In church today we were talking about how being Christlike isn't just for you, it's for the people around you, too.
I have been really thinking about this today. I mean what if Ben never opened his mouth? Where would I be?
This gospel has helped me through trials that I would prefer to leave off the internet, I am eternally grateful for it, because I don't know where I would have ended up without it.
I admire the courage Ben had to invite me to the Nativity that day. And all the patience he had when he spent countless hours teaching me, comforting me and loving me. The latter, especially. Love is the most important part of missionary work. If I didn't feel loved, I wouldn't have made it this far in this church and in my life.
So thank you, Ben, for all you did for me.
I am also very thankful for my friend Savannah. She has always been this beautiful, glowing example of who a young woman of God really is and who she stands for. She has an amazing sense of fashion that's modest, cute and it shows the world who she is. I love that about her. She doesn't realize how big of a part she played in my conversion. I felt a little alone in young woman's the first few months because Ben obviously isn't a girl and didn't go with me. Savannah invited me into the little group, though. She taught me to always keep my head up and show off my smile. She's an amazing friend to have. Thank you Savannah!!!
I have many other people to thank. Like Sister Thunell, Bishop, Katie, Brother Herald, Sister Varela (it's weird to call her that! She's Mommy Varela in my heart! (And my phone.)), Mallory, Bethany, Cameron, Madison, Tyler Welburn, Willie and so many other amazing people.
If any of you are reading this, thank you. Thank you for being you and thank you for guiding me in my life. I love you all so much. You are great examples to me.
Keep smiling!! ❤️