I haven't felt homesick in a while, and I still don't (a great blessing), but I know that I'm not the only one deeply homesick. So many people are. Everyone is, to a degree. This earthly journey was our first away from home. I think I may have the slightest idea of how it could feel leaving our Father in Heaven if we would have remembered it. Although I have teary eyes when I see my niece whom I witnessed come into this world, grow in light and smiles, only in pictures, wishing I could share those moments with my beloved older sister, and even though my sweet dear sister BreAnne who will be baptized without me physically there cheering her on, and although I can't share wth my mom and dad all the feelings, struggles, good times, bad times, adventures of clogged tubs, rotten treasures in the fridge, being caught in the rain, making someone laugh, feeling that I missed an opportunity to share the gospel and how to move on hopefully... although all these things I wish sometimes I could be there for, I know that being here is where the Lord needs me. He needs me to be an example to those who have not a family to miss like I do. I can only be grateful that I miss something so deeply when some are swimming in sorrow and hardship. I want you (my family) to know that I love you all so much. I love and wish I could share every moment with you as I have growing up. But I have realized so much more how important and short a time it is to bring a world of billions the gospel so that they may have th treasures that I have. I pray for you. I hope and have faith in your happiness because you live righteously. If I could ask something from you, it wouldn't be the largest package for Christmas or a room waiting for me when I return, but for you to share the gospel with someone who needs it. Become friends with those that need a friend. Serve those who are in need. Give someone of that peace that you so much enjoy. Invite people and missionaries into our home and show them what a family can be.
Mom, I'm keeping my apartment and room clean :). I wipe off the sink every time I use it no matter where I am just like you taught me. I'm eating balanced meals and drinking water EVERY morning (and waiting an hour) before I eat. I do my makeup every day and wear nylons and put myself together before I go out AND do my lips (most days) :). And I do it all fast just like you. I take care of me and my companion and then go out and take care of Germany.