Monday, December 9, 2013

Josh's Mission Dec 9, 2013

Yokwe Family! 

How are things? we had a lady from our ward go to Utah last week and she said that the weather is really nice compared to here. she said that it's nice and sunny and great. It's been snowing a little bit and it's been way cold. we had one day that in the middle of the day it was 2 degrees. it's been really cold, but layers help.
things have been good, slow because of the holidays but really good. We've been trying to find more people that we can teach, but it's hard when it's so cold. we've been seeing a lot more of our members, they are really trying to help us out more. finding people that they can invite into their homes and for us to teach. We talked to carol this week and she said that she doesn't feel like she is ready to be baptized, so we are going to try and help her stop smoking and come to church so that she can feel the spirit. We found this guy, Ceasar, and he is really awesome! He is actually the son of a less active in our ward, but we didn't know that before. He's great though. We've also been having a lot more lessons with our members, which is great! 

We went to a christmas party that a member family does every year and sang a bunch of christmas songs. it was awesome. there were a few non members there and the spirit was really strong. me and Elder Dragon sang as a duet as well, in Marshallese. it's was really awesome! it was Silent night, and it was so powerful, the marshallese people do it way better, but it was still really good. 

We had a really great zone training this past week. President and sister Jensen came! it was so great. president talked about our covenants that we make. and why we make them. why do we make covenants? why are covenants important? what do they mean to you? I know that covenants are important because it is the way that our heavenly father has set up, so that we can return to like with Him. i think of covenants as goals almost. it's important to work for something, to have a goal to strive for. and even after we make out covenants, we have to live worthy of them to receive the blessings that our heavenly father wants to give us so bad. that is one thing that we talk about with people a lot. Our heavenly father love us, and he wants to give us blessings, but he can't unless we do our part. He wants to bless us so bad, he doesn't want us to fail, but unless we do our part and exercise our faith in Him, then he can't do anything. 

that's one thing that I've been working on, having faith in Christ and exercising that faith. it is so important that we show that we have faith by doing as our Heavenly father asks. In conference Elder Soares said: "Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control." I know that that is true. being meek is vital for becoming like Christ.

I love you all thank you so much for your love and support and prayer. you are in mine daily. I hope that all is well and that as we approach Chirstmas, that we all think of the true meaning of christmas. 

Yokwe Yok

Elder Broadbent

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