cinco de mayo!

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
 
It sounds like there’s a lot of good things happening at home. Thanks for all the emails you send! I enjoy reading them.
 
This week was better than last week. Our area is a little slow, and sometimes it’s hard when I can’t see much happening. However, I know that even if things outside aren’t changing, something inside me is. 🙂
 
Mother’s day is coming up!! That means Skype time. 🙂
 
You’ve sent me emails asking about suggestions as to how to prepare to be a missionary and such. The biggest things I can think of are simply to do little things every day. Try to BE a missionary right now in the sense that you’re trying to live in harmony with the Spirit. That doesn’t mean that you have to lose your personality or study for 5 hours a day; at the bare minimum, read the scriptures every day and pray; really seek to strengthen your testimony. Think about the things you studied throughout the day. I would also suggest reading a few pages of preach my gospel every day. Some people have suggested writing 5-minute talks about various principles to help you learn to teach more succinctly. Then, of course, other things like learning how to budget money and cook would come in handy. Plan a few meals to make, then go to the store and try to buy all the items you’d need for under $20. Padre, you asked what the biggest challenges of the mission were outside of actually teaching and doing the things you typically think of missionaries doing. I think that depends on the person, but for me a big challenge at times has been learning how to work with my companions. For others, it is obedience; and for others, giving up thoughts of home. Prepare yourself to completely dedicate this time to the Lord and do as President Hinckley’s father advised him, “forget yourself and go to work.” Your mission will be what you make of it. If you do your very best to forget yourself and serve your companion, the people in your area, and ultimately the Lord, you will be a great missionary. 🙂 Read Doctrine and Covenants 4!
 
Take care! I love you! 
Con amor,
 
Hermana Sutherland 🙂
 
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