N's email 11/30/2015

area: Pine Trails Ward (Houston, Texas)
zone: Pine Trails
companion: Elder Lee

Hello! I love being a missionary! First off, Thanksgiving was wonderful! We had dinner with a Philopino family who didn't make us a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but they did make a bunch of Philopino food: roast pork, baked fish, angel hair pasta mixed with a bunch of kinds of meat, rice, pineapple, cantaloupe, and roasted chicken. SO GOOD! They also sent us home with practically all the leftovers. That was a wonderful day!

Sister River's daughter is a member and wants to be here for the baptism super bad so she's waiting to be baptized until Christmas time when her daughter will be here. She's progressing like crazy though and we're so excited for her.

I'd like to share what I learned/taught at District Meeting. We learned about sheep... We drew a pendulum on the board and on one side we wrote “numbers” and on the other we wrote “mindful” and in the middle we wrote “Christlike.” See, there's people who are so focused on numbers that they forget they're working with people. Then there's other people who are so focused on making sure the people they are working with are comfortable that they never invite or help them to progress. Then there's Jesus Christ who knows His people by name and loves them so much and helps them progress and repent. We compared the numbers mindset to a sheep herder, the mindful mindset to a pet owner, and theChristlike mindset to a "Good Shepherd". It was really great!

I love all of you. But I love Jesus Christ more. And this is where he wants me. So this is where I want to be.