Hello Family! (everyone is included in family, we're all brothers and sisters here )
Well, I'll just start out by saying, thank you so much for everything that you have done! It's been such an amazing experience to get to know so many of my wonderful brothers and sisters out here in Iowa :) it's amazing how the Lord puts us in the right places at the right times.
so I really don't have any great and last words, mainly because I am not that great and I don't have many words. But I will just leave you all with a relatively brief bit and testimony.
I have loved serving the Lord these last two years, I feel that I have been blessed beyond what I could have hoped for and especially what I deserve. I feel like King Benjamin describes in
Mosiah 2:24-25 "he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?
25 And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you."
this is true! The Lord has given us everything and we are and will always be indebted to Him. He loves us to much!! He wants us to be happy and joyful. He has given us a plan to follow Him which provides the way to happiness and eternal life, that way and plan is through Jesus Christ our Savior. I know that when we come unto Him and take the Spirit into our hearts that all things will work out for our good.
I also feel as Ammon said in Alma 26:16
"we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."
because of His great mercy we are all empowered to do and be the very best that we can. I know that Christ is our Savior and that He lives!! " and while he lives I'll sing!! He lives to wipe away my tears, he lives to calm my troubled heart, he lives all blessings to impart.
I know that this is true!! and I thank Him for allowing me to come to this understanding and for the blessing is has been to serve Him.
thank you all for your love!! thank you for everything that you do!! I hope and pray that all is well with you!!
pss I will be giving my homecoming talk in Ogden Ut at the Rock Cliff Stake center (any questions on directions just ask) at 9am on the27th of September... that's this next sunday. I'd love to see anyone and all there!! oh and there will be a lunch after church is over, if nothing else...come for the food (don't tell anyone, but that's what I'm doing...) I love you!!