Friday, June 3, 2016

Tender Mercies of the Lord

Happy Memorial Day! It has been such a wonderful day today! This
morning we were with Sister Vest, Sister Fuhriman, and Sister Matagi
to finish the art project that we started when I was with Sister
Fuhriman! It is so pretty and I'm so excited for it to be finished!
Then we had a Memorial Day picnic with our ward. The Overland Park 2nd
ward is such a special place and as I sat there, I looked around at
all the families and I was overwhelmed with love. I have grown so much
as I've served in this area and the members here have changed me so
much. I am so grateful for the chance that I had to serve them.

We focused a lot on finding this week and really strengthened our
relationship with the members. We have been focusing a lot on Courtnie
as well. She is doing really well with quitting smoking. She also is
reading her Book of Mormon and praying every single night which is
amazing. I know that reading and praying are two of the most important
things to build a solid foundation. She just needs to come to church

Something I notice every week, but especially this week, is how aware
the Lord is of each of us individually. He knows what each of us need
and He sends us those little tender mercies to remind us that He loves
us. I have been thinking about a talk given by Elder Bednar a few
years ago that was about tender mercies. Elder Bednar said, "The
simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of
the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times
in which we do now and will yet live. When words cannot provide the
solace we need or express the joy we feel, when it is simply futile to
attempt to explain that which is unexplainable, when logic and reason
cannot yield adequate understanding about the injustices and
inequities of life, when mortal experience and evaluation are
insufficient to produce a desired outcome, and when it seems that
perhaps we are so totally alone, truly we are blessed by the tender
mercies of the Lord and made mighty even unto the power of
deliverance." I know the Lord's tender mercies are real and they are
all around us!

The biggest tender mercy that I have experience this week is the peace
of mind that I have had as I have been so anxious about my brother
leaving on his mission. I think it's a big sister thing, but I've been
very anxious about him leaving and me not being there and knowing I
won't see him for 3 years...but the Lord gave me the assurance that
this is how everything is supposed to be and that Tanner and the rest
of my family will be blessed. Heavenly Father is truly so wonderful.

I hope you have a wonderful week! It's transfer week here in the MIM,
so we will see what happens! Talk to you all next week! Love you!

Some Jehovah Witnesses decided to check up on our investigator  #accaawkward

Working on the project

This is the tapestry!   We started writing the names on the leaves this morning and will finish it tomorrow!

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