Thankful ... The Best 2 Years ...

Date: November 21, 2011
Area: Cauayan City Branch 2 - Assistant to the President
Companion: Elder Katao


Last year Imelda, the house help, put the Christmas covers on the pillows during one of the early "BER" months, September or October. The Carlos's were gone for the week at the mission president's seminar in Bagio and on the instructions for Imelda the last item said more or less "don't touch the Christmas decorations." There is a sign on the mission home fridge of a turkey yelling at Santa Clause telling him "November is my month buddy, so get back in the sleigh and wait your turn."

So with it being turkey day Thursday, I just want to say thank you mom and dad for all you have done for me, for all the sacrifices you have made for me, for putting up with me, for spending time with me, for helping to get me where I am today experiencing "the best two years."

I got a letter from Brother Abitria [Elder Hale's trainer]. Here is a clip. "Sometimes I feel like 'if I can just go back to the mission I will. I feel more comfortable, strong and happy there. Hehe! But life must go on. Mission is still going on. It's just the name tag I stopped wearing and the pros. cloths maybe. But those activities missionaries do, must be practiced or I must continuously do." That early interaction with my first companion my tatay sa mission changed my life forever. Each subsequent companion and area has been a blessing beyond measure.

As I stop and pause, as you say to do dad, and ponder where I have come from to be where I am, "I stand all amazed." As someone correctly said, "You can't give the Lord a crust without receiving a loaf in return."

God lives, and loves us. He presented a plan for us to experience mortal life and again return to his presence. Jesus Christ is central to that plan. He was born. He lived. He suffered for our sins. He died, and lives again. And because He lives so will each of us. As you listed dad on your list of gratitude and as President Carlos mentioned as the thing we should be most grateful for is our Savior, Jesus Christ.

At church I watched as Brother Gamit quietly walked down the hall to the tiny wood box screwed into the wall. He reached his hand in, and retrieved a tithing slip. He quietly took the slip and put it into his pocket. They have it as their goal and desire to be sealed as a "Forever Family" in the temple of God.

Love you all so much. Have a great week and a great Thanksgiving. Throw a punch or two for me and the Pac-Man if you go and fight the crowds on Friday.

--Elder Hale


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