Monday, June 22, 2015

Getting Kennewick ready for President Lewis

Hey Mom!

The trek looks awesome! It's pretty amazing to see all the youth in the pictures and how old they are all getting. When i was back home they seemed so young. Adam Nielson looks like 5 years older with that beefy neck of his. Thomas is getting HUGE as well. Everyone is changing a ton. Its great!

This past week has just flown by! Seriously just flashes before my eyes. Elder Smith and I are just getting into a really busy part of the transfer and I would have to say our missions. We are preparing to receive President and Sister Lewis this next upcoming week. It is going to be incredible to see the revelation that he is going to have as he makes decisions on what mission policy is and also what we can do as missionaries to start and set the foundation for this mission. The plans that go into a mission are pretty crazy. We have the next 2 transfers planned out and ready so when they get here we can hit the ground running. Elder Smith and I are really excited to see everything start to form. Relying on the Lord is a must as we take on this responsibility. It's interesting to note that as we have these hard task everything else is magnified as well. Either mental, spiritual, or physically demanding things that make things harder to accomplish the work. Whether it is the lack of sleep or headaches we all have some thing. I know that it is for a specific reason. We have no choice to either lighten up or continue only to find ourselves becoming more and more stressed. The Gospel applies perfectly as we are faced with tasks that demand the best from us. It first takes an act of faith. Believing that somehow or in someway god will be able to help. A story within the book of mormon is a perfect example of this. In Mosiah 24 Alma and his people are persecuted and essentially enslaved. Burdens are placed upon their backs and they cry out to their lord because their afflictions were so great. That cry, that plea is that one thing that changes everything. An act of faith in which god can place a miracle within their lives. This is the result when they again have their burdened task.

Mosiah 24:15
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
These times of trial or of simply being busy are times where we can truly find our savior. In the midst of our hectic lives he has the one thing that can truly make the difference in being able to endure. Just like this scriptures stated, "the burden which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light." He won't remove the burden. He will empower us to bare these burdens and through them recognize his power and love as he helps us. Finding my savior and recognizing his personal love for me and everyone out there has changed my perspective for forever. I know that my redeemer lives!

Real quick! Could you try to pull some strings and grab a paper copy of my drivers license so that i have some documentation when my birthday comes around? If so great! Thanks for everything!

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