Sunday, June 5, 2016

June 6, 2016 The Lord Can Work Through Us

"I speak unto you with the voice of my Spirit, that I may show unto you my will concerning your brethren in the land of Zion."

Doctrine and Covenants 97:1
Elder Ohman and Marin cleaning up before they move to another home-
exact obedience brings miracles!

T-minus fifteen days until the big Idaho Boise Mission boundary changes. 
We are both excited and sad as we contemplate saying good bye to some old friends and saying hello to some new friends. The change means more road trips which will be fun, but the distance will also present it's own challenges. We are thankful that we have had some experience in serving in a mission that took up a a large geographical area and know that if we have faith, WE CAN DO HARD THINGS-with the Lord's help.
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Full-time missionaries, Ward Missionaries and we were recently 
called to teach the Sunbeam class-all nine of them!

 Let us just say that serving a mission from your home is not for light weights.  
It is exhausting (at times) to work all day in the Mission Office and in the field moving missionaries; furniture; making necessary missionary home repairs; being on call just in case of a problem; and then tending to your own home, it's upkeep and needed repairs.

In 2 Thessalonians 3:13 we are admonished:
"But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing."

This great cause in which we are engaged will continue to go forth, changing and blessing lives with or without us and we are grateful to have chosen to be be a small part of hastening the Lord's work. 
Before curbs...

We all know that we are supposed to be good examples.  
But did you know that the best ways to really be effective missionaries is, first; be available, then second; have faith and open your mouth to allow the Spirit to decide which words we will speak? 

We have discovered recently that simply by working in our yard, hot, dirty and humble, we have had more opportunities to get to know our neighbors and for them to get to know who we are and what we stand for than by any other way. 
We can truly testify that the words we speak, the way we treat others, and the way we live our lives all impact effectiveness.
After curbs... 
 "When communication skills are accompanied by spirituality, the Lord can work through his servants to accomplish his purposes."
Thomas S. Monson
Crib down, bedroom emptied, getting ready to set up bunk beds 
for our company coming in July!
New Trainer's Meeting
 Sister Christensen worked her magic at the New Trainer's luncheon. 
We had lots of rice left over from a previous missionary luncheon and she used it to create fried rice to accompany the chicken tenders and Asian sesame salad. Delicious!!! 

 Grandparent Corner

Dax's baseball team won second place in the league championships!
Kahlen just "being awesome".
Sam, Jake and Wade in Santa Cruz-missing us!

When we let the Lord be our guide in developing communication skills, He can help us be humble, to present ourselves to the right people at the proper time and in an atmosphere where we will be trusted and worthy of a listening ear.

Have  a cool week as the temperatures begin to rise!

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