Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Email #38 (Queen Creek, AZ)

May 12, 2014

I cannot even tell you how AWESOME it was to be able to talk to all of you yesterday. Seriously, WHY ARE YOU THE BEST???? I was overwhelmed by the love I felt for each of you yesterday and want you to know that I love you more than you even know. Every single one of your prayers is felt and your love lifts me up every day. I couldn't believe how old everyone looks and every time I think about little Elle I get teary again. Seeing that sweet face for the first time is something I will never forget. It is crazy to think that she is my sister! She is so cute! I couldn't help but cry because I was just so happy to see her.
It was also a blessing for me to bear my testimony in Spanish. Thank you Dad, for asking me to do that. It made me realize, after seeing tears streaming down your face while I was talking about eternal families, yet again, that it doesn't matter what language you are speaking in, because it is the Spirit that testifies and carries the truth into the hearts that are open to hearing it! Hopefully my Spanish will be even better by the time I see you at Christmas:)
I am so blessed to have you as my eternal family. LES QUIERO MAS QUE PUEDAN IMAGINAR!!!

I know we just talked yesterday so I just wanted to give a little thought that has been on my mind recently--especially with Mother's Day yesterday. It's the story of the 2000 stripling warriors and it's in Alma 56 and verses 47 and 48 say:
"Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death... yea they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it." The faith and wisdom of their mothers is what saved these young soldiers. Because their mothers had taught them to put their faith and trust in God, they were preserved by His hand. I know that this principle applies to mothers today, not in just a physical sense, but a spiritual one as well. It is the love, knowledge, faith and support of a mother that gives her children the means to understand and apply the gospel in one's life. Where would I be without my wonderful, loving, hysterical, sometimes-crazy mother? I don't know, but I sure don't want to find out! Thank you, Mom, for EVERYTHING!
May we always remember the importance and value of mothers, and the divine stewardship they have as co-creators with God himself to bring His children into this world and help them on the path back to him. There is no greater call than being a mother!!!

Answers to your questions:
1. Yes, I play soccer every morning at 5:30 a.m.
Soccer is the best! It's not as hard after doing it for a while, your body gets used to it. I've discovered that I'm a lot more awake during the day if I have a good workout in the morning rather than just sitting around "stretching"...:) haha
2. Yeah, the missionaries ran the entire sacrament meeting yesterday at church. That was the first time in our ward that Obispo asked any missionary in the ward to speak! It was pretty cool!
3. After our Mother’s Day call, we went and visited an investigator (Mirsa), and then we went back to eat at the Abreu house. The Abreus are the best! If we're allowed to have favorite families on the mission, they are one of them, along with the Garcias!!
4. Yes, we always have appointments on Sunday nights. Usually our ward members don't work on Sundays, and if they do, they usually end up going inactive for a little bit which is really unfortunate. A lot of our work right now actually is with less actives in our ward which is great! We love making those visits.

And I am glad you like my mission motto that I shared with Sammi: It's true. 
“If it's not awkward it's not a mission!” I am reminded of that every day:) hahaha

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!! Have an amazing, crazy and fantastic week. Thank you for your prayers and I'll let you know how finding a family to teach goes this week. 
We must discover the FAITH to FIND!:)
Les quiero TANTO,
Hermana Lattin

Eliana's first picture with Hermana Lattin
Definitely some happy tears when Emma first saw Elle
sisters chatting!
Best Mother's Day Gift EVER


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