Monday, May 11, 2015

Quelle Belle Semaine!

Allo!

It goes without saying that I did very much enjoy the Skype session yesterday. It definitely seems like y'all have all had quite a busy week! I still can't believe Alex is home...that's just crazy to think. Thanks for all of the pictures as well. Ouais Kaitlyn, c'est un chapeau. Dad, those x-rays are pretty sweet! haha. It's kinda funny that you don't even remember them telling you that...you basically are Bionic. I hope everything continues to go well with the recovery! You can also put that freeze dryer into good use as well- some senior sol and some of that chicken would be lovely.

I kinda explained a lot of the big things that happened this week over Skype already- You know about Louise. Pray for her please as she is going through a rough time with the cancer. She is in good spirits, but it definitely hasn't been easy for her. She is such an incredible person- one of those individuals that has had a huge impact on me, and that I will not forget for as long as I live.

I had forgotten to mention that on Tuesday, we got a nice taste of the French- Canadian countryside as we traveled wayyyyyyy out in the country to help this particular less active move some things out of her old home/rehabilitation center way out in the country. The Petersens have had some great things happen as they have made efforts to reach out to inactives and this is another example of one. Because of it, we were able to meet Cindy, (the less active) and help her with the move. It was a beautiful drive. All the agriculture always reminds me of home. The hills were rolling and the sun was shining- it was picturesque. And then you hear the country folk Québecois speaking and then you really know that you are out in the boonies. It was a good experience to say the least.

I really have just fallen in love with the people here in Sherbrooke. I know I say that wherever I go, but it is true The people here are just so great and I really have developed some great bonds with the people here. It is beginning to feel like my home ward haha. Of course, if I get transferred the next time transfers rolls around, it's for the best. But seriously, the people here are just so great. So many different types of people- so many things to appreciate and love. It definitely has been a privilege to spend my time here so far.

We are also really trying to help people set up expectations. The expectations are what help give them a vision. It really helps to change the perspective and gives people a purpose behind everything that they are doing. It is something we focus on particularly with the people we work with, but we all need it. We all need to step back and consider our vision- for ourselves and for our families. And when we look at God's expectations for us along with the vision that he has for us, it gives us a bit of perspective especially in regards to our divine potential. When we have that in mind, then the choices we make start to have a purpose and meaning behind them. That's when we begin to do things for the right reasons in seeing the end goal- in seeing what the ends are. That is when the means become ways of acheiving the ends, instead of becoming ends in themselves. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is what gives us the means to achieve and reach the divine potential that we all have as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

Y'all have a good week now! Take Care, Work Hard!

-Elder Cody Warren Ritz

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