First off, wow! Go Mom and family in tracking down those families! The Goldens have been looking for years! On top of that, Brother Golden just got called as Bishop yesterday, so now is the perfect time for them to have some help with a personal project as they're going to be extra busy for the next several years! Thank you so much for working on that! Keep being awesome!
Also, Mikell, thank you for the joke! That's a great one (in case she hasn't shared: Que tiene Darth Vader en el congelador? Helado oscuro! [El Lado Oscuro])! I don't blame anyone for being too busy to write, I didn't write to anyone much when I wasn't on my mission either. It's okay, I appreciate your prayers and I know that you all care and I'm grateful for that!
On the other side of things, Sergia, Jesus, Julia, and Eduardo's Mom has been able to reset her baptismal date for the 31st of this month! It's so much fun to see the whole family so unified in spiritual goals, as each of them help each other to better live as Christ did! That's how all our family interactions should be - uplifting and supportive "and they did meet together oft...to speak concerning the welfare of their souls." Moroni 6:5.
Heavenly Father is so wise to tell us to meet together as families and congregations for worship. Some people say "I don't need to go to a church to worship God." You're right, we should love, serve, pray to, and worship God everywhere we go, but there's a part of us that needs each other to reach our full potential. We're social beings, we interact, we spend countless hours and resources for the sake of using social media. We were built to need each other, and especially support from each other in the things of greatest worth: spiritual development. As we prepare for church attendance each Sunday and to go to other church activities, we should not be focused on "I hope the lesson today isn't boring" or "please just let _____ stay quiet during sacrament meeting." Rather, we should go seeking opportunities to help others to feel the spirit and feel loved. We should be searching for ways we can help others. The church isn''t for perfect people, it's for spiritually sick people (really all of us) so we should go with the mindset that everyone there needs something and we may be able to provide it.
That said, here comes this week's challenge! Whether it be church, school, or some other place where people gather regularly, pick a day where you will try to help as many people as possible in one day to feel loved. It can be as simple as asking about someone's day and then actually waiting for a real answer or you can go a little more out of your way, but challenge yourself to recognize the needs of as many people as possible in one day! I promise that if you do, you will feel more motivation, joy, enthusiasm, satisfaction, and patience for others.
The only other big news, here's pictures of the district before Elder Farnsworth got transferred and Sister Miller finished her mission and went home!
That's all folks! Love you tons! Keep growing, learning, and otherwise being awesome!
Elder Smith (The one and only)