Friday, December 23, 2011
We love being with the missionaries! We were able to attend a District Meeting as the missionaries together studied the Atonement of Jesus Christ and applied what they learned in what we call ‘real play’ or applying the principles in a practice with ‘real’ people they are teaching. And as you can see, the missionaries enjoy being together. This district knowing that transfers coming this week the day after Christmas will change their numbers decided to take photos.
Winnipesaukee, Pigwacket, Amoskeag—the names go on and on. The rich Native American heritage of New England lives principally in the names and reminders such as this monument in Opechee Park, Laconia, New Hampshire.
monument honoring the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country. This monument erected in 1882 in Auburn, Maine celebrates Civil War heroes.We appreciate the reminders of those who continue to support freedom.
Androscoggin River Falls in Lewiston, Maine once vibrant with aquatic life became polluted from factory waste.Today it is being reclaimed though it is still tainted with mercury and dioxins.
In an object lesson for President Wilkey in talking to the youth, he referenced 1 Nephi 15:27 the
water which my father saw was filthiness;and so much was his mind swallowed up in other things that he beheld not the filthiness of the water. He asked simply,“Are you filling your minds, your hearts, your lives with so much good that you will not pay heed to the filthiness? And if you have become polluted, are you doing all you can do –and allowing the healing of the Atonement—to again to become clean again?"
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
James 5:14 “ Is there any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him,anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
Wednesday night, interviews and meetings ended at 7 pm, two hours away from Williston and our hotel but it was there in So. Royalton that diarrhea struck Dad-Dave. With a vengeance. Two stops later we arrived and he settled orrather unsettled for a long napless night. Frequent bathroom visits and his stomach gnawing at him. At 6 am I awakened again. He simply said, “ I’m too sick and can’t possibly be ready for another set of interviews at 8:30 am.” We prayed—always a good idea—and he said in short, I’ll do what you want me to do dear Lord, but I’m miserable. Promptly he went into the bathroom and got rid of the horrible nausea and everything he had eaten that had not already
made its exit. Now thoroughly rung out and 45 minutes later, he decided we’d go to interviews a half hour late. Arriving he received a blessing. Twelve hours, 18 interviews, a meeting with the zone leaders and with the stake presidency and a lesson with two young men later, we returned to the hotel. Now that’s a MIRACLE!
through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
But nothing could be more unique than the décor in the front yard of a home
in the neighbor hood!!! Maybe it’s in memory of Vermont Cabot Cheese or Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Christ, the commitment to His cause, combined with worthiness , willingness and hard work. Those who embrace holy habits—like up on time, exercise and study—and righteous routines—like seeking referrals from everyone— "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! " Isaiah 52:7
From our study together –how the Book of Mormon answers questions of the soul—to the closing remarks—how has the Book of Mormon changed my life or the life of someone we have taught—the day was exceptional.
* Montpelier – Open Your Ears to the whisperings of the
Spirit, Open Your Mouth to share the gospel
*Bangor – For the evening session, the stake presidencies
invited the speakers to double their daily scripture study for two weeks but
NOT to write any prepared talk and NOT to bring any prepared notes, just their
scriptures and share their impressions for about 5-8 minutes each. It was absolutely wonderful!!
*Concord – Ione of many impressions: “How can we daily add
drops of holiness to our souls? stemmed from a statement, “In Russia, communism
managed to drain holiness from the souls of the people.”
*Enjoyed three days in Palmyra New York in mid October
*Edified “built up” by our leaders, Elders Jay E Jenson,
Nash and Alonzo and their wives, fellow mission presidents and their wives.
*Inspired by the Word of God
*Enlightened and Enervated as we visited the Sacred Grove
and received again the sure witness that God the Father and Jesus Christ
appeared to the boy Joseph as he humbly petitioned for answers to his prayers, the grateful testimony that the Book of Mormon
was given through the angel Moroni that we have a second evidence with the
Bible that Jesus is the Christ sent by our Father to fulfill His eternal purposes,
the immortality and eternal life of man and the joyful reminder that through
the prophet Joseph, the Savior restored the fullness of His gospel in the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Early October and mid November
Trembling – 8 new sisters, 13 new elders and 7 returning
sisters and 12 returning elders—who has more ‘butterflies’ on the days of
transfers? Mix those with tears—those leaving—anticipation
Temple- As the outgoing missionaries serve for a session in the temple, they feel more
prepared to return home as they receive personal revelation and renew sacred
Training – Improvement! Inspired! Those are the descriptions of the new
missionary training. The trainers are
vital in the mission. We say tritely, “in the mission what happens in training is what happens in the mission.”
Testimonies – At transfer meeting, the outgoing missionaries share “a golden
truth I learned on my mission that will change me forever.” Among those they
recounted with conviction—we witnessed the changes in their lives—“My Father
knows me. The little nuggets of truth I
got all stem from the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the gospel. Charity, the
pure love of Christ defines what I am capable of becoming. I had to learn to
step out of the boat like Peter and reach for the hand of the Savior.”
Sunday, November 20, 2011
the grounds. Their stirring testimony at the conclusion of their service summarizes the effect of senior missionaries,
President Wilkey’s “multiplying bunny” trick.
She and her companions Sisters Smith and Watkins brought countless magic to the people they served in northern Vermont.
The real magic of seniors’ service is their love, their willing sacrifices, their experience, their sure testimony of the Savior and His restored gospel.