Week 53

Heyy!!! hope you are all doing well!! this week has been so awesome, we have had miracles everyday and i can feel and see the hand of the Lord in my life and in the lives of those around me 🙂 so recently i have been studying a lot about faith, and something that has become even more clear to me is that when we study and pray for and try to develop a christ-like attribute it is not just given to us wrapped up in a pretty bow on a silver plate..we are given opportunities in which we can develop that attribute. and since i have been wanting to increase my faith, not just at the moment, this is one of my goals for the year, i have been getting a lot of chances to exercise that faith. even just in little things, this week i lost both of my rings, my german CTR ring and then i didnt think i’d ever find it because i thought i lost it biking, and then the next day i lost my return with honour, i knew it was in the apartment but we could not find it anyway, after praying, after searching it just could not be found 😦 so we went to bed and i just knew it would turn up, so then i woke up, prayed to find it again… then went to grab my clothes from the washing room and checked there again, for about the 5 time haha and then i turned to get my clothes off the hanger and when i turned back it was right there, right in the middle of the ironing board. it was not there before. but Heavenly Father put it there for me 🙂 and you know what else? while i was looking for the return with honour ring i found the ctr one- in my old bag and again, there is no way it could have been there. but it was, because with God nothing is impossible! and then Wednesday.. i lost my purse, and i could not believe three days i a row i lost things! we have said so many prayers and so many people are praying for it and i just feel at peace about it now 🙂 the people at the lost and found said because its still not there it probably wont turn up but its okay, if its the Lords will He will get it back to me 🙂 and i remember that we receive no witness until after the trial of our faith right.. so we will see 🙂 my studies this week have been so so great!!! i have been reading the end of mormon and honestly i never realised how great that was before!!! and then i was also reading in ether and that was so cool because the more i have tried to study about faith the more things about faith have just been popping up in studies. and one of my favourite parts is ether 6. it is really just one huge metaphor for our lives!

 And now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of Jared and his brother.

2 For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared thes tones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels.

3 And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.

4 And it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of food, that thereby they might subsist upon the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and whatsoever beast or animal or fowl that they should carry with them—and it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God.

5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters,towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.

6 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

8 And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind.

9 And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.

10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither whale that could mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.

11 And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the water.

12 And they did land upon the shore of the promised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them.

We too are given ´stones´to light our way, so that we do not have to cross in darkness, we have the scriptures and the temple and revelation and so many more! and we too have to ´commend ourselves unto the Lord´ we also have to fully entrust ourselves to him 🙂 just like the Lord sent ´furious winds´to bring the jaradites to the promised land he send them to us too. challenges can be sent and are sent from Heavnly Father but they are not senseless, He doesn’t send them to give us a hard time, or because he enjoys seeing us suffer, but because he loves us and wants us home again and he knows that these tempests are the only thing to bring us home. but he doesnt just send them and leave us to struggle. just as the Jaradites cried unto the Lord when they were pushed under the water so can we also pray, and just as he lifted them up, he will lift us too.and we too will have light continually, Christ, our light is always there! and just as they bow themselves before the Lord and shed those tears of joy because of the Lords tender mercies when they reached the promised land, so, i believe will it be for us when we reach our Father in Heaven. we will bow ourselves, we will fall to his feet and i know i will shed those tears because i am so incredibly grateful for the tender mercies he has bestowed upon me, even if it as simple as finding a ring that means a lot to me 🙂
Last monday night was also really cool! we had to run for our train and we were praying so hard we would make it and we did! Just! but we realised that we would not have enough time at our destination to do what we wanted to because its just a little village and the trains only go home once an hour, so we were about half way there and we jumped out the train planning to just go back and do our back up plan which was in singen, but we felt get back on and we would have had to wait ages at that little village too so we figured better on the train.. so we rode to the end, got out and sat down to wait the 10 minutes till our train came back the other way. we sat and decided to pray that we would be able to meet someone who was searching for the truth, who needed it and would be open for it on the way back, and as we said amen someone sat down.. we got talking and turns out he is interested and he needs the gospel so much! he has had such a hard life and he is so young and we have an appointment this week and i am so excited to meet with him!!
Me and my comp have also somehow started a tradition/competition to see who can scare the other more…. and man i have never jumped or screamed or laughed so much ahahahaha i will try send you a video of sister hancock making me jump because its freaking hilarious hahahaha. and we ate gizzard. for those of you who dont know thats the  muscle on the side of the chickens stomach that is used to digest the food…… pretty sure there was blood in one of the pieces i ate.. but hey we are the missionaries! we eat everything…. hahahaha
This is getting kinda long haha but there was just a quote i wanted to share with you guys, something i read in a talk this week, this called atonement: all for all by bruce c hafen and you should all read it!
but this part i just love soooo much. “Yet even when we utterly spend ourselves, we lack the power to create the perfection only God can complete. Our all by itself is still only almost enough—until it is finished by the all of Him who is the “finisher of our faith.” At that point, our imperfect but consecrated almost is enough.”
So give your all and trust in the one who is the finisher of our faith, the one who makes our almost enough good enough through his grace.:) 🙂 🙂

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