Today I am feeling especially grateful for my friends. Now that the summer is over, my friend pool is pretty much dried up. Its sad to see the girls group message down to only four people. It's easy to say I have more pen pals than everyday friends now! But every Monday my email inbox is filled with miracle stories of how these amazing people are teaching the gospel around the world. Just in this picture, there are 10 different languages being learned and spoken in many foreign countries. I don't think anyone could have friends that are such good examples.
A few weeks ago, I was driving down the road in my car, and on came a radio talk show discussing friendships. I'm usually not the one to listen to these, but this one caught my attention. They were having people call in and talk about their friend group and how long they had been together. One lady called in and told the radio host that her friend group had been together since kindergarten. I was surprised to realize that mine was the same! Ever since Mrs. Graham's kindergarten class, I have been friends with these kids. They have always been there to support me and teach me through their good examples. I would not be the same person without my friends.
Every boy in this picture is on a mission, and four out of the seven girls have left too. Although some of us girls have not gone, we strive each day to be examples of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We truly are as the army of Helaman, we have been taught in our youth. And we ARE the Lord's missionaries who bring the world him truth.