|Sister Lacey and Sister Parker traveling back from Mission Leadership Council|
Hello everyone! This week has been AMAZING! Before I go on I would
just like to say my prayers go out to the families affected in the
shooting so close to home. I'm grateful for the knowledge that God has
a perfect plan for all of us. Two of my favorite scriptures in Alma
about this topic say this,
"12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their
kindred, yet they rejoice and exult in the hope, and even know,
according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell
at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.
13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin
and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the
cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.
14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the
vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and
also of rejoicing--sorrow because of death and destruction among men,
and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.
...behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he
doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do
this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts, that
the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be
just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against
them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day."
I'm so great fun for the opportunity to be laboring here in Japan.
This is a special part of the Lord's vineyard. There's definitely a
lot of work to do but I know hat the Lord is working right beside me.
I went to Tokyo this week for MLC and learned so much. The Naganos are
amazing people and have so much love. As a mission, we are really
trying to become more consecrated. Everything we have is from God and
we are able to live again because of our Savior. We can never repay
Him back completely. As missionaries we serve with all of our might
and strength but the harder part is with our mind and heart. The only
thing that the Lord does not have is our mind and heart, everyone not
just missionaries. If we truly love Him and accept His will, we can
pay our Savior back just a little bit more. I know that "God so loved
the world" and all of His children that He provided a way for us to
return. If we are righteous and follow the Savior "with full purpose
of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with
real intent, repenting of our sins... Wherefore, ye must press forward
with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope,
and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press
forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end,
behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life... This is
the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven
whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this
is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God,
The Savior is the only way we can receive eternal happiness. The end
is coming nearer and I know we need to be prepared. I know President
Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's beloved prophet graciously given to us
to lead and guide us through this world. The Book of Mormon is the
true word of God and if we follow its teaching we will know how to be
happy and have hope. I love you all so much! We have great reason to
rejoice even in times of sadness. You are all in my prayers!
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