Sunday, January 1, 2017

MTC week two

Hey family and friends! Well this is the second week of being here in the MTC, and time is really flying by. Hard to believe that I only have two weeks left until my flight to Alaska. I'm super stoked, but I'm really starting to love it here. Some missionaries left from our zone today, some leave tomorrow (our zone is made of three districts, a district consists of about 6-12 missionaries). It was hard saying goodbye to them, it made me realize how hard its going to be to say goodbye when its my turn to leave. New missionaries come in tomorrow, the district coming to our zone will be about 12 missionaries, six elders and six sisters. We're all excited to meet them and create friendships, and get them off to a great start for their next 18-24 months. This Sunday/ Christmas we woke up to about 6-8 inches of snow with it still falling down, that made for a pretty nice Christmas Day. I got to call the family in Texas and Utah, it was nice to hear their voices (and my dog haha, I miss her a lot). It was an emotional time for a lot of the other missionaries, especially the sisters. I'll probably say this in every single letter, but I don't think I have ever learned and grown so much as a person in such a short amount of time. I feel like I've been here a lot longer than two weeks, and its amazing that I've made such great friendships in a short amount of time- I guess that's what happens when you spend everyday with the same people; I wouldn't have it any other way. We all love and care about each other, and I have to attribute that to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the example that He set for us are truly life changing. He taught us to love all of our fellow men, to follow in His path, and to keep the commandments that our Father in Heaven has given us. I've seen it change lives here, I've seen it change my own life and continue to, and I know that it can change anyone's life - no one is too far from the healing power of Christ. 
I love you all, I miss you all, and I think about ya'll everyday. Keep your families close, they're one of the most important things we have in this life. When you think that you have nothing, you still have family. 
Write to me if you get time, I love hearing from ya'll!!

Much Love,
Elder Ashton Hymas

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