Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Week (Jacob-Nice)

Well this week was super! We had Thanksgiving and talked a lot about gratitude. We prepared for district meeting by reading Elder Utchdorf's talk for last general conference Grateful in any Circumstances. I really loved this:

"How blessed we are if we recognize God’s handiwork in the marvelous tapestry of life. Gratitude to our Father in Heaven broadens our 
perception and clears our vision. It inspires humility and fosters empathy toward our fellowmen and all of God’s creation. Gratitude is catalyst to all 
Christlike attributes! thankful heart is the parent of all virtues."

I love especially where it says that our perspective changes. This week my companion and I tried to only be grateful for everything and to only say good things! It is amazing how looking at a rainy day full of contacting can change so quickly when we look at it with a grateful heart! It can truly push us to do and be so much more than we would normally be capable of doing! 

For Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful meal of rotisserie chickens! Then last night the Burtons even gave us more of the meal that they had! And we got some homemade pumpkin pie! I was very grateful for that!! 

I love you all! This week is transfers so everyone pray that I stay in Nice :). Also in case you haven't already gotten many invitations to share this video, then I invite you to do it!

 I love the gospel! It makes me so happy!

Elder Pettingill

We also got this surprise email this week:

We met your son in Nice this week on three separate occasions.  What a pleasant, composed, and wonderful young man.  We enjoyed getting to know him. He spoke in Sacrament meeting this morning and translated the other talks for us and did a great job. He has a great sense of humor from what we heard in his translation!
Just thought I would share this photo and a note to let you know he looks happy and healthy. Hope this brightens your day.
From another missionary parent.

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