Hello my most dear family.
Hello my most dear family.
Sister Emily is my Bonus Baby. She has been gone on her mission for 7 months. I haven’t spoken to her for 7 months. We email every week, and you can read her email on Mondays if you’d like. The posts are called “Out on a WIM”. I write a letter to her once a week, but I don’t call her or visit her. She is focusing on serving the Lord. She is spending all of her days and weeks and months sharing her love and testimony of God. We only talk to her two times a year, Christmas and Mother’s Day. I won’t talk to Emily again till May. She’ll be home around the beginning of December of 2014.
Why am I able to let my baby leave home for 18 months and not talk to her everyday? Because I love the Lord. Because I know that there is not one other thing that Emily could be doing with her time right now that would be more beneficial to her, to our family, and to those whom she will meet and serve than what she is doing now.
After a wonderful Christmas morning, after presents and a yummy breakfast, after relaxing and movie watching, we had the highlight of the day! We were able to Skype with our Em. We had a blast talking to her. We laughed and cried, and it was the best Christmas Bonus we could have asked for!
I hope you were all able to spend the holidays with family and friends.
Most of all I hope that
the Savior was at the center of your celebration!
We were able to Skype with our missionary, Sister Emily!
It was definitely a highlight for me!!!
(I’ll add a post about that tomorrow.)
To start off… am exceedingly sorry I did not get to write you yesterday. They had switched our p-day to Tuesday and did not tell us until after we emailed on monday!
I went into my bedroom and this is what I saw. Tayzie laying on a pillow and the floor. I am amazed at the positions they can sleep in. What a cute pup!
Earlier today the daycare kids where on all fours in the living room. They were barking and playing with Tayzie. It got pretty noisy, but they were having a blast and so was Tayzie. She would run fast around them, then jump up on the couch, then back down again. The kids were all laughing. It was such a fun sight to see. Tayzie loves the daycare kids!
I’m so glad we have our sweet Tayzie!
The essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ entails a fundamental and permanent change in our very nature made possible through the Savior’s Atonement. True conversion brings a change in one’s beliefs, heart, and life to accept and conform to the will of God (see Acts 3:19; 3 Nephi 9:20) and includes a conscious commitment to become a disciple of Christ.
Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence. Any honest seeker of truth can become converted by experiencing the mighty change of heart and being spiritually born of God (see Alma 5:12–14). As we honor the ordinances and covenants of salvation and exaltation (see D&C 20:25), “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ” (2 Nephi 31:20), and endure in faith to the end (see D&C 14:7), we become new creatures in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Conversion is an offering of self, of love, and of loyalty we give to God in gratitude for the gift of testimony. -David A. Bednar
Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy
Emily, another Elder and the Branch Mission Leader doing the “thinking” face.
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