Yes I am one year older and wiser too ;) 24...yuck. But I think I have come to peace with it in this way...I have decided I'm going to be 21 for the rest of my life. Yep, problem solved. ;)
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all the wonderful birthday cards, packages, all of it!!! Wow it was amazing!! I truly felt your love and prayers this week!! I finally got the allergy package this week and I got the package you sent to the flat mum! I'll probably get the other things this Tuesday cause It's zone conference down in Billingham. Which....I'm singing at :S Gaaaa!!! It's moments like this that I really need my mum and my sisters to tell me I'm singing the right thing and that I sound ok!!!! I decided to sing, "Hold on, the light will come" the only real reason why I'm singing it (cause let's be honest, it's kinda a downer) is because the spirit told me to sing it. One thing that I've really been trying to develop is listening to the spirit and not doing what Sister Brown wants to do....we all know that gets me into trouble when I don't listen to the spirit. So I just listened to the spirit and now I'm so nervous. But I trust that God knows better. Someone at zone conference needs that song....ha I hope it helps.
My birthday in England was great!!! Sister Delucchi took good care of me on my birthday that is for sure! I got 2 birthday cakes!!!...and Mum you'll be happy to hear that I had Pringles for tea hahahaha!! But that shrimp stuff sounds DIVINE!! Good for you! My mum is a proper chef! I got all my FAB CLOTHES!!!! AHH! Thank you so much for those. I have been SO SICK of the clothes that I brought with me. I wear the same things everyday pretty much so it was nice to have something new :) I'm wearing one of the dresses at zone conference tomorrow! AND THANK YOU FOR THE FRUIT SNACKS!!!!! Holy guacamole I freaked out when I saw them!!! They don't have fruit snacks like we do back home here, so I was over joyed to see them in that wonderful box!
Man, I have the best family EVER!! Thank you so much for making my birthday so special! I just feel your love all around me that is for sure!! We had a great week this week!! We're finding more people to teach! Which is fab! I just love being a missionary! And Mckay said it exactly right, there is nothing like working your hardest all day long and then crashing on your pillow at night. It's just the best feeling in the world when you accomplish something big, something hard, something worth fighting all day for. I think everyone should have days like that. Where you work so hard, you do something outside of your comfort zone, and then you can say "Yes, look I did it! Look at what I did!!" It's the best feeling ever! I have truly gained a testimony of work since I've been on my mission. I used to think that work was a necessary evil (ok let's be honest I still have moments where I do still think this ;) ) But how are we going to accomplish anything without work? And it's those moments where you've worked so hard and you get done...and it feels SO GOOD! Cause you've worked so hard at it! Now does everything go perfectly when your working at something...it rarely does. Lots of times things get put in our way, things don't go according to plan, and yes...100% of the time, work is hard! But push through it, keep at it, GO FOR THE GOLD (USA! USA! USA!....Rumor has it that USA won the Olympics!! Yes...I'm still trying to convert Michael Phelps...it's difficult because he only wants me...not the gospel. I keep telling him he can have both, but he's got to have his own testimony...not just convert so I can be Mrs. Phellps (bahahaha!!! I wish!!) ) I know that those things that we work the hardest for bring us the most joy. (thank you Mr. Saxton) They really do! I'm so grateful that I get the opportunity to work hard everyday and it truly does bring me the most joy!!!
I love you all to the moon and back!! Cheers til next week!
Love, Sister Brown