Hi Family and Friends!
Hello from the Great Wildwood Missouri! Things have been just absolutely wonderful here this week. We started off the week saying bye to Elder Serage & Sister Gunderson, who I am served near with both now for 3 transfers, and welcomed in Elder Koerner and Sister Gordon. We had our district meeting this week, focusing on repentance and changing this transfer. Becoming the missionaries the Lord wants and expects us to be. I have been having the theme of change on my mind during the last few weeks, and even many great talk at General Conference over this last weekend about the Atonement and the Savior Jesus Christ. I have come to learn that repentance is simply not a bad thing at all, however something we find joy in doing, even to using it on a daily basis. My thought is that we are not perfect… yet, and because of that we need to use repentance to align our will in line with the Saviors, and ultimately the Lords will. We can find great joy in keeping the gospel commandments, however when we break them, it is not game over for the rest of our lives. As we repent, turn around, and come back, the Lord promises that “he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.” (D&C 58:42). What do we need to repent of? Often times I find myself on my knees asking this question. We can ask the Lord for help to recognize the things that are not aligned with his will, or “what lack I yet?”. The Lord will give us power in our lives as we turn our lives and align ourselves more and more with him and that power comes through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost will be the sanctifying power to cleanses us from our sins as we partake the Sacrament, however it can also give us personal revelation or personal commandments that we need to follow.
We enjoyed a wonderful evening with Julie a non-member, the wife of Stan who is a new member in the ward, to our gospel principles class. The topic
was the Pre-earth life, why are we here on Earth. She has been raised Lutheran her whole life, and this was a new concept to her. Even though she
was pretty quiet, Brother Myers ended the lesson talking about the atonement of Jesus Christ and reading the Living Christ, she was nodding and loving every minute of it. after which, we enjoyed a few minutes of talking and playing about our favorite hymns. She will be coming back this next week! She is so wonderful and kind. Just trying to warm her up to understanding the things that her husband Stan has experienced.
Chloe moved back into our ward this last week. She is so solid. She is the daughter of another new member in the ward and is attending anything and
everything for the youth. Even wanting to jump into seminary. We are really excited that she is here and we are continuing to work with her.
The Gospel is so real! It has been restored to the Earth by a Loving Heavenly Father, he does indeed love his children. May the Lord continue to bless your lives. Till next week..