Jan 1, 2014
It was really a relief to be able to talk to you all again. Like I said before, it's hard to get homesick, but you kinda forget about family and what they look like, what their interests are, and how you used to act with them. Things change and it was just nice to know that you're still the same family that I knew and still know. The Skype session refreshed me with the knowledge that, when I come back, the world may be different and my friends may have moved on in life, as well, but my family will still be as awesome as they were when I left. I miss you all, but not enough to come home just yet.
As far as the work goes, things have been slowing down. We have people to teach, but we need to go find people that have an actual desire to act. So I have been changing my approach on how I have been teaching. I emphasis 'faith' a lot more and how faith is a work. It is action. If you have faith, you must act, otherwise (as James beautifully put it) it is dead. So, we are weeding out our teaching pool and that may unfortunately include Marcos and Miguel. It pains my heart that we may have to drop them, but when we do that, we don't abandon them, we merely drop them in the Lord's hands. He will know when they are ready.
Mom, I love you so MUCH. I love you all so much. I love all the people that have been rooting me on and giving me support, ESPECIALLY Betty Boga and what she did for me. I could not stop crying when she sent me all that. I don't think a day goes by that I don't think of my childhood back in South Florida. It is always a beautiful part of my life that I remember fondly the families that we knew from there. The mission has done much more than help me grow. It has reconnected us with old friends. One of the first people I will visit, after family of course, is probably my cub scout leader, Sister Boga. I have a lot to thank her for. I love you Mom. Talk to you Monday :).