I was studying about the Pioneers in this LDS History book that a lot of missionaries have. I was so impressed by faith they had. There were several accounts of the hardships they had to endure, but with every trial, they had a good attitude. One man, who came with the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies, was quoted as saying that he would be forever grateful for all they went through because it got them closer to God than anything else would have. The early Saints were counseled repeatedly by the prophet to have a good attitude and always show their gratitude to God through music, dance, and prayer. One thing that our mission president has been focusing on lately is the importance of a good attitude or - how we say it down here in the Rio Grande Valley - Ã¡nimo. Happiness is not a matter of luck, but rather it is a choice independent of circumstances. As I've learned to apply that every day, I've learned to become a better missionary and a better person and I've been better able to help others come to Christ.