reuniting with my MTC family. I loved embracing Sestra K. And at the end there was a spiritual devotional and President Rowe spoke about what we can give for Christmas this year... The spirit was very powerful and in it I could feel the love and strength of what President Rowe spoke of. This year we can give a contrite spirit and a broken heart. We must always be willing to keep trying. To keep moving forward. To be humble and realize alone we can not do anything. I thought it was a neat thought and something to think about.

I can't wait for Wednesday but until then I am keeping busy. I love you and I hope you remember the true meaning of Christmas. I hope you will "be love" this Christmas holiday and think of others. Give and give. Love you, wish you the best.

Love,
Sestra Cuthbert

Monday, December 16, 2013

Week 20 / Love Love Love to you all

Hey, Hey!!!

I have been loving the stories you sent me for each day of December. In fact, I like them so much that I have been sharing some with my investigators and in-actives. I just want to let you know- Mom and Dad, you are inspired. Sestra P and I went to this man's house and we were having a good conversation about Christmas and everything but then it was time for me to start off the spiritual thought. I didn't know where I was going with this or that and the story was in English but I reached down for the little envelope from my bag and took out the story of the man going to Jerusalem and holding the baby lamb. As I spoke the words and tried to conger up what I could in Slovene the Spirit took hold and warmed the air. Holy Cow... It was such a strong over powering feeling when I told that story and how Jesus is our Shepherd. I was testifying of Christ and chills were going crazy on me. How much I love this gospel and how it makes me feel, but more importantly how great my joy is because I know Christ lives.

Our investigator is doing really well. We have been going over just about everything we can. We have been praying so hard. Having mighty prayers of just total and complete asking for help, that we may have the spirit and that our investigator will take the things we are teaching into her heart. When we go for the lessons she has already read things that fit right along with what we were going to teach her and commit her to. So, she is so obliging and she will be baptized this week! Although, this is the most amazing thing ever, we must keep working hard and make sure she gets our love and care everyday. Pray for her this week Mom and Dad, she needs it. She has been a little scared but she knows full-hearted she wants this. It is changing her and I can see it in her face how much it is. I always feel God's overwhelming love for her when I see her and I make sure she knows how much that is true. We had just taught the Word of Wisdom and the next time we saw her she had just gone to a party and said they were all drinking and such. Sestra P's and my face dropped. Thinking NOOO!!! But she went on to say how good she felt when she was just drinking her cup of water and that she felt so strong. We seriously beamed out how golden and awesome she is. She loves church and soaks in what everyone is saying. I will take pictures of her this week. I absolutely love her.

Our branch Christmas party was on Saturday and it involved us missionaries decorating and cooking a lot... This is when I got a glimpse of what a relief society president or someone over a ward party has to do... I bow down to you all. Wow. You do so much. I can't tell you how much being on a mission strengthens but helps us realize how much people put their love and effort in. We need to learn how to be helpful and grateful. Because ward members do a lot. A lot, a lot. So shout out to all my ward members back home. Thanks for all you do. So grateful... And Mom you're a babe. Such a hard worker. I want to be more like you.

Also for the Christmas party I made that famous frosting, the one you always make mom. The Death by Chocolate. Ohh yea, always hits the spot. The people love it. LOVE IT HERE. The branch president wife says she tried it and then she craved it fortnightly. I gave her a jar of that goop for Christmas. She was way too happy. I love that woman. I was the angel for the nativity scene and I just wore a white cloth. It was actually really beautiful and I got to hold a big star wand thing. I kept messing around with it and leading the music with it. Everyone after thought we had done super awesome and practiced for weeks. Nope, we did it in one day! Boo-ya our branch is cool!

We showed the Joseph Smith movie to one of our awesome 22 year old investigator and he absolutely loved it. He is like already a member. Always staying after to clean up. Talking to everyone and when someone new comes in he bee lines them and gets them comfortable. He is super and I love seeing his progression in this church. He loves the feeling here. I do too.

I finally got my Visa! I went to go pick it up in Ljubljana and got to hang with Sestra B and Sestra B, two of my favorite ladies. Those two lovely girls are sweet and I love talking to them and catching up. They helped us get around and find the building we had to go to.

Transfers have come and left....wooooo - No one moved! YAY! Which makes me super happy because I wanted to be here for our White Christmas on the 21st, and because I love Sestra P. What's new? She is simply amazing.

This week we went down a weird, kinda creepy, kinda cool, street as we were trying to find someone. but we couldn't.  Sestra P wanted to get out of there, but I told her I had a really really good feeling about going down farther. We went down farther and nothing happened. So we turned around and started walking back and a man passed and stopped because he wanted to know about my tag. He had a mixture of Slovene and German going on. What was cool was I could understand so I started going half Slovene half German too. Sestra P was so confused as she was trying to get his number and he would be like, '' Eins, stri , nula, funf''. Awesome. I loved it. After we left. I just got way happy. I love German. Actually I just love languages... Yea? yea.

For our weekly planning we finally got to write we have 1 baptism this week. I got up from my desk and started boogieing in the kitchen and singing, '' I feel good!! Dun dun dun I knew that I would now! I feellll right, like sugar and spice So Gooooodd!'' It's going to be a great week.

I keep seeing the Hobbit signs. I am glad you loved it. I can't wait to see it with all of you.

By our house they made a huge ice skating rink and at night when we are going home there is so many people and excitement that I can't help but imagine my Ivy skating on that ice. It's good memories and it makes me miss you all. But not a bad miss. A good loving miss. I love you all. It's been hard news this week to hear about the struggles and the heart-aches. My heart and prayers were going to you fervently especially this week. It's hard to look passed things sometimes and sometimes it's hard to see the joy in the the sad. But I hope you find the beauty in the hard. I know that everything will work out. I want to hug you all and I am so excited to skype or phone call you soon. We must learn to love our fate the good and the bad. The struggles and beauty in life and to love it. Because it's leading to your final destiny, your final happiness. I will write you a letter this week. I hope you see God's tender mercies, I hope you feel His love, I hope you never forget to pray. It sounds so simple but it's so much more. We can talk to our Heavenly Father. How cool is that. What's even cooler is He answers back. He in on the other line. Just Listen. You all are amazing, and I love you. Can't wait for Christmas. Can't wait for you.

Love,
Sestra Cuthbert

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 19 / Christmas is coming

Family!
Holly's new Peruvian Hats

I feel like the more and more I am here the more I want to be in comfy clothes. I keep passing hippie/gyspy clothes and fall in love. They know how to dress cool. Can I just say? They have bright colors and do-dads that I think is super awesome. Who knows, maybe when I come home I will just be some crazy haggard colorful Mormon hippie girl. That could be fun. Wow. Family. Do you know how much I love you. My sister is getting married. One of the most beautiful days of her life and I am missing those sweet moments. Man, I wish the best and I hope you know I will be loving and thinking of all of you. This December month is too good. I am excited to call Daniel my brother. Give him a hug for me. Mom, you better take a trip to tropical islands after. I bet you are working 110% You are the most loveliest mother and hardest working. How lucky we are to have such a sweet spirit as you.

The streets are unwrapping with lights and Christmas decorations. The lights lull me into the streets. Where there are night markets with little trinkets and hot coco. A lot of Santas and a lot of drunk Santas wondering about. I just really love this Christmas season. I keep thinking how great it was when family would gather, when service would become more abundant and love was being shared to the max. But most of all my thoughts turn to the Savior. The birth of our amazing brother Jesus Christ. I have been reading the stories Mom has sent me for each December day. I read it out loud so Sister P can hear the stories too. I get wrapped up in my blankets and tea and begin to read the pages. It is a good prep for the day. It helps me remember to look outward and remember of Jesus's b-day. I just read the story of a college student going into the fields in Jerusalem where he would see the now a day shepherds gathering their sheep. A young Shepherd boy let the college student hold a newly born lamb and it was then that he realized how Jesus knew the life of Shepherds. That they would hold the baby sheep close to them until the long dark nights had passed. That Jesus is our Shepherd and he too holds us till the long dark nights pass. I really liked that analogy.

Dancing around their formers
Our investigator has been really getting into the scriptures and talking on light and dark. The storms and winds that may come but how firm we shall be if we hold onto God. I love it. Everything shines when we have God in our lives. The storms may roll on down, but we will dance and wait for the sun to return. Or the Son. Either way. I really love looking at the hard and finding the beauty, Sister P is really good at that. I really love her and all she has done for me. She knows my facial expressions too well. She calls me Winnie the Pooh, or Teddy Bear. I just give her a disgusted face but laugh hard. She really takes care of me and finds good in all. I really look up to that. We go pretty crazy some days. We were working on our former investigators papers and getting the area book organized. We placed it all over the kitchen and I put on my long Peruvian hat and just danced around it. Sometimes. You need a break. It was fun, Sister P puts up with my weirdness. She is so good to me.



We went to zone conference and it was like always - incredible to hear the words of our zone leaders and AP's. Can't forget President Rowe and his words of pure wisdom. It was focused a lot on the Book of Mormon this time and it was really a powerful meeting. The Book of Mormon is why I am out here. It gives me purpose and guidance. I read it like "my how to do for dummies".  I find inspiration and see the blue prints within. When I have a struggle or just don't know how to get about things I go to it and the answer is there. With whatever we may be wondering. With whatever we are dealing with it is in this Gospel, this book. It's the answer. I am so grateful for the love and peace I feel through the Book of Mormon. I get so excited to read the words and find the beautiful details that can help others and to give them strength. This book changes people. It has changed me for the better. I am happy because of the knowledge I have, for the Gospel I get to be in. For my Savior Jesus Christ, For my Heavenly Father. You can't get better than this.
Zone Conference December 2013

After zone conference we were running late and trying to get to the train. We were carrying packages and Elder S started to carry others so he had like four piled high and we started running. We probably all looked hilarious running and freaking out! Elder  dropped his name tag and I picked it up like in those cool movies with in slow motion and getting stuff done while running full speed. No stopping us! I told him to go! And we booked it. By the time we got there we were sweating and we had missed the train. So we had a good laugh and started going through our packages to get some sweets. I got a package from my amazing ward and I was really happy and grateful for the sweet notes and goodies. Thank you my lovely ward back home, you are the best.

We have been hanging and teaching with the members and investigators and it's been a real treat having some amazing people to teach. We have a lady who is absolutely fantastic and her friend that got her involved with our church is super lovely. She was a Hare Krishna. Whatever that is called. She really enjoys life and when we got on the bus to go teach her friend we just boogied and sang all the way. She was a hit! One day we were walking by McDonald's and saw her in there with her son who is not a member so we ran in and got a bite so we could sit down with them and talk about the Gospel. Such a beautiful family.

This week has just been a lot of bearing testimony and getting ready for our Christmas Party. It's amazing how much comfort and spirit I get when testifying of Christ. When I say his name it's like warmth takes over the air and I feel at home. Testimonies are so important to share with others. not only to help others but to help ourselves in realizing what is truly important to us. And when we bear that testimony the Spirit gives us the boost and lets us recognizing our worth, that we are Children of God, a Heavenly Father, who loves us. It's super great.

We are getting a lot more teenagers and it's great to see all their hopeful faces and longing to know truth. We keep hanging with our youth in our branch, they are the sweetest cutest little missionaries I know. We are blessed to have those YW in our lives. I hug on them and when they get down I make sure they have my shoulder to lean on. I think of you mom when I do this. How much I feel like a mom to these kids, how much I want them to have the best. I just love my parents for being my shoulder to lean on so many times. I am so lucky

We found on our play list the Moses movie song "Look through Heaven's Eyes".  Best song ever. That's on repeat 24/7 at our house. We love it.

I feel like Bear Grills out here. We have to eat everything and anything to Survive! And sometimes people feed us... Well I don't know what! But to survive this winter cold we have to keep our proteins and a lot of Electrolytes! Ya, grub here is like everything from nature. Their desserts are like bird seed, and nuts with no sugar. It's like where is the BUTTER? Just kidding. I really love the organic and healthiness of Slovenia. It makes me feel better.

I want to know how the wedding goes. You all better boogie it up on the dance floor for me and have 2 slices of some cake. It's the only way. Wish the best luck to Laurel. I hope she is alright.
I love you all, remember to have tons of fun. To love with all you got and the be those amazing people I know and love. Have wonderful Christmas/ wedding holidays. Do go crazy and love it.

Love,
Sestra Cuthbert

Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 18 / It's Christmas Time!

Dear Family,

It's CHRISTMAS TIME! I am so happy for this December month... I can't believe the time and how fast everything is going.

Monday (p-day) last week, Sestra P and I wanted to have a chill day. So we grabbed our mattresses and set them up in the dining room and watched some awesome little bible videos from the 80's. So cheesy but super good. We had like a sleep over that night on the floor and the next day we had to do exchanges with Sister J and Sister F for 2 days. I was taking rule over our city for the days while Sister P would be heading south to Zagreb. Sister P got me all prepped and pumped to be on my own and show Sestra F.

When I was with Sister F it was really fun. I got to practice my teaching and contacting skills and she showed me how it's done to get into apartments. She was really sweet and dedicated. I used a lot of faith those two days. We would want to go somewhere... and in my head I would think... Oh, yea... I don't know where that is. I would laugh out loud and pray very hard. Hoping we wouldn't get lost. Some how every time we were led the right way. Always making it, I would always have a big smile and yet every time my jaw would drop when we would turn the corner and make it to our destination without any hesitation. The Spirit is incredible and it just helps me realize we really need to keep in tune with the it. It is amazing how at home in Utah, I would get too caught up with the world and things going on... I would get lost. Now recognizing the Spirit in everyday thinking helps the day go far more better. I feel found, where ever I maybe. I do not feel alone. I know I am protected and I know that the spirit will guide me. So much of the time on the exchange I kept praying for guidance to be led to people who needed me. Sestra F and I got on a bus and I sat next to a cute old man with the best smile around. I talked to him about our church and how awesome it was. He noticed the Book of Mormon I had been practicing reading out of and he asked for me to come by his house so that he could learn more. He gave me his address right then and there. It still amazes me how I can understand people sometimes. The Spirit was really helping me when Sister P had to leave on exchanges. I noticed  I could communicate a lot better. I am just so grateful the Spirit helped me have guts for me to be courageous. Without it I would be just sitting in my apartment eating nutella. Oh, my goodness they love nutella here. Just hazelnut is in everything...

In our English class we have some pretty amazing people. I was teaching them the word RAD and AWESOME and acting out a few things for them. Kind of been really weird. But it helped them remember the words. and now when I ask them how they are, they always say "I am doing so radddd." I love it.

We had to make dessert for the Celje Thanksgiving last week and we wobbled our way over to the train station with all our dishes. It was great to see my ''mom'' again after exchanges, Sister P. We reunited in Celje and had a great Thanksgiving. We all prepped together the feast and ate like ravaging beasts. Elder B made some delicious pumpkin pie. I was seriously impressed with how good it was. I also got to say the Thanksgiving prayer and it was weird saying it in English for the Elderly Couple. I think I am sticking with Slovene when I come home. ;) But I am, more than anything thankful for my beautiful family. It is for sure at the top of my list.

We brought an investigator to a baptism in Ljubjana on Saturday and during the baptism I was praying so hard that he would feel something. After the actual baptism was done and testimonies were being given he turned to me and said he had the biggest chills. He was aching to find out more. Sestra P and I jumped on that because he seriously is a goldie when it comes to the church. He loves that we all act as a family and he really has the sincerest heart. I love teaching him.

We have got 2 people on date now for the "white christmas" and they are super excited. It was hard for both of them at first but the more we teach and see them the more they become strong and realize how badly they want this gospel. We went to one of our investigators that is on date and I found out he is a kick boxing teacher. I was asking how it is done and we began to draw our poses, me doing some karate pose and he pretended to hit me in the face. We sat down to do our lesson and he kept on pretending to hit me showing all this moves. So while we were teaching about church and baptism he kept pretending to punch my face and karate chop my leg. I couldn't stop laughing and I started making action noises after awhile. He is very great and sincere. We calmed down after a few minutes and had a great lesson. He wants to get baptized in a lake in the winter... We told him it would be way cold and he just said wear coats then (Poor Elders).

We hung out with another investigator and her family. I really love this family and their daughter is  so similar to me. It is really crazy weird. Every week they go up to the mountain forest to gather water from the stream to drink and sing. We went with them and it was beautifully peaceful. I can't believe how much I love these people. They are really amazing.

I saw Sestra Br...  and goodness I LOVE that women, I cannot wait to see her again on Tuesday/tomorrow for Zone conference. She is one tough woman, and I admire her a lot.

I realize to find happiness is in loving, even when it's the hardest thing to do. TO see God's love we have to show and give it to others. I really love to love. I can't get over it. If we fear, if we are scared, if we feel alone. God is there and His love over rules it all. I love 1 John 4.. It is a lot about love and one of the verses, 18 I believe, says there is no fear in love. But perfect love casteth out fear. We are but in the heart of God, and we have no need to fear. Hope you all love more and be the courageous lions that you are. I am excited to hear how the wedding goes.

I love you all so much. Tell dad he is sweet and I bet his testimony probably would of made me cry. Love you once again.
 
Sestra Cuthbert