Fam + Crew,
Since living in Virginia I have picked up the habit of sorta kinda running red lights... It is just a thing that people do all the time. And, with the amount of traffic, the whole left turning lane thing takes FOREVER, so you take every opportunity you get. I am not talking about running red lights that have already been red for like 3 seconds, that would be stupid. That is what everybody else does. The funniest part about noticing this is that nearly every time I do it, there is always someone coming in behind me who does wait the 3 seconds and then run the light. The point is it is normal here. I have gotten used to it. It is something that over time has become normal to me. I related this to the rest of the habits that I have. I am trying to rat out bad ones and magnify good ones. In many of the classes or lessons we have had from my favorite Elder Jim Ritchie, we have talked about how we are all predestined to succeed. Not because we have a set destiny, but we do truly have the potential of God. We are inherently wired to succeed, the things that hold us back are only our bad habits, our wrong decisions. We have a celestial spirit inside trying to conquer what's on the outside, we just have to let it out.
What I have started to do now is go through my daily stuff and think about the good things I do and bad things I do. Or, in otherwords, find the things that are holding me back. Take care that when you do this, because of course you will, to take it slow because you can't conquer your entire being in one go. I know I have changed and I know I will succeed in my life in whatever I truly desire if I can apply and use my good habits.
I am out of time per usual. We had an "Ice Storm" yesterday that everybody freaked out about and and we cancelled church. I was underwhelmed.
Love you guys,
-Elder Jonathan Bigelow