Today I went to a ward Christmas musical event that was held at a member of our bishoprics house. It is a home where we have had many wonderful ward activities this year. As I sat there tonight and socialized with the amazing people in my ward during this Christmas season, my mind drifted off to the memories from earlier this summer, when we had pool parties there every Wednesday night all summer. And then my mind really started to think.
I started to think back on how afraid I was to move back to Texas, mainly because the thought of starting over and making new friends terrified me. But tonight I was amazed as I was surrounded by so many of my close friends who were all strangers to me in April. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love for them when I think of the new friendships that I have formed in this last year.
I remember thinking before I moved back that I would never be able to find a group of friends that shared my religion and standards like my friends up at school did. I was proven wrong. By getting involved in my singles ward, I have met so many wonderful people who are amazing examples to me. One of the many blessings this gospel has brought to me is the incredible amount of friendships that have come because of this common link we share. It is truly a blessing to associate with so many people that lift me up and lead me by their good example. I could go on and on. But the moral of this story is, 2011 was good to me by placing so many wonderful people in my life. I am so lucky.
I am constantly amazed at how our stories play out, and how we end up becoming a part of each other's stories. Have you taken time to reflect on those that came into your life this year? Do it.
Ally and Kelsey, words can not express how thankful I am for our friendships that grew throughout this year. I love you both :)
Goodnight to all!