Saturday, April 29, 2017

April Brings Family Fun And Missionary Moments~

Here is our beloved dog Sammy, my hubby and I on Easter and a favorite of my dear one holding our precious new little Great Granddaughter. 
The Month of April has rolled in and out with a lot of activities. We have enjoyed  many fun missionary and family times. 
 At the first of the month we had an activity in our mission entitled, March Madness. All the younger missionaries participated. Each of the companion ships were put into brackets for role play competition. The Goal was for the missionaries to participate and observe so that they might become master teachers. Each Companionship had to role play a lesson to a pretend investigator. Each set of Elders and or Sisters were then judged as they taught and then they moved onto the next round or were eliminated. The top photo was for the last round of competition on April 17th. Our entire mission attended this one. It was a really great missionary event.  We all learned a alot about teaching. 
 We had a great month of District Meetings. Here are just a few photos from a couple of the meetings. Right now there are one set of Elders, two sets of Sister Missionaries and five Senior missionary couples. Our poor District leader has to deal with all of us older missionaries. He is really good at keeping us in control. I am happy he has a good sense of humor.
 We have had a great month of teaching with the Sister Missionaries. The family in this photo are so awesome. They are progressing and have made some amazing commitments. We are planning a baptism soon. We felt bad that Sister Gunia had to leave to go home for surgery. We have had such a good time with both her and Sister Hinchcliff. 
The third photo on the bottom is our new Sister Casinas with Sister Hinchcliff. 
We felt so blessed to have our Son Travis, Amanda and their children here for Easter. The night before we also had our son Sean, Mary and their two boys; Jeffery and Joshua. We had to say good-by to our Grandson, Jackson who had stayed with us for a few days. We  had our  our Grandson Jake, Dana and their two little ones here with us too. I felt sad that I didn't get more photos of everyone. 
 Here are some precious update photos of our new little Great Granddaughter; she just turned a month old. This is such a lovely family. Our sweet Granddaughter in law, Dana had a rough time after having this little one. She hemorrhaged three times over about a 10 day period. We are so thankful for Prayers, Priesthood blessings and great medical care. She finally had an procedure done that stopped the bleeding and she is slowly getting her strength back. We love them all so much!
 Our home Ward had a Potato Derby and asked us to be the judges with our good friend, Jane. We had a great time. The potatoes were so creative. Everyone had fun during the races. The three cute photos of the children in the middle of the collage are the winners. 
I felt so blessed to be able to attend a luncheon with my High School Friends. We have been friends for over 50 years. It is so much fun to catch up and just enjoy a great gab fest. I had some good missionary moments too. 

We continue to enjoy our missionary endeavors. We have met and worked with so many wonderful individuals and families. We started out working in one building with three wards and now we have a Stake and 9 wards. We have been praying to have more MLS couples desire to serve here. 
We love working in the wards with all the ward leadership and members. We have made  many great friends. 

I thought I would share in closing our Missionary Purpose which is: 
"Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." ( Preach My Gospel: A Guide To Missionary Service)


Saturday, April 15, 2017

He Is Risen - Our Prince of Peace~

I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ lives. I look forward to the day that He will return to usher in the Millennium. I am graterful for His Atonement in Gethsemane, Crucifixion and Resurrection.  He gave His life for you and me. We will all be resurrected because of Him. He wants us all to return and live with our Heavenly Parents and Him someday. Love our beloved Savior and follow Him. He is the way, the truth and the light.  

Here is the message to all the world from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (LDS Church News - 2017)
At this Easter Season, we remember with immense gratitude the sacrifices of our Savior in Gethsemane and on Calvary's cross. No mere mortal can comprehend the full import of what Christ did for us in Gethsemane. His suffering there caused Him to "tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore; and to suffer both body and spirit" ( Doctrine and Covenants 19:18). Following the agony of Gethsemane, the Savior's wounded body was nailed to the cross on Calvary's hill. He was mocked and cursed and derided. When merciful death came, His body was gently placed in a borrowed tomb. He had passed beneath all things so that He might save all things. 
Three days later, angels declared to weeping Mary Magdalene:"He is not here, but is risen" (Luke 24:6) With these words, the most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history was announced -the Savior's victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary were wiped away. The salvation of mankind was secured. The Fall of Adam was reclaimed. 
At this Easter Season, we solemnly testify that our Savior was resurrected and that He lives again. As a result, each of God's children will receive the Savior's gift of immortality. And those who follow the Savior's teachings and receive the gospel's saving ordinances will be blessed with life eternal. 


May you all have a wonderful Easter Celebration of His day of Resurrection. 
Enjoy these precious videos from this remarkable little girl~





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 Savior, Jesus Christ~


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Our Prince of Peace is Our Savior Jesus Christ~

This past weekend  we had our 187th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During these two days we heard messages from our present day Prophet and Apostles. They are the present day Prophets and Apostles for the entire world. We heard marvelous teachings about our great Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  
Our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson gave two short but significant addresses. Here are a few thoughts from his messages as found on lds.org. 

“We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness,” said President Thomas S. Monson. “What will protect us from the evil so prevalent in the world today?”

A Strong Testimony of Jesus Christ
“I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety.”
More Kindness, Charity, and Love
“We do not honor the priesthood of God if we are not kind to others.”“Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable. As we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home.”
Daily, Prayerful Study of the Book of Mormon“I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives.” 
“As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.”
A Testimony of the Holy Priesthood of God
“The holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children.”A Testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This “is the Lord’s Church here on the earth. … If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one.”
Developing firm testimonies of the things that matter most; continued obedience to God’s commandments; daily prayer; more dedicated following of the Savior’s example of kindness, love, and charity; and studying the Book of Mormon every day. That is the counsel from our prophet today. That is how we will find protection in this time of great trouble and wickedness."
 Watch President Monson’s full address from the Sunday morning session.
Watch President Monson’s full address from the general priesthood session 
Here is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Easter Initiative - #PrinceofPeace  Our Savior is our Prince of Peace. He alone can bring us comfort, peace, hope and joy. Come unto Jesus; He alone has saved us from our sins through Gethsemane, His Crucifixion and His Resurrection. He invites us to repent of our sins and come and follow Him.
                           Our Savior Jesus Christ will come again. 



                         

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