Monday, December 1, 2014

let us cheerfully do all things

PEOPLE, people, people
"name that movie"
^^ miss you dad
another crazy week.
doesn't every missionary say that?
haha we didn't stop all week.
sis walker left me on mon (saddest day ever)
i was on an exchange all of Tuesday.
got Sister Draper on Wednesday-
apts every hour all day...
Thanksgiving all day Thursday.
zone meeting on Friday. planning.
moved apartments on Saturday.
made our rounds to invite people to church
taught a few lessons
invited people to be baptized
help set up a Christmas tree for some less actives in our ward!
its here! christmas time is here! and i am so happy about it.
....and then...
Sundays are the best days.
we had a crazy day yesterday...
trying to meet our new ward and get things figured out.
spent the day feeling slightly overwhelmed at everything we need to do
and all the people we need to go meet...
BUT yesterday, once we finally got home...
i was feeling antsy & I jumped into the scriptures
because I didn't get my personal study time
& I read section 123 of the Doctrine and Covenants and reflected on how grateful I am to be here. I've said that a lot... but this woman made a comment in church yesterday that got me thinking about my time as a missionary and how it's allowed me to serve. she talked about how OVERWHELMED she gets every time we hear about "Hastening the Work" in church...her voice shook as she expressed, "what more can I do?" Without any judgement towards her, I thought a lot about what she said.
I'm so so grateful for this time in my life I have to give everything to the Lord. all my time, talents, and attention. its stretching me and showing me how fun it is to side up with and serve with Him. I'm grateful to have this time to serve in this capacity... I know it won't be mine forever but I want to make every moment count. In 123 the prophet is writing a letter to the Saints from Liberty Jail about their duty and I just love it.
11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness....
17 Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
I hope you "cheerfully do all that lies in your power" to share the message of our Savior.
no act of kindness is too small- this is the perfect time of year to reach out
and lift and love those around you and share THE GIFT of our Savior.
I know Christ lives.
I know His gospel has been restored to
may it light up your heart this Christmas season.
love love love you all
sister ramz

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