Monday, March 9, 2015

Letter from Josh

Hey Josh.

Another week has rolled around. So how did your week go?

It sound's like your trying to treat Fast Sunday like it should be treated, as a real fast! Ironically it seems like it goes slow when you do. Nothing fast about it. Actually, when you are in the right attitude, you're not worried about your hunger. To be honest, that's something I always have to work on. So do it right so you can be a good example to me!!!

It's great to hear that you are getting in to reading the Book of Mormon. That, along with your personal prayers, is what you have to commit to for the rest of your life. The beauty of a mission is that it strengthens the foundation for your testimony which you will use in trying to keep that habit. That to is what I have to always work on. So again, do it right so you can be my shining example.

This week for us seemed fairly uneventful other than the weekend. Most weeks are like that. Mom goes to work. I go to work. Alex goes to school. The weekend was great though because we got to go down to another of Jacob's rugby games down in St. George. Last week they played Cal (as in California) which happens to be pretty much the best team in the country. They got creamed if you don't remember. This week was quite a bit different. They totally dominated the game. I think the final score was 64 to 20 or something like that. I had a great time because I took pictures. I really love doing that if you haven't been able to tell. It was tough because it was at night and taking good pictures is harder at night because you have only the lighting on the field and not the sun. It's kind of like people that do not have the fullness of the Gospel. They have little bits of truth but don't have a full understanding of all the truths that God has revealed. Therefore it's hard to bring somethings into focus. On the other hand, when you do have the fullness of the Gospel, you have available to you all the light and truth that God has revealed and most things in life are a lot clearer to you if you make the effort to bring them into focus. 

There ya go. A perfect Gospel metaphor for taking pictures!!! 

It's really been fun to do this rugby thing with Jacob. It's been a little weird to hang out with all the Ute fans. Being the Cougar fan that I am, it's been a new experience. Mom had really made a lot of friends with some of the other moms. The neat thing is that a lot of them are non-members so it gives us a chance to be good example for the church even though we live in Utah. I talked with Jacob about this and he said that about half the team are members. There is a lot of mutual respect between them which is a really good thing for the church in the long run. Don't get me wrong, I love BYU through and through. They do however, miss opportunities like this sometimes. Especially here in Utah. I think BYU's influence is much greater in the rest of the country and the rest of the world for that matter. 

Anyway, this weekend they have a couple more games so I'm looking forward to getting some more pictures taken for the team.

Hey. I'm going to be going to a new Sunday school class for a few weeks to learn about how to use social media to share the Gospel. I plan to put all your letters up in a blog for everyone to read. So remember, use good "missionary" speak. haha. Your letters have been great so the stuff you right will be great material for my blog. I've been wanting to do blogging for a long time so I'm looking forward to this. I'll send you a link so you can follow yourself.

Well Josh, we miss you but at the same time, we're so proud of you for what your are doing. There is really no greater feeling to a parent than to see their child making great sacrifices to serve our Heavenly Father. We're praying everyday for you that you can put up with the cold water, not understanding everyone (this will get better!), dirt roads, no washing machines, etc. Don't ever forget that the Lord knows where you are and each and every struggle you have. Remember, you're daily struggles is what caused Him to bleed.  Each week when you take the sacrament, think about the cold water, dirt roads, no washing machines or what ever doesn't go your way. If you make the connection between your life struggles and the Atonement, you will gain a deep and rich personal relationship with Him. It sounds to me like you are beginning to learn this already. 

Hang in there.

Love Dad