Well Christmas is now over and we only have one more week, then we will be in 2012. Its so crazy that it is already here, and when I say "it" I mean the End of The World. Where else would I have wanted to be when the world ended. Well I'm pretty sure that the world will not be ending, because I have to much missionary work to be done here in LA. There are so many people who need to hear the Gospel out here.
It seems like it has been a very long time since I last spoke with all of you guys. But it was only last night that you were able to hear my amazing voice. It was so crazy, being able to talk to eveyone, and especially to have Brayden there in the house, that was weird. Well I hope that everyone had a really great Christmas and was able to remember why we celebrate Christmas.
This past week has been pretty crazy for me here in Los Angeles. Trying to get Yecenia ready for her baptism, getting all the paperwork filled out. Its very stressful putting on a baptism. But it all went very well and now we are back to finding more people to teach, and continuing with the people that we have right now. We also had the opportunity to have Christmas here in the mission field. Elder Reichman and I woke up and opened up our presents and just had a blast doing so. But now that Christmas is over we are back to work.
It has been a real eye-opener for me being here on the mission. Every morning I walk out the door into Sodom. It is absolutely horrible to see the way the world is going these days. And because of this we have to be on our toes. We have to be strengthening ourselves, and our beliefs. Because there will come a day if it hasn't already, where you will have to stand for what you believe, and if you are not firmly planted you will be swept away, so fast. This isn't a time to have "residence in Zion, and then to also have second residence in Babylon", like Elder Neal A. Maxwell said. This is a time to have your life founded upon the the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is not a time to say "all is well in Zion", because I can assure you that it is not, there are many things that need to be changed. The challenge is do we see those things and are we making an active effort to change them. The things that we are doing now are going to be very vital in the coming days. What preparations are we making today? Are we reading the scriptures everyday, especially the Book of Mormon? Are we saying our prayers? Are we going to church every week? Are we being faithful members? Are we having family home evenings every week? Are we going to seminary or institute? Are we just going to the motions or are we working to build up the kingdom of God? Are we spending the time to be with our families? Are we doing our home and visiting teaching? Are we studying the ensigns and other church magazines? Are we serving our fellow men? Take a moment to look at the things that are happening in your lives. Is there something that could be changed, or bettered. And then in this time, with a new year approaching, set a goal to change it. The time to begin the preparations, was yesterday.
Well it was nice to be able to write to you all this wonderful day, hope that all is well and Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother.