Monday, February 17, 2014

The Plan of Salvation

So this week was pretty darn dandy. We saw a lot of miracles, probably the best of which was another trip to the temple that's one every month happy happy happy!!!

(this is the most normal of the pictures that we took with the district... those elders)
Then on Friday it was Valentine's Day! Which was a perfectly normal day..... except we ate some awesome cups of dirt (AKA pudding and Oreos) provided by my lovely Mamie (it's a cup with dirt in it! I call it cup of dirt). Exciting.

And then (sorry don't have a cool picture for this one) we got a referral from the elders that work in Mustang (google it) that one of their investigators that really wants to get baptized is moving into our ward so would we please help her move and then teach her and then baptize her? Sure we can do that! We grabbed some men to help lift things and we got her truck (which took her like 2 days to pack) cleared out in about 2 hours. Nobody moves like the Elder's Quorum. Plus all of our members were super friendly and invited her to pretty much every single activity that the ward is having ever. That's the way to do it! So hopefully we can start teaching her (she lives like 20 miles away... ouch) and she loves our ward and the gospel!
Also this week we found out that one of our investigators (kind of my favorite investigator to be honest) passed away. He was the really open-minded Baptist preacher named Hugh. I loved teaching him because it was challenging and he had such a strong desire to learn. However, Heavenly Father called him home, and how can I argue with that? This has caused me to reflect on the Plan of Happiness that governs our lives. The simple truth of the matter is that this life is not everything. It can't be. In the Book of Mormon we learn that "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors." (Alma 34:32) What does that mean? We are here to PREPARE. What are we preparing for? ETERNITY! So it is not everything, but it is essential. We came to this earth to learn and grow and stretch and gain experience so that one day, much like the servants in the parable of the talents (see Matthew 25:14-30, or watch this video) we can go before our Lord and hear him say "well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou in the joy of thy Lord". So with that in mind, what are we doing with our lives? Are we using our talents? Are we preparing? If not, I would encourage you to prepare, because "ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh" (Matt 25:13). I'm grateful for the opportunity that I had to help Hugh Taylor prepare for further instruction in the Spirit World, and I hope that he accepts the true gospel there.
I'm grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary, especially for the ups and downs. I know that I am growing stronger through this experience in ways that never would have been possible otherwise. Love you all. Thanks for your support, love, mail, and prayers.
Con mucho cariño,
Hermana Holloway
PS: did you notice how I'm gettin' all fancy with those hyperlinks? Technology has been conquered!
PPS: here's a moonrise. If you know me well at all you will know that I LOVE moonrises. Especially in the country (and the beach, and pretty much everywhere)

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