Monday, December 17, 2012

Letter #32 (Ashdown, AR)

Whats up world!
My heart is full of gratitude as I reflect on the past few weeks and months of my life. The gifts of knowledge and blessings from Christ have given me a new outlook on the Christmas season. No longer is life about what I receive, or what I can send to try to one up someone. Rather these last 8 months of my life have been about sharing with people the happiness that only the Restored Gospel can bring. One of my favorite things to do when meeting new missionaries is to ask them why they serve a mission. My follow up question is always why do you continue to serve. See each day as missionaries we have opposition. It comes in many forms, but not a day goes by when we don't have people doing their best to discourage us. Saten is a constant. That is why I absolutely love what most missionaries response is. Almost each missionary I have asked this question of, has responded by with something to the effect of "to see the happines I help bring into their life." And that happiness is a closer relationship to Christ. Something that so many people fight for, but many can't find simply because "they know not where to find it." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf explained what I am feeling. "As we watch the excitement and wonder of children at this time of the year, perhaps we can remind ourselves to rediscover and reclaim a precious and glorious attribute of children—the ability to receive graciously and with gratitude." That is what I am learnig. How to recieve. And more than that, what to do with what I have received! It is amazing what I have the opprotunity to give a little bit of myself each and every day!
Elder Maddox

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