It was so good to talk with you! You look good! I like your sweater. Can I send you some new ties? I would like to share a small tidbit about humility and the Spirit. I used to be afraid to ask what I needed to repent of because I thought the Spirit would throw me in the ditch and the depression would bury me. It hasn't been like that. Generally, the Spirit gives me a slight impression that I need to change something and then after a few days or weeks He reminds me. I do what He tells me the next time it arises and I'm comforted and become more confident that I can do the things that are asked of me. One thing I needed to repent of required me to do some things I was really weak in doing. I prayed for help in my weakness so I could do as the Spirit guided and I was helped. I finished and was comforted. I knew I had done what was asked. There are other times that I feel guilty about things I have done in the past and have already repented of doing. I get absolutely dumped. I am so depressed I can hardly function even though I have already taken care of those things. Son, that is of the adversary. Repentance has some sorrow but as we move forward the Spirit lifts us. Once you have repented of something the Spirit confirms it and "the Lord remembers it no more". The Lord wants us to be happy, joyful not running around in sackcloth and ashes. We are no good to His purposes if we are mournful. He needs us joyful so we came be an example and help others. I appreciate your efforts into humility son but be careful. The Lord has a work for you to do in Toledo, be joyful in His service. PS That work may not translate into teaching investigators. It may look somewhat different than anticipated. We never know because its His plan not ours.
Regarding Rachel, I'm sorry you are hurting sweetheart. Focus on the work. The Lord will heal you.
You are kind of going through a tough straight. We are praying for you. Take care of the minutes and the Lord will take care of the hours, days, etc. He loves you.
We made it through Christmas. Talking with you was the highlight. Grammy had said that she only wanted to do the Nativity so I had bought and prepared all the meals only to have her change her mind. So we have a lot of leftovers or whatever you call prepared food that is in the fridge and has never been served. Sugar cookies, cranberry cake, clam chowder, bread bowls, prime rib, green bean casserole, oh my.... Grammy was exhausted but bound and determined to do everything that usually gets done. It was just fine just a bit tense because I only brought a few things for each meal.
We also made a killing on chocolates this year. We must have 5 lbs. of chocolates left and I dropped two lbs. off to Grandma's.
Papa is looking rather worn. Grammy has spent quite a lot remodeling the house since we left. Denny just closed the boat store and told Papa that there was no money in it. This is a huge loss for Papa. Denny also wants to be bought out of the Bear Lake Condo along with the Halversons. The condo will need to be upgraded so it can continue to be rented out.
Grandpa and Grandma are doing well. They had a good turn out to Brunch.
Seth took us out to see the new Star Wars movie and to Windy's for our Christmas presents. It was fun. (We will need to catch you up on all the movies.) Now we just need to start taking things back down.
Love you so much Eli! Hang in there son!
ELI: I would love some new ties, I don't think I will ever say no to ties, unless I run out of room which I haven't so I'd love them! Sounds like Christmas was just as full as mine, I'm still eating all of the candy and sweets that we have!!! I've gained about 10 pounds but I've lost 3 already, I went back on my diet. Is grammy trying to get out of the house yet? It's still really big for her. Well I'm running low on medicine and I can't cash the check here so I might just send it home and have you cash it and put it in my account if you can. I've been thinking a lot about the auto cad thing I like that path it seems really good for me so we'll see when we get home, please try not to spoil too much of Star Wars before I get home. Other than that we are doing great!
I won't spoil Star Wars for you!
I will send your medicine out asap.
I'm happy to deposit your check.
Grammy will not be leaving the house. They have spent thousands to repaint and put in new flooring. She has invited company to come stay with them this month.
I think the auto cad sounds great for you. Seth really struggles with the cold and the attitudes at his job. We will pray for great opportunities for when you return. Autoliv would pay for your schooling. Take good care of yourself!