HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Whoo. Well, I'm here in the laundry room - crowded. Because it's Thanksgiving every missionary and their companion is in here - so lucky my district whose preparation day is actuallygot jipped. But we're grateful, always grateful. Well, interesting things that have happened here - we had the opportunity to hear the Apostle D. Todd Christofferson and his wife speak to us and today we're hearing Russell M. Nelson. Christofferson was really amazing. He spoke about things that I really needed to hear, not becoming discouraged about learning a new language - becoming a better missionary - focusing on results - and just being the best we can be. It was good. It's really lucky the timing that I'm here, during the holidays - I'll get to hear so many apostles. Our Branch President told us that some people come and leave the MTC and don't ever get to hear an Apostle. So I'm lukcy. All around the campus there are Christmas lights - like - rumor is that after today, they'll light them all up. Can't wait to get some photos of that. I'm still bummed I can't send photos. Suxar! I'm sad I won't be going to the Dearman's with you all today - send my family my love. Happy Thanksgiving.
Things that I'm grateful for:
1. My home. I miss it. I love it. Home.
2. Chesney. I have my favorite photo of her on my desk and I think about her all the time. It's hard to accept that I won't pet her little face for two whole years. I try not to think about that...
3. My family. My sisters. My brother. My parents. I have some amazing people in my life. Aleksi you're inspiring and creative. Mitchell, you're my bestfriend and I can't wait 'til we meet again. Cassie [even though you didn't email me - you're not starting out too great...] you're the funniest person I know and passionate. Parents. You're my heroes. I look up to you guys so much. You've blessed my life with this gospel. I've never had to question or fear the major questions of life.
4. This gospel. Being here. Seeing all these great men and women who have sacrificed so much to be here- just strengthens my knowledge that this is true. This is God's work. I love it. I just wish I was better at it...
5. My friends and cousins. I love you guys. Thank you for your letters and your support. Keep it up.
6. My companions and my district. Even though we've have our differences, we're getting along. We're still late to e v e r y t h i n g but we're working on it. They make me laugh. and I make them laugh, sometimes.
There is so much more. But they aren't as important; all my clothes, my comfortable shoes, my ties, my GLASSES!, my watches, my letters, my bed, deodarant, and my smile. It's the one thing I have going for me. Maybe not 'my' smile but having so much to smile about. I love you family. I love you friends. I love Chesney. and McGraw. and Bentley.
Write me letters. Keep in touch. Be safe.
Elder Maxwell Poirier.
I don't know how to do anything, but to get on my knees and pray and then get on my feet and go to work. - President Gorden B. Hinkley.