March 27, 2018


Loveland, Colorado


Elder Oates


Hey there y’all!
Well another week has passed here in the Colorado fort Collins mission. Things are still going great. The smiths are still preparing for baptism on the 10th, and we are starting to make some headway with another mother and daughter in the ward. Loveland is an amazing area! This past week we had the opportunity to go to the temple. I don’t remember if I mentioned that last week or not. But what an amazing opportunity to be in the House of the Lord! This week was full of service as well. We were able to help an older lady in our ward with a little bit of moving and we helped some members stain their deck which was a fun time. We also have Easter coming up! And it just so happens that this same weekend we have the opportunity to listen to general conference! What a blessing! We have living prophets and apostles who will speak to us and communicate strong, powerful, messages to bless our lives and provide us with direction. I strongly encourage you all to come prepared with questions and a prayer in your heart that they will be answered and I promise they will! I look forward to it!
This week I really want to touch on the principle of families. There are so many stories about families in the scriptures. The first one that comes to mind is Lehi’s vision of the tree of life. Once he had tasted of the delicious fruit(representative of the love of God) he desired that his family should partake of it also. He wanted his family to experience the same joy as he did. And some of them did. But he felt sorrowful when two of his sons, Laman and Lemuel would not partake. There is joy found in our families. The gospel of Jesus Christ blesses families. And our families are a gift from God for our benefit. Often times we take family for granted and try to fill our lives with friends and other people that we might think are more important. But my message today is that the blessing of having a loving family is one of the best blessings you could ever ask for. We don’t need to fill our lives with people who may not even be a part of our lives in the near future. You never know what might happen. But you will always have your family to turn to. Now that could mean your earthly family, your church family, or your father in heaven but all are family. And great love is found in all. So my invitation this day is to cherish and love and spend more time with your family. Because they are the only ones who will truly be there for you no matter what. I love you guys! Have a great week! And enjoy conference!

Elder Littlewood


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