hey mom! so mostly everything i did on the week was in my weekly email. at least the good stuff.
im really low on time. thank you for the package! it was good! on my birthday i got a call from elder gehring, elder huffman, and the patterson family from fort smith! im not sure if i told you but they got baptized! i found out when they called me that they now have callings too!
um i guess really the thing i would like to eat when i get home is moochies. i really would like some moochies. ive had a fair amount of philly cheese steaks out here and none have been up to par.
i love you!
On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 5:18 PM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Dear Elder Olsen,
How are you? How was your birthday? I hope you had a great day!! I was so sad that your birthday package didn't make it on time. It was supposed to have been delivered on your birthday but didn't make it. I hope that you got it okay. Tell me everything that you did on your birthday and send some pictures please is you have any. Were you able to participate in the World Wide Day of Service? Dad and I went to help set up the Ward Christmas party even though we didn't go because of my surgery. Todd made a video of the 10th anniversary of the Brookhaven Ward. He sent it to us so that we can watch it. Your picture showed up in it a few times. You can watch it when you get home if you want to.
I am trying really hard to do things from the Church's initiative #LighttheWorld. I think this is amazing and our ward is working on it also. I just love thinking about the different attributes of Christ and trying to do some of those things.
My surgery went well. At least it is over and that is certainly a relief. One of my toes wasn't quite deadened while he was removing the screw so that was a little intense but it wasn't too bad. I have had worse experiences with the dentist when my teeth haven't quite been dead enough before he started drilling. I am now in a new post-op shoe for two weeks. I go back next Friday for a dressing change and then on December 16th to have the sutures removed and then I'm done!! With this foot anyway. I haven't been doing too much this weekend because I needed to elevate my foot most of the time. I was allowed to do light chores. Dad helped me put up the Christmas decorations so that was very nice. We just have to put up the big tree in the great room and we are done except for the basement. We didn't decorate the basement last year because no one was down there but this year I think that we will.
McKell had her baby yesterday. He was born three weeks early and is now in the NICU but I think everything will be okay with him. He is having trouble keeping his blood sugar up and should be okay tomorrow. McKell's water broke Friday afternoon but she didn't go into labor herself and the medicine that they gave her didn't work to put her into labor so they had to do a C-section. They can only wait for 24 hours after the water breaks before the baby is born or else there is a great risk for infection and the moms get really sick. I have seen it twice with sisters in our ward since I have been Relief Society President.
We had an interesting experience in Sacrament meeting today. We were singing the Sacrament hymn and when the Priests went to start breaking the bread there was no bread. Bishop stopped the hymn and one of the Priests went to get the bread. Bishop took the opportunity to talk to us about the importance of the sacrament and reflected on what would it be like to not be able to partake of the Sacrament or what would it be like not to have the Atonement of Christ. It was a really spiritual meeting and I was very grateful to be able to reflect on just how important those two things are to me.
How is the work? Just keep working even though you don't have much time left to serve. You are a great missionary as I knew that you would be. I can't wait to talk to you in person and have you tell me all about all of your experiences.
We invited Todd and Ken to come to the airport when you get home. I think they are both planning on coming. At least it seemed that way to me. Neither of them said that they couldn't make it.
Is there anything special that you would like to eat when you get home or anything that you would like to do? Tomorrow is the last Monday that I will get an email from you. Monday might not be my favorite day of the week anymore. Oh well, we were instructed in church today that Sunday should be our favorite day of the week. I can see that I will be able to make that change without to much trouble.
Dad got your debit card all worked out. I think he already sent you an email about it. It was because you made charges in Oklahoma but then they didn't call or anything about it. At least not that I know of. Anyways there is money on your card and you should be able to use it now.
My scripture today is about enduring to the end. Mostly because you are coming to the end of your mission and it is so important that you just keep working and doing everything that you need to do. Anyway the scripture is 2 Nephi 31:20. In all honesty I have never really even thought about this scripture being about enduring to end I just always thought about it in regards to pressing forward.
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a loveof God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
Have a great week!! Enjoy the end of your mission and look forward to pressing forward with the rest of your life. You have so many things to look forward to in your progression in this life. I can't wait to see all the wonderful things that you will do!!