Monthly Archives: October 2013

Successful Love

I have had a hard time seeing success in the ward that I am serving in right now. I have beaten myself up over and I have allowed for myself to get discouraged in my efforts. However, the last two days I have been blessed to been in meetings with Elder Zwick, an area seventy and one that is over the missionary development in our church. Before going into these meetings, I prayed to know how I can have success and the Lord blessed me by answering my prayer. Through out the past few days, the phrase that has been going through my mind so vivid has been “One that Loses himself for the sake of others shall find him self.” I know that the Lord blesses us when we stop worrying and thinking about ourselves. Instead we are blessed for the efforts that we put forth from helping others. I have the amazing opportunity to be a zone leader right. Each day, I get to put myself away and think about 18 other missionaries. I get the chance to pray for 18 amazing people and try as hard as I can to help them reach their potential. This weekend, I realized that I have had so much success. I have been blessed to see 18 missionaries grow in ways that I can’t imagined. I have been blessed to help them and see how the gospel has increasing them. I love the Jax East Zone and couldn’t be more proud of all their efforts. I am so grateful that I have the chance to help them in any way that I can. They are my success right now. I know that the Lord has given me this blessing and he has answered my prayers more than I could ever imagine. I just hope that I can continue to help them reach the level that I know that they can and will reach. I also pray that I can continue to be an example for each of them. Image

(THE AMAZING JAX EAST)

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I Want to Drive a Station Wagon (guest blog: Sunny Wright)

It’s a busy little life being a Mom. It’s funny because even though I have been at this for 11 years, there is still a little voice inside me every now and then that sees something beautiful…something worldly….and I want it. Just like any normal person. It might be a beautiful car…or a necklace that is SOOO pretty and comes in a little blue Tiffany box just so everyone knows…it was expensive. Many times I just want the little things like the expensive jeans with the cool stitching and the boots to go with it. And then…I want to wear it all and go out to a fancy dinner with my fancy girlfriends and laugh without a care in the world while every one else in the restaurant sees what a glamorous fun life I have.

But those things go away quickly as soon as I get a sticky fingered hug and kiss from one of my little ones. They go away when I remember how much I love the feeling I get when I serve someone ELSE. Those silly desires disappear when I see someone so much less fortunate than myself and my divine nature kicks into overdrive with compassion. That selfishness goes away when I spend time with my husband and realize just how lucky I am to have someone who loves God, loves me, and loves our family. Those silly shallow desires go away when I hop into my “soccer mom” van stuffed full of kids and their eager giggles as we head to the pumpkin patch. Those wishes go away, when I read this quote (one of my favorites) by Marjorie Pay Hinckley:

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.
I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”

This….is how I want to go. Because in the end….my family is what matters.

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Love From Coleman

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Last night, I received this letter from an eleven year old boy from my home ward. The past few weeks have been a bit stressful for me and I haven’t felt that I have been adequate at all. I haven’t seen much success in my eyes and in a way I have been beating my self for not having the success that I yearn for. However, the Lord is amazing. I have been praying to know if my work has been making a difference. This letter from Coleman, I feel, was the Lord’s way of answering my prayers. Reading this letter, I felt that I have been doing that. That my hard work is for the benefit of others. For the first time of my mission, I realized that my mission effects more than just the people that I am teaching here. My mission is effecting so much more. I just hope that my example and hard work can help Coleman see that a mission is really something that God needs us to do. That by my example, Coleman can hopefully have the desire that I have had. I know that the Lord answers our prayers! I love that he also answers them in the most unusual and creative ways. The key is, we just have to be patient! This letter has sparked a new spark in me! I know that I need to pull my head up and charge the mountain!!! That I need to dig a little bit deeper so that I can continue to be the example for others. I am so grateful that Coleman took the time to write this to me and I know the Lord’s timing was a apart of me receiving it at the time I needed it.


How Deep the Father’s Love

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God love us so much that he created us in his own imagine is probably one of the most strongest statements that can ever be said!! Our bodies are literally like our Father’s. To me, it shows how much our Father cares us about. I love that each one of us is made different. There is no body that is like the other, even twins have differences. All of our bodies function differently too. This just shows that our God knows who we are and has taken the time to make each of us unique. I know that my Heavenly Father showed his love for us by this. I am so grateful that he takes the time to know each us and to have unconditional love for each of us.


Love for Ronan

This week I have been doing a lot studying about the joy that can come from children and even the joy that come from the Plan of Salvation. This is the Plan that our Heavenly Father has for us that answers the questions of Why we are here?, Where we are going?, and Where we came from?. I was reading in the October 2013 Ensign, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints magazine, there is an article about a family who had a child that died right after being born. It made me think of a popular song, Ronan by Taylor Swift. This is a song about a child that dies after just being four years old. Swift sings about the struggles that come through from losing a child. When this song came out, I searched about the little kid and found that his mother has a blog in which she wrote to help her with the struggles. After reading the Ensign this month, I couldn’t help but think how hard it would be to have a child die. I have never had a child but I have watched my grandparents struggle with hardship when my Uncle died in Iraq in 2004. Watching my grandparents, I have seen how a knowledge of the Plan of Salvation has helped have more joy. This plan shows how much our Heavenly Father loves us. He loves so much that he wants us to return to live with him again. He wants us to have happiness in this life. I love that our families can have the opportunity to live together forever. That we will have the chance to see our families again.The article ends by showing that as we turn to our Heavenly Father for help in these difficult times, then we can have strength and happiness that will help us cope with the loss of a loved one. The loss of a child is something  that I hope no one has to go through.

Ronan

By Taylor Swift

I remember your bare feet down the hallway
I remember your little laugh
Race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs
I love you to the moon and back

I remember your blue eyes looking into mine
Like we had our own secret club
I remember you dancing before bed time
Then jumping on me, waking me up

I can still feel you hold my hand, little man
And even the moment I knew
You fought it hard like an army guy
Remember I leaned in and whispered to you

Come on baby with me we’re gonna fly away from here
You were my best four years

I remember the drive home
When the blind hope turned to crying and screaming “Why?”
Flowers pile up in the worst way, no one knows what to say
About a beautiful boy who died

And it’s about to be halloween
You could be anything you wanted if you were still here
I remember the last day when I kissed your face
I whispered in your ear

Come on baby with me we’re gonna fly away from here
Out of this curtain room and this hospital grey, we’ll just disappear
Come on baby with me we’re gonna fly away from here
You were my best four years

What if I’m standing in your closet trying to talk to you?
What if I kept the hand-me-downs you won’t grow into?
And what if I really thought some miracle would see us through?
What if the miracle was even getting one moment with you?

Come on baby with me we’re gonna fly away from here
Come on baby with me we’re gonna fly away from here
You were my best four years

I remember your bare feet down the hallway
I love you to the moon and back

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(Ronan Thompson)


Never Lose Faith in His Love

This week I had the privilege of hearing the words of the prophet and the apostles speak to the world in General Conference. This is where the leaders of our church prepare talks by inspiration from the Lord. None of them are given a topic and each have to pray on what they need to say to us. In Elder Jeffery R. Holland’s talk, he said one of the most profound quotes that really touched me. He said, “Above all, Never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend.” This statement hit me hard as it is so true!  If we think about it, our Heavenly Father loves each us more than ever before. The scriptures tell us that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that who so ever believe in him might have everlasting love (John 3:16). That is such a powerful statement as we can never begin to imagine how much he really loves us. He loves us so much that he was willing to have his son die for us and even more if we think about. I think about God’s love when we are at the lowest of my life. I could only imagine how painful it must be for us when we sin. It must hurt God each day to see us rebel against him and yet he will never deny us or turn his back on us. God is there for us, all we need to do is turn to him. Going back to the quote from Elder Jeffery R. Holland, as I heard him say this, I had to reflect on my life.       

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Terrible things happen and the first person to be blamed is God. Instead of looking at the hard times as a blessing, I blame God for it. I allow for my faith to alter when really, I should be clinging to the Lord. I have been learning that in these troubling times, I need to drop to my knees!! God’s love will never leave us and we need to remember it. We need to allow for these trouble times to increase our faith. This week, I studied the story of Job in the Bible and I couldn’t imagine the faith that he had to have. He literally lost everything and yet he didn’t let his faith alter. He knew the love this Father had for him. 


Love for the Single Mother

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Throughout our life, I feel that we get overwhelmed and we don’t have anyone there that will help us. We work ourselves to the bone and it becomes to much to handle. Growing up, I had a single mother for the longest times. As a child, I didn’t understand all the things that she had to go through. All the responsibilities that she had to do weren’t apparent to me till I actually grew up and had to do things all on my own. I have so much respect for my single mother because she really had to do everything!! She had to worry about all of our bills were paid, taking us to all the sporting events, and then making sure the house was always clean with a meal on the table on top of working two jobs. However, I think the reason that she was was able to do so much was because our family has something else working with us, Jesus Christ. Growing up, my mother was a strong supporter in making sure that all of her children were in church. She made sure that religion was a large part of our upbringing. She had to relay on the Lord in more ways than one to make sure that everything was accomplished for us. Being on my mission, I have grown to have a larger appreciation for my mother now that I have been teaching more single mothers.  One of my favorite families was in my first area and I was blessed to have the opportunity to see how the gospel of Jesus Christ has affected their family. Sister Owens is a remarkable women who have been raising five children and has done a great job in having the Lord in apart of their upbringing. When I met Sister Owens, things in their family was just beginning to be hectic for them as her children were all going into different paths.  As  the gospel of Jesus Christ came into their life, I was able to sit back and watch how their family has grown so much closer and more connected with their Heavenly Father.  I have so much respect and admiration for Sister Owens because each day she just tries to do everything for all of her kids and on top of it, she taking care of her mother too. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given them so many different blessing but I feel the biggest blessing is that her Heavenly Father is helping her take care of her children. She has the help from the greatest power of all time. Like my mother and Sister Owen, there are times for single parents were times are more stressful than ever. There are times where single parents don’t know how everything is going to pan out and all they want is for the house to be clean more than a day. A single mom wants peace and to get everything accomplished. However, I know that our Heavenly Father is always there to help those that need it. There is never a trial to hard for us as we turn to the Lord for his help.  As we go through the trail with faith, we will have more happiness when get the blessing.