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Letter 67: Happy New Year!

January 5, 2015

This New Year’s Eve was a little quiet for the missionaries here in Ala Beira Mar. We went home around 7 o’clock to stay off the streets with all the Brazilians celebrating with their finest beers, and we ate ice cream and drank Sprite (yes, they have it here) and watched a movie about eternal families. We did wake up at midnight from all of the fireworks, so that was pretty cool to experience about 10 seconds of Brazilian New Year’s before I fell back asleep.

But, this being the new year, it’s always a time of reflection, always a time where we look back at where we were at the beginning of the year, and see what we’ve become. It’s weird. I realized that this year of 2015 is the year that I come home. What in the world. I’ve heard it been said (and probably have said it already to y’all) that the days on the mission feel like weeks, and the weeks feel like days. And this Weeks is wondering where the time went. But I love the person I’m becoming. I just want to invite you all to look back at who you were, who you are. And think about who you want to be. But not only that, think about who God wants you to be. Because the person I wanted to be at the start of the mission, and the person that God wanted me to become are way different. But I’m glad it happened the way it did. Because the person that God wants you to become is way better than any notion that we as mere humans can come up with.

Check out this video that talks about this simple truth. That God is the gardener, He always knows best.

Love,

Elder Connor Weeks

P.S.  My card reader’s not working this week, so y’all will get a bunch of pictures next week!

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