Highlights and interesting moments of the week before I get into the joy of thanksgiving:
1) I got called from Hitish! He wanted to be baptized... but his family says they'll disown him if he does. I should get to see him in L'viv during our mission conference this week though, and I can't wait to see him!!!!
2) Edik came to english practice! I hadn't seen him for a long time... like, since my first two transfers of my mission. He's changed a lot... but he still likes the church. He's just going through a pretty gnarly teenager stage.
3) We spent more time with Elder Hubbert. I like him. He's funny.
I'm so thankful for thanksgiving.
This year is especially great though -- because we planned to prepare and have a thanksgiving dinner with our member friends, our english friends, our investigators, and our potential investigators. It's going to be our family night tonight.
I made the make-shift Kool-aid.
12 liters of it.
Stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls... you know, and a MILLION PIES.
For my email this week, I'm going to share with you the spiritual thought that we are going to share tonight at our thanksgiving dinner. I hope you enjoy it.
As you know, the family of Lehi traveled for a long time in the wilderness, because the Lord led them out of Jerusalem to save them from destruction. They had many interesting and inspiring things happen to them during the course of their travels.
What do we learn from this story?
We learn that The Lord loves us very much, and even in hard times, we need to realize that as we follow his commandments, we can be assured that our trials will help to build us. We can grow by following his paths. Will we choose to complain and give up when times get hard? Or will we follow the directions of the Lord, pick ourselves up, and go and do? God wants us to progress, and only when we humber ourselves, and give thanks for what he is trying to do, will we be able to succeed, like Nephi did.
Remember, this Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on how much thanks we have given to the Lord for what we have. Gather with friends and family. Let's rejoice in the blessings we've been given, and humble ourselves to say, "I'll go where you want me to go!".
I hope you all have a great holiday.
Say your prayers. Count your blessings.
Read your scriptures. Enjoy your church services.
Life is too short to always feel like you don't have enough! Start thinking about how the Lord has given you more than you can count :)
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
-- Elder LeBaron
Pictures from English practice and pingpong
Preparing for thanksgiving dinner