Wow, cannot believe for a second that it is ALREADY June...... my last
full month of service as a full time missionary. It is going to be a
very busy month as well!
Everything is going well here in North Eastern Pennsylvania. We had a
pretty busy week.
Teresa is prepared to be baptized on Saturday! She is SOO on top of it
- she's going to be so great. She seriously is a hoot and a half,
reading the Book of Mormon with her is SO fun. She has so much
Latoya is acting... different.... but her kids are still doing really well.
We had a really good lesson with them - it is so fascinating listening
to them pray from where they were to now where they are... it's always
my favorite part of the lessons, hearing them pray.
Maurice is doing well. He is a handful for sure, but he is SO smart for
a 12 year old.... he read the children's Book of Mormon one night for
an hour.... he's solid.
Elder Sandberg is doing well - it's been really cool to see him develop
as a missionary - especially his teaching skills. We spend a lot of
time role playing and practicing, and it is the most rewarding thing
being able to look back at the beginning and see where he is now. We are
getting buckets together, too, 26-0 here in WB, lol good times.
This weekend we had Stake Conference and it was phenomenal. Our Stake
Presidency and our Mission President spoke - they all did an
incredible job. I feel like the theme was at least in my mind to quote
President Monson: "Your future is as bright as your faith." I
absolutely love that quote -- everything - our joy, our success, who
we are, what we do, etc., is all dependent on our faith. It empowers us
to act and do things but even more importantly it changes us and
allows us to become the person God intends us to become. In the words
of Dallin H. Oaks: "The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the
gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly
account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to
become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become."
I read something fascinating this week in my studies: “People are not
better off when they are given maximum personal freedom to do what
they want. They’re better off when they are enshrouded in commitments
that transcend personal choice--commitments to family, God, craft and
Life is all about making and keeping covenants that bind us to God.
God's commands will always be strict but will never be restrictive.
Commandments and covenants, if lived, will liberate us from the world.
In Faith & With Love,