Monday, November 10, 2014

Home in One Year! (11/3/14)

Hola familia, 

As I am writing this, my heart is extremely full. I am extremely grateful for this knowledge I have and this gospel in my life. It is very hard to pass through times like these so far from home. Knowing that Uncle Al is gone is a feeling I cant understand. I feel so happy for him because I KNOW where he is. I know that he is going to have an opportunity to hear this gospel from missionaries just like me, and I know I will see him again. I know we can be a family forever and nothing will seperate us. I know now hes going to be with me in these final 12 months here in Argentina. It is us that are the ones that will suffer. I will miss him tremendously. He truly taught me how to enjoy life and love everyone. The things I have learned from him I will never forget. Now, we all need to be strong for him. Because I know he doesnt want us to be sad. He wants to enjoy this life just like he did. 

It was a hard week again. This was on my mind all week long. I couldnt sleep and started to have my lovely anxiety problems again. But, on sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to fast and I fasted that our family would have the strength to support whatever Gods plan is for us. I know that he has a plan and he needed uncle al more than we need him. Mom told me how she knows Grandma Hoyt will be right there when he passes and I know hes with Grandma Hoyt right now. 

I learned more about how real the atonement is this week. When things get hard, remember that someone has already experienced this exact same thing. I know my savior knows exactly how I feel. He will be with me always and he will always comfort me. I feel so sad right now, but at the same time a peace that I know is coming from him.

I also saw miracles in the week. My companion got better and we could finally leave and work. It was so good for me to be able to work again. We worked so hard and it helped me deal with all of this a little better. I truly love my companion. She is teaching my portugese and we teach so well together. Its a lot of pressure because I am the senior companion and she ahs very little time in the mission so I have to lead in just about everything but I am recieving so much strength from my heavenly father. 

On halloween, my companions and I celebrated the American way and bought candy and dressed up and trick or treated at our own house. We bought a pumpkin and carved pumpkins and made german pancakes. I was Messi, the famous soccer player from Argentina. 

This day marks a very special day, in exactly one year from today, my flight  will be landing in the states and I will be finishing the mission. It seems so long but also so short. 

I am in La Plata, a beautiful city in our mission for zone conference. I woke up at 4 AM to leave dolores to get here and will be here till tomorrow night. 

I am thankful that I am here in Argentina. That I have this opportunity to serve a mission. I am thankful for these trials because I know that god knows that I can support them. This mission and the experiences in it are the hardest things I have ever been through, but I know its helping be become who I need to be. 

I love you all!
Chau Chau!
Hermana Root 

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