A Member of our Bishopric asked all of the missionaries in our ward to write a letter to their mothers. During the meeting on Sunday our letters were read. This came as a huge surprise to all of us. Bless this man for the wonderful gift he gave to me on Mother's Day. Here is the letter that Elder Hyde wrote.
Thoughts about my Mother
When I think about my mother I remember all the things that she has done for me and all the thing that she has taught me in life. Not only the things I need to know here in the world but also the spiritual things. I love to think of the stripling warriors and the things that their mothers taught them. They taught them the way that they should live and the way to put their trust in the Lord in all things. The stripling warriors were 100 percent obedient to their mothers and they were protected from the world. I know that when I apply the things that my mother has taught me, that I too am protected from the world, and am more happy.
I have seen my mother throughout the years use a lot of different attributes that with time have rubbed off on me. Now that I am here in the mission I have been able to use some of these attributes that I have learned from my mom. First is Patience. These last few years I have seen my mom endure many different challenges. She has always endured them with patience. He in the mission, it is necessary to have patience. Patience is needed to help people overcome weaknesses and challenges, and also sometime with your companion.
Also the attributes of charity and love I have learned from my mother. In my life I have felt the love and have seen the love that my mother has for others and for me. It is key to be able to love the people here to help them feel my love and the love of our Heavenly Father. I remember a little book that my mother had that she would read to us. I don't remember the name of the book, but I remember the story and I really like on of the phrases in this book. It says,"I'll love you forever, I'll love you for always, where ever we are, my mother you'll be." Right now I know I am really far away from my mother but I can still feel her love and I hope that she also can feel of my love for her.
I know that my mother was hand chosen for me and that all our mothers were chosen to be our mothers for a very important reason. I will be eternally grateful to my mother for everything that she has taught to me and the things she has done for me. She really is an angel sent from heaven. I know that all mothers are angels. May God bless each one.
Love, Elder Hyde
PS I hope she isn't crying.
Derek knows that it doesn't take much for me to cry. The tears started when Brother Combe said that he had asked the missionaries for letters.