hello my friend,
life is so wonderful. i find myself counting my blessings. there is much to be thankful for. the shift key on this keyboard does not work.
this week has been a week of miracles. i have truly come to see that i am nothing but an instrument in the lord's hands. i am nothing without my father in heaven. he is my strength and my song. i am who i am because of him. i have really come to learn that i am a representative of jesus christ. i am his hands here on the earth for the little area that i cover. these people don't know it but i am here to bring the gospel. i don't look like what they think i should. i know that honest truth seekers can come to see in his representatives that his countenance is engraven in ours.
we are teaching a family from india. they are so humble. their son saadil told his mom that sister carlson and i looked like angels. rajesh said that he knows god loves his family because he sent us to his family. i know god has led them here to america to learn of the gospel to take it back to their country to share it with their people. this family is so respectful. the son served us water on a platter. they felt bad that they didn't have any furniture for us to sit on. so we all sat in a circle reading from the book of mormon. it was one of the most beautiful experiences. what made it beautiful was the spirit. its because of the gospel of jesus christ that bring us together.
i have had many special, miracle moments this past week. i have had moments where i could really see the hurt, the pain, the ache, the sorrow of people's hearts and souls. i am thankful to be a part of their lives for a small moment. the lord helped me to say the very thing that needed to be said. i can't take any credit for it in the least bit. i am nothing but the conduit in which he works through. and along the way i am strengthened and made better because of it. the thing is that these feelings are not unique to me. it comes because of the spirit. as we desire to help and serve we can be an instrument in the lord's hands. sometimes pride gets in the way of helping others or us learning what we need to be learning from life. i see how our own pride ruins relationships. the bad part of it all might be that we don't recognize it. satan is cunning in the way that he can get us. i have come to receive a witness from the spirit that the lord's promises are sure. i know god loves us because we don't have to suffer like his son jesus christ. he makes it so we don't have to suffer as much. i am learning to apply the atonement more in my life. how blessed we are to be baptized in the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints where we have full and complete access to the atonement of christ.
i have spent a lot of my mission working with those who have strayed from the path. it breaks my heart when they leave because of the loss of blessings they could have. the church is perfect but the people are not. i think that is why we need to remember the savior more because when we do we remember that he was patient, loving, kind, understanding and forgiving. we all love it when people are kind and loving and forgiving of us. i have come to appreciate when people treat me as such. but i have learned it takes strength of character to show these christlike attributes to those who do not show them to us. i know christ lives. i know the atonement is real.
love you all,