Hello Family and Friends that I consider Family! So this week is great!! My sister had a baby boy!!! YES. he is SSOO cute! I just wanna spank his lil bum bum!
This week is so great actually. We have 2 new investigators!! One is Jamie- shes First Nation (indian) and she really wants to turn her life around. she has had some really hard times and is ready to make some serious improvements in her life. shes 24 and really good.
Amber is the 2nd one. she is SOO great! I love her so much. Weve met with her 2 times this last week and set up daily contact where we talk with her everyday- see how shes doing. yeah she LOVES it and said shereally likes knowing that we care about her. Shes starting to pray and starting to read the book of mormon. shes way shy until you get to know her a bit and she has a pretty.. uumm.. hard past. shes ready to move on and get going on her LIFE. i love it. shes great- she went to institute last week and LOVED it. mind you she has NO religious background and knows nothing about the bible or anything- so were starting on ground 0. im so excited for her and the changes that will be made in her life.
OH and we are meeting with ALexandra! shes great toO! shes Gfs with one of our members. I love her so much! Shes atheist and just interested iin the church to support her BF and to see what we are all about. i love her- shes so into learning and betteringher life. yes imexicted about these ladies!
So.. Sorry this will be so short- i gotta make like a granny in a walker and scoot!.. Ive been reading about the Christ Like Attributes and today I read about Obedience. I also read from Helamen 9,10,11 and 12 today. The scriptures can totally apply to us if we want them to and let them! Its so exciting! In the 11 and 12 chapter the Lord tells Nephi that whatever he tells the people- like promises blessing or 'cursings' that the lord will make it happen.. Well i dont know about you but thats a LOt of power given to one man. well anyways. the people end up fighting and killing eachother- the naughty ones do- Nephi PLEADS to the lord that they will have a famine so they might be humble rather than kill eachother. well the Lord grants that and the people start to become humble again.. anyways youll have to read it to get the whole story- but i LOVE how the Lord doesnt tell us what is best.. just like the story with Brother Of jared that has the Lord touch the rocks to make light in the ship (the book of Ether).. anyways. the Lord asks them what they think will work best. he does this not to be cruel, but to get us thinking. have us gain confidence in ourselves as well as to learn! BAH. there are so many things we can learn from the scriptures- so much we can take out of them.. but thats a lot of what i learned- if we come up wiht a 'problem' in our lifes- we can pray for help and strength, but WE need to be the ones to figure it out.. rely on the spirit to help us know what we need to do- but also not just wait aroundn and expect the lord to do all the work! ALSO when I read about obedience- ah. i love it.. there are SO many good scriptures in there.. ps- if you get the chance- purchase adn read Preach My Gospel. Its SOOO good. anyhow- the Lord gives us commandments for our bennefit. he does it so he can bless us. He is a Just God- just like your kids- if they are being naughty and not studying for a test- they take it and fail- the teacher cant give them a good grade! we need to realize and remember that the lord gives us commandments for our safety, protection and our good- to help us be better people. He is our FATHER. a perfect ftather- think of a perfect earthly father- he wants whats best for his kids- wants to help them but the kids have to learn on their own sometimes too.. ah. i love it. i wish i could express myself a lot better on here as well as focus on my spelling and grammer- but this annoying clock is in my face reminding me that i have only minutes to express my hours and days of study!
Another huge point that stood out to me- In our Gospel Principles class- (get that book and read it too- SSOO good), we were talking about eternal marriage. Elder Kirkland (my zone leader- hes SOO great), gave us a great example- i hope this makes sense.. well he was teaching a man and woman who were from Africa and married by the tribe in Africa. In their culture and tribes they were married, had the bennefits of being married and noticed as married. They moved to Canada and Canada didnt recognize the means by which they were married in Africa- so it was Void. They were not treated as married, they dont get the "blessings" or bennefits of being married.. so they had to get married again in Canada so it would be valid here. WELL. same goes for Marriagehere. If we dont get married by the proper authority and in the place God recognizes as "correct" (the Temple), then when we "move" to where God is(heaven-after we die), then the Lord will not recognize our marriages. The marriage will be for time on earth. We need to do things the Lords way for Him to recognize it. If we want to be with our families throughout all time and live with God again, we NEED to get married in the temple. this is such an imoportant thing! The lords commandments are NOT hard. By small steps to do what he asks us (and only for our good), then great things come to pass. By being an active member of the church- that doesnt mean we will have a perfect family. we wont be tempted, we wont have hard times and trials.. but i can PROMISE you this.. things will be So much easier- we will have an eternal perspective- to know if what we are doing will bring us closer or further from the Lord. We will be able to show more love and charity as well as put things into perspective. I know this because ive lived it. i know this because Ive prayed about it and looked into it. i know this because Ive seen families grow stronger when they are focused around the lord. I KNOW this church is true and you WILL find the greatest happiness if you are really looking for it. well..
this is all my preaching for the day. i do have to go.. OH- family and or friends.. for an early Birthday/Christmas present i wou LOVE a MINI tripple combo and bible- the separate leather ones with Crystal Gail on em. this makes it easier for me to take with me as a prosolyte and i want them for my "mission scriptures".. if this is something that you would like to all pitch it- i would make up the difference- i know money doesnt grown on trees.. but i was asked a few times waht i wanted for my birhtday in dec. and this is all i want.. i would like to get them soon so i can start using them.. but if not- then someone please let me know and ill purchase them on my own.. ugh. i hope i dont sound like a brat for asking!! yikes! well i love you and miss you. please email or write me. i love hearing from you!