Happy Mother’s Day!

At this time I feel really blessed. I feel incredibly blessed to have an amazing family and friends that love and support me. I feel blessed that Heavenly Father has sent so much in our lives to help and support us. He leads and guides in all that we do, if we let Him.

Friday was my birthday and it’s the first birthday that I realized that it’s not just a celebration of another year older, but it’s also a celebration of building and growing relationships over the past year. It’s a remembrance of all of the combined experiences over the past year that helps shape who we are. What we do, what we say, and what we experience creates the type of person we are. I’m grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had thus far and look forward to the rest of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever had a birthday as good as this one, and I thought as you got older they got less important. On the contrary, as you get older, I guess you see things in a different perspective.

At this time, one year ago, I was in Thailand with some of the most kind and wonderful people I know. I was called as a missionary to gather the tribes of Israel and bring the Gospel to those who did not have it. Innumerable blessings come through the Gospel which God has given us and that Christ taught. I feel those blessings in abundance in my life. By being a missionary, we focus on bringing the Gospel to others, but in reality, when we focus on loving others, we’re actually being blessed ourselves.

I know that God lives. He has a plan for us and loves each one of us. He does not let His children go astray if they will follow Him and serve Him. He has given us all we need in order to succeed and have joy. #findyourjoy #thekeytohappinessis…

Happy fantastic mother’s day to the most fantastic mother!!! I don’t know a single person who is more Christ like, kind, or more of a righteous example than my mom. I remember the day I received my patriarchal blessing. The stake patriarch asked me to share some thoughts on mother. Before I could even say anything, just thinking about what to say, I started to tear up and felt just how great of a woman and mother she truly was. Someone who sacrifices so much, everything, for her family and for Christ. I’ve never seen someone so diligent and persistent in her calling and in visiting and serving others. I hope that one day I can be like her.

Mother’s day is also not just a day to celebrate those who have children. Every woman is a special daughter of God with great potential. All are mothers in Zion. They might not have children, but are still capable of nurturing, loving, and supporting like a mother. I’m so incredibly grateful for all the amazing women in my life. They make me want to be a better, more Christ-like person. Women are natural nurturers. They have more charity and a sense of caring for others that is pure. I see a virtuous woman and I can practically see Heavenly Mother in their countenance. Thank you. Thank you so much to all the mothers in Zion out there. Know that you are divine in nature and have an even greater influence than you think.

“You are braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. And smarter than you think” – Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday was also another monthly general UNFF war event. It was really fun. This past week I worked on and finished four different Nerf projects. I had several people ask me about blasters and it looks like I’m going to keep myself pretty busy with building things. At the event yesterday, several people were interested as well and I was able to sell some blasters and darts on the spot. What a great unexpected blessing. As time goes on, we’re hoping to be able to maybe start doing some NIC style events (more powerful blasters). It’s pretty crazy. I started a clipfed homemade, and then finished it two days later. I need to find time to do more testing and experimenting before I keep selling these off. I’d love to keep one for my self.

Projects for the week
-Advanced UNFF war on Friday
-Translate for church app
-MTC interpretation
-Prepare to sell pull-back homemade, pumpaction homemade, homemade bow
-Testing and redesign clipfed
-Experimenting with different barrel materials
-Reworking bullpup design

Have a great week and don’t forget to call your mothers!!

Derrikk Sun

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