Definitely a day to remember - 25 years!! Happy memorial day too.
Blake that's exciting you got your patriarchal blessing. Mine has helped so much on my mission. That's a good idea to memorize it.
Bryce I loved the arrangement of Come Thou Fount. I played it for the whole district. They thought it was beautiful. Elder Rushton says we should all start an a capella group called "Six Years Young." :) You'll have to send over Blake's rap for his school project on The Outliers. Good luck Bryce at BYU!
Ben, Braxton, & Brooks, that's good you are enjoying baseball & basketball season. Keep on dunking and hitting home runs. :D
Thanks for the updates you send every week. Life flies by so slow yet so fast! In all the years people've lived on this earth, I don't think anyone's fully understood how to master time. Only Christ. Neal A. Maxwell says it perfectly:
"I thank Him for His marvelous management of time, for never misusing a moment, including the moments of meditation. Even His seconds showed His stewardship."
This week went really well. Doing splits everyday awhile back makes me realize what a blessing it is to have a companion. And especially one as great as Elder Gwilliam. By the end of the day we are exhausted. But it's a good kind of exhausted. Missionary work is very fulfilling.
Quick funny story:
This week we've been trying to think of creative ways to share the Gospel to get members motivated. Brother Hardy came up with the idea to fill a bunch of balloons with helium and tie them to a Book of Mormon. He wrote his testimony of the Book of Mormon about how God loves all His children. Those in Jerusalem (as testified in the Bible) and those in America (as testified in the Book of Mormon). And especially that He loves YOU. (the receiver of the balloonB.o.M.) Then he let it go. We're kind of excited to see where it goes. He put his phone number in the book to follow up.
This week I have pondered a lot on the verse in 3 Nephi 12:6
"And blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost."
When we hunger and thirst, it means we don't have something. In this case, it's righteousness. God blesses us with the Holy Ghost even when we don't have righteousness but are striving for it. I think that applies to all Christlike attributes. When we strive for something with all our heart, God fills us with joy and peace. Because we are doing all we can.
It has been hard for each of those learning about the church to keep commitments, but I know they have a sincere desire to. Step by step, that desire will become action. Then they'll be able to feel the fruits of that action and in turnknow with certainty. Alma 32.
I know that Christ's church has been restored. I know Jesus Christ lives! I can't (yet-not till the Resurrection at least:) describe the joy that comes from seeing others come to that knowledge as well.
Thanks for all your prayers. I can feel them - they are answered. Please continue to pray for Mary, Darion, Rosa, Treasure, and Kamiko.