Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter, General Conference and happenings this past week


Happy Easter! I love this holiday because of all it represents.  The Savior lives and because he lives we will live again after death.  All those whom we have loved, who have left this mortal life,
 are only separated from us for a time.  Death is not the end.

I Love these words from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.
But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.
No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.
I testify to you that the Resurrection is not a fable. We have the personal testimonies of those who saw Him. Thousands in the Old and New Worlds witnessed the risen Savior. They felt the wounds in His hands, feet, and side. They shed tears of unrestrained joy as they embraced Him."

On Thursday we met with 8 missionaries who will be training this next cycle.  
We look forward to welcoming their companions on Monday.

On Friday we held MLC at the Scarsdale Chapel.  Dave's parents were in town for 
a brief visit on their way home from serving in the Finland Helsinki Temple.  
We invited them to share testimony with the missionaries.  

"Mummi" as my kids call her, felt more comfortable speaking in her native tongue, Finnish,
and invited Elder Ihalmo to translate for her.  

On Saturday morning we invited the Westchester Zone missionaries to the mission home for
 "Waffles with Westchester" prior to the beginning of General Conference.  
This is a fun tradition in the mission that we have carried forward.

General Conference fills me up!  I loved hearing from and sustaining our new Prophet.  How blessed we are to live at this time and to help prepare for the Savior to return.  I echo President Nelsons blessing at the last session:  May we be blessed with increased faith, a greater ability to follow and raise our voice in testimony!

It was exciting to sustain Elder Gong and Elder Soares as new Apostles.  We have a great love for Elder Gong and all the support he has given to the NYNYN mission the past 2.5 years.  At one of our seminars his wife was asked to describe him in one word.  She chose "kindness".  I could not agree more.  He is so genuine, loving, thoughtful and kind.  Our family has been blessed to be the beneficiaries of the kindness of both he and Sister Gong on several occasions.  We look forward to learning from him as an Apostle.  

This is a little poem I memorized years ago that came to my mind in regards to Elder Gong...

"I have wept in the night at my shortness of sight
that to somebody's need left me blind.
But I never as yet felt a twinge of regret
for being a little too kind."
-CR Gibson

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