Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 4, 2015

Well, it's been another uneventful week. Probably the most exciting thing is that a couple days ago the couple in the apartment room across from us asked us to fish-sit for them, so we go and feed their fish every morning. They get home tonight though, so that's the end of that.
We have this investigator named Tony who is just sooo excited to learn all about what Mormons believe. I've never taught someone who just absorbs everything we say and constantly wants more information. It's really cool. When we saw him this week, we basically just did a question and answer session where he asked everything he's ever wondered about our religion, and he's sincerely studying the Book of Mormon. The only problem is he might be too cerebral and he just wants to know everything for the sake of gaining knowledge, not to learn if it's true. So we're trying to get him to focus more on the spiritual aspect of it.
Sooo, my birthday is tomorrow and I was wondering if I might make a request. It's super simple, I just want all yall to send me 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or how ever many you want to send of your favorite scriptures and/or quotes. Because I really like scriptures and quotes. Thanks!

Quote of the Week:
“We don’t have to be fast; we simply have to be steady and move in the right direction. We have to do the best we can, one step after another…The only thing you need to worry about is striving to be the best you can be. And how do you do that? You keep your eye on the goals that matter most in life, and you move towards them step by step…That is easy enough. We don’t have to be perfect today. We don’t have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can.” 
~Joseph B. Wirthlin
Oh, and fun fact: gratitude has the same effect on your brain as antidepressants. That's pretty cool.
"The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine…One powerful effect of gratitude is that it can boost serotonin. Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act increases serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex...It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence. One study found that it actually affected neuron density in both the ventromedial and lateral prefrontal cortex. These density changes suggest that as emotional intelligence increases, the neurons in these areas become more efficient. With higher emotional intelligence, it simply takes less effort to be grateful."
So that's awesome. I have a whole article about it too, and other stuff that makes you happy.

~Sister Temp

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