Week 6: Staying in Ellsworth!

2.24.14

 

Well hello family and friends!

 This week was alright, again. But it’s definitely taking a turn for the better! I will be staying in Ellsworth with Sister Bickel for another transfer, I’m almost halfway done (WHAT?) and I’ve learned some AWESOME things in the last couple of days!

First off, I want to say congratulations to one of my best friends, Ashley, who will be welcoming a new addition to her family in July. That was some weird but WICKED AWESOME news to find out on this beautiful morning! 

 Alrighty. We had some sweet experiences this week! So on Wednesday at our district meeting, we had the zone leaders, Elder Crane and Elder Badger, and the Sister Training Leaders, Sister Sowards and Sister Cowley there. We talked about the Spirit and His role in our lives as missionaries, as well as the importance of prayer. I learned a LOT and have already seen the blessings as I’ve done my best to change my ways so I can better recognize the promptings I receive from prayers and other experiences. As long as I can keep that going, the rest of my mission (and life) will be fabulous! I absolutely love that we can receive promptings from the Spirit to guide us through life and help us to know what we need to be doing in order to improve, come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and to become more like Them. It truly brings me greater happiness and is SUCH a blessing to be able to know what to do with my life. 🙂

At lunch, we played “the floor is lava”. Meaning, we weren’t allowed to touch the floor. So most of us just hop on the counters or chairs or tables that were around the kitchen. Elder Badger, however, jumps on the serving cart, which has wheels. He then proceeds to push himself around the kitchen and when he goes by Elder Crane, who is 6’7″, Elder Crane jumps on, too. Let me tell you. The next ten or 15 minutes were the best 10-15 minutes of my life. It was the funniest thing I’ve EVER seen. They took chairs and used them for “oars” to get around. Then they had some troubles getting over the bump when the tile switched to carpet. Then, Elder Crane bails and hops across the kitchen on a chair. BEST. LUNCH. EVER. It really was super entertaining. A couple of missionaries got videos, which won’t be posted until after they’re home, which won’t be until at least July. Soooo, you’ll have to be patient with that. Because it’s hilarious. Elder Crane and Elder Badger are the funniest companionship anyone’s ever seen. It’s terrific.

 On Thursday, we taught Shizele the second half of the Plan of Salvation – all about what happens after death. Oh boy. I LOVE teaching her! She understands and she loves it and asks fabulous questions that help her to understand even more! Once we were finished, she sat and thought for a minute, then said “Well. This makes a lot of sense, and it’s really appealing. I like it.” WOOHOO!!!!! I love when they understand. The Plan of Salvation really is wonderful and I’m really really grateful to have that knowledge. I know where I came from, why I’m here on this earth and where I’m going. I love that I know that and that it’s simple and that God wants me, and all of His children to know it. That’s why I do what I do – I help teach people so they can know what God wants and needs them to know. 🙂 We also talked about baptism with her, and she is SO excited to keep learning and work towards baptism! She wants it and she wants to come to church, which is super wonderful! We hope to get her there soon. 🙂

So, we’ve been doing a lot of “heart-attacking”, meaning, we cut out paper hearts and write words of upliftment, encouragement, and words to describe the person we’re heart-attacking. We do that to our investigators, members, anyone we feel the need to bring upliftment and happiness to. 🙂 We did it to a couple of our investigators, Pat and Charlie, an older couple, and they LOVED it! You may not think of doing something like that as service, but it totally is. It brought me a lot of joy to hear the message Pat left us when she saw the hearts the next day. She was so happy and absolutely LOVED our small act of service. I don’t do service for the acknowledgement or praise, I do it because I love to see the happiness it brings to the people that I serve. I’m making it a goal when I get home to be SURE that I do some service every week, hopefully every day. I recommend it to EVERYONE! 🙂 

 More on service: Yesterday, Sister Bickel had a prompting to go and visit a recent convert, Kaila. We had no idea why, because we’ve never seen her on a Sunday before and we were in the middle of our studies when she told me she felt like that’s what we needed to do. Kaila is wonderful and so sweet, but she has a hard time feeling like anyone loves her. We worried about what we might find when we got to her house, but when we got there, she was okay. But her house was a mess. Her two year old daughter, Autumn, makes HUGE messes, so Kaila is constantly cleaning. When we got there, we made sure everything was okay, looked around, and finally started cleaning the house. We picked up the toys, swept the floor, cleaned the kitchen and organized the cupboard. We were there for a couple of hours and the Spirit COMPLETELY changed and brought peace and happiness to that home. When we first started cleaning, Kaila half-heartedly helped us, then she turned on some music on lds.org (GREAT music by the way), and eventually, she started to see that it wasn’t an impossible task to clean her house. By the time we left, the Spirit was strong, Kaila looked tired from cleaning, but so much happier and comforted. Autumn was happily dancing around and giving hugs and it was an amazing experience. I LOVE to serve. I love to see the joy on the people’s faces. It makes me happy, and I can only imagine how happy it makes Heavenly Father when He sees us serving each other. In this month’s Ensign, the message from President Monson (the leader and prophet of the church) focuses on service. He references Luke 9:24, which says “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” He then said “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish – and in effect save their lives.” I can tell you that this is true. While service makes others happy and brings them peace and comfort to know that they are loved by someone, whether they know who it is or not, it uplifts YOU and shows you the kind of love that Heavenly Father has for each of us. Because when we serve, we are serving God. In 3 Nephi 14 (see also Matthew 7) the Savior teaches “…What man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” From these verses, He teaches that Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that He wants to give us good things – He wants to bless us. So should we be towards our fellow men – our brothers and sisters. Family. Heavenly Father loves each one of us, and so should we. I love 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. If you’re hesitant to read the Book of Mormon, start in 3 Nephi 11 (page 427, or go online to lds.org. The scriptures are all online) because that’s when the Savior comes after His resurrection. He teaches many of the same things that He taught in Jerusalem because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. His gospel doesn’t change and it is something that EVERYONE needs to hear. Why wouldn’t He give it, teach it to all the inhabitants of the earth? In 3 Nephi 17, the Savior is about to leave the people in the Americas until the next day, but He sees how much they want Him to stay. It says in verse 5-7: “And it came to pass that when Jesus had thus spoken, he cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them. And he said unto them: Behold, my bowels are filled with compassion towards you. Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.” I LOVE that. As I read these verses this morning, I sat and thought and pondered them. It amazes me, but also testifies to me that the Savior loves us, each individually. He wants to serve us – He asks them to come forward so He can heal them. He doesn’t wait for them to ask. The reason? Because He loves them and wants to serve them. Though He is the Son of God and the Savior of the World, He doesn’t think of us as less than Himself, or Himself above all of us. He thinks of us as equals. In John 15:9-15 He says: “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” 

 Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World, the Son of God and our Brother, calls us friends. He loves us and He wants us to love Him, His Father and everyone. The way to love one other, is to serve one another. I testify of this, right along with Him and with the prophets and apostles. I know, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that it’s true and that service really does bring us to love everyone. It strengthens us physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally. It helps us in every way to become better, to become like God. 

 I hope you all have a very wonderful and service-filled week! 😉

 Love,

Sister Mayle

PS: We’re going to record the song we wrote and I’ll send it next week so you all can hear it! 🙂 Also, I have pictures of the scripture memorization program that we’re doing to memorize a scripture every day. Let me know if you want it so I can send it to you because I’m not sure who would actually like to have that. 🙂 Thank you!

 

Week 5: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

02.17.14

 Happy  Belated Valentine’s Day everyone! Also, Happy Birthday to half my family because they were all born in February! 😀

 This week was mostly good. Although, we spent even more time in Bucksport. Yay… All I can say about that is that we’ve been working on cleaning out our potentials and formers lists to know who is or isn’t interested anymore. It’s been tedious work, but it’s been really good! We weren’t allowed to drive Friday or yesterday (which meant we missed church :P) because of snowstorms. The storm that came on Thursday was fun because we were in Bar Harbor at the community meal with the elders when it got bad. So the elders had to drive us all the way home (which took 2 hours instead of 1) because they have a four wheel drive vehicle and we have a Toyota Corolla. We probably wouldn’t have made it if we’d driven our car. That was exciting. Then yesterday, there was a storm overnight, that was supposed to dump 18-24 inches, but only gave us about 6. However, there was some wicked wind blowing around the snow and made some pretty bad drifts across the roads, so we weren’t able to drive because of that. So we walked around Bucksport and made frequent stops inside to warm up.

We taught Shizele on Thursday and it was AMAZING! We taught the first half of the Plan of Salvation (before we came to earth, the creation, Adam and Eve, the purpose of life on earth, and Christ’s Atonement). I definitely could feel the Spirit working in that lesson to help her understand, and also help us to know what scriptures to use in order to answer her questions. She had some great questions and comments and it was really cool to see her start to understand as we explained. That’s one reason why I love missionary work so much. There’s a scripture in Doctrine and Covenants (modern revelation from the prophets we’ve had since Joseph Smith) that says “Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? And if it be by some other way it is not of God. And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? If it be some other way it is not of God. Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth? Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.” (D&C 50:17-22) That last part about being edified and rejoicing together has happened many times as I’ve felt the Spirit guiding my words and guiding the people we teach to come to know of the truth. THAT’S what I love about missionary work. To see understanding dawn on them and bring them joy. 🙂

Something else interesting I was reminded of this week: If you decide to work on something, or if you pray for help with something, life is going to get harder. If you ever hear someone tell you not to pray for patience if you want it, they’re right. Once you acknowledge something you want help with or you want to work on, Satan knows it and he’s going to work as hard as he can to get you to trip. I had decided to give my will to God in order to be a better missionary, to forget about myself and go to work more than I already have been. Yeah. This week was hard in that sense. It’s also hard to work on something if you don’t tell someone else about it and try to do it yourself. I have a habit of getting annoyed easily by things others can’t really control (mostly small noises like chewing loud foods or typing or breathing), and I’ve been trying not to let it get to me and focus on things that actually matter (meaning I don’t tell people because I’m annoyed at things that really shouldn’t matter) but THAT doesn’t work. It just makes the annoyance build up until there’s a lot of tension and you can’t work well together. So that happened this week, too. I’ve learned that I really need to just let people know when I’m annoyed so that it doesn’t build up. WAY easier said than done. So that’s going to be a challenge for probably the rest of my life. Yay! 

 Anyway, a fun experience of finding people to teach: We knocked on a lady’s door and she let us talk (success!) but then she said “Um, no. You should find someone who’ll talk to you.” It was kind of rude, but such is life. About five minutes later, she drove past us and rolled down the window “I love Jesus! Don’t think I don’t love Jesus!” It’s kind of interesting how people try to apologize without actually apologizing. I kind of love it!

One of the scriptures we had to memorize this week is D&C 64:23, which talks about tithing and how those who pay their tithing when they’re commanded to won’t be burned. Sister Bickel called it fire insurance. I’m sure she’s not the only one, but I’d never heard of that before and I think it’s the best thing ever. Tithing is now called fire insurance. Haha!

 Alright. I hope this next part makes sense because I love it and find it super fascinating. Feel free to ask questions if you don’t get it. So there’s a church movie called “Mountain of the Lord” which talks about how the Salt Lake temple came to be built. I LOVE that movie. It’s awesome. At the end, though, it talks about how the name Utah came about. The Saints wanted to call it Deseret, but some political guy didn’t like Mormons, so he decided it should be called Utah, after the Ute indians. Utah means something like “tops of the mountains”. Now this is where it gets REALLY interesting and I LOVE it (this is also one reason why I love Isaiah). In Isaiah 2:2-3 it says “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob; and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (It also says this in Micah 4 and when it refers to the law, it means God’s law) Um, whoa. AWESOME! This is really interesting to see that prophecy fulfilled, but even more so when you think that in Biblical times, the prophets, including Jesus, went up to the mountains to be with God (Moses, Elijah, the Brother of Jared, etc). The mountains were like temples – they were sacred places. Today, we have temples all over the world where we can go to be with God, to receive guidance from Him and to make promises with Him. We build our temples on hills so they are a beacon (Matthew 5:14-16) and an ensign (Isaiah 5:26, 13:2) to the world. The words that are on every temple say: The House of the Lord. Holiness to the Lord. The temples really are the house of the Lord on the earth today where we can receive guidance and peace. But you don’t have to be in the temple just to feel the love, comfort, joy and peace of the Lord. My brother, Tyler, figured that out. He was often hiking whether on his own or with family/friends because, as he said “My greatest moments of peace have been found in the tops of the mountains.” The tops of the mountains truly are a place of peace and sacredness and serenity. Both the temples and the tops of the mountains are places where you can be away from the world and enjoy God’s love. In the temples, you can be with Him, because it is His house. In the mountains, you can feel Him because you are surrounded by His creations. Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us and has provided us with ways to be separated from the world, both physically and spiritually. Those times are when I find the most clarity and peace of mind, when I can reflect and remember the things I’ve learned from Him. And I love it. I love the temples, and I love the mountains. I love this Gospel and all the knowledge and blessings I’ve received. 

 Take the time to study, ponder, pray and remember. God is there, and He knows all. Take time for yourself, to gain a better understanding and to strengthen your relationship with Him. That relationship will improve and bless your life so much, that you can’t comprehend it right now. And that is truly wonderful. 

I love you all, and am so thankful for all you’ve done. Have a great week! 🙂

 Love,

Sister Mayle

Week 4: Zone Conference, Music and the Fourth Missionary (Person)

2.10.14

Well hello again! Another week has passed! I feel like I just wrote to everyone yesterday. That’s crazy!

 So this week was super exciting. Sorta. We spent a lot of time in Bucksport. And when you don’t have a lot of investigators it’s hard to be in one place for a lot of days in a week. There are things to do, of course, but it’s really REALLY hard in the evening because in this part of the country, everyone goes to bed with the sun. They think that 6:00pm (which by the way, is a decent hour for DINNER) is “late”. It’s so strange. Sooo knocking doors isn’t exactly the ideal way to find new people to teach, particularly after 5:00. 😛 We usually spend time in Bucksport on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays because everything is so spread out and we only get 1300 miles a month, so the other days are spent mostly just in Ellsworth. Those times in Bucksport, we usually drive at least a little bit because it’s a spread out town, but on Wednesday, we woke up to snow and news that schools were closed… which meant we weren’t allowed to drive. Hooray… So now we had an entire extra day to spend in Bucksport. That was interesting. We were able to teach a recent convert, James, and spend some time walking and trudging through the snow on the ground and blowing in our face, which wasn’t too bad. It was actually entertaining because the nice fluffy snow covered the solid masses of ice that covered the streets. I’m proud to say that I haven’t fallen yet this winter! (knock on wood) So anyway, then we also spent some time working on the song we wrote for Zone Conference. We didn’t finish it that day. Which then got super interesting because Zone Conference was on Thursday. Well, I did finish writing it out! Two minutes before we got to the building in Augusta! Whoo… Talk about stress and time-crunching! We actually almost didn’t do it, but once President Stoker spoke about choices, which is the name if the sing, we knew the Lord had definitely been inspiring us as we wrote, so we did perform it, and it went pretty well. A lot of people told us it was great and that they wanted a copy of it. We’re going to revise it and then we’ll record it for you to listen to. 🙂

 So Zone Conference. Boy oh boy do I LOVE missionary meetings! I got to see Sister Buxton!!! She’s still serving in Portland and this zone conference was for all the zones in Maine. This Zone Conference was dedicated to helping us become the fourth missionary. Now, I’m not sure who knows what the fourth missionary is. I didn’t exactly, so I’ll explain.

 Let me start with the first, second and third missionaries. The first missionary is one who came on a mission because of peer pressure, for the praise of others, etc. He/she did all the right things so they could come on a mission. They get sent home or they go home of their own choice. They go home and they usually go inactive. The second missionary is much the same as the first, but he doesn’t go home but he is counterproductive because he doesn’t want to be obedient and he doesn’t do the work he was called to do – he finishes his mission, but he has internal guilt and shame. Both the first and second missionaries are disobedient to the mission rules and the commandments. The third missionary is obedient and submissive, but he wants to do what he wants to do, not what the Lord wants him to do. He does what he needs to do as a missionary but he doesn’t give his heart to the Lord. He does his duty – a duty suggests an obligation. In the church, we don’t do things out of duty, we do them because we love the Lord and because we want to serve Him. The third missionary is always looking towards the future, saying “I’ll be happy when…” He compares himself to others and that’s how he measures his success. As a result, he is frustrated and discontented. He isn’t changed by the mission – he wants life to go back to the way it was before his mission. He might appear happy, but he’s always looking for more. The fourth missionary does more than his duty – he makes his duty as a missionary a privilege. Duty makes you do something, but love makes you do it well – the fourth missionary loves his mission. He kills his natural man and becomes a saint (Mosiah 3:19 – “the natural man is an enemy to God” because the natural man is the opposite of what God is. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16). He lives the message that he teaches. He acts like a missionary, not like a man. His desire is to serve the Lord completely, to develop charity and love for all. The fourth missionary measures his success from within – if we don’t make mistakes, we’re not working on hard enough problems, and that’s a big mistake. Because of his choices on his mission, he loves the scriptures and feasts on them (2 Nephi 32:3) – you are what you eat, so FEAST on the words of Christ! he does great good, he is HAPPY because he does the Lord’s work the way the Lord wants and needs him to do it, and he is changed because of his choices. Even after his mission, the fourth missionary does his best to continue being the fourth missionary.

 I want to be the fourth missionary. There is always something to be working on. The fourth missionary is not perfect, but he is working hard to achieve perfection. He submits his will entirely to the Lord’s. And that is how I want to be throughout my entire life. Even though this is called being the fourth missionary, you could really call it being the fourth person. These principles don’t just apply to missionaries, just as the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t just apply to certain people in the world. All principles of the gospel and all principles of becoming the fourth missionary (of becoming Christlike) apply to each and every person to ever come to this earth and receive a body. They apply to every single one of God’s children. So this week, I’d like each of you to think of one thing you need to do to become more Christlike, to strive for perfection, to become the fourth person. I referenced Mosiah 3:19 a little while ago which says: “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be forever and ever unless he yields himself to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child (Matthew 18:3), submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, and willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” If you’d like to choose one of those things to work on, that is fine. All of them will help you become more Christ-like. I know that whatever you choose to work on, as you do your best to perfect that part of yourself, the Lord will give you strength and support to do so. Your Heavenly Father loves you unconditionally, and He truly wants you to become your best. A couple of quotes that were shared on Thursday say: “Christ wants you to be your best. Satan wants you to be better than everyone else.” and “Christ cannot work in what He does not have, and He cannot have you unless you give yourself to Him.” I know this is true. The only way He can help us is if we ask Him. There are so many blessings that He is just waiting to give to us. All we have to do is ask.

 I love each of you, and am so grateful to have you all in my life. I truly hope the best for you, I pray for you, and I hope this week is full of blessings and miracles.

 Love,

Sister Mayle

 

Week 3: Ellsworth

Feb 2, 2014

Well hello again!

 So this week wasn’t really all that exciting, although we did get two more investigators – Pat and Charlie, who have been married for 64 years and are super cute. They had been visited by missionaries for a while, but had never actually been taught the lessons – only service and quick verses. So when we visited them, we talked about what we do as missionaries and why and invited them to be taught the lessons and they said YES! Oh boy oh boy! I am SO excited to teach them! 🙂

We also got a call from the Assistants to the President. So we were just driving along on Friday night and then the phone rings and it’s the APs calling. Must be calling about something to do with Zone Conference that’s coming up this Thursday. Well, it was. They asked us to do a special musical number for Zone Conference. YAY! Sister Bickel sings and I play piano, so that’s just fine with us! We’re excited. What makes it even more exciting? Well. We’ll be writing a song, so it’s “premier” will be this Thursday in Augusta, Maine! We’re super excited about it. 😀 Another thing having to do with music: There’s a guy at the community meal that we volunteer at every Thursday who beatboxes. Soooo I don’t know what’s going to happen, but apparently we’re going to do something cool with piano, singing and beatboxing. That’ll be the most interesting thing I’ve ever done. I’ll let you know what happens with that, if it works out.

 Our eight year old investigator, Izzy is SO cute. We watched the Restoration video with her last week and then talked about baptism. She got a little scared because she thought that baptism meant she would die and she’s afraid to die. It was so sad to see how afraid she was, but tonight, we’ll teach her about the Plan of Salvation and do our best to help her understand why death is necessary, and isn’t a scary thing. Also, we’ll explain that if she’s baptized, it doesn’t mean she’ll automatically die. It’s experiences like this, when I can see how much information and knowledge that people are missing that I really love even more to be a missionary. Because that is our purpose – to bring people closer to Christ by helping them receive and understand the Gospel. It’s hard to see people confused and afraid, but once we teach them and they start to understand, that confusion and fear go away pretty quickly and turn to enlightenment and trust and faith. It’s a really amazing experience that I get to have really quite often and I love it! 🙂

Well, I don’t have a lot more to say than that. But I was reading one of my missionary friend’s emails and noticed a scripture that I really loved. The first one was 2 Nephi 25:28. The part I loved about it starts in the middle and it says “And the words which I have spoken shall stand as a testimony against you; for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.” It’s really as simple as that. We are supposed to teach simply in a way that everyone will know and understand that there is only one way – to believe in Christ and NEVER deny Him. As I was reading this scripture, I looked at the footnotes that led me to 1 Samuel 12:23. I like verses 20-24, though. It pretty much says that God will never forsake His people and neither should we – we should always pray for the people around us and do our best to teach them the good and right way: “Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” (verse 24) I don’t think I could say it any better than that. The Lord’s opinion is the only one that really matters. So each of us needs to swallow our pride and quit worrying about what other people are going to think of us if we change our ways, if we do something they may not approve of. What will the Lord approve of? I’d like for you to study those scriptures as well as these ones: 2 Nephi 25:23-29, Isaiah 45:18-19, Mark 12:30-31. Ponder them and find ways that will help you apply them in your life. I know as you do so, your love for God and for His Children will grow and you will be strengthened in your efforts to become more like Christ. 

 Remember: Focus on what the Lord needs you to do, not what other people want you to do. YOU are in charge of your eternal salvation.

 Have a wonderful week! 🙂

 Love,

Sister Mayle