Tuesday, November 1, 2016

So much to catch up on...

Zone Conferences  
We completed Zone conferences last week with Stanford and Yorktown on 
Monday and Manhattan Central and North zones on Tuesday.

Welcome to Elder and Sister Pothier (on the Right).  They are serving in the Employment Center

The Relief Society Sisters in Manhattan are always so willing to provide lunch for the missionaries!

On Wednesday Dave and I left for our bi-annual Mission President Seminar.  This is an opportunity to meet with the Mission Presidents and their wives that serve in the Northeastern part of the United States.  For 3 full days we are taught by General authorities.  Attending our seminar this past week were Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Elder Gerrit W. Gong, Elder Anthony D. Perkins, Elder Randall K. Bennett, Elder Peter F. Meurs and their lovely wives.  It is always such an uplifting inspiring weekend.  Dave and I came away so grateful for our missionaries, their obedience, and the wonderful blessings we are seeing in the mission right now.

Visitor Center and Chapel- Priesthood Restoration Site

As part of our Seminar we toured the Priesthood Restoration Site and the beautiful Susquehanna River, in what was once known as Harmony Pennsylvania.  My love for the Prophet Joseph and his wife Emma grew in leaps and bounds.  They sacrificed so much, their life was never easy, yet they always remained true and faithful.  Today we enjoy all the blessings of the Priesthood, including the sealing power that blesses families.  The work of Salvation is ultimately about families being sealed together in the Temple for time and all eternity.  I am also grateful for Oliver Cowdery and the role he played in acting as scribe for Joseph during the work of translation.  Of this time Oliver wrote "these were days never to be forgotten-to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, 'interpreters,' the history or record called 'The Book of Mormon'."

I can only imagine how Joseph and Oliver felt as with each day of translation they learned gospel truths, the plan of salvation, and what a person must do to one day return and live with the Savior and our Heavenly Father.

How grateful I am for their courage, despite so many obstacles, in finishing the work the Lord called them to do.  I love the Book of Mormon and know it is another testament of Christ, written for our day!

Our group of 8 that entered the MTC together and began serving in July 2015.  We have become dear friends in such a short time, especially since we only see each other twice a year.  It is always a boost for me to be with them knowing they understand our "mission life".


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