Wuddup ma peeps!  It’s been a great week in good ol Harlingen Texas! My Uncle Teddy visited me from San Antonio!  It was so great to see him!  We didn’t even skip a beat!  It felt just like the good ol days haha. I guess he sent a video of what he thought was our apartment… that kinda ghetto place haha.  Thank goodness that’s not where we live.  We live right across the street from that though. But anyways, ya it was fun!  We just went to subway and chilled there for a while.
We had a great 4th of July.  We visited some awesome members of the church who fed us a bunch of food and then we visited another family who fed us more food and then we worked for a few hours and then we had to go home at 6. Our Mission President made that rule for the 4th of July cuz there are a bunch of cray cray drunk people down here so holidays can get pretty sketchy out on the streets. So we just chilled in the apartment and played cards and such. It was pretty dope.
Also, I’m now a district leader!  I’m the leader over five other missionaries and they are so awesome!!  Basically I just help them hit their goals and overcome any challenges they have in missionary work. It’s super fun!  It’s been good for me to be a District Leader cuz it gets me thinking about the missionaries I’m serving instead of myself.  In our District Meeting on Wednesday I taught them about the Fearless Mind Journal and I’m having everyone do it!
Here’s a super cool part of a talk given by Elder Robert D. Hales that goes along great with the 4th of July:

There are four cornerstones of religious freedom that we as Latter-day Saints must rely upon and protect.

The first is freedom to believe. No one should be criticized, persecuted, or attacked by individuals, or governments either, for what he or she believes about God. It is very personal and very important. An early declaration of our beliefs regarding religious liberty states:

“No government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience. …

“… The civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience [or] suppress the freedom of the soul.”

This fundamental freedom of belief has since been acknowledged by the United Nations in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights and by other national and international human rights documents.

The second cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to share our faith and our beliefs with others. The Lord commands us, “Ye shall teach [the gospel to] your children … when thou sittest in thine house.” He also said to His disciples, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” As parents, full-time missionaries, and member missionaries, we rely on religious freedom in order to teach the Lord’s doctrine in our families and throughout the world.

The third cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to form a religious organization, a church, to worship peacefully with others. The eleventh article of faith declares, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” International human rights documents and many national constitutions support this principle.

The fourth cornerstone of religious liberty is the freedom to live our faith—free exercise of faith not just in the home and chapel but also in public places. The Lord commands us not only to pray privately but also to go forth and “let [our] light so shine before men, that they may see [our] good works, and glorify [our] Father which is in heaven.”

From: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/preserving-agency-protecting-religious-freedom?lang=eng

Religious freedom rocks! God Bless America!!!  I love you my peeps.