Christmas should really always be on a Sunday. It just feels right. We had such a great Christmas this year. We have made close friends here that are just like family to us. Being away from family during Christmas isn't so hard when you have friends like that.
Every time we have moved we are blessed to have the church wherever we
go. I don't know if some of you have experienced this, but if you have
then you know how hard it is to be in a totally knew place with no
family around you. It has always been a relief and a comfort to show up
at church in an unfamiliar place and feel like you have an instant
support system. The organization of the church into wards in every
corner of the world is a truly inspired concept.
Being far away from family is a blessing in disguise. Jason and I have grown much stronger as a couple than if we had been by our families. We have learned to rely solely on one another.
I have made true and lasting friendships with so many different people. I really have never considered myself the outgoing type. If I lived where I grew up I think I would have become content to do what was familiar and comfortable. Maybe not true for others but for me, yes. I have had to learn to reach out a bit and it's really made me a much different and better person.
My testimony has grown. Growing up with Mormons all around was great, but I never really had to say to someone, yes this is what I believe and explain why. I can say that I love sharing the gospel with others and being away affords me that opportunity more abundantly.
Lastly, if I'm going to be far away from my family, at least I'm in an awesome place. Just admit that you've all secretly or maybe openly dreamed of coming to Maine.
1 year ago