Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Letter to Dad September 9, 2010

Dear Dad,
Thank you for your support and prayers, I can feel the Lord strengthening me and making me equal to the task at hand. The Lord has made me able to learn Japanese easily and feel the Spirit often. He has His hand in my life and I am growing in my love for Him.

I don't know why this comes to mind (maybe because I strongly wish I could change my past) but I want to apologize for all the mistakes I've made. My pride has caused a lot of heartache for the family and for myself and there's not a day that goes by where I don't think about things past I wish I could change. I'm truly sorry for the hurt I've caused you and Mom. I hope that you can forgive me of my imperfections as countless as they are. I want to be the best I can be and I know that I need to forsake my sins and repent. Pray for me so that God will strengthen me. I know He can do all things and I am so very grateful for the Atonement.

Anyways, I'll move on to something more uplifting. President Bird made me the district leader for the next two months, so I'm learning (slowly) how to lead and to conduct meetings. It's a wonderful opportunity or a subarashi kikai as it would be said in Nihongo. It's been humbling as I have made mistakes but I am enjoying the process.

This is random but I thought I'd mention that I got along really well with one of my teachers. He's way cool and it's nice that we get along because when we do our mogi (role plays) he partners up with me due to the odd number of missionaries in the district. It's nice because we can use more advanced Japanese and I understand most of it. It's awesome having that opportunity because my companion is struggling a lot with his Japanese.

Dad, I love you. I miss being able to wrestle with you and talk to you face to face. As I serve my mission for the Lord, I will pray that He blesses our family. I know that He has all the power. And as Ammon once said, I know that I am nothing (watakushi wa fukanzen desu). Stay safe, keep the faith, love God.

Love, Your son, Robert

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