This week was great as usual! Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we had Elder Holland come and give a Morning Devotional, it was the most amazing thing ever!! He started off by having his grandkids sing "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" to us and then he had his wife speak and she talked about how the Savior loves us sooo much. Elder Holland then stood up and just talked for a while about how amazing his wife is. It was super cool to see just how much he really loves his wife! Elder Holland is such a powerful man and an incredible speaker. He talked about how/why we help the poor and if we aren't willing to seek out the poor and assist them, then our prayers are in vain. Also how the Savior performed the Atonement on His own but luckily we don't have to serve our mission alone because we can always have His Spirit with us. It was such an amzing talk and pretty much all of the Elders and Sisters were crying the whole time. We then had Thanksgiving Lunch which was actually really good but we didn't get to eat dinner in the cafeteria so we had to make sack dinners. Then we went to a Humanitatrian Devotional and made backpacks and collected school supplies for kids in the U.S. who don't have these things. It was way cool!!! We finished off the night by having a Thankful Fireside where President Smith let the first 30 missionaries up to the microphone get to share what they are grateful for. As you can imagine there were definitely more than 30 missionaries who wanted to bear their testimonies but Pres. SMith only allowed 30. It was a way good day tho and then this morning we got to go to the Temple so that was way rad!! It is such a blessing to be able to go to the Temple every week, it will be a bummer when I get to Brazil and there is no Temple in my mission. O well. But ya, the 'massive storm' that was suppose to hit Provo this last week...well it did, we got about 1/2 inch of snow, quite the storm haha but it is getting colder here but it's definitely not as bad as a lot of Californians make it out to be. If my visa doesn't come by this next wednesday tho then I get my temporary reassignment!! I'm way pumped to hear where I will go if I do get another assignment! The MTC is great and I've put on another 6lbs but I'm ready to get down to Brazil and get skinny again!! haha love you all and give the little ones loves for me!!!!
Elder Michael Neilson