Monday, April 13, 2015

All the right reasons the Philippines has my heart

​This week I've had kind of a hard time because I'm starting to realize that I'm actually coming home. . .So that's weird. But I think it's so hard because I've reeally come to love my mission. Here's 18 reasons Why :) 

1. I love trikes and jeeps. They are super way fun way of public transportation. :)
2. Going to the Market here is really fun because it's cheap even if I don't know how to haggle. :) 
3. I am no longer a picky eater... I have eaten balut, dinuguan (meat cooked in blood), buro (fermented rice and fish), squid, frog, crickets and much, much more
4. I have a lot of new friends! Missionaries, members, investigators, and people I just meet. I've learned how to get a long with all sorts of people
5. I have really found a deep appreciation and lvoe for the scriptures. I like the scriptures before and I would read, but I've really learned how to study the scriptures, to ponder and most importantly, apply it in my life :) 
6.  ​I LOVE TAGALOG. I love learning Tagalog and I love speaking Tagalog.  
7. I've got to learn a lot from going on exchanges.. I have felt like each exchange I've gone on has really been a lesson just fro me. 
8. I love being a part of seeing people change. It doesn't happen all at once, but it's amazing to see what people can do :) 
9. Everybody tells me I'm pretty. So I'm gonna miss that :) hah
10. I've overcome a lot of fears while I've been here and proved to myself that I can do things I didn't think I could do :) 
11. I now understand why people point with their lips here. It's so much easier. 
12. I have gotten to know both President and Sister Martino and Presdient and Sister Clark. I'me grateful for the thigns i have learned from each of them. 
13. I have a better understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and what He truly did for me and hopw I can show appreicationf or that. 
14. Even though I've had hard days, the good days make it worth it. :) ANd I've ahd a lot of good days. 
15. I LOVE my companinons :) I learned something from each one of them and I' so grateful for their kindness and the realtionships I've built with each one. 
16. I've got to feel the Spirit in a way I never have before. It's an amazing experience to really be guided by the Lord in His work. That's another thing I've learned, Missionary work is the Lor'ds work and He rally does know what He's doing better than we do. 
17. It's has been undescribable being apart of other peoploe's conversion. Seeing them struggle, ask questions, then start finding answers and gaining a testimony. They change their lives according to the knowledge they gain and before you know it, they are doing amazing things like giving blessings and serving in callings!
18. It's even betterknowing that I have become converted myself.Before my mission, I thought Iknew why I was coming... But now I've realized it was an experience I needed. Yes, I cam for the right reasons, but I didn't know all those reasons and probably won't know all the effects my mission has had in my life and in the lives of others. But I do know that I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I'm grateful to have served Him and our Heavenly Father for this short time n my life. I still feel like I haven't done enough, but I do know I did my best :) And that's all They ask of us. 

Love you all!! 
Can't wait to see you ;) ;) :) 
Sister Holmes

Monday, April 6, 2015

No Show Super Typhoon

I have a lot to say and only a little time to say it... 

We got to attend Women's Conference this week (Yes, I know we are behind but it was so good). I loved all of the talks and it's just amazes the how our leaders know exactly what we need to hear. I'm looking forward to general Conference this next weekend... I know all of you have already heard it.. but I'm still excited. 

We had zone interviews this past week... We are starting a new topic of Real Growth... Real Growth through Faith. I really loved something that PResident Clark told us. It's something along the lines of how we sometimes have doubts or get distracted from our faith, but the advice he gave us was just to stop it. It becomes a huge stumbling block.. .and I loved what asked us. He asked us if we don't have anything to think about, what we think about. That has a huge effect on what we do, so if we think faith-filled thoughts, our actions will also be faith-filled. If we have doubts-- even the slightest doubt, we are not showing our faith. Something lie that... I left my notes at home, but I know that all of us can experience Real Growth through our Faith. 

We were supposed to have a "SUPER TYPHOON" but it decided not to show up. It has been so hot, I don't blame it.

We had a real good easter... the Primary looked for eggs outside during their classes so that was real cute. I can't believe I was in Tarlac last Easter as well. . But I'm really grateful for a knowledge of a living Savior, that because of HIm we all have the hope of being resurrected and returning to our Heavenly Father's presence. 

My companion and I were talking about the symbols of easter and why we have an easter egg... I really like what we came up with. When I chick is inside the egg, it has to work its way out from the inside, and the chick is "trapped" inside. We are similarly trapped in bands of death and sin. But because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will all have the power to overcome those things, and break out from our shells. 

Let us continue to use and recgonize Chris'ts Atonement in our lives. 

Love you all!!
Sister Holmes

Monday, March 30, 2015

Because Jesus didn't do it

Another week na naman... ang bilis talaga ng oras!! :) ( Again time flies by so fast)

This week... we had something going on almost ever day so we've stayed pretty busy. 

We taught our investigator family about temples and eternal marriage. We told them after one year after thy are baptized that they can got to the temple and be sealed. They asked if Sister Gerardo and would come when they are sealed. Sister Gerardo said she would do her vry best and I told them I wasn't sure but maybe.. Brother then said something like "How much is it anyway, I'll pay for you.." And then in english he said "You come here for our buklodation" . . So Buklod is the root word for seal in tagalog.... Sister Gerardo and I laughed and laughed, and ten when we got home, were still laughing about it. It was also a really awesome experience though because they are so excited to be sealed ! :) 

We also asked one of our really hyper investigators (He's a part member 14 yar old) when the last time he read was, and he told us "tomorrow"... After that we reviewed with him about the Word of Wisdom and we asked him why it is important and he told "Well, because Jesus never smoke, and he didn't drink. Well, actually only a little bit, but he just tried it."  I mean, I guess he has a good point . . 

The work was SO good this week... probably one of the best weeks of my missions. It's all about diligence and obedience... If we are striving to be obedience and doing our best to be diligent in following the commandments, there are miracles! 

It's Holy Week... so that means no sleep! There's this thing called Pabasa. .  They sing to statues all day and believe that their sins will be forgiven . . But mostly it just sounds like something you can't understand/ chanting of some sort. I don't know. It just makes me feel blessed that we have a correct understanding of the Atonement. 

We are just ending our three month study of "Real Growth through the Atonement of Jesus Christ." How Grateful I am for the knowledge of a Savior who loves each and everyone of us enough to atone for our sins and that He showed us the perfect example. I truly have grown as I have applied the doctrines of the Atonement in my life. As Easter is approaching, let us not only remember that Christ dies for us, but that He also lived for us :) 

I love you all! 
Sister Holmes

Monday, March 23, 2015

J issues Really.... or is her english that bad?

SIDE NOTE:  We had talked about fixing all the "J" issues, but we found it so funny we left it in... I hope you all enjoy it.
Pambihira.. Thisj "J" on the keyboardj is broken so good luck. Wjjell seehow it goes. Another jjjquirk of the interenet shops here in the Philippines :) 

We movejdj thisj week so that wasj fun. We jjjjgot pretty much everything moved out on tuesday. We were busy from 7am- and got mostly settled in around 5pm. It was a good day and we got all organized. I was gonna send pictures of the new place but I forgojt . . I'll just send some next week. . hopefully. It is kinda weird adjuststingj to the new place jbut it's jgood. .It's a little bit bigger than the old one, but more people will fit in it. . I think it's my favorite apartment of my whole mission. The problem with the moving business. . j jjj is I didn't do my laundry for like a week... so thatj jwasj a fun experience this morning. It TOOK SO LONG. jjjBut I'm glad I know how to do my laundry by hand now :) 

I also got my x-ray jdone last week. . thatj was weird. jBecause first of all, I had to go into the xray room alone.. and I felt weird that I had no companion. . And it wasj a brother who did the x-ray that made it even more weird.  And on top of all of that, i hadj to take off my nametag :( jWhich jjjjjjjwas kind of the sad, surreal, I don't know what kind of experience. Man. . . 

This jjjweek was aparently busy for me because I also went to Manila to get some fingerprinting and stuff taken care of for my exit visa. . (huhuhu :'(. . .) 
But it wasjfun because I was with my batch. There were so MANY jforeingers there though and I talked to this one guy from Pennsylvania and I jtried to explain about the Restoration jand stuff... man he jjust jjdid not gjet it and it wjas not because of him, but I literally couldn't jjjjjfigure out how to explain it well in English. So that jwjasj one big jstressful ejxperience. Then wej went jand jate ajt this place called army navyj thatjj hasj burritos and hamburgersj and other American food. . JAt that place though, if jyour orderj was ready they would just call your name. . they said "ma'am holmes" JWje all jgot a good laugh. 

Other than that, wthe jjwork went really well this week... That family that I talked about last week is really progressing.. they are not married but jwej arej working it out with the ward, and I think it can all mabe, possibly, most likely happen before i go home.  :) They are amazing though a nd incredibly prepared for the gospel. It is such a great experience tot each a family because you know that they will stayj together and will always have support. I mean, I have taught families before, but it's not like this family :) The gospel is for families and about families :) 

Anyway, I love you alll and hope jyou have a good jweek!! :) 

xoxoxo, Sistejrj jjHolmes

Monday, March 16, 2015


Forgiveness is an act of faith

I have a lot to say a little bit of time to say it :)

Sister Salvacion was baptized!! Half of the Relief Society showed up and the ward is just a great support to her. I really loved what Sister Salve said when she bore her testimony. She said that she feels like she finally found something she has been looking for for a very long time and that she finally feels, for the first time in her life that she belongs somewhere. It was just a wonderful experience to be able to help her help herself to change and to repent. she has changed so much and I'm grateful Heavenly Father really is preparing the hearts of His children. We sang "Now let us rejoice" For the closing hymn. I loved it when it said, "Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation" It really was Salvacion's day :) 

We also had a family come to church yesterday. We just met the father on Saturday and he brought his whole family to church the next day! Heavenly Father is not only preparing His children as individuals, but as families! :) Their goal date is April 18.... :) Maybe I am a little selfish. 
We also taught this Less Active Tatay that is deaf. I don't know if I talked about it before, but he's way awesome. He's pretty much only less active because he's 89 and has health problems. He lives alone and we visit him once a week, or sometimes every other week. We write to be able to communicate with him and then he responds, but mostly he just teaches us :) This week I learned a lesson from him. . He told us how his child was murdered and that the one who killed him was his next door neighbor. He told us he already forgave him a long time ago because he knows it will all work out. I learned that forgiving others is really an act of faith on our part, sometimes it's hard, but we put our trust in God and in the Atonement to make things right as we do so. 

In other news, last week was my last transfer announcement so that happened. 

Anyway love you all! Have a good week!!! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Because of Him

This weekk..... has been SO busy. Sometimes it's hard living in Tarlac. We had extra people sleeping at our apartment almost every night this week.. We had MLC meeting and the sisters slept Monday and Tuesday and another group went to Manila, but they also stayed at our apartment... And now the departing missionaries! They are almost 20 of us in the house... so that's a little bit crazy. . 

One of investigators had their baptismal interview this week... She is super awesome and I'm excited for her. She just is so ready and was really prepared by heavenly Father. It's incredible the change people can bring about in their lives if they really want to. I have a cool video you should watch in connection to that. :)

Also... everybody here in Tarlac knows how to speak Tagalog obviously.. but their dialect here is Kapampangan (which I know very little of). Sometimes I still don't know hwa'ts going on, although it has some similarities to Tagalog. But the is no letter 'H'. . .Which means the little kids call me Sister Olmes.

Anyway I've been thinking a lot about why we have weaknesses. I've realized that weaknesses are really blessings... that through our struggles we ind ways to come closer to God. I've realized how  weaknesses are sometimes strengths but can become weaknesses again. It is all to help us to learn to constantly rely on the Savior, not just when we are failing or struggling. For me, one of my weakneeses before was that I didn't want to speak Tagalog because I was afraid I would make a mistake and people would laugh and me, but that weakness is what pushed me to be diligent in learning the language. :) 

Anyway, just a thought but I love you all and hope you have a good week!! :) 

SIster Olmes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Greater capacity to understand-Line upon line

HAPPY MARCH :) I can't believe it! Like what the say, time flies when you're having fun! :) 

This week.. something awkward happened to me. I learned a lesson about listening. We ate at a restaurant and it was their re-opening or something... well I didn't quite hear them right and they told m they had free iced tea. . . and I was like "yeah, yeah that's cool" and then like five seconds later I realized what they said.... But it was too late. They delivered iced tea to our table and I didn't know what to do. haha. But don't worry I didn't break the Word of Wisdom. It just sat there, Sayang. 

We had a district zone activity. (We call it district zone because our district is big enough to be a zone.) We played Filipino games and also American games. It was way fun and stuff.

One of our investigators has her baptismal interview this week... but there are some things we still have to work out ::) I'm really excited for her though because she was really the one that asked us to teach her and she has really been trying hard to change. Even though she is really, really busy as a single mother, she makes time for the gospel in her life. :) 

Sister Gerardo and I are becoming much more consistent in our work and our productivity is getting a lot better in our area.. .although there are still improvements. We are working it all out, but I'm really happy with what is happening. We are seeing so many good things happen and I think this is some of the best work on my mission. But I know it's not just because of my own ability, but I know it's because we are studying the Atonement, especially the enabling power. I've studied it before on my mission, but I feel like I have a greater capacity to understand it now. It's just a line upon line thing.

Anyway.... LOVE you all. . Have a good week!

Sister Holmes

Monday, February 23, 2015


Awkward first time for an American

It was a really great week... It has been so busy!!!

We had a baptism! Yay! It was a really good service. Obviously, it is super fulfilling to see that, but before my mission I thought baptisms would be like this way cool spiritual experience where everybody cries and stuff but it's not like that. I mean, it is still a spiritual experience, but I realized why it's like that... Because it's not just the baptism... it's seeing how people have changed overtime. Just like our conversion, it's not in one moment that it happens, bu over a period of time. The baptism in this case is just the icing on the cake and the needed ordinance :) 

We also had zone conference! I learned a lot and even saw my anak, Sister Macabanting! I haven't seen her since August and maybe she cried when she saw me :) She's super sweet. But I learned so much and we talked a lot about Real Growth, the mission theme for the year. It doesn't mean we have to be perfect at once, as long as we are trying our best. Even the workshop we gave went okay :) Can I just say though.... My companion is an English Major and her English is really good... I'm pretty sure it was better than mine. :( haha. 

Tarlac Stake had stake conference as well. Elder Bowen came and talked... it was really good! The Stake President talked about our need for charity and it was a beautiful talk. President Clark and Sister Clark spoke... but I really liked what Elder Bowen said. He said that there two kinds of missionaries: Full-time missionaries in the field and full-time missionaries that stya in the ward. He went on the share some really cool missionary experiences when he went on his mission and after that as well. All of us are full-time missionaries! :) 

Also... last Monday I got a haircut. A man cut my hair and it was really awkward because he touched my neck.... haha. Also he took a picture of me while he was cutting my hair because he said it was the first time he ever cut an American's hair. So that was one big awkward experience. 

Alsooo... I realized there is one thing that I have NOT learned and that's haggling. It's a common thing when you are buying stuff ot the market to haggle,, but I have definitely not mastered it because I got ripped off big time without realizing it :) haha. Oh well. Walang magagawa  :) 

I love you all!
Sister Holmes

Sunday, February 15, 2015

First Love then Sacrifice

Well... We had a really good week this week. It's starting to get busy... We have zone conference this coming week, exchanges,. and a baptism! It's exciting, but it will be another crazy week. :)  My companion and I have.. I mean get to give a workshop at Zone Conference about the Area Book... So that should be fun. :) haha. 
Maybe I'm a little nervous but it will be fine. 

This week, one of my kabahays told me that I'm like a Filipina that's really good at English... So that happened. Those kind of comments just make me laugh. I don't feel like it's true, but okay I'll take it. 

I had a date on Valentine's. Sister Gerardo and I went to Pizza Hut with a member that worked with us.(Yes, they have Pizza Hut here. It's a sit down restaurant and considered fancy) One thing I always remember from the MTC is something the MTC President said. "First Love, then Sacrifice." (Haha that's the only way I felt like I could connect to Valentine's)  It's so true though. We love the things we sacrifice for and sacrifice the things we love. Love always needs to come first. :) Sacrifice was really hard for me at first because I was doing it wrong. Once I allowed myself to love the poeple, the culture, and everything, the sacrifice became much easier. Love and sacrifice didn't begin with us though. Heavenly Father would not have sacrificed His Son if He didn't love us, and Jesus Christ would not have sacrificed His life if He didn't love us. 

Anyway, I love you all!!  Have a fantastic week!

 Sister Holmes

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Christ needs disciples

What an adventure. . .This week was really fantastic! We had a meeting on Tuesday and spent the whole day at the mission home. So that was really fun. I learned a lot, but there is two things that really stuck out to me.

The first is President talked about the gift of tongues. Even though I can speak Tagalog (not that I'm perfect or completely fluent) I was really inspired. Learning a language is hard,but I have really learned how to rely on Heavenly Father. President talked about how if we don't open our mouths, we won't learn. I think that's how Heavenly Father works though. It is an act of faith. It's not just learning languages though.. Whether we feel inadequate in our callings, our responsibilities  or if we feel like we can't fully live up to the expectations of Heavenly Father, we just need to show a little faith, act and he will make up the rest. Help from our Heavenly Father does not come in great big spurts, but is the constant power that helps keep us going. :) 
The second... Christ needs disciples. He does not need us to do things our own ways, but He needs us to do it in His way- the perfect way.

We've also been house hunting this week looking for a new apartment. I don't want to grow up and have to do that for myself... it's such a pain. :) I'm learning a lot of valuable lessons I think. haha. 

Also, Valentine's Day is this week! I have a date with my companion, Sister Gerardo! :) Our investigator has his baptismal interview!! :) 

Anyway, I love you all and hope you have a good week!! Happy Valentine's Day!! 

Monday, February 2, 2015

I am no longer an ailen .I am Sister Hole-miss

Another transfer week has come and gone and I'm freaking out because maybe I get my departure letter soon. :(
But in good news, my companion and I stayed together in the same area! Yay!! I don't think I've said much about Sister Gerardo, but I really love her. She is a really kind person and I've learned SO MUCH from her. I have now offically spent almost one year of my mission with companions that speak illonkno. Which is fine by me, because they are known as some of the nicest groups of people here in the Philippines and it's super true! 
This might be my last area... but in all honesty, I have no idea. We will find out again in March!

So we have this new thing called another pilot program. This time... it's a little bit more complicated. Normally there are only supposed to be four of us in the house, but now there's six of us. It's super fun, a little crowed, and a little bit stressful but it's good. :) The two of them, Sister Leemew and Sister Sambajon will be just be focusing on finding in my area and well as the area of the other two sisters. Once they feel the investigator is truly prepared for the gospel, they will pass the investigator to us. So it's pretty cool, and we will see how it goes! :) 

This week... a little kid kissed my arm. So that's was pretty weird. And the kids that called me alien (Which they do ever single time I see them) FINALLY learned that my name is not alien... But there is still a downside because they call me sister Hole-Miss. Pambihira. 

We had a really good week though. :) The work is still going on and I love it here1
Mahal ko kayo!!

xoxox Sister Holmes

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jan 25 2015

Bring it on Jacob!

 Man, it has been a busy week. 

The departing sisters are staying out our house for a few days and we have the new arrivals coming in on Wednesday night.We also had two exchanges and it is just a lot of requirements. ;) This week is TRANSFER WEEK... I don't have any idea what will happen to me... Sister Gerardo and I might stay, I might transfer, I really have no idea. But I really do love this area so much and it will be hard to leave. 

I got to go on exchanges this past Thursday with my ex, Sister Hamor! She was my companion in Mabalacat. :) We definitely had a #throwbackthrusday. Yes, I definitely just used a hashtag. It was a good time and I learned a lot from her. :) :) Yay, for exchanges. 

I had this Tatay ask me if he came to church if we could take a picture together so he could have a remembrance. I mean, it's not the best reason to come to church, but whatever works. ;) Too bad he didn't end up coming. :( haha

We had a cool experience this week that there was a brother who approached and and asked if we could teach me. Apparently, he came to church a couple a weeks agowith his girlfriend that's a member. It was just cool, because we are not just finding people to teach, but they are also finding us. :) 

The invesitgator I mentioned a few weeks ago is really progressing. . He is kind of struggling through a few things, but he really has a strong desire to overcome them and to be baptized. I laughed because he is reading in 2 Nephi (He reads like 20 pages a day) and he had to go to a different city and he told us he would be in Jacob by the time he got back. I think it's funnier in Tagalog, but he basically said "Jacob better get ready for me!" It's like saying Bring it on, Jacob. He's funny but I'm excited for him to be baptized in February!! 

Anyways, love you all! 
Sister Holmes

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I could be a Filipina

I had another really good week! We got a lot done and worked real hard this week... it's probably been one of the best weeks in my mision. We found a lot of new investigators this week and I'm just super excited and I can't wait to see what happens with them. We are actually finding a lot of families lately so it's pretty exctiing. 

We have been teaching this nanay for like a week and we visited her last night and her husband and three of her children were there. We started talking to her husband and he told us that he was worried about speaking English when he first saw me and while he was folding clothes he was thinking of what he could say. But he told me that I could be a Filipina. But sometimes I already feel like I am. :) Sorry I'm not American anymore. 

I got to go back to my old area in Ward 1 again. I was so happy to see some of the old people I taught. THey actuallly have two investigators being baptized that we just talked to before and it's exciting because my anak and I just planted seeds and I'm just excited. . Speaking of my anak, I've realized that it's such a privilege to train a new missionary. I learned soooooo much when I was training her and I'm grateful I get to learn from the sisters now on our exchanges. Heavenly Father has given me so many opportunities to grow while I've been here, and I really have grown so much. 

Anyways, I love you all. By the way, something awkward happened to me this week. We were teaching some of our investigators and they were taking pictures of my companion and I during the lesson and one of them said he was going to post it on Facebook and tell everyone that I'm his girlfriend... So that happened., 

Anyways. . til next week! Love you all!
Sister Ho

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 11,2015

 Sister Neilson, Sister Rose 

 New Years Pizza
 Cool Nativity at night the purple lights light up.
 Sister Castroverde , Sister Davis going to the Zone Activity
 Current Companion
 Elders From her Batch ( sat next to them on the Airplane to the Philippines

And that is why we just use Sister

This week was real good! We had a meeting at the Mission Home. The Spirit was really strong and I learned a lot from President and Sister Clark. We learned all about the importance of the Atonement and applying in our lives. :) Plus, we had some real good food so that's always a bonus. :) 

I got a real cool lesson this week. So we had exchanges on Thursday, we traveled to Concepcion (which is about 40-60 minutes away from our apartment) and did our weekly planning. Then we went home. . So that day we had 8 lessons which is pretty good work, and found some new investigators. I had been feeling kind of dizzy and when we got home I found out that I had a 38 degree temperature. I'm sorry i don't know what that is in Fahrenheit. Even though I was sick, I couldn't believe that we still had 8 lessons! I think... I know that that was definitely the enabling power of the Atonement. There's no way I could have done that on my own... Although I was miserable for a few days,  think I learned a really important lesson.

Speaking of which. I heard a good analogy this week. :) When a child is starting to learn how to walk, we all know that they can't reach one end of the room to the other in just one try. Normally, The baby will walk three steps and fall down. But one thing I like about that, is that even though the baby can't make it the whole way, his parents will cheer and are happy that he could make it even three steps. They don't yell at the baby and ask why he can't do it yet. That's the same with our Heavenly Father. He doesn't yell at us when we are quite there yet. He is able with every bit of progress we make. Now, that does not mean that we should stop doing our best, but we need to do our part. 

Anyway. I had a good week this week and hope you guys did too! Mahal ko kayo!! 

Kapatid na Babae Holmes (And that's why we just use Sister) :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas Conference 2014


HAPPY NEW YEARS! Sorry I haven't been able to email yet this year...

New years in the Philippines is real fun. We had to be inside our houses by 6pm because they are so many fireworks and probably it's real dangerous! :) But we had a really good time inside our house and stuff. It's weird/cool to think I spent my whole 2014 here in the Philippines! 

That investigator I talked about last week... SUPER PROGRESSING. He came to church again yesterday, and he even wanted to work with us even though he is not a member yet. He had a lip ring and an earring and he took it out... and he completely stopped with all of his Word of Wisdom problems and it's so exciting to see him progressing. We might be able to move his baptism up before transfer day! ( not that we know what will happen) It's seriously such a cool thing to be able to be a part of somebody's conversion process. 

We also had interviews this week with President and Sister Clark! Yay. We talked about the new theme for this year of REAL GROWTH, especially about the enabling power we have to change and to become better through the Atonement! The gospel really amazes me sometimes. It's so perfect even though we are so imperfect. I hope each one of us, instead of setting 'new years resolutions' that we will never look at again, but really think about in which ways we can experience real groth this year to become more like the Savior. 

Love you all!
Sister Holmes