Sending you all a warm Здравствуйте from Ukraine!
Well, I survived my first Christmas, my first New Years, my first haircut, and almost my first winter here in good ole Ukraine!
Im learning so much here. I love talking and meeting people from all different areas of life. It's remarkable to realize how many trials people have here. I am filled with gratitude for all that I have. I am also so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who has given us commandments, or guidelines, for a happy life.
The secret for a happy life: FOLLOW THE COMMANDMENTS. We know that God created us, we know that He knows us each individually and personally. He knows exactly what we need in order to have a happy, successful life. Those commandments are a sign of His love. Yes, they are hard to follow at times; but its not because what He asked you to do is hard. Sometimes commandments are difficult to follow because those around us choose to disobey and we want to be with the crowd.
One of my favorite verses from the Book of Mormon comes from the book of Jacob 6:12, "O be wise; what can I say more?" (paraphrased: Don't be STUPID) Remember YOU are in charge of YOUR life. You are RESPONSIBLE for the choices you make. We will have stand before Heavenly Father one day and answer for those choices we made during our earthly lives.
There is so much we all need to do in this life that we cant wait until the last second. I encourage you all to take advantage of the opportunities the Lord has placed in front of you! Start living life on a higher level! Go out of your way to lift others up, to serve, and to love. As you do so, I promise you will feel the warm praise from our Father in Heaven and amazing joy. SO.. whats holding you back? :)
I love and miss you all so much! Happy Monday! <3