I love to see the Temple! The minute we pulled onto the street and saw the Hartford Temple I felt the Spirit. It is so beautiful. Walking through it was awesome. It is lovely in every way...full of light...and the most peaceful feeling. We loved seeing our NYNYN sisters who have had the opportunity to work at the Open House the past few weeks. I am so disappointed I failed to get a picture of all of them together. They are loving meeting so many different people and hearing of their experiences of touring the temple. There are many miracles!
I love this family of mine. My greatest desire is to live with them Eternally.
On Friday Elder Anthony D. Perkins joined us for the new missionary meeting. We love Elder Perkins. He serves in the North America Northeast Area Presidency and we are blessed to work closely with him. He brought a wonderful Spirit to the meeting. Having served as a young missionary and mission president in Taiwan he shared many experiences and insights to help these new missionaries and their trainers go forth with faith in doing the work of the Lord.
This week we also held the "What's next" meeting with the group of missionaries going home next transfer. This is a meeting to help them set goals, work on "my plan" and prepare for the transition of going home. It was a treat to have Elder Perkins also join us for this meeting.
We will miss the talents of Elder Richards when he leaves next transfer.
He is always so willing to play in any meeting he is asked!
William and I had a great time volunteering at the Food Pantry in Stamford CT run by the local Baptist Church. We joined our good friends, the Nash's and our awesome missionaries. The Stamford missionaries help out at the pantry every week. They are a huge part of its success.
Dave stopped by for a few minutes. Peter Wells, who helps run the pantry was happy to give him a tour and express his gratitude for the help of the missionaries.
My cousin David came to visit this week. It was such a treat to have him here. He recently lost his wife to cancer and is raising his 3 young boys alone. We laughed, cried and shared testimony of the beautiful plan of salvation. He is full of hope and peace knowing he made covenants in the Temple that bind his family for eternity. I am grateful for his strength and testimony. The storms of life come but when we are firmly rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ there is JOY!
"And now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
Savannah and Lauren practicing to sing with the Sisters in Sacrament Meeting this week!
I love the diversity of New York and the opportunities my children have to interact with people of many faiths and walks of life. This week we were invited to "break the fast" with our Jewish neighbors as they celebrated Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement. It warmed my heart as I drove home the other night and saw many members of our community leaving their Jewish Temple. I love when people live their faith!
This week we also had the wonderful privilege of attending the LDSPA (Latter-day Saint Professional Association) dinner. His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the Archbishop of New York was honored and received the Visionary Leadership Award. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave the keynote address. It was an incredible experience to be there. I have been a fan of Cardinal Dolan for many years as I often listened to him on the Catholic Channel. He is a man of faith who does so much to bring hope and healing to humanity. He is a good friend of the Church and expressed his hope that we will continue in "Solidarity" in defense of our Religious freedoms.
Some of the thoughts he shared...
"We need to be together in solidarity"
"Our combined faith should be a community"
"We hold, defend and proclaim our faith with love and respect for one another"
"Every issue that has made America great was religiously inspired"
"America will survive and prosper because of its freedom of religion"
Elder Holland had us all laughing as he shared stories of his Roman Catholic ancestors, meeting the Arch Bishop of Salt Lake City as a new Apostle and his friendship with Cardinal Dolan. He also spoke of the importance of Religious Freedom and joining together with our brothers and sisters of all Faiths.
|Photo cred: Mormon Newsroom|
|With Sister Dransfield who serves as a Public Affairs missionary with her husband and our friend, Sahar, a beautiful Muslim woman.|