Sunday, June 8, 2014

And are willing to take His name upon us

Dear Whanua,
   Hello and good morning :)
    I hope you have all had a wonderful week. I have had a great one! Pretty busy as usual but that is always so good. My companion and I are going on a health kick, which I am pretty excited about. We are trying to get down their roasted vegetables, in particular Kumara and pumpkin, mm-mm good :)
   This week we had Zone Conference. Which was fantastic! It was so sad though because it was Sister Kezerian and President Kezerian's last zone conference. On June 30th we will have the new mission President come in, and that will be exciting. I am excited to meet President Hudson and Sister Hudson. They will do great things here in the New Zealand Wellington Mission.
 Some things that stood out to me this week" Agency is the power to become" I read this quote and I really liked it. Truly this is such a powerful phrase. How we use our agency will determine who become in life and where we go. What a blessing it can be when we use our agency to become more like our Heavenly Father.
    At zone conference we talked about what the word alignment means. It means to be obedient to something., When we are in alignment with President Thomas S. Monson and his councelors council, we are then in alignment with the Lord and His Son Jesus Christ. What a blessing it will be when we are continually in alignment with the Lord and what he asks us to do.
   I was reading about our baptismal covenant and I really liked the reminder about what it was we promised when we were baptized. Someone shared an acronym I really liked that is we promised to
Take His name upon ourselves That means we are willing to "put Him first and His work first in our         lives. That we will seek what He wants rather that our own desires or what the world teaches            us we should want"
Always remember Him
Keep His Commandments
Endure to the end. Which means we continue to always do those thing the Lord has commanded us to do, go to church, pray, read the scriptures, obey our parents, keep the ten commandments, love one another, etc.
    And as we do this the promise is so wonderful, we will have His spirit to always be with us and we receive a remission of our sins, or our sins are forgiven us. Wow, what a promise. I know I am grateful to know the Lord will always forgive us our sins when we do this, and make this commandment. But unfortunately we all mistakes and break God's commandments and that is why it is so important to go to church each week so we can renew the covenant we made with God when we are baptized and that we can again be forgiven of our sins and retain our remission of sins or forgiveness of sins each week as we humbly repent and remember what the Savior did for us as we partake of the Sacrament each week. And the same promise is given us as we do this when we are baptized, we receive a remission of sins and retain this and we are given His Spirit to be with us always. What a valiant promise, and then we will always know what to do and what to say to those around us because the Spirit will  be guiding our life and pointing us to the place we should go.
I love you all. Have a great week!
Sister Sudweeks

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