I hope you all had an amazing Valentine’s Day yesterday! As I was studying charity and reflecting on the Love our Father in Heaven and Savior have for us, I was thinking a lot about the Atonement. The Atonement allows us to change. It allows us, not only to be saved, but to progress. God wants the best for us, just as any father would want for his child, so He provided a way for us to become our best selves and have eternal happiness. The only way that was possible was through the Atonement. And that sacrifice our Brother, Jesus Christ, made for us, was the greatest act of charity ever performed. He gave his whole life for you. For me. For all you have lived and will yet live on this earth. He not only died for us, but he suffered for us. Just as you and I suffer, He suffered infinitely more. And the only motivation He had for doing that was His love for me and you. There was no reward. No glory. Nothing. Only His love. Imagine that love for a moment. And I hope you smile and reflect in awe as you do so.
So, whether you felt alone this Valentine’s Day or you had someone by your side, remember, you always have your Savior and your Father. And that's a blessing I can't even describe.
This week I hit my 8 month mark! That's pretty crazy! One of our investigators opened the door and let us in, walked away for a moment, and never came back... she decided then would be a good time to take a shower, I guess ha-ha. Another one of our investigators constantly tells her children when they are misbehaving, "Do you know what time it is? The hospital is...?" And they always reply, "CLOSED!" ha-ha, she has taught them well. I also met NSA retired spies. That's pretty cool ha-ha. I also got to see the Coach from "Meet the Mormons". He's in my Stake. So, basically I'm famous by association, right?
We saw so many miracles again this week! We picked up a new investigator, a daughter of a less-active sister. She's 10 years old and super crazy, but hilarious. We were over and somehow (because of the Spirit) we were able to teach her about God and get her to open up. Sister Larsen and I knew exactly what to say and whatever she said, I was thinking and vice-versa. That's when you truly know the lesson is being led by the Spirit. The young girl opened up more than ever and asked us to continue to teach her! So we are! She went from being completely uninterested in the church to wanting to know more in one lesson! And she's been so excited to meet with us ever since ;) Miracles, I tell ya! Then we had a great miracle lesson with our investigator Amethyst. She has some things to work through, but she knows this gospel is true. Now she just has to do something about it :) She's awesome. I love her lots and I can't wait to see her progress in the gospel. #miracles - they happen.
I got to make Tilapia for my companion this week. And she made me a cheeseburger for Valentine’s Day. We ate chocolate and had an indoor picnic to celebrate the holiday. I'd say we're good for each other :) She also said the FUNNIEST THING EVER and I have to quote her. So we were talking about dumb boys we've dated and she said, "The only things that helped me get over him were listening to general conference talks, going to the temple, and Jesus... I mean, Taylor Swift!" My response: "YOU JUST REPLACED JESUS WITH TAYLOR SWIFT!" Ha-ha, it was the funniest thing ever.
We had Stake conference this weekend where I got to hear from many people including President and Sister Christiansen on Saturday (they're seriously the best). The topic for both days was making the Sabbath a delight, and it's been a pretty hot topic throughout my entire mission. As I was pondering why that would be so important (and it really is important) I was thinking about how Heavenly Father prepares His children. Well, I'm here to tell you, He's preparing us. The time we live in is rough. And it's just getting worse. But God gives us SO many promises and blessings as we dedicate the Sabbath to Him. He's asking us to keep that day holy, so He can protect us and strengthen us throughout the week. Everything He asks us to do is for our own benefit. He wants us Sin-resistant, and He knows that keeping the Sabbath day holy (AND delighting in it! You get to rest from your own labors, for goodness-sake) is an essential part of that. His counsel is perfect. And the leaders of this church, although human, have received Divine inspiration and revelation on what we need right now. Heed their counsel. They know what they're talking about.
I hope you all have a great week! Stay strong and keep going. Remember, you are loved.
Scripture of the Week: Alma 26:27
Quote of the Week: "I testify that bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly promises are always kept." - Jeffrey R. Holland
P.S. No pictures to send this week because my camera decided to have a low battery. I'll send some next week!