|Sister Taylor and I in the tabernacle :)|
|I love this mission :) We got to take an organ tour, to go back stage to see just how all these beautiful instruments work, and I even got to play it!|
|Sister Godfrey had us all over for dinner and made SEVEN different desserts..I am so grateful for everything her and her family did for us and wish them the very best Christmas!|
Linda and Chuck were two people we met at Temple Square just last night who had learned to recognize the voice of the Lord in their own lives. Linda and Chuck are from Texas and have been converts to the church for just over 1 year. Linda laughed when she recounted the story of the persistent missionaries that would always come and knock on her door. Chuck said the first time he let the missionaries in, he was searching around his home for his shot gun while the missionaries talked in the door way outside. When Chuck and Linda finally agreed to meet with the missionaries, they said they felt a difference right from the beginning, but they continued to attribute it to something else. They would say, "oh, this warm feeling we feel is just the love we feel for these two Elders and the love they feel for us," or "this feeling is just coming because we are doing a service to them by listening to their message." They continued to attribute the voice of God, the Holy Ghost to something they thought they were more familiar with. As they met with the missionaries, they said that everything they heard started to sound more familiar, and it was then, they realized they were familiar with God.
This is something that we each do so very often. We think we aren't familiar with God, that we don't have a relationship with Him, and so we say that what we feel, what we hear is something else.
|I love having my amazing trainer, Sister Lin, back at Temple Square. I can't believe this is her last transfer!|
I was reading in the Old Testament in 1 Samuel 3 about the time Samuel was called of the Lord to do His work. In this account, we read that Samuel heard his name being called 3 times, each time thinking it was his Dad. He would probably think, "Okay, I need to go and talk with Dad." Each time we went down the hall to the room of his father to say, "Here am I, for thou didst call me," and his Father would reply, "I called not, my son; lie down again." The third time Samuel heard someone calling his voice, he approached his father once more, only this time, his father recognized it was the voice of the Lord and instructed his son to respond as it was God calling him.
I was amazed as I read this account and thought about Chuck and Linda. So often we hear a voice calling to us, a familiar voice, a comforting voice, yet we attribute it to something else. Really, we are all so familiar with God, that we could easily mistake His voice with the voice of our own Father; for He is indeed, the Father of our spirits.
So often our mind tries to trick us, to make us think this familiar voice is something else. When we had our mission tour just this last week, Elder Clark told us that while he was in Bolivia a woman stopped him and said, "You Americans, I could never live in your country. " He was completely taken back and asked the woman why she felt that way so strongly. She responded, "There you live with your minds, here we live with our hearts."
|To the Briggs Family---the huskies are everywhere! This is Kate, she is the daughter of the family who had us all over for dinner this week :)|
Let us all live with our hearts and recognize the God that calls out to each and every one of us each day. He calls to us not just as a collective group but as individuals, as His precious children. I know that I am His daughter, and when He calls my name, I know it. He is my Father, your Father and He can pick each of us out of a crowd. I wonder...can we pick Him out of a crowd? Look for Him this Christmas, think and feel with your hearts, and you will find Him.
SHOUTOUTS: Got to see Brother Cecil Samuelson at Target...that was amazing! My wonderful Briggs family, Robert Donakey, Brother & Sister Donakey, Mary, Becca, Barry and Sara Donakey, Zach Hansen, Karsen Yack, Sister Hill and Sister Rushing, Kurt & Megan Mooney, Jay & Taylor Winters, Matt Duke, Amy Briggs, Sister Blauer and the AMAZING Thomas family (thank you so much for your beautiful Christmas card! It really absolutely made my day!)
|We got to have dinner with a family, and they had the cutest dog named Sammy! Joy really is in the little things :)|