Saturday, May 28, 2016

Look To God and Live

Hola Y'all!!!

Well this week was pretty much amazing!!  I feel like I always say that, but i want yall to know that it is the truth!!  Life is just amazing, wonderful, and incredible!  Golly Im a missionary for goodness sake, what could I ask more.  
I want to start by saying that I love it here in Cedertown.  I love the people.  I love my companion.  I just love it!!  I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve and learn from the people here.  
Well Shirley got baptized this week!!  
The baptism was incredible.  So many people came out to support her, it was fantastic.  One of my most cherrished experiences of any baptism ive attended is singing the hymns.  There is such a special spirit that comes with singing at a baptism.  I just cant help but feel of my Savior's love for his children and feel so blessed to be a missionary.  I have NEVER experienced more joy in my life than ever before.  It is simply amazing!Shirley was just glowing with happiness and joy!

Okay so a couple of cool highlights from this week we had.  
1.  We got to go to the jail with the senior missioanry couple we serve with and teach the women there.  That was a really neat experience!!  We taught the Restoration both times and it was amazing that Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of his children.  Teaching those sisters was really special.  I couldn't help but feel love and hope for them.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for ALL and Jesus Christ made it possible for us ALL to make it back and live with him again.  We can be clean from our sins and mistakes.  We can experience joy and happiness.  We can make it back and live with our Heavenly Father again, but only through our Savior Jesus Christ.  Look to God and live.

2. A couple of weeks ago we met this neat lady and her husband in the store parking lot.  We gave them a pass along card and we asked if we could come by and teach them a message about Jesus Christ.  They agreed and on Tuesday we went and met with the Lady.  We had a member with us, which members are the best!  They make an instant friend and they bring such a sweet spirit with them when they come and share their testimonies with those that are investigating the church.  She accepted to hear the 5 lessons that we teach as missionaries.  And we taught the First lesson (The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ) that night.  Wow it was incredible!  She had great questions, and the spirit was so strong!  She accepted to be baptized if she came to know these things are true.  She told us that if this book(the Book of Mormon) was a blessing in her life then "why not."  she would be baptized.  When we shared our testimony promising her that Book would indeed serve as a blessing in her life, i couldnt help but feel my testimony grown of the Book of Mormon.  I know that the Book of Mormon is a blessing in our life.  It is a HUGE blessing in our life, and if we but open it daily we will see the blessings come.  When we open the Book of Mormon we are following the commandments.  Look to God and live.

3.The first week when i got here in Cedertown we were out trackting.  We werent having much luck and then we just said a prayer that we would meet someone in our path that day that would accept the gospel.  Then we met a guy on a bike named Odell.  I think i have talked about him before, but not sure haha!  He is the sweetest little old man ive ever met!!  He is taking the 5 lessons right now, and this week he accepted to be baptized on june 18!!!  He loves reading the Book of Mormon, and he just wants to do the right thing!!  I know that prayer works yall. I know that Heavenly Father will put prepared people in our paths.  All we have do is open our mouth.  All we did while he was riding his bike past was say, "hey do you have a minute?"  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is changing this mans life.  It is changing my life.  When we live the Gospel of Jesus Christ we change we find new life, we discover purpose.  Look to God and live.

I love being a missionary yall.  It is seriously just wonderful!  I also LOVE being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Today during my personal study i was studying in Alma 37.   I love this chapter and the previous chapter, its when Alma is talking to his son Helaman and there is just great council found in the Book of Mormon.  Something that really stood out to me was toward the end of the chapter in verse 41 it says "they were slothful, and forgot to exervise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey."  I thought about how we are all in a journey, a journey to make it back and live with our Heavenly Father again.  This journey we are on takes effort, it takes work.  Just like anything in life that is of worth, we have to work for it!  We have to show our earnest desire and want for it and then show that desire by working for it, setting goals and stretching ourselves.  What is our end goal?  To live with God, Jesus Christ, and our Families for eternity in a state of never-ending happiness.  How do we achieve that goal?  By living the Gospel of Jesus Chirst.  It is as simply as that.  but just like Alma councils "do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way." (verse 46)  Now hermana Stewart had to look up the word "slothful" because all i could think of when i read that word was Sid the Sloth off of the movie Ice Age.  The first defenition....slugardly.....nope still didnt get it.  The second defenition....idolently...still had not a clue.  The third...lazy!  Hot Dog!  Thats a word that we are all familiar with.  Laziness is such a trap we fall into, but "the way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever."

My companion and I did a demostration during companion study so that i could fully comprehend this principle.  I stood facing towards the wall (the wall was "Heavenly Father") and she stood closer to the wall but wasn't facing towards wall (Heavenly Father).  We are experiencing progression, joy, happiness, peace, when we are looking to God.  We look to God when we go to church each sunday and partake of the sacrament, when we open our scriptures daily and feast upon the words of Christ, when we say our prayers daily, when we keep the commandments.  Wow it was an amazing realization for me, and it doesnt matter where we are, what hardships we are going through, what we look like, how smart we are, how much money we have, as long as we are "looking to God."  I know that Heavenly Father loves us each so very much.  "his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round." (verse 12).  "yea, see that ye look to God and live." (verse 47) I know that if we look to God we will make it make to him and live in eternal happiness.

I hope yall have a wonderful week!!  I love yall so much and you are amazing!  Yall are such incredible examples to me.  Yall inspire me and uplift me.  Yall motivate me to want to be better.  Thank yall for that.  I hope that we all remember to always "look to God and Live."  
All my love and prayers,
Hermana Stewart

We went to Alabama again this week!!!  

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