Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

Hello! What a month already!! Holy cow! So my brother Josh who is serving in El Salvador has been there about five months now, about the same time as we've been out, is in the hospital with dengue for the second time! He didn't tell us he had it the first time or anyone but now he and his companion both have it for a second time and were taken to the capital, San Salvador, for better care. He is doing alright but his platelet levels are low. It would be much appreciated if you would pray for him and his companion :) I know they can feel all the prayers. Josh has been such an example to me even being hundreds of miles away. He never writes a negative letter, he is always positive and looking for the good, he always tried to see the good in others. We got the opportunity to talk to him on the phone for an about an hour on Monday and one of the things he told me was "Sarah, be so grateful. You don't know how good you have it." I mean, how true. So often we just get used to having it good we dont know any other way. I am so grateful for him. On a positive note, our family is coming to visit in a little more than a month!! I am so excited! I miss my family so much! All the screaming little kids and family conversations and fun funny things we do together. I love my family and am so grateful for them and soooo excited they are coming! We've had so many cockroaches this week it is not even funny! Actually two weeks in a row, these really huge ones will come out from under the sink and the dish washer. There have been so many times when one of us have been in there and the rest of us hear a scream from the other end of the house. We automatically think cockroach. haha not that great. I went to the zoo a couple weeks ago (I'll post pictures later) and it was sooo cool!! The fences didn't seem very strong though and some of them were kind of low, but i was walking by the ostriches and this one was starting at me! Death glare! He started putting his head over the fence a little like he was going to wack me... yeah i didn't like that animal so much. The meerkats were so cute and all bunched together in a group while one watched guard. I held a wild parakeet that we found and it liked me! So cool. Another thing, I joined the soccer team and that had been really fun!! I'm loving soccer down here. I learned the Mexican song Cielito Lindo and I sing it all the time like non stop! When I'm having a bad day I always say the Canta y no llores. My dad thought it was funny I came to Ecuador and learned that Mexican song but I love it! My parents are doing great, and they have been wonderful mission presidents, I could not be more proud. When I'm missing home which I have been alot I've been trying to look at the things I love here and think of the good and of course sing Cielito Lindo. But it has often crossed my mind how blessed we all are, even when hard things cross our path. Thinking of those things makes it a little easier. I guess it is true that if we look at all the lord has given us everything else is in a minimal, that as we count our blessings Heavenly Father will bring us new ones. I'll post pictures a little later, just thought I would update:) Have a great Saturday.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Be still and know I am God

So this week was a kind of rough week, my parents were gone for meetings in Peru and I had a few hard things happen. Many times I was really tempted to just get mad at heavenly father and feel bad for myself but something I remembered was that scripture, I don't remember where it is from but it is "Be still and know that I am god.". So that's what I want to talk about. That scripture means so much more than just eight words, that scripture sums up one, maybe many huge big topics but the one I thought of the most was, keep calm, heavenly father knows what he is doing. Heavenly Father has a much bigger plan for us than we have for ourselves, he knows us better than we know ourselves and knows what will help us most and lead us to the most happiness. This mission was very out of the blue and we weren't expecting it as were many of the things that have already happened to me on it. What i've seen though is this, so many of the things I have already gone through have made me a better happier person, I get to experience another way of life, I get to see it everyday, and in a way.. that changes me more and more with each look. I've noticed, everyday I drive to school I see poverty, all over, but, it doesn't disgust me, yeah I feel bad for those that don't always have what they need, but it makes me appreciate more and more what I have. The gospel, in Utah, is something many people have, we've grown so used to growing up in it and being in a very sheltered environment because lot's of people have our standards, so we don't really recognize or feel what it is to be with out them. Holy. Crap. Big difference. I feel so grateful for the safety that I have, for the spirit in my life, not having to feel completely alone, knowing that if someone dies we will see them again and that families are forever. There are so many people in the world that don't think that, and they are miserable! I've witnessed that! I mean, how blessed are we to know the things we know and have the things we have. I think there are many things I have come to realize on this mission.. as is kind of evident by everything I write about on here haha but really. If you are going through a hard time, if you have to make a hard decision, it is so easy to worry.. it is so easy to feel completely defeated by the world, I know because I have felt that way before and still do, this week in fact. Don't go through it alone, trust heavenly father that everything will be okay, his eye vision can see farther down the road than ours can hah;) So, in my situation right now i figured I just need to continue learning to be patient and trust heavenly father (not been that easy but i'm still getting there:) And ooh great news my family comes in six weeks!! So excited to see them and we will be able to see my brother josh!! Gotta be patient for that too:p Well that is my thought or this week. Hang in there my friends, we are all on this a crazy, scary, fun ride of life together..we're gonna be here a while so we might as well make the best of it and ourselves!