Oh my goodness! How did the lesson Jim gave go? I'm sure he did fine. The Greene branch folk aren't exactly the most scary of people or critics :) I'm so proud of him, no matter what he my think of himself he has some great teaching skills. Also being able to have his wonderful simpleness in understanding the gospel is a huge benefit for him but also an even bigger blessing for those being taught. I can't count how many times I've been humbled by someone who can explain the gospel and it's many deep concepts in such simple ways. Also helps us who have grown up in the gospel remember our foundation and "basics". I think a lot of times we get caught up in asking deep questions and in the details of organization and authority etc. that we forget to just have faith in the gospel and remember it's true meaning and why it has been given to us. I love how Pres Uchtdorf was referring back to the "why" of the gospel in the 'Forget Me Not' talk.
Awww! Yeah Pres Lowary rocks! We will be having dinner at his house this Thursday. He is most definitely one of the people I'd love for you and Jim to meet. He is just so awesome. He encourages us and always makes us feel comfortable and loved.
Glad to hear you had a good July 4th. We didn't get invited to any activities since we had to be back in our apartments by 7pm to avoid Eugene chaos. But we had a pancake breakfast with a wonderful older lady member named Bonnie in the 3rd ward :) We did get to pick blueberries though! It was so fun! There was only one bush but it was a pretty big one and we filled up a couple small containers with the beauties :) We go to her house every week and we went to enjoy her blueberry pancakes for 4th of July breakfast. She is a wonderful lady :). Never married and no kids, she has helped each person she comes in contact with and she loves having the sister missionaries over to talk about the gospel.
Sister Duenas and Bonnie
It makes me extremely sad to see and hear women doubt their power, influence, strength and importance of being a mother. So! I read, re-read and marked up Sheri Dew's talk "Are We Not All Mothers?" and it made me feel much, much better. All women should read this talk and be proud to be different than a man. We are women endowed with the power of motherhood since before we came down to earth. Not every man gets the chance to hold the priesthood while here on earth whereas all women are mothers, even if they don't bear their own children. Women are to take care of not just their own family but Heavenly Father's family (everyone on Earth) also. The world would be a much better place if we all realized this principle.
Great thoughts on the Sheri Dew talk. I hadn't made the connection of how motherhood is like the priesthood ie. having no beginning and no end. I really like that.
<Mom Note: Here is the video to the Sheri L. Dew talk "Are We Not all Mothers?" that Sister Duenas is referring to above.>
Some stationary would be nice though I've started to switch over to regular notebook paper since I tend to write big letters. Just not anything too girly, the ones that you sent before were fine but not anything further girly than that. I absolutely LOVE the new shower gel. It smells great! Perfect to have as my new scent :). I think I'm very much on a peach kick :) So, if you could get me some nice Thank You cards that would be great. They don't even need to say Thank You on them. Just some nice cards that could be used for any occasion; get well, thank you, happy bday, etc. Thank you Mommy!
Also, these Post-It tabs are awesome.
If you could get me more of these I will love you beyond eternity :) They are a bit expensive for me to get out here. Darn Eugene, everything seems to be more expensive out here :( Maybe because there isn't any sales tax?
WHOA!!! SUPER SUPER SUPER COOL AWESOME STUFF!!!
There will be a general authority coming to our mission in August! We don't know who but it doesn't really matter, it's a GENERAL AUTHORITY!
1 Corinthians 1:25-28 and 1 Corinthians 2 - yep the entire chapter is awesome, especially verse 5. I love learning about the Spirit. I came across those scriptures as I was reading the first Section in the Doctrine and Covenants. I forgot just how awesome the Doctrine and Covenants is. I'm so happy that God is merciful and grants us continuous revelation.
1 Corinthians Chapter 1, verses:
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are chosen:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And the base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
Love you bunches of baby elephants!