September 8, 2014

hola mi norte americanos!

well, i have a few weeks to catch up on…..

so this week was just great!

HERMANA ROGERS COMPLETED ONE YEAR ON THE MISSION.
can you believe it?
i seriously can’t.

this week i have reflected again and again upon this year that I have completed and I must say it has been the hardest but most rewarding year of my life. i would not change a single thing that has happened because i know it has helped me and shaped me into who the lord wants me to be.

i was talking with my daughter one day and giving her advice on how to have confidence in the Lord so that she can kick her fear of contacting people. She told me how she wanted to be like me: fearless of anyone, always smiling even when people reject the message, and courageous to tell them the things the lord puts in my mouth. i have contemplated on this a lot and have realized that i have completed this by putting my trust in the lord, knowing what my responsability as a missionary is, and loving these people and the lord too much to keep quiet. i have come to know that if i truly love the lord, i will do anything and everything to show my love. a living apostle has talked about a passage…at this moment i cant remember where….about how if we do not keep the commandments of god…and ALL of them….we are actually showing the lord that we love satan more than him. when i read this it truly hit me. the lord gives us commandments to be happy and if i choose not to follow them i am really choosing to follow satan and reject the love and happiness the lord is offering.

honestly, i feel as if right now i am finally getting misisonary work and how to succeed in missionary work. The only thing i feel i need to do is get rid of the limits i have on myself and consecrate all to the lord. i want to kick the boundaries that i have on myself and let the lord use me.
elder alonzo from the quorum of the seventy visited our mission this week and ihave to say i have never been in a more spiritual meeting in my life! i seriously could have heard a needle fall on the ground it was so quiet. elder alonzo is just a pure stud and a great example of a true servant of the Lord. At one point he was talking to us and just stopped and said, “i feel i need to speak about something else.” and starting talking about when the apostles went back to fishing after the savior left them. he told us that the lord will always help us in our journey if we let him, and he will show us the difference from good things to GREAT things in our lives.
i truly know with all of my heart that the thomas s monson, his counselors, the 12 apostles, the quorums of the 70 and all leaders are called of god. anyone who talks or listens to them will be able to know this too. i am proud to raise my hand and sustain these people who the lord has called to help us on our journey of life!

here are some things that elder alonzo said:

MAKE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE. DONT WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO TELL YOU OR GIVE YOU A RULE.

THE LORD WILL BLESS ME EACH DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE BY THAT WHICH I DO AND HAVE DONE ON MY MISISON.

TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY
PRAYERS OF THANKS

WE DONT DO PRAYERS…..WE PRAY AND TALK WITH OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
WE GIVE HIM AN INFORM ON WHAT WE WILL DO AND WHAT WE DID.

IN WHAT WAYS ARE WE GIONG TO REMEMBER OUR SAVIOR? WHAT ACTIONS ARE WE GOING TO DO TO REMEMBER HIM ALWAYS?

DO NOT INTENT TO DECLARE MI ATONEMENT WITHOUT FIRST SEEKING TO OBTAIN IT.

WE SAY COME UNTO CHRIST NOT GO TO CHRIST.

WE LITERALLY REPRESENT CHRIST. BELIEVE IT.
elder alonzo gave us the opportunity to right promises to our heavenly father. promises that we would keep for the rest of our missions and the rest of our lives. i encourage each and everyone of you to make covenants and promises to our heavenly father and keep them. in this way we show our love for him and acknowledge that we are giving all to him.

remember,
we are not members of this church solely to have happiness and joy. everyone in every church…everyone in their own way can justify their happiness. we are members of this church to make and keep sacred covenants that enable us to return and live forever with our heavenly father and savior. we are members of this church to live with our families for eternity.
this is the truth.
this is the only way.

this is His Church. this is His Gospel.

i love you all so much.

con mucho amor,
sister whitney

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