Even though we don't celebrate thanksgiving, I have been focusing on my blessings this month and remembering all that Heavenly Father has given me. When I joined the church my life completely changed. All my focus changed and my very being changed. And I discovered that life, even though very hard at times, can be enjoyed. A famous Arabic writer, Najeeb Mahfooz, said: "The greatest degree of happiness results when we find someone who really loves us for who we are, and even loves us despite of who we are." (thanks Wisam for sharing that) Regardless of what we go through in life we can find happiness because the greatest being in the universe, God, loves us. And not only does He love us, but He is our Father. I am so grateful for that knowledge.
Last week, some of the visitors' center couples and sisters cooked a thanksgiving meal for us. It was really good food and they did a wonderful job at decorating so we felt very special. Below are some pictures.
I also got a small (real) Christmas tree. It is the smallest tree I ever saw (10 inches or so), but it was so cute I could not resist. So, it already feels like Christmas.
Although I am very home sick and wish I could be in Bethlehem during Christmas, I am grateful to be here serving. We will get many chances to serve during December and it will be wonderful.
We have a couple who will be coming to serve in the office. Sister Cates and I will be training them. I hope to get everything organized and documented before I leave so that whoever does my job will be able to have notes on everything.
I have not posted this before, but a month ago my mission president asked me to extend my mission. I really wanted to stay because I am so happy here. However, after some thought I decided I need to go home to be with my mom. I have less than 2 months left and I know that December will go really fast because of the holidays. I have been thinking about what to do after my mission and I actually have no idea. I think it is alright to not know, and to just go home to be with my family for a while before my next step. But, I am considering many options among which is to go back to my old job (although that will definitely be my last option). I will keep you posted.