What an awesome week. 😀
Earlier this week, our previous ward mission leader, Brother Cook messaged us this quote – “If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived.” Jeffrey R. Holland. The best person that ever walked this earth was Jesus Christ. Someone a lot greater than us, asked “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26: 39. Life isn’t supposed to be easy! “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.” Alma 34: 32.
When life is a full of challenges, we can be brave and courageous. The One who bore all our grief, sorrow, sickness and pain will lift us, will help us and will strengthen us. I love Jesus Christ. I know He loves us.
Sister Cook taught Dustin with us on Saturday! Dustin is in his 20’s and we met him the previous week at a park. He agreed to meet with us to learn more about the good news. At our return appointment, Dustin had forgotten what Church we belonged to. We told him, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He replied saying that his grandmother attends that Church…His grandmother is a member of our congregation. Weekly we go to her home and help her fill out her family history book! We taught him the whole Restoration of the Gospel – the Spirit was there prompting us to share specific scriptures to help him. After we shared the account of the first vision, we asked him how he was feeling. He expressed that he had a feeling in his chest…a feeling of happiness and joy. As we shared Galatians 5: 22, he recognized that feeling as the Holy Ghost testifying to him that Joseph Smith did in fact, see our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Sister Cook bore beautiful testimony of Jesus Christ’s love and mission. We invited him to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized and he said yes! That had been on his mind lately. He is special.
Its a humbling experience finding people who have been prepared by the Lord and being a part of their progression and conversion.
Women’s General Conference Session was lovely. Our worth, as sons and daughters of God, is divine. No worldly thing can diminish our value. I felt the huge importance and sacredness of families. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s message taught me that we can be happy in every circumstance. Our Pioneer ancestors had immense trials, but even when things didn’t work our, they rejoiced. The saw the wonderful miracles. “God didn’t create us to be sad, he created us to have joy.”
Yesterday, Brother Cook was released as our Ward Mission Leader and called to be Young Men’s President. I am going to miss working along side his family. He has helped us and our ward greatly over the last couple of years. But I know that he is needed in a different area now. I know that Brother Peterson will be a blessing and a strength to our ward and to us as he now serves as Ward Mission Leader. I look forward to working with him in the greatest work! 🙂
Sister Lyreche Tata