Date

July 17, 2017

Area

Esperanza

Companion

Hermana Maxfield

God is loving, but just!

Hey everyone!

Hope everyone had a great week last week. We had a Sister Conference on Wednesday and it was awesome!! They fed us really well spiritually and physically haha. I learned SO many things. Then we ended up teaching some really cool people that are prepared for this gospel. Good news though is that Sarais is getting baptized this Saturday with the mute woman that contacted us last transfer. We are so EXCITED!!

Here are some things I learned this week... In Ether 2 verses 14 and 15 it talks about how the brother of Jared was trying to do what the Lord wanted hime to do, but then after 4 years he came and talked to him again for 3 hours telling him how he could have done better. It says, ¨14 And it came to pass at the end of four years that the Lord came again unto the brother of Jared, and stood in a cloud and talked with him. And for the space of three hours did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared, and chastened him because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord.
15 And the brother of Jared repented of the evil which he had done, and did call upon the name of the Lord for his brethren who were with him. And the Lord said unto him: I will forgive thee and thy brethren of their sins; but thou shalt not sin any more, for ye shall remember that my Spirit will not always strive with man; wherefore, if ye will sin until ye are fully ripe ye shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord. And these are my thoughts upon the land which I shall give you for your inheritance; for it shall be a land choice above all other lands.​

I was feeling like some of my leaders were just picking on me and my weaknesses, but Heavenly Father showed me just what I needed to see in these scriptures. I cannot imagine how the brother of Jared felt with the Lord talking to him for 3 hours, but the brother of Jared changed his attitude and changed his ways. He was humble. Then he called unto the Lord and he forgave him for what he had done. Then he gave him the promise that he could have the Spirit with him as long as he was pure and didn´t sin. ​

Another scripture that I found was in Doctrine and Covenants 95 verse one that says: Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you—​
That is so true. Our Father in Heaven loves us so He chastens us. We learn through that chastisement to be more like His son and overcome temptations. This past week has been a growing week and as I have humbled myself to change for the better, I have become truly who my Father in Heaven wants me to be.

Now, I am going to share a talk by President Uchtdorf called Forget me not. He starts our saying, "A while ago I was walking through a beautiful garden with my wife and daughter. I marveled at the glory and beauty of God’s creation. And then I noticed, among all the glorious blooms, the tiniest flower. I knew the name of this flower because since I was a child I have had a tender connection to it. The flower is called forget-me-not." Then he goes on to talk about five petals of the forget me not.

1 Forget not to be patient with yourself.
I want to tell you something that I hope you will take in the right way: God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It’s wonderful that you have strengths. And it is part of your mortal experience that you do have weaknesses.
God wants to help us to eventually turn all of our weaknesses into strengths, 1 but He knows that this is a long term goal. He wants us to become perfect, 2 and if we stay on the path of discipleship, one day we will. It’s OK that you’re not quite there yet. Keep working on it, but stop punishing yourself.

​2 Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice. An acceptable sacrifice is when we give up something good for something of far greater worth.

3 Third, forget not to be happy now. So many people today
are waiting for their own golden ticket—the ticket that they believe holds the key to the happiness they have always dreamed about. For some, the golden ticket may be a perfect marriage; for others, a magazine-cover home or perhaps freedom from stress or worry.

There is nothing wrong with righteous yearnings—we hope and seek after things that are “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy." The problem comes when we put our happiness on hold as we wait for some future event—our golden ticket—to appear. If we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us. This is not to say that we should abandon hope or temper our goals. Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes and hearts to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life. The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments.

​4 Fourth, forget not the “why” of the gospel. When we understand why our Heavenly Father has given us this pattern for living, when we remember why we committed to making it a foundational part of our lives, the gospel ceases to become a burden and, instead, becomes a joy and a delight. It becomes precious and sweet. seek out the majesty, the beauty, and the exhilarating joy of the “why” of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The “what” and “how” of obedience mark the way and keep us on the right path. The “why” of obedience sanctifies our actions, transforming the mundane into the majestic. It magnifies our small acts of obedience into holy acts of consecration.

​5 Fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you. As a child, when I would look at the little forget-me-nots, I sometimes felt a little like that flower—small and insignificant. I wondered if I would be forgotten by my family or by my Heavenly Father. You are not forgotten.

Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love. The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. If you will only allow His divine love into your life, it can dress any wound, heal any hurt, and soften any sorrow. My dear Relief Society sisters, you are closer to heaven than you suppose. You are destined for more than you can possibly imagine. Continue to increase in faith and personal righteousness.​

That talk really touched me, coupled with those two scriptures and I hope it touches you all too. Heavenly Father is just so amazing to give us personal revelation. I hope we never forget that we have a potential more than we can imagine and we should live up to it and give ALL of ourselves to the Lord.

Sorry that I don´t have lots of pictures this week, nothing really happened. I attached one from the Women´s Conference that we had and it rained really hard here one day so we had to walk through some nasty water.

Have a great week,
Hermana Maikoski




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