Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quick Email (29 October 2014)

Hello all. I really want to talk about all the amazing birthday wishes you sent me but I don't have time this week. (Insert from letter to Mom referring to all the birthday wishes a lot of you sent: “I can't wait to talk about my birthday present. It was unreal. UNREAL!!!! Thank you so much!”). This week has been full of events. I don't really have time to write a large email today because we are going winter shopping here because it's starting to get cold. Next week you will have an email containing the stories of this week (and there are many) and next week’s. This week has been the best week in the mission for sure and also the most interesting. There is so much to tell you all, but I truly don't have time. I hope you all have a great week.

I just want to share a quick thought that Elder Dakota Pierce also shared in this email this week. We only have one chance at this life. Why not just go for it? Give it all you have!

"This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future." -Thomas S. Monson

I love you all. Expect an email full of events next week!

- Elder Austin Celaya


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