...and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he? Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants 122: 7-9)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

January 9, 2012

There is a member of the Anthem ward apparentely who's parents live in my current ward here. He was raised in America though, so you wouldn't be able to tell his parents are English. They are actually coming down in a few weeks to visit their son, and they agreed to take some candy over for you. So be expecting some English chocolate in the next feew weeks. It will be different from the picture because I've already eaten a lot of that, haha.

I have learned in college and on my mission so far the importance of prioritizing and even more the importance of balance. In the mission, we rarely ever have time in a day to fit in everything we need or want to do. There is a temptation to cut lunch and dinner hours short, but President Lindley has not allowed this because he says while it's great our desire is there, our body's need the time to rest in order to work efficiently for the rest of the day or weeks. That's the real purpose for P-days as well. Eight hours is just enough time to give us a break from the work. Anything shorter or longer would be ineffective. That is also why there is a huge emphasis put on exact obedience to the mission schedule, because the Lord knows how long he needs us to work adequately without overtiring ourselves. It is very very important to go to bed at 1030 exactly and wake up at 630 exactly andget exactly 30 minutes of exercise in the morning. The Lord tells us that it is not expedient that we runfaster than we are able, the that we work diligently in the hours that have been given us. I also learned in school that there has to be a balance with work and play (neither all work and no play or too much play and not enought work - there has to be a steady balance for both and neither can take control of the other). I hope to continue the trend of morning study when I get home from my mission, although I don't imagine I'll continue the trend of an 11-hour work day :).

I've got to go now. I really appreciate hearing about everyone and getting letters. Hope you are all doing well. Love you all so much. Talk to you next week!

Love, Elder Winder

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