Thanks for taking the time one more week to read another email! You'll notice the title of this is quoting the wise words of Albus Dumbledore- and we've decided to do that this week because we know his words are true "Happiness can be found in even the darkest of time, if one only remembers to turn on the light" (forgive me if it's not perfect).
I remember arriving in Korea about a year ago, and every word I understood was a miracle, ever kind act was an angel sent form God, and every delicious food was a tender mercy. I distinctly remember wating and parying to always feel that way thoughout my mission.
As we know, time goes on and things begin to become normal. Funny thing is, even as things become more amazing they can continue to feel normal. For example, I can freely speak and understand Korean without much worry now, I meet more and more amazing people each day as I am more confident starting conversations, and the food is better than ever! Still sometimes, we take these things for granted.
Something Sister McDonald and I have been talking about a lot this week is recognizing the small moments, the small miracles, the small happinesses that in all reality are not merely happenstance but our Heavenly Father trying so personally to tell us he loves us.
Not all of us receive direct communication from God, but each of us have been guided buy His hand in our lives. Each of us have seen the sun when we needed it, been hugged by a friend or mom or brother, met someone who taught us something, the list goes on forever. Each of these things is sent to us by a loving Heavenly Father who knows where we are and who we are, and through Christ loves and understands us without condition.
This week we saw a tagalog sunday school open in GrwangJu for four of the people that have or will be baptized this year. We had the chance to meet another grandma and mother of a meber here in SeJong yesterday who after a long journey has decided to join her daughter in the church and be baptized this sunday. And yet another girl who has decided to rely on God as she searches for meaning and comfort during a difficult time.
There is nothing stagnant about any day that we spend. Each day has happiness that can be found, and a blessing that can be realized. Nothing is a small miracle.
I love you all so much, and I'm so thankful for the influence each of you have had on my life. I hope each day this week you can open your eyes to see the good that's happening all around you and remember to tell someone thank you, especially the giver of all good, our Father in Heaven.