Sorry this is going to be a short one, but all is well here in the Philippines! Learning lots of course!
This week felt long, but fast at the same time- I know I say that all the time, but really, no joke, time is flying by!
The first part of the week was a little rough- I was suddenly worried about the language and that shook my confidence a lot. A went through a couple days where it felt kind of like when I first got here- inadequate, a burden, and just lost...all the time lol. But one night, we were walking home, and I looked up and you'd think that in a city like this you wouldn't be able to see stars, but you can! They're beautiful! The night was so peaceful and calm and the stars reminded me of the times my family would look at the night sky when we were camping and such. That night I felt God's love so much, and I was reminded of the small but beautiful and tender things He gives just because He loves us. I know the Atonement is real, and that He created this wonderful world JUST FOR US. He Atoned for ME. And for YOU. I know He loves us. I've always loved being outside, that's where I feel closest to Him, and even if no one else noticed that little flower, or the way the light was shining behind that cloud, or how a peaceful night breeze felt, He made that because He knew it would make ME happy:) So I know that He loves us all individually- and I mean INDIVIDUALLY. He knows us and cares for each of us, so just look for those little gifts that He made just FOR YOU that day:) Believe me, they're there:)
So yeah, sorry this is short, but I know He lives. I know the Plan of Salvation is real. We taught a family that this week, and my testimony and appreciation for that has grown so much. I'm grateful for the blessing and oppertunity to serve a mission- it's an incredible blessing to be able to be here, sharing and living the very thing that matters most to me: the Gospel of Jesus Christ:) I love this, even when it's hard, and I'll be forever grateful for my Savior and this time that I've had to learn to grow closer and rely on Him:)
I love you all and pray for you every night- I hope all is well:) Think about Christ and all the blessings He gives you every day and you will be so incredibly happy you won't even know what to do haha! :)
Love you forever and ever,
Sister Allen :)