Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014 - Baptism

Dear family and friends,

About 6 months ago we met a girl named C. She became one of my good friends. She was amazing and was so prepared and ready to come closer to God and get baptized. It was the most amazing experience of my life and some of my most joyful moments in life come from being with her. She sadly chose to take another path, and dropped us missionaries. That was a really hard time for me. I loved her. I knew and could see how the atonement of the Savior could clean her mortal baggage and bring her greater happiness. The day after we heard this I read in preach my gospel about hope because that is what I needed. It directed me towards this chapter in Hebrews. 

10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the beil;
 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

The words spoke to me. I was still heart broken and I did not quite understand why God could not  have changed this from happening and why my friend and sister chose a path that did not lead her to greater happiness. But I knew  that after faith and patience we Will inherit the promises. 

I did not quite understand what God was promising me in that scripture until this weekend. This weekend another women named C who I also love dearly made the choice to follow God and made a sacred covenant with God through baptism. 

I know this experience has etched into my soul a stronger faith and trust in Gods promised blessings.I  have had this greater understanding of the Lords love and His inability to lye. 

We can trust in the Lords promises to us. He can not lye. This is a life lesson I have learned and will cherish for eternity. 

I love God. He is all powerful. Trust in Him. 

love you all!
søster shaw

The Lord is not so focused on changing us. He is more focused on enhancing us.

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