Monday, June 16, 2014

The people here are amazing with a firm faith in God 6-9-2014

Hi mom! 
Well my tooth needs work and I am flying to Majuro next week to get it fixed and if I can't get it fixed there, looks like I might be seeing you guys in Hawaii this summer haha. I'm like super bummed out because I might not come back to Ebeye though. I really love this place! I've almost been here 3 months! I wish I could have another 3... Haha we'll see. So yeah that's the big news for the week. Other than that everything is legit and I'm doing fine. My tooth isn't too painful but I definitely need it fixed cuz I can't go my whole mission taking pills or having headaches from it so I will keep you informed. 
Anyway... We had District Conference on Sunday and it was awesome. Both President Weir and Elder Hamula from the Seventy came to speak and train us. It was awesome!!!!! They are great and I learned so much. I had to translate for the Saturday adult session of the conference and that could be in the top 5 scariest things I had to do in my life. All the white people came over from the military base so there were a lot there that I had to translate for! I felt like I did alright tho! All the members came up and told me how awesome I did but then again, they would even if I didn't know anything. 
I just love my mission. I scares me to death thinking that I got 7 months left... I wanna come home... But no rush! I wanna finish strong. It's hard because I just love what I'm doing, the people, the language. Everything. It's getting to the point where I love what I'm doing here more than I miss what's at home. Well see what happens I guess! I do miss my mommy a lot... Like a lot....
So what all is new at home? All the brothers and Macey need to email me... Ask them and tell them please cuz I really wanna hear from my siblings! I always wonder how they are doing. So yeah I'm still working out a ton.. I feel like I'm losing a bit of weight just because hot and cold foods hurt my tooth so just makes me not as hungry... I'm running a bit still haha running gets tiring and kinda boring! Still working hard though and getting built! Haha Conner's got nothing on me!
It's weird when you ask me about feeling the spirit to be honest. I feel like I just always feel the spirit when I teach so it's hard to really say. These people are very polite and a little shy so I feel like when they start to open up and ask questions and really participate for themselves, that's when I know they have felt the spirit and they are beginning to know that these things are true. It's different for everything. It was so cool because all four of the guys that were baptized first came up to us and asked us to study. They just fell in our hands and us just being there was enough for them. Our investigators now are a little bit more difficult with different sorts of trials and struggles. It's such a beautiful thing to be able to understand them and discern their needs wants and desires. 
Crazy how much more a mission has taught me other than a language and the gospel. It's taught me to just love people. To just desire their happiness solely for them to be happy. I don't get paid for the people I teach or the baptisms I get. I get something much greater and that's the fact that the new friends I have made, that I love, are now candidates for eternal salvation and they can receive the happiness I have everyday. Having an eternal perspective makes every trial easier. My mission has turned me into a person that is a firm believer in the potential of everyone. 
The people here are amazing with a firm faith in God. They just need to be taught more. They are wonderful and they love us and we love them. They are very conservative and spiritual. It's amazing and so fun to teach them. They are really respectful and a little bit shy. And yeah looking at the ocean sometimes gets me anxious to just think how big the world is just like you said!
Okay I gotta bounce I love you mom!
Elder Ingalls

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