Sis. E’s family is from ____, Washington. I believe they have an apple orchard. She is very patient with me as I learn. As I learn more of the language – and can talk more we grow closer.
The other day I shared the message at the member’s house after the lunch. I shared Alma 56:45-48 about the Army of Helaman and the power and gift that families have. It is something I was thinking about at the moment and something I’ve seen a lot in the families that we teach. I know that I have learned a lot from my family. . . Extended family too is something I’ve thought a lot about too, wondering if Grandma and Grandpa Bullen are some of the angels that are watching over me. That is a blessing promised in
D&C 84:88. Living in Alaska and Grandpa died when I was 3 and Grandma when I was 10 or 11. But when I gave a talk in the CTM on “Enduring to the End I” thought a lot about Grandma Bullen in ways that I hadn’t before. I know Grandma blessed lives through her callings in the Church. She was always so happy and loving are my memories of her.
I also want Dad to know how much I’ve appreciated his example through my life and the blessings he’s brought to the family through holding the Priesthood. I still remember practicing with Dad before my baptism. He’d step on my toes and dip me down, like he was dunking me. …
But, I promise, I don’t sit around all day thinking about the family. As much as I love you all, this is such a great work and I love the people here. I want everyone we teach to recognize the blessings the Gospel brings. But they have to do their part. You won’t receive an answer if you aren’t looking and how do you look? Prayer. I have had my testimony strengthened on prayer. First how important it is to pray with your companions/family and on your knees. Second, on the blessings and answer you can receive when you are specific. Reading the scriptures. I think the scriptures are one of the main reasons my testimony has stayed so strong through my youth. They are the words of God and should be read every day. People died and blood was shed over these sacred books.