Monday, February 29, 2016

Left to the dogs‏

Well this week I decided to follow in my companion's footsteps and got bit by a dog. I wish I could say it was something cool like a pit bull or an English bulldog, but no, it was a toy poodle. Not my proudest moment I'll admit.

The real highlight of this week was Saturday, which was a Stake women's conference. The keynote speaker was a woman who has spent many years working for LDS family services as a counselor, and so has a lot of experience helping people in pain. In her talk she used this metaphor, the happiness cup. She said that we all were born with a happiness cup and we are here to fill up that cup. As we grow up we learn how to fill up that cup through the help of others and by ourselves, but eventually people start poking holes in our happiness cups so the happiness we have stored in there starts to leak out. There are things that we can do to slow that down, like reading the scriptures, praying and going to church and the temple, and eventually we can learn to patch those holes. However those patches are not permanent and can still spring leaks or be pealed off entirely (anyone
who has tried to patch a bike tire knows that). Eventually we need those holes to be sealed completely, but that's not something we can do on our own, we need the Savior Jesus Christ. Through Him and His Atonement we can learn to understand our pain and then have that pain taken away. It was an awesome talk.

Next there were break away classes, one of which was learning how to make tortillas, guacamole and salsa, taught by a few of the hermanas in the branch. Hermana Glenn and I were roped in to help translate from Spanish into English, however the hermanas eventually just started speaking in English so I found myself translating into Spanish for the people who couldn't understand Spanish! It was all a lot of fun though and the food was wonderful.

The rest of the week was just business as usual, lessons, meetings, contacting, bike troubles, and overcoming anything that we faced!

Happy March to one and all!

Hermana Anna Christensen

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