August 16, 2010
I’m found at a loss for words... weird I know, Tyrel not talking! I really didn't know how I would handle the news when it came but it's not as hard as I thought it would be. I really am so excited for Tara and for the adventures that lay ahead. I’ve always been the protective brother that beat up all the little twerps that messed with my sisters, I always knew one day they would start getting married but I always hoped I would be home for it. I can't describe my feelings but I really am excited.
This week has been a bundle of emotions. I really don't know how I’m taking it. I’m so happy for Tara but it's weird to think about how different things will be. There’s the familiar saying "nothing is as constant as change" with it is the purpose of life, we change we adapt and we become what it is that God would have us become, and Tara wouldn't be able to do that without Weston. I’ve always been the only brother and son and now I’m not, before the mission I was (along with the studly father I have) the protector and now Tara's got another man. so first dad, then grandpa...guess who he still hasn't gotten permission from...take a minute and think...he's far far away...rides a bike every day...he's getting fatter every day...yeah that's right ME! I want to hear from my (almost) new brother!!!
About Elder McKonkie: he's doing great. He’s out working like normal and is a greater missionary every day. I’m so impressed by that kid, and his desire to serve. He’s one of the greatest missionaries I’ve ever seen.
Londyn I’m so sorry that life is a bit rough right now and that you can't do a whole lot because of your arm. I pray for you every day. Hey you could try and write me a letter with your left hand...eh eh!
This week started with a Zone Conference on the Book of Mormon. President Smith took us on a tour of the scriptures pointing out the doctrine of the Book of Mormon, it was so eye opening. After that we watched Elder Holland’s talk on the Book of Mormon. By the end we were all so pumped with the spirit and excited to share. It really is something I have grown to love so much. I’ve just started the Book of Mormon over and discovered in just the first chapter the doctrine we learn is incredible: we learn of prophets, prayer, scriptures, authority, visions, God and so much more. When the prophet Joseph Smith says on the title page of the book of Mormon "a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book" it's so evident. I've come to realize there are a couple ways Investigators read the Book of Mormon as well as members of the church: there is just reading, and there is discovering the personal guidance from a Father in Heaven for the eternal progression of his children. I go out every day with only a book in my hand and I do everything I can to become a "disturber and annoyer of Satan’s kingdom". In this life people trust in a lot of different things: we see money, popularity, knowledge, looks... but I go out my door every day with a very tight budget, sometimes only my companion as a friend, I haven't been to college, and I’m nothing to look at but there is something I have that provides more comfort, and power then that all..It’s the gospel which is all contained in a single 531page book.
I love you all