* I (Lorri - mom) could sense that Holly's emailing time was becoming a tad burdensome to her. So I decided to ask Holly to expound on some questions in hopes of helping her out. This is the email I received in response to the following question:
1. How has your mission help to you too love more?
"Yeah I would like the questions more often. Because sometimes I really just have no idea what to say. But I'm not going to have a lot of time today to answer them because it's transfers and transfers as an Hermana Leader are absolutely nuts because we have to make sure all the hermanas get to their place and there's just a lot to do. But I think I'll have a little time to answer one. The first one. Here goes nothing."
"Love is absolutely CRUCIAL if you want to be an effective missionary. I've learned that if I can't love the people regardless of their past or situation, I CANNOT feel the spirit and I CANNOT teach according to their needs. I see them more as a number than a daughter or son of God. And when you start putting numbers on people., you lose sight completely on your real purpose as a missionary, which is not to baptize, but rather to invite. We invite people to follow Christ because we LOVE them. Not because we want to have a cool story to tell or just have a lot of pictures of our investigators in white. NOT THE PURPOSE! So I think the mission more than anything has helped me a lot to see people the way God sees them. Love them for who they are, and love them enough to help them change. It's something that I noticed from the getgo. That I meet someone new and I just love them! It makes me so happy that I am able to feel that, because I don't think I ever had before. So I don't know if that really makes sense. But that's how I would answer that question."