Barev dzez family!
It was so good to see you and talk to you! I have to admit, I was also a little nervous to use skype, I wasn't sure how I would respond, but it was so good! I am so grateful to the technology we have! How wonderful that we can talk clear across the world!
It sounds like the rest of the weekend was good! What a small world that Dad's cousin's daughter ran into Steve and Julie-what a tender mercy! Sis. Beal and I were talking today about how neat it is to find those connections-and what a small world it is, since the connections seem to come so often! I love how evident the Lord's hand is in our lives! Be sure to give Kris, Marinda, and Camryn a big squeeze!
We don't have much time to write today-we had to go to Yerevan so Sis. Bailey could sign something to renew her visa. And since you basically know all the goings on here....there's not much to say. But, yesterday at church one of the members of the district presidency came and spoke in our branch-he spoke about charity. I've decided to study charity this week-will you all study it too and tell me what you learn?
This past week there's been a couple of things I've been thinking about-I studied a bit about obedience and the role it plays in our lives-as a missionary, but it definitely applies everywhere. As I've studied the scriptures I've come to feel and learn how important it really is, to be exactly obedient, and to always be tuning up-since there is always more we can do to become like our Savior. And how truly amazing our Savior is, since it is only through His power that we are even able to become like Him (through His grace). I love how our obedience is an outward way we show the Lord that we are willing and committed to follow Him-and it is through each choice to follow that we are becoming as we should. Choosing wrong does the same thing, but in the opposite direction-where every choice that goes against the commandments leads us away from our Father and Savior-and we become less like them. Always a consequence. I love this scripture in Mosiah 2 And behold, all that he arequires of you is to bkeep his commandments; and he has cpromised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth dvary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do ekeephis fcommandments he doth bless you and prosper you.