WOW I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. I smile whenever I think of you. Hmmm what happened this week? I don’t even know hahaha. Time is weird while you are on a mission everything is so fast yet so slow. I can’t beileve it’s Thanksgiving this week. It feels so wrong. The sun is shining. The trees are green. It’s 80 degrees. I’m wearing slacks and sandals. Some people are wearing shorts while others are wearing coats. November in Florida is strange. This is not the November i know hahaha. That’s probably why it’s unbelievable that it’s Thanksgiving in just a couple days. For thanksgiving all the 8 YSA missionaries were invited over to Bishops because no one else in YSA will invite you hahaha. It should be really fun, I’m excited yet nervous because I don’t like thanksgiving dinner. I’m praying there is ham.
Sister Barlow left this week… I miss her. BUT We got sister Burningham!! So it’s just as good. She’s awesome. It’s weird not being the youngest missionary in the house now. She’s from Herriman. I think that’s how you spell it. And she’s fresh out of high school which is cool for her.
We had stake conference this week. Elder Costa from the 70 came again. He’s hilarious. He’s also a really good story teller. That’s a quality I want. Yesterday was a rough day hahaha. Sister Ward and I were feeling a little discouraged. So we came home at the end of the day and got ready for bed really fast. Then we made hot cocoa and got our blankets and watched the movie The Restoration hahaha. So missionary. I felt like I was actually watching a movie though so that was cool. Movies hahah. What a foreign concept. Seriously thinking of everyday things I used to do at home seems so weird now. Haha having my own phone?? Being at home all day? BEING ALONE?? Hahah sometimes I just sit and look at what my life is right now and I think “woah how did I get here?” Hahahah it’s awesome but strange. Life is funny.
One funny story from this week. Sister Ward has really poor vision. Haha. And since she sunburned her eyes they’ve just hurt really bad and been super sensitive to light (yes she sunburned them like 3 weeks ago and yes I need to make her go to the doctor) but she got special permission to wear sunglasses while were out. So one day they were hurting really bad so she decided to take put her contacts and put her glasses on. But then we were going to go contacting and she wanted to put her sun glasses on so she couldn’t wear her prescription glasses hahahah. So she went without. And she was BLIND. So she left me to fend for myself hahaha. I had to start all the conversations and as we were walking up to people I would have to describe them to her hahaha. This is funny because I am just the most awkward person ever and being a missionary Is just awkward and im not good at it yet so just me starting conversations was hilarious. Sorry that was a lot of bulid up for a lame ending hahah. BUT YOU JUST HAD TO BE THERE I GUESS.
This week mom and dad sent me a package and in it was this long piece of paper that said on the top “I am thankful for…”. On Thursday night’s at institute we eat dinner after. And this week it was a little thanksgiving dinner. Sister Ward and I thought it would be fun to bring the paper and have people write on it before they got their thanksgiving dinner. It was so fun. We help serve the dinner so we just got to watch everyone write down something they were grateful for. It was really cool. There were a couple that I loved: sunshine, eyesight, FAMILY, friends, and a lot of other cool ones. (I’ll send the picture) One that I’ve been Thinking a lot about though was the Atonement. Really cool. Honestly sometimes the Atonement is such an abstract thought. It’s hard to imagine or even comprehend how one person could go through that all. But Jesus Christ did and he did it because he loves us! What a blessing. I’m trying to use the Atonement more in my life because 1. I NEED IT. 2. Jesus Christ did it each of us individually and it would be so ungrateful if we didn’t use it to the full potential. So you can all do this with me! Try to repent more and recognize little things we do need to repent for. Also know that Jesus Christ did this for us and he has felt everything we feel. He will be there for us no matter what. What a cool message I get to share. I am blessed. I am so thankful for my family, my friends, the gospel, plain baked lays, and the opportunity I have to be a missionary. I love you all! Have a great week and a happy thanksgiving
❤Sister Gabrielle Diane Todd