Thursday, March 17, 2011
It is pretty neat to have so much time to study the scriptures -- and pray. When Polly was on her mission in Peru, I quickly learned to 'have a prayer in my heart' - always. But now I get to actually kneel several times a day and read and study the scriptures every morning and most evenings - at least a little bit. So many of the Book of Mormon passages are about missionary work, and the Doctrine and Covenants - - although I have read them multiple times before, and taught them to others, now when I have the opportunity to spend 24/7 working for the Lord, they have a different meaning. For example, Doc. & Cov. 1:1 - "Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together." Really didn't catch that "...islands of the sea..." until I'm here on one of them!! Also Alma17:11, talking about missionary 'long suffering', 19:35 importance of baptism, 22:1 - being 'led by the spirit' and 28:8 - gospel is "for all nations" - and I could go on and on. Dearly love this gospel of the Son of God and all the happiness it brings to those who are obedient to it - dearly love my companion and all the missionaries serving throughout the whole world. I find it very interesting that the Sendai zone was 35 miles inland from the coast at a Mission Zone Conference when the big waves hit. The Lord loves ALL His children and wants ALL to return to Him. Wow - that sounds like preaching, I'd better quit!
love, Sister Smith P.S. fun flowers from Chile bookmark from Lindsey!