Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016 The great thing about the gospel is that we get credit for trying, even if we don't succeed. Jeffrey R. Holland

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"You can have what you want or you can have something better."
Jeffrey R. Holland

 It was "transfer time" once again on Monday.
Now that the weather is getting warmer it seems that our missionaries prefer to "meet and greet" outside in the Mission Office parking lot before they pick up and set off with their new companions on to a new adventure.


As I stated earlier it was transfer time and as a result oftentimes we have to "whitewash" an area and place Sister Missionaries where Elders once were.  Well long story short, the apartment that the sisters had recently been assigned had been occupied by Elders for a very, very, very long time. They needed some help to de-clutter and the Assistants and the Elders who had previously lived in the apartment, along with their new companions, really stepped up, rolled up their sleeves and made the sister's new home SHINE!
 Accidents happen!
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We received a call requesting a new bed for one of our Sister Missionaries.
  Over the course of time the box spring slates had broken and the bed now slipped from the bed frame making a good night sleep near impossible.  With the help from a neighbor and a few well placed aluminum splints the box spring was good as new. Sweet dreams!
 On Thursday the Mission President held a special training session for all of our District Leaders, Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders-the "cream of the crop" 
in the Idaho Boise Mission.
 The Mission Office parking lot needs to be labeled with a sign stating 
"ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK".  People speed through the parking lot very much like 
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                     "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!
Unfortunately two of our sister missionaries were involved in a minor fender bender this week when someone behind them failed to come to a complete stop.  No injuries were reported and the driver left the scene with well wishes and a copy of the Book of Mormon.
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 Our grandson, Dax, had a baseball game on one of our free nights so who could resist a ballpark hot dog and watching him slide safely into home plate.
Our oldest daughter, Andi, also had a birthday so we shouted hooray and helped her celebrate with cake and ice cream and of course watching her blow out her birthday candle after making a wish.

 Well one of Andi's wishes was to remove the couch upstairs in the loft to prepare for some bedroom renovations-done! 

 Word on the streets is that it really is spring in Idaho and my daffodils and tulips have finally been convinced.  The weather was so nice this weekend that we even went so far as to construct a raised bed garden in hopes of fresh vegetables in the future. However, we were strongly counseled to not even think about planting until after Mother's Day so we must be patient yet again.

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"May we ever choose the harder right, instead of the easier wrong!"
President Thomas S. Monson

 As many of you know it was General Conference this weekend.What is General Conference one might ask? General Conference is a gathering of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints (LDS Church), held semiannually every April and October at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. During each conference, members of the church gather in a series of two-hour sessions to listen to sermons from church leaders.The sessions are broadcast worldwide in many languages, primarily through local and international media outlets, and over the Internet. It is very much like the best of Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. Although the gifts received are not physical in nature, but rather spiritual, always encouraging and uplifting and the feast is not food for the body, but more like food for the soul.

Among many of the things that we learned today; as of December 2015 there are currently over 15 million members of the Church, 418 Missions, over 257,000 converts, and 74,079 full time missionaries currently serving!  Our Prophet also announced that four new temples were to be built; in Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Peru. His work is hastening!
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 "I'd listen to (Elder Holland) read ingredients off a cereal box." This comment -made on one of Elder Holland's Facebook posts about general conference-sums up how most members of the Church feel when they see Elder Holland approach the pulpit." 
LDS Living
(Me included)
It's difficult to pick out just one talk out of all the amazing conference addresses the past two days and call it my favorite, but listening to the Prophet and then hearing the closing comments from Apostle, Jeffrey R. Holland, make it impossible.

I will say that Elder Holland tells it like it is, without any sugar coating.He addresses modern problems attacking sin but uplifting and enlightening the sinner.  He is truly inspired and gives counsel that is needed exactly when it is needed.  Basically he speaks to my heart each and every time and I love and appreciate him more than I can express.

"Keep Loving. Keep Trying. Keep Trusting. Keep Believing. Keep Growing.
Heaven is Cheering You On Today, Tomorrow and 
Jeffrey R.Holland

 Have a wonderful week and just remember:

The great thing about the gospel is that we get credit for trying, even if we don't succeed. Jeffrey R. Holland

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