I love the New Year! I love the feeling of hope and joy and the fresh
start it provides for us all. New Year's is a really big deal in
Japan. They watch the first sun rise together, eat special foods, and
your first dream of the New Year has a significant meaning. And guess
what. In my first dream of the New Year, I saw Mount Fuji!!!
Apparently it's the luckiest dream that you can have in the New Year.
I am destined to have a year of peace and happiness!
And that's exactly how I feel. Peace. I feel peace about the New Year.
I feel peace about the goals I'm making and the direction I am working
towards. I feel joy because I know that I am completely working for
others. I'm not striving for my own success, but for the success of
others. I am using all my time for others, and even though I'm not
doing it perfectly, God accepts it! I love what I'm doing right now,
and where I'm at in life. And I know it only gets better from here,
because I'm working harder and improving daily!
We were able to spend a ton of time with members this week and it was
so awesome! We were welcomed into their homes, and fed so much. Maybe
this is what the life of an American missionary is. If so, I'm so
sorry. But also, that's pretty awesome. I am so amazed by the awesome
examples of the members of this church. We laughed, we shared our
desires for our lives, and we made goals together. And one thing I
realized as I spent so much time with these members is that this
gospel is a way of life. As we are following the teachings of Jesus
Christ, it effects every aspect of our lives! Our career, our hobbies,
and especially our families. I'm so grateful that I am able to have an
eternal perspective as I strive to find my way back to my Heavenly
This year I have a theme... 望。English: ambition, full moon, hope,
desire, aspire to, expect. I want to remember what my desires are in
life, eternal and temporal, and always work to achieve them. I figure
that if your desire is a 10, then you're going to work hard to achieve
it. And then, even if you fall a little short, you're better off than
if you had no desire at all. Expect to achieve the impossible. Aspire
to something bigger. And hope for greater things to come.
Love you all! Happy New Year!!