Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Year and A New Start

Happy New Year friends and family!  

I have always loved New Years.  It is a clean slate, a fresh start, and a time to reflect on all of the good things that have happened.  2014 was pure happiness to me!  It was not easy, not perfect,, but looking back, even the bad times turn into good memories.

Something that President Del Guerso always tells us missionaries is that we have got to live our lives with the end in mind.  So, even though 2015 just began, we should think and plan what we want to say we have done.  That way, we will know what our goals and objectives are, and we will use our time wisely. 

No matter how many difficult things have happened this past year, or how many times we may have seemed to fail in the past, it is never too late to start over again.  Because of Jesus Christ, there are no real endings.  God wants us to be happy and reach our full potential in this life, and in order to reach our full potential, we must think big! 

Our progress may seem slow, but just as a tree starts off as a tiny seed, "by small and simple means are great things brought to pass." 

There is an old proverb that says, "the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second-best time is now." 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said,"There is something wonderful and hopeful about the word now.‍ There is something empowering about the fact that if wechoose to decide now, we can move forward at this very moment.
Now‍ is the best time to start becoming the person we eventually want to be—not only 20 years from now but also for alleternity."
We spent New Years with some members, eating churrasco, playing with animals, and taking in every moment!

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