Hello everybody! I don't have super long, but I will try to fit in as much as I can.
So this week went by insanely fast. I can't believe it's already P Day again! Honestly, this week has been really hard for me, so if you don't mind, I would like to ask for your prayers and happy vibes because man, this week's been so hard for me.
For all you football fans out there, for our Sunday night devotional, Chad Lewis and his wife came and talked to us about overcoming challenges. Since he's a football player and a coach for BYU, he invited Taysom Hill and Steve Young's nephew (who's in the MTC right now) to bear their testimonies. It was kind of cool. On Tuesday, Erich W. Kipochske (spelled wrong, I'm pretty sure) talked to us and how the Atonement can help each of us in every situation of our lives. It was good, but rumors were going around that an apostle was going to speak that night, so I was kind of let down when it wasn't, but it was an amazing talk anyway.
I wish I could tell you guys of some amazing missionary experience or some awesome wisdom that I've learned, but I've just been chillin' the last two weeks, doing what? Studying, studying, and you guessed it, more studying.
The coolest thing I've done so far was play volleyball. On the field, they have beach volleyball and it's so nice to get out of the classroom. And just sayin', I rock the court. I LOVE playing volleyball! We probably don't have much more time to play it outside, since it's getting colder. I don't know about Salt Lake, but there was some snow on the mountains yesterday. It scared me.
I think I said this last week, but we teach pretend investigators (which is really just our teachers). I teach two lessons every day, and I'm feeling like I'm getting better at it. I don't have to use as many notes and I can have somewhat of a real conversation with them. I feel like I really need to work on my teaching skills. I don't know if they're tired or trying to teach me to be less boring, but when I teach them they start to fall asleep. I don't think that's a good thing... but it's hard to be enthusiastic when you have to take five minutes to put a sentence together! But it's good, I'm learning a lot every day and I'm growing every day (but I'm not getting taller ;) ).
Things are hard. If anyone every said going on a mission was easy, they're lying. But no matter what, I'm not giving up. No matter how hard it gets, I won't give up serving the people of Indonesia. They deserve the gospel and the happiness that it brings, they should know how much their Heavenly Father loves them and how much He helps and blesses their lives.
I will impart some wisdom on you: Don't ever forget who you are. No matter how hard the world beats you down and no matter how little you believe in yourself, always remember how awesome you are. Always remember that Heavenly Father will help you if you ask for it, and even if you don't believe in that stuff, know that you are never alone, there will always be people in your life that will strengthen and uplift you. Never forget how valuable you are and that you are important, you are special and you are loved. Nothing is too hard that you can't do.
Sampai Jumpa Lagi!
HOLLEY STRINGHAM: Salt Lake City, born and raised; returned missionary from the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.; a simple folk aimed on changing the world