Mom,First of all, the package did come. Thanks so much, a lot of its contents were needed. Thanks for all the muchies and peanut butter, that stuff is gold. Also the letter was nice, of course, there's nothing like a package to make a missionaries day.
Lots of crazy things going on here in Limerick, we are very busy and there is always some unexpected task to focus on. …….. and ……… are doing wonderfully. Working hard, yesterday was Zone Development so we played soccer and rugby (touch) and a few other sports all day which was a blast, with the whole zone of course. Before we walked to the field, it was raining hard and I prayed that we might have warm weather and dry enough to play. Well as soon as we started walking to the field, the sun came through the clouds so fiercely that we had to get one of the Sr. Couples to buy us all water! It was so humid and hot, we were sweating and getting burnt and, just roasting. Great time though I scored a few goals.
In regards to be prepared and being consumed with being prepared….There is no harm in analyzing world affairs, being informed and involved and preparing for potential disasters to come. However, when our analyzing become a hindrance to our peace and feelings of preparedness, or in other words when our analyzing and data intake turn into unnecessary predictions and create feelings in our hearts opposite of faith, a line has been crossed from beneficial to potentially destructive. Faith, though infinitely strong, is as fragile as we allow it to be. Your comments to Evan were great, I'm blessed and happy to have a wise father. God has things under control to the degree that we can count on Him. Do whatever necessary, consider Captain Moroni's preparations and fortifications, all necessary. Moroni had a perfect understanding, and knew well his enemy both spiritually and physically. But I think we can tell the difference between Moroni and Teancum, who, although a good and honorable man, let his feelings and anger get the best of him, and was killed because of his haste and irrational operative behavior. At first, Teancum worked with tactic, slow and steady, knowing his purpose and not letting irrational fear disturb his faith in the cause he was fighting for, and he killed Amalikiah successfully. However the second time around, he was angry, and moved too fast and didn't consider the big picture, getting himself killed. Remember Alma 48:17.
I love this work, and I know my service as a missionary is building up God's kingdom here on earth, and God has given me a sure witness that He lives, and that his prophet Joseph Smith was called to restore the gospel to an Earth and a people hungry for truth and freedom. This truth and freedom belongs to all men, those who want it will receive. The work goes on.
I love you Mom, thanks for the great update, its all fantastic news. You are a champion saving people! Dang! I didn't get dads email so I'm sitting here like, WHAT? Crazy, I suppose God uses us all in unexpected ways. Who knows how many lives you have really saved being such a great example of righteousness. All the young women love Sister Merrill. I do to, keep saving lives, you are a great mother,