what a week. wow. i had the supreme privilege of going through the temple with Sue Nelson this week! it was incredible. I think I got a small taste of what the Celestial Kingdom will be like, because there were so many people from the Kalkaska branch there, people I had loved and served with and had not seen in over a year. It was a joyous reunion. So awesome to see Sue again. She has grown so much. Her fiance’ Dan was also there, so that was cool that we got to meet him. After she received her endowment, they left for the airport and flew to Florida! haha that is where Dan lives. They will be sealed for time and eternity on Valentines Day in the Ft. Lauderdale Temple. This is what missionary work is all about.
|Sister Sue Nelson at Temple.|
One of the best days of Parker's Mission!
|At the Temple with Brother and Sister Hoover. |
Bro. Hoover is the Mission Presidency
and is the one who visited our home and
brought Parker the University of Michigan football helmet.
|Parker and Elder Norton, who was his comp when Sister Nelson was baptized so it's really awesome that the two of them got to go to the temple with her!|
Xiang Li gave a talk in church this week and did soo well!! he is so incredible and an inspiration to us all. Mark is also doing well. They will hopefully both be attending the temple this month. Derek Martindell is great. He got his patriarchal blessing yesterday and is preparing to attend the temple later this month as well.
funny story really quick: we attended a mega church this week. it was crazy. its called south church. we got invited by two of our investigators. there was a rock band and everything. the preacher was teaching about how we can know the truth of any sermon. i think he put some extra emphasis on a few things because he saw us there: "there are NO APOSTLES! there hasnt been an apostle since the early church! there is no revelation! there is only the bible. I am not going to tell you anything that is equal to the canon. nothing i say should be recorded in your bible and compared to the bible! it is the only word of God!" it was good to go to our church after and here everyone talk about how to gain a testimony through prayer and from God. haha
Our Heavenly Father loves us so much. How incredible is the Plan of Salvation? We have a loving Father who has given us an opportunity to become like He is. We are here truly to have joy! He does not give arbitrary commands which, if obeyed, will allow us to live in 'heaven." Rather, He sends us to earth and tells us what we need to do to live happy and meaningful lives. If we will but heed His counsel, upon returning to His presence, He will give us Eternal Life. He will give us what we ask for. This world is a cruel place. All around us we see suffering and pain. This is not because our Father wills it to be this way. Listen to how He feels about our current condition:
32 The Lord said unto Enoch: Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;
33 And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood;
...wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?