Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 Sadness and Happiness for the Woman from Sudan

Christmas Fhe at megans apartment

 megan and sister carolan
 white elephant gift

 me mimicking our investigator Ghyslain

Feliz Navidad!

This week has been absolutely wonderful! We have had some new people we have met that I hope the gospel will change their lives. I have felt a deeper love for the people here in their struggles and trials they have faced in life are hard to bear and we hope that we may be able to bear the burden with them in Christ and bring them some relief.

We met a woman from Sudan who told us the story of her life which was filled with much sadness and little love. She was broken-hearted on Saturday night and she cried as she told us her story, we comforted her as best we could and taught her about the love of Christ. We invited her to come to church with us and she agreed. I prayed that she would come and have peace and feel more love in her life. 

I wish you could have been there this Sunday. It's something that I will always remember. She came to church and you should have seen her! I don't really know how to explain it but there was more love shared to her in those three hours from the members, the lessons, and the Holy Ghost than I've ever seen before.

None of the members knew what she was going through, but I've never seen anyone hugged so much! Her spirit and countenance was just emanating with happiness and love! She was so happy! She kept saying "wow... this place is truly amazing." She said she felt so peaceful and happy. It was probably one of the happiest days in my life as well to see how happy she was!

Members, you are an important instrument of God to bring someone peace, joy, and happiness. And you may never know, how a small act of kindness can bring such a huge impact on the lives of others who so desperately need it.

That made me ponder more deeply about the importance of the gospel in our lives. What joy and peace it brings to our souls! And what more joy that we have to go and share the gospel with others and bright burning testimony we have inside us can ignite the flame in others! How great is your joy!              WE TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I am so grateful for this gospel and I am constantly being reminded of the blessings that I have being in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the joy it brings into my life.

I have been studying a lot about the birth of Christ this week and I am growing more and more deeply an appreciation for what has been brought about by the birth of Jesus Christ. I have been reading in Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage. It has given me some deeper understanding of the Nativity and I would like to share with you a little bit of what I read.

The people who take part in the birth of Christ are wonderful examples to me of faith, love and devotion. Mary and Joseph with a loyalty to God and each other to bring about a holy family that we can now all be a part of; the shepherds who were humble, yet had rich hearts, were blessed enough to see the host of heaven rejoicing over the newborn king and unafraid to share the beauty and joy of Christ's birth to all; and the magi, those who seek for wisdom in all things spiritual, bring gifts of gratitude for the gift of life that the Lord would live and give to them and to all. What wonderful examples they are to us and to realize deeper the beauty of the nativity in all of our lives. Remember this holiday season the true meaning of Christmas. He truly is the gift!

I LOVE YOU ALL! I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas, that brings joy not only to your own life, but to all others around you as well!

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 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” With gentle submissiveness and humble acceptance, the pure young virgin replied: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”



From the period of its beginning, Bethlehem had been the home of people 
engaged mostly in pastoral and agricultural pursuits. It is quite in line with what isknown of the town and its environs to find at the season of Messiah’s birth, which was in the springtime of the year, that flocks were in the field both night and day under the watchful care of their keepers. Unto certain of these humble 
shepherds came the first proclamation that the Savior had been born. Thus runs the simple record: “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they 
were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born 
this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, 
good will toward men.”

Tidings of such import had never before been delivered by angel or received by man--good tidings of great joy, given to but few and those among the humblest of earth, but destined to spread to all people. 

There is sublime grandeur in the scene, as there is divine authorship in the message, and the climax issuch as the mind of man could never have conceived—the sudden appearance of a multitude of the heavenly host, singing audibly to human ears the briefest, most consistent and most truly complete of all the songs of peace ever attuned by mortal or spirit choir. What a consummation to be wished— Peace on earth! But how can such come except through the maintenance of good will toward men? And through what means could glory to God in the highest be more effectively rendered?

The trustful and unsophisticated keepers of sheep had not asked for sign or confirmation; their faith was in unison with the heavenly communication; nevertheless the angel had given them what he called a sign, to guide them in 
their search. They waited not, but went in haste, for in their hearts they believed, yea, more than believed, they knew, and this was the tenor of their resolve: “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”‍ They found the Babe in the manger, with the mother and Joseph near by; and, having seen, they went out and testified to the truth concerning the Child. They returned to their flocks,  glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.


.” As the men set out from Jerusalem on the last stage of their journey of inquiry and search, they rejoiced exceedingly, for the new star they had seen in theeast was again visible. They found the house wherein Mary was living with her husband and the Babe, and as they recognized the royal Child they “fell down,and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”


There is meaning as deep as the pathos that all must feel in the seemingly parenthetical remark by Luke. “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
It is apparent that the great truth as to the personality and mission of her divine 

Son had not yet unfolded itself in its fulness to her mind. The whole course of events, from the salutation of Gabriel to the reverent testimony of the shepherds concerning the announcing angel and the heavenly hosts, was largely a mystery to that stainless mother and wife.

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