Good morning my good friends and family! We have so much to be grateful for. This week was wonderful and filled with much joy and thankfulness! We had such a great week, not just with finding people but just with being happy and being around families. We had a giant Thanksgiving meal on Thursday and we were stuffed for the rest of the day. It was amazing. But, my mom's rolls are still better. We actually got a call from a family on Tuesday night and they invited us and the Elders over for an early Thanksgiving meal! It was Latin Thanksgiving so of course there were rice and beans and plantains galore. It was delicious.
I hope you all got the chance to watch the new Christmas video, "Lighttheworld." If not, go now to mormon.org and watch it because it is amazing. We show it to people 10 million times a day and I am still in love with it. Also, the service opportunities are awesome so be sure to check that out ASAP.
Dorothy update! She is out of the hospital, but diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her liver. She is truly amazing. She was still so happy and upbeat and is not letting it get her down at all. It was just such a testimony builder to me that the gospel really does bring happiness to us every single day.
Being in Miami means there are a lot of Cubans. In world news, Fidel Castro died (AKA all the Cubans everywhere were super happy). There were some parties a bit more north, closer to Miami Saturday afternoon. Our Ward mission leader is from Cuba and we had a meeting with him on Saturday and he said "you didn't tell me congratulations!" and we were like.... what? He just yells "Fidel died." We were like what. Obviously it is very sad to hear of the loss of a human life, but it really means a lot to those people who are here and who have escaped from there. There were a lot of people that asked us to pray for their families and there was a lot of drunk Cubans out on Saturday night, but what else is new?
In other news, it was just a great week and I'm super happy to be here serving the Lord as His missionary at this time. It's wonderful and amazing and I cannot believe how lucky I am to be here.
Some quotes for ya:
From a friend this week: "God is making things happen for you. Even when you don't see it. Even when you don't feel it, even if its not evident, God is working on your prayers." Love that.
From Elder Holland of course: "What we do is nothing but one drop in the ocean. But if we didn't do it, the ocean would be one drop less than it is." Everything is important to God. I love that no matter what we have done, or what we are going through, God is always there for us and listens to us and then answers us in His time. What a blessing prayer is.
1: 9 months y'all
2: Latin Thanksgiving!
3: Grateful for yummy Latin food and families that love missionaries!
4: Our gratitude tree is full. We look gross but Thanksgiving!
5: The Elders were ready to eat.