Hello hello! its been too long.. the last week i didnt have time to write an update email.. the week before i wrote a long beautiful email- and i got kicked off the website, then the time on the computer ran out. ugh- so i wasnt able to send that.. ha. SOO illl hurry this week.. Well. this is the 5th of 13 transfers.. and im STILLL here in Winnipeg YSA ward! IM serving another transfer with SIster Price- I LOVE her. and I LOVE it all. by the end of this transfer i will be here for 7 months! YIKES. so- i gave a talk in church 2 sundays ago.. I told the 'journey' of my first triathlon. i was compairing it to life and trials.. so lets just picture this for a minute.. here are a few of the details to this race. 1. i had never swam more than 4 total laps in my entire life. 2. i hadnt ran but 1or 2 5ks before this race. 3. i didnt prepare- not even an ounce! and 4. this was my first time using a road bike (the gears are different than a mountain bike). SO here i am ready for the race! I was ssoo pumped! I had the goal to NOT stop running, biking or swimming the entire race. i just wanted to finish. so there i was in the water- with hundreds of other ladies.. the whistle blows and we take off.. women are literally swimming over me and others to get to the front- they dont intentially drown me- but they do. This is a trial caused by someone elses actions. Good thing i have a wetsuit on- i am able to stay above the water a lot better than if i didnt have it on (blessing from Heaven). so i learned to stay back a bit and get out of their way.. the water was chilly and the wind was blowing pretty hard! it was held in a lake and its half mile swim. im not gonig to lie- im a terrible swimmer! so i started with the breaststroke then couldnt do it so i just did the back float the rest of the way! haha. so i finish the 'swim' ahha float, and then get on the bike and take off.. of course everyone else has been gone for a WHILE so im on the road myself- which i like.. i start and all of the sudden the chain falls off the bike! oohh no.. a trial that happens just because its life.. i couldnt prevent it nor could i 'blame' someone else for this happeneing... so i put the chain on and continue onwards.. the chain ends up falling off another 2 or 3 times.. so- i learn the gears and the chain stops falling off.. IM set! actually-theres a HUGE hill. i kept seeing people get off their bikes and walk them up the hill. i remembered my goal (swim, bike and run the WHOLE way).. so i just sit my keester down and pedal my lil legs for all their worth. it was hard- but i had to pedal slowly, be steady and be focused on my goal.. i was LAUGHING and smiling the WHOLE time just thinking of how fun yet hard this was.. i just kept thinking about the goal.. i make it through the 18 mile bike ride and start on the course for the 5 k run.. i figured it would be pretty easy- running was my best sport out of the three so i thought it would be a breeze.. not. it was a rough and unkempt trail that had bushes, rocks, mounds and everything else on it! so i start running and there are people all over.. there wasnt any sign or anything at least that i saw, that would show you if you were gonig the right way- so i just ran by faith and followed those whom seemed like veterans and like they knew the course.. along the way they had people with water and these energy gel things.. so they were helping give me the energy i need to continue on.. i could see ambulances picking people up that had not been able to complete the race. i saw cars picking up others that had taken them selves out of the race.. never once was there anyone that told anyone to stop- that they were doing a terrible joba dn they couldnt compete anymore.. people had to WANT to quit.. then as i was running to the finish line- there were people lined up cheering me on.. i didnt know a soul there! they all were still cheering me- telling me to push and keep going.. the last part of the run was at an incline and it would have been easy to walk it- but i remembered my goal. i pushed my hardest and gave it my all. when i hit the finish line it was the BEST feeling of my life! noone knew what i felt.. noone i knew saw me cross the line.. i knew though. i knew what trials i went through. i knew how hard it was. i knew there were things i could have trained adn prepared for- done better.. i knew there were people and obsticles in my way that tried to slow me down. i knew how it felt to overcome them.. well.. i compared this to life.. we ALL have trials and obsticles.. ones that we cause, others that others cause and some that just come from us being mortal and living life! i know that we can overcome them! we all came to this earth to suceed! we all came with a goal and purpose in mind.. when times get hard we can easily forget that goal, but we NEED to rememebr it! remember that Heavenly Father will neever tell us we are disqualified' or tell us to give up! WE take ourselves out of 'the race'.. sssooo we just need to hold on, stay strong and remember to turn to the lord for help in those hard times.. be positive! we are cared for and loved!@ we need to remember who we are, where we came from, why were here and how to get back!@ we are here for such a short time.. but when we get to the end- we will find so much joy when we know we did what was right and we gave it our all! i do have to go! but i love you ALL and truly keep you all in my prayers. please keep our investigators and the people here in yours. the Gospel is TRUE and we need to find those that are ready- have their hearts softened and minds open to received the gifts from God. kNOw that you are loved and that you have a father in Heaven who wants to help you! TURN TO HIM! be humble and ask for strenght. dont ask your trials to be taken away or minimized.. ask for the strength! thats when you learn and grow! i love you! thank you for all you do!!!
Love SIster Horning