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Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 - Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

We had a great day yesterday! Thank you for the Easter packages and letters! We ate Easter dinner with a family in the ward and it was amazing. He is a former mission president. They served in Hungary. They have a super nice house and they are really classy. When we first got there we sat down and talked to Brother Peterson for a little while and he dropped tons of knowledge on us. He was talking about George Washington and his relation to the church and Moroni. He blew us away (haha). Brother Peterson was telling us about when he talked with President Kimball. The dinner was super fancy and good. We were eating with golden utensils and had those lap napkin things. I always feel weird when I have to use those (haha). It was really good and we had a great time talking with them.

After dinner we did some tracting. We used the Mormon.org video titled "Because of Him" as our approach and we showed it to several people (on our convenient iPads!) and they really liked it. We met several really cool people. I really like talking to people, especially when they are nice (or crazy). Either way, it’s fun to meet people. I have become so much more comfortable talking to strangers. Sorry mom I know you're not supposed to talk to strangers, but it’s for a good cause :).

Zohra got sustained as a primary teacher yesterday in sacrament meeting and she will start teaching next week. She just finished 2 Nephi, so she is making pretty good progress on the Book of Mormon. Most of our visits are us answering questions about what she has read because we finished teaching her everything a long time ago. We are going to start reviewing some of the lessons, but she knows it all really well already. We taught her about Easter last week because she wasn't sure what it was really about. After we explained what the meaning of Easter is, she asked: "So what do the bunnies and eggs have to do with it?" We started thinking about it and honestly I have no idea! (haha) If anyone knows you should tell me about it.

Last week we went to DC for preparation day. It must have been Mormon Day in DC because we talked to tons of people who are members of the church. Most of the mission was there because it was such a nice day. We had a good time seeing the cherry blossoms, monuments, and museums. It is really tiring walking around DC and I felt like I spent a day at Disneyland because of how sore my feet were (haha). On the way home, we accidentally took the metro like 20 minutes past our stop because we weren't paying attention, but we made it back in time. Whooops!

It’s hard to believe that the transfer is coming to an end soon. Each transfer is faster than the one before. If you blink, you miss it! I am guessing that I will get transferred (May 1). If not I will spend almost my whole first year in two areas! That would be crazy. I have loved it here in Mount Vernon and we have had tons of great experiences.

We have been talking about sacrifice a lot lately in the mission and we talked about it yesterday in Gospel Principles class at church. We have to make a lot of sacrifices in life, but none of them compare to the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for all of us. When we show our faith through sacrifice, in order to do His will, we are greatly blessed. I have been working really hard on giving up my own desires in order to do what the Lord wants me to do. I really love this quote from Joseph Smith: "A religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has the power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation." It is through sacrifice that we can become like Christ. It is a sacrifice to serve a mission, but it is one that is so worth it.

Love you all!
Elder Miles


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