4th of July was AWESOME except that everyone was a little tipsy by 11 in the morning, which made proselyting hard, and then the whole town left to the firework display of a different town, and our cars had to be parked! Which made proselyting harder!!
We made some chalk ads in the downtown area though, which was a good time :)
Sister Mayne and I are headed to the St. Louis Temple in a few, and we're so excited! It's been almost six months since I went, which feels like way too long.The Spirit, this feeling of peace and joy that can be found there, is worth the long three-hour drive, this short emailing session, and so much more!
I recently read a story about a family who saved up for twenty years to pay for the trip it would take to get to the nearest temple--back when there were maybe ten in the world to go to. So much of their lives and livelihood were given up to reach that highest of goals! And yesterday Sister Mayne and I also had the chance to sit down with one of our neighbors, who grew up visiting the Oakland, California Temple and has always wanted to go inside. We were actually just about to get in our car and leave when I felt the Spirit very strongly prompt me to suggest we visit her instead, and I'm so glad we did. She has so many questions and has been waiting her whole life to find some answers.
At times our days aren't so exciting, of course, and once Sister Mayne and I turned to the scriptures for comfort and guidance. We read in Alma chapter 43 of the Book of Mormon, in which two armies fight a mighty battle! One side has more numbers and a lot of anger, but the other side was made up of men fighting not for their lives, not out of duty or anger or revenge, but out of love.
Love is the highest motivation! Fear can motivate us, social pressure can compel us, but in the end being motivated by love is what helps us succeed and reach our truest potential! The first great commandment is to love God with your heart, soul, and mind.
The first great truth? That God loves us. That has motivated me to do a lot of things I never would have done for myself--and I'm a lot happier for it.
Love you all <3
Tons of pictures to make up for last week!!! Don't have time to put a description, make your own up if you'd like ;)