This was a good week of feeling at home and being happy. Up and down always? Not sure how healthy this is. Me and Hermana Corona visited some good families this New Years - the Aguilar's had us over to listen reggaeton and eat some good foods and Hermano Aguilar told us how thankful he is for us for being fun and laughing with his family. I think the best way to feel the spirit sometimes is to laugh and have fun with family and friends. At MLC the heater was broken and we were all wrapped in blankets and friended each-other on facebook (we are turning into a smartphone mission soon) and it felt like we were all cruising in a living room together.
We've gotten a lot of advice about teaching this week and we've been wondering how we can teach better. Hermano Gutierrez and his wife took us out atfor tacos and we practised teaching them the Restoration at the restaurant and I've been wondering how I can be better. How do we teach more like Jesus? We love like Him - and as we do this, we increase our joy. We sacrifice, we serve, we love, we judge not, we have patience, and we are filled with the warm, cinnamon french toast feeling that fills you to the brim and leaves no space for bad thoughts or sad hearts. It embraces you like the homemade tortilla on your burrito. As we've practiced teaching with love, we've felt more love in our own service.
This has been a pretty incredible year. I entered the MTC on January 18th of 2017 and here I am in Twin Falls Idaho, happier than ever (through all the crap and snow and wind and irrits, but still happy). Don't look back! Don't go back! Move forward & go to the beach! #dawnpatrollllll (one day...)
I'm thankful for you love. Someone go eat some chicken katsu for me.
Hermana Hanatea Elkington