Monday, May 5, 2014

Letter #64 BE HAPPY

So I am freaking out a bit.
Mckenzie Dawn Holmes is no longer. Hello Mckenzie Dawn Hawks! Dang, thats got a nice ring to it :)
Day after day, this work never gets old. Each day brings a load full of exciting things and new experiences. 
At the beginning of the week we had an exchange with the Sisters in Lushnje that were having some problems and by the end of the exchange, the Spirit of peace came right back and all was well. It was super cool to see how we could really make a difference even in the companionship of others :)
Me and cute Dajana. She is a recent convert. She is the cutest :)
On Wednesday, me and Sister Kokol were walking down the street and one of my old investigators, Anisa, ran up to us freaking out! She thought that I had gone home and that I wasn't coming back. She told us that she wanted to meet with us again and that she missed coming to the church. We met with her and started from the very beginning with her. She told us that she always believed the restoration was true from the very beginning and that she knows the Book of Mormon is true by the good feelings she gets when she reads it! Okay, awesome! In the short time we were separated, I really feel like the Lord has been working on her. Such a cool thing. We have already built up a great relationship and trust so can just skip to the goods with her. To be continued.. ;)
That evening we went to go visit a family of members in hopes to reactivate their daughter, Ada, but she was asleep. Dang it. We brought them some delicious pudding type desserts and had a wonderful time together! They have the cutest little son named Davidi that has my heart. He is such a heart breaker. He didn't come to church this week and we were all wondering why. To give you some background history, every Saturday we play soccer with the youth and last week Davidi found a cute little baby puppy in the road that had been adandoned. He didn't think his mom would let him keep it so Elder Morava took the puppy and gave it away to the owners of the soccer field without asking Davidi permission. Anways, when we started chatting it all came out that the day before he was really offended that Morava didn't ask him to give his puppy away; that is why he didn't come to church. It broke my heart, but I couldn't help but laugh! We taught them that night that no matter our circumstances, the Savior will help us to forgive and to work on our personal weaknesses that we all have. We read Ether 12:27 and taught him that through Jesus Christ he can forgive Morava and he can work his personal weaknesses. It was a really special lesson. 
This is the puppy Davidi found last Saturday morning! 
haha. It was the cutest thing ever!!
Doni got the priesthood on Sunday and it really was just the coolest thing to see his transformation from the very beginning to the end. He is such a good kid and has so much potential! :)




I am such a happy person this week. I am just so happy with all that is happening out here and with all that is happening back there. Life is good. Don't you ever forget it!
I always have awesome talks with my girl Sister Kokol and she told me a cool story about her BYU Religion teacher that basically stalked David O. Mckay or whoever the prophet was at that time, knocked on his front door and he invited her in for a visit. Out of all of the advice and deep doctrinal principals as a prophet of the Lord could have taught her, he simply advised her 
BE HAPPY.  
How simple and sweet are those words. As long as we are happy and really count our many blessings, life will always be beautiful. Another quote came to my mind, "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, its not the end." Isn't that perfect? The Gospel brings us such a peace of mind and a joy without end that sometimes we may overlook or get swallowed up in our struggles or challenges that we forget the big picture.
This is the place we play soccer :)
2 Nephi 2:25: "Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy."  This is the true reason why we are here on earth. We are here to find joy and to find the true happiness that living the Gospel gives us. His way is the only way we can be truly happy. His way is straight. His way is narrow. We must rise to His level and be perfected as He is. Obviously becoming perfect in this life is merely impossible, but we can try each and every day to live the way He would. He is the center of all true happiness and I know He is just waiting with open arms for us to come unto Him and He will make our burdens light.
I love Him. I really just want to badly for everyone to have a personal relationship with Him that I now have. He is our personal Savior. He loves us so much.
I love you all so much too and I hope you have a beautiful week!
I love you. I love you.

Love Sister Forte<3