Subject: This is Oregon sunshine alright! Now I know why the Beatles sang "Here Comes the Sun!"
Well, I am very short on time to write today, I will have to be short and to the point. This week we tracted 12 hours and President Y----- made us promise that if every companionship in each of our zones tracted 12 hours he would take us out to eat. And we did! So he will be taking us out to eat! Sweet! so we had a good week in doing what we could. We are getting really good at finding even if it is hard to go and do sometimes.
On Thursday we had a Zone Conference, it was pretty cool! We were at the church from 7 am to 3:30 in the afternoon. I will be honest, I was tired and we also got an hour of tracting in too, that was pretty good! The day was a little long but, I understand the reason that we have the meetings. The specialist called this week and I have appointment. I am hoping that it goes well. Let me think, ummmm...my mind is going off track. This week was fairly good. I am just glad I have the opportunity to spend the time searching for those who are looking for the truth. I am pretty drained. I will not lie, I am still not sleeping much and that isn't helping.
Well, I love you and I miss you!
Elder Christian James Delis
Hermana Kate Delis
Subject: Apliquemos nestro corazon para entender (Mosiah 12:27) (The answer is NO, Handy Manny does not teach this in his cartoons and YES, I haven't a clue what she is saying!)
Bueno, familia del typo Delisioso! Haha, that's "hello family of the Delis kind", Spanish-style :) One of my teachers in the MTC called me Hermana Delicioso. Sister Delicious. Weird? Yes. Haha. But now! It's been a yesr since I was there, almost! So crazy. Dad, your email was so great today. I have been thinking a lot about using every minute well, too. It's kind of crazy that I've been inthe field 7 transfers. Just crazy. But something really interesting is taking place in my heart, ha. I'm just changing. Who knows if anyone else can see, but I can. I can feel it. I will be eternally grateful for my mission and for what it gives me daily.
What I wanted to say today kind of falls along that vein, actually. My mindset for the past transfer-ish has been to purify my heart. I just want to be pure inside and out. So my big theme scripture--you know, like my go-to pump-up jam :)--is Helaman 3:35. I love that it says that they got stronger in their humility and firmer in their faith by giving their entire heart to God. I believe that happens. I see it happening in my heart. It's simple, but it moves mountains in me.
A huge mountain in my life has always been that I am a perfectionist. This week, I just decided that I believe in improvement, not perfection. Yes, it happened. Decision made. Haha. :) Today is just not the day for perfection. If it was, I would be Christ. I am not Christ. But I am His disciple. And so I will use the atonement in my life. By letting go of perfection today, I accept the atonement NOW. It's so simple. I don't know why I complicate it. Just because I want to be in control I think. But I don't have to be. I don't have to understand everything. I just have to do what I think is best and allow myself to be corrected. Life is happier asi.
Well, big news, too actually! Haha, this probably should've been the first thing out of my mouth. Transfers are tomorrow, and Hna C----- is going to a new section of the zone, and a new missionary is coming here! I would tell you her name, but I don't know it. She gets into the field today! It's all a very silly story...haha, we got transfer calls Saturday night to tell us what was going to happen, and at 845 we got a text saying we weren't going to be moved and all would be the same. WELL. I felt weird about that, because...well, I don't know. I just knew this was the end of a phase of my mission and a new one was goingto start and I had assumed it would be with transfers. But then Hna C----- and I rejoiced! Haha, we were excited to stay together and make new goals, work hard, etc. etc. THEN after a chain of weird, confused phone calls to our apartment, we learned that that text message was probably wrong, ha. And then President D--- called us to tell us that Han C---- was leaving and I'll be training a new missionary. So ridiculous, haha. I cried.
I just remember sitting in that room when they announce who your trainer is like it was literally one week ago. Oh so weird. And I remember exactly what she is going through allllll day today, and I know she's excited and probably nervous, and she has NO idea what's about to hit her. You think you know before you get here....but you just don't. The mission is so laser-pointed to mold you into a servant of Christ, and your trials are so intimately personal and they just hurt. But you learn. You come out to be better than you think you can be. You do things you didn't think you could. There's this talk called the Fourth Missionary that talks about how the only time the Lord stops asking things of you is when you walk away. So if you are still doing things His way, He will keep demanding things of you. That talk talks aout how you can do things with a willing heart or with a grudging heart. One attitude will change you, one will just leave you confused and flustered. I can't believe I just remembered that talk right in this moment, ha. But it's true--when you give your heart to the Lord, you just change. Before the mission I knew the answers to everything. I had most the knowledge. I was talking to Hermana C----- today and she was talking about what she could possibly say in her homecoing talk--"is it even possible to give one of those and say all that you learned?" And Ithought about that for a little bit and I just thought that I'll probably say the exact same things I said when I left--just preach the gospel of Christ. But I pray my heart understands it all. This morning I read Mosiah when Abindi esta hablando a los judios and he tells them that they haven't understood the scriptures because they didn't APPLY IT TO THEIR HEARTS (Mosiah 12:27). Today I stand as a witness of Christ, and I pray that my heart and mind are humble enough to undestand it. To just live it. The mission is different. There is no time like this ever again because I can't have this time to give everything to the Lord again, but I can havethe results for forever. The mission is so special. It means everything to me. I'm praying hard I can help my new missionary can feel it a little more, too.
Also, I love you! Thank you for your love and prayers. I fee them daily. :) Oh, I got your valentines package! Thanks everyone! :) It was wonderful to get. :)
Okay, talk to you soon!! And check out the mission website in a few weeks! I bet therer will be pictures of our new companionship soon!