Hello everyone!!! This has been such an amazing week!
We had our fireside! It was called “Stronger Than We Know” and it was amazing! We had over 50 people show up!!! (which is amazing when we only get like 30 at church on a good day). Sister Hughes did an amazing job with her presentation. It was about her family’s struggle and overcoming the sadness of cancer. Her father passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and so it was a slideshow about how she and her family overcame trials and lessons they learned. It was wonderful! And there was music interspersed in it. Dexter Neilson and I sang “You Know Better Than I”, Cori and Hyrum Neilson sang “Come Thou Fount”, Sister Hughes sang “Hold On the Light Will Come”, and Russ Lubrick our AWESOME Pentecostal friend sang “How Great Thou Art”. It was SUCH an amazing and uplifting and spiritual experience!
One of our zone leaders and our district leader are on an exchange and they are working one of the sketchier parts of OUR area this week, and so they were both in attendance. Elder Miehe, our zone leader, was crying, and Elder Smith, our district leader, was shedding a few tears. It was just… SO good. Wonderful experience!
I read something this morning that I really loved, and I wanted to share it with you all…..
“What you are is God’s gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I really liked that!! We are each unique and have specific talents and qualities that only we possess. And who we are is a gift. It’s what we choose to do that is our gift to God. Sister Hughes and I were talking this week, about how the ONLY way we can give God something, is by how hard we work. We are nothing compared to Him, and without Him, we are nothing. And He doesn’t need us to give Him anything as our gift, except our heart, and how dedicated we are. So it really is what we choose to do with what He has blessed us with that allows us to show our gratitude to Him. As we obey His commandments, and repent daily, and share the gospel with others, we are showing our love for our Heavenly Father.
I watched a Mormon message this week called Earthly Father, Heavenly Father, and it was so good… and at the end, it says
“Of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to Deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father.”
I love that so much! He truly is our loving Heavenly Father!! I’m beginning, ever so slowly, to understand what that means for me in my life! I know that He loves each of us and is there for us all the time! I’m so grateful for this knowledge, and for the gifts He has given me. And as I serve with my might, I pray I’m giving Him back even 1/100 of what He gives me.
I love you all!!! Have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Arbon