KEEP MOVING!

This week has been great. On Tuesday I took a virtual course that I’ve been preparing for in a while. It was totally worth it. I love the lessons I took from that. Ewuraba is able to sit without support now and she finally likes her pacifier. This week she’s taken some purée. She’s tried apple, carrots, and potatoes so far, and loves clementines and grapes too. Her excitement when we bring our meals to the dining table also makes us smile. We know she’s totally so ready for some solids.

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“but make me thereof a little cake first”

The widow at Zarephath
The widow of Zarephath

This is an extraordinary story of faith and dedication, selflessness, and a deep trust in the LORD and His servants. In the seventeenth chapter of 1 Kings, the story is told of the widow who lived in Zarephath.  The LORD asked Elijah to go to Zarephath saying that He had commanded a widow in that city who’ll sustain him. The widow of Zarephath was visited by the Prophet Elijah in her time of great need and near hopelessness. The Prophet knew that her living conditions were hard but he also knew that the GOD that had sent him was a God of truth and miracles.  Continue reading ““but make me thereof a little cake first””

“…and her countenance was no more sad”

Hannah in the Temple

In the first Chapter of the first Book of Samuel, an extraordinary story is told of a woman whose faith is deeply moving and worth emulating. As a woman who couldn’t bare children, Hannah was mocked at and yet she remained steadfast, and rather cast her burdens upon the LORD! Continue reading ““…and her countenance was no more sad””

“OUR FEARS DID CEASE…”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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I am so excited for so many different things. I know it’s going to be a good year for too many different reasons. The most convincing reason is that ALL members of the Church of  Jesus CHRIST of Latter Day Saints will be studying the Book of Mormon througout the year with the “Come, Follow Me” manual. Continue reading ““OUR FEARS DID CEASE…””

“PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT ALL FEAR”

Few weeks ago I was blessed with the opportunity to visit and teach one of my recent converts while I was on a companionship exchange. It was a really special moment for me AND THE HUG I RECEIVED FROM HER WAS THE SWEETEST AND WARMEST I’ve received since I’ve been here. Mery works in the Primary Presidency in her ward now and her husband, Yannick, serves with the Presidency of the Elder’s Quorum. They make a brilliant couple and their faith and testimony lightens up mine. Their conversion story helps me understand to what extent GOD is mindful of His children. One Sunday morning Yannick felt prompted to visit the church and learn more about our beliefs. He says when he walked through the gates he knew he was going to stay for good. My companion at the time was Soeur Tobi (from Togo). She and I continued teaching and visiting with him. On one of our appointments at the meeting house, he came along with his wife and together they learnt principles that resonated so much with them. A month later they were both baptized on the same day, and that day was my dad’s birthday so that was somewhat special for me.

On this special visit with her, my companion asked that she shared her testimony of the restored gospel with us. After a long silence, she picked up her copy of the Book of Mormon and said, “je sais que l’eglise est vraie; est vraie, est vraie parce qu’on ne nous enseigne que les verites”. While she repeated the words “est vraie”, tears filled up my eyes. I was and still am thankful for her life, for her faith and devotion and the light I see in her eyes is really lovely. I know this gospel changes lives forever, and I’m so thankful Mary calls me her FRIEND.

It’s actually a big deal for me to have her consider me her friend. I think it’s a really sweet thing to show love to the people we teach. Without LOVE it’s not even real, it’s a lost cause. Pure love, true love, sprouts miracles. As Mormon put it in Moroni 8:16, “perfect love casteth out all fear”.

I’ve refelected on some miracles that perfect love could bring about. My brother Felix is currently reading the Book of Mormon. I never thought he would because he had so much doubts, he still does have them but his willingness to read the Book of Mormon now is a  great step to his conversion. And this miracle was brought about by two missionaries he affectionately calls his “paddies”.  He says he smiles when he sees them at his doorstep and he lets them in. Thanks to the love these missionaies show to my brother, he takes his copy of the Book of Mormon to work and he reads it. This miracle is one of the greatest I’ve experienced so far this year.

“Perfect love casteth out all fear”. And as the year crawls to an end, I invite you to try LOVE.

Try LOVE in all your relationships

Try LOVE when you want to teach principles

Try LOVE in all you do.

essy
my kind, wise friend known in popular circles as my Mission President

In my companionships, I’ve realized showing love and affection for my companions erases all doubts and wrongs and hurts. It could be difficult and I could be as sad and confused as ever but when I look into their eyes and say “n’oubliez jamais que je vous aime”, and mean it, my fears and sadness stay swept away. So try LOVE!

When we’re full of LOVE, we see people the way the Savior sees them, not as limited as they are by their weaknesses but as the best selves they could become. And always remember the most difficult people to LOVE are probably the ones who actually and truly need LOVE.

So try LOVE!

 

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