July 29, 2016
|(I look so happy)|
So, today is day 500.
Where has the time gone? I love my mission. (I know, this sounds like all my other emails.) This week is the last week of Pageant, and it's crazy to know the summer will soon be winding down.
random from when my fam bam was here!
The Nauvoo sisters from last summer came to visit!!!!!!!
Such a tender reunion.The Nauvoo Sisterhood is real, and can't be broken
This week we had an incredible thunder storm, a miracle phone call completely prompted and led by the Spirit and, as always, we met amazing people with powerful stories.
I've recently been reading from Jesus the Christ, and have found a power in understanding the Historic and Political context during the birth of Jesus Christ. When everything else in my life is in a whirlwind, He is constant. He truly is our Savior--my Savior.
I love you all! :-)
"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship. . . . It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. . . . Your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses."“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day.”
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self—all your wishes and precautions—to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call “ourselves,” to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be “good.” We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way—centred on money or pleasure or ambition—and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do.
“You say the materialist universe is ‘ugly.’ I wonder how you discovered that! If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it you don’t feel at home there? Do fish complain of the sea for being wet?”
It was said by the Scottish minister, George MacDonald, that love of one’s neighbor is “the only door out of the dungeon of self.”
"Happiness leaves no bad after-taste, it is followed by no depressing reaction; it calls for no repentance, brings no regret, entails no remorse; pleasure too often makes necessary repentance, contrition, and suffering; and, if indulged to the extreme, it brings degradation and destruction."
-James E. Talmage
-James E. Talmage