Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 Austin, Minnesota

i went to hogwarts! jk its a catholic church

a squirrel that looks like a myazaki character on spirited away (;

we live in a member home so this is her house and we are right next to the church

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that it was great! 
This week has been amazing! We have been sharing an Easter video with everyone that I want you to watch first!
So it is finally turning into spring and it has been so warm and its been raining as well so everything smells fresh and new and there are flowers popping up out of everywhere and there are buds on the trees and birds of every sound are all chirping their lungs out because they are so happy winter is done with. (That's how I feel on the inside as well). Yesterday was just beautiful and I was just to happy to be alive! And I'm happy I live in a time where we have all of our Heavenly Fathers plain and precious truths. 

Our mission President is having us write a 10 minute lesson on the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to help us simplify and intensify the way we teach. You really have to think about what you are going to say because what the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ contains is so infinately important. One of those subjects being the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As I spent the week pondering over what 3 sentences I could say that would explain the true spirit of the Atonement I came to appreciate and apply more to what that meant for me. 

We shared the easter video with everyone we could. walking down streets where people sat on the steps of their porch, we sat with them and they watched on their phone as we stood and listened to the music and felt the peace and joy of the Holy Ghost as it testified that it was true. To sitting with a mother and her son who was mentally ill silently and intently listen to the melody and feel the gentle assurance that we have eternal life and eternal families because of Him. 

Driving back down the street I looked up at the beautiful sunset as the day was coming to it's end and I had the words of Dieter F. Uchtdorf running through my head "there are no endings. only eternal beginnings. we are made of the stuff of eternity." And I just felt happy. That is what the gospel of Jesus Christ does for us, that is what the Atonement does for us. It reveals to us the plain and precious truths that we can live forever in the happiness we are destined to inherit. For we are to inherit all that the Father hath, which is eternal and lasting peace and happiness.
I know that Jesus Christ died for us so that we can overcome the demands of justice and bring to pass our immortality and eternal life of all man. Every soul has been saved from the bands of both physical and spiritual death and we now have the opportunity to learn and grow and to have joy. Because of him.
We can show our gratitude simply by doing the only thing he's asked us to do. Follow him. 
For in that is where we find true happiness.
If there is something in your life not according to what Jesus has asked. Change it and find peace. I can promise you that you will. Life is a hard journey and we all must taste of the bitterness of rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ when we sin, but then we have the sweetness of repentance, to renew our lives and to live again. Through him we have hope! 
Happy Easter! Happy Spring! 
Love you all!
Hermana Ficklin

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