Sunday, October 30, 2016

Of Such Is The Kingdom

Hello, everyone! I Hope that you've been able to have a blessed week and can continue to see the hand of the Lord in your lives! May His grace always attend you. :) 

The Lord has blessed us this week to enjoy the company of His innocent children. The words of the Savior come to mind when He said, "suffer the children to come to me, for of such is the kingdom of God." This week, we were able to work with a lot of children. On Tuesday, we saw the baptism of a 9 year old boy with Autism, and the sweet love and spirit that surrounded everyone who got to witness the service. As he was baptized and confirmed, the power of godliness was certainly manifest. The next day, we were able to visit a less active family at the request of Bishop, only to find out that one of their children hasn't been baptized yet. As we taught about the Restoration and testified of Jesus Christ as our Brother, Savior, and Friend, it was a miracle to see his eyes light up in surprise. "He's really MY brother?" He seemed to say. At the end of the lesson, we committed the family to read from the Book of Mormon, and we gave the little boy a brand new copy of the Book of Mormon as a gift. From what we gathered, he's not too much of a reader, but he took and held that sacred book of scripture like it was precious. It was wonderful to see how precious it was to him, what it meant to him, although only 9 years old. Truly, children are able to feel the spirit strongly.

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In addition to those teaching appointments, we were able to have another lesson with Elmey, the 9 year old investigator scheduled to be baptized in 2 weeks. We had a fun lesson on taking care of our bodies as temples of the Lord, teaching the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity. As though the Lord would only have us teach children this week, we were asked to give the sharing time for primary on Sunday! We taught a fun lesson on prayer, and taught how we can talk directly to Heavenly Father and He will listen to us. The kids responded to our questions with great faith, and I could tell they were happy to be able to talk with our Heavenly Father directly, to know that He answers our prayers and loves us very much. I know that children are capable of feeling the spirit so strongly, and they can express in their simple way profound truth. I've found that what the Savior did among the Nephites still happens to us today; He looses the tounges of children that they can utter even greater things than we have imagined. Their faith is so simple, so trusting, and so inspiring. That we may all have the faith of little children and inherit the kingdom of heaven is my prayer, and my hope, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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I pray that you can have an excellent week and can continue to become more and more Christlike until the perfect day! :) My health is still not the best, but the Lord is certainly helping me a lot. :) I love you!

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