Just now we met a lady who lives by the church and was watching her grand kids ride bikes in the church parking lot…she said she had never met anyone from the church but wanted to visit it sometime, and that she had wanted to order a free Book of Mormon several years ago but never got around to it…so we gave her a church tour and Book of Mormon! Perfect timing. I really love this little church, it has some big beautiful pictures throughout the hallways.
It has been another successful week, and I want to write a little about hope!
Hope is the opposite of discouragement and pessimism. It is displayed in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, energy, patient perseverance, contentment, vision, forgiveness, repentance, seeing the good in people, pressing forward, and rejecting depression. We “press forward with a perfect brightness of hope” and “steadfastness in Christ” as a part of enduring to the end. I don’t remember where this is from…oh just found it, Elder Kevin W Pearson,
“Enduring to the end is a hallmark of true discipleship and is essential to eternal life. But when trials and challenges come our way, we are often told to simply “hang in there.” Let me be clear: to
“hang in there” is not a principle of the gospel. Enduring to the end means constantly coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him.
If enduring to the end is essential to eternal life, why do we struggle to be faithful? We struggle when we are caught between competing priorities. Casual obedience and lukewarm commitment weaken faith. Enduring to the end requires total commitment to the Savior and to our covenants.”
Hope gives us the vision and the ability to be shaped for eternal life…without hoping and having that vision of becoming purified and perfected, it will not happen.
Ether 12:4 “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.”
Hope through the atonement of Christ is the anchor to our souls. I’ve been studying hope all week and I love it because it applies to a lot of things! Hope that we can change, hope that others can change, hope that we can survive our current challenges and that there are good things to come. It is a happier way to live and it is true.
This week I got to paint!! There is a new family in the ward and we got to help out with their house. And it was awesome to talk to Sister C. because she has a family member who has had big faith struggles with the church recently, and I love talking about The Faith Crisis of Mormon-dom. It is awful for those going through it but I am so grateful I did because I learned a lot and still do. Throughout my mission I have had a lot of realizations and I am so grateful I didn’t go home those first few months like I wanted to. It is crazy to me that is is June already!
We had MLC? mission leadership conference? on Wednesday and it had a great feeling to it. We have our iPads and the rest of the mission will get theirs this week…already it has been so nice to have access to Gospel Library and other church apps and videos! I feel spoiled!! It will help us study and teach and we are grateful.
I think that is all for now. Sorry I haven’t been good at writing letters….but I love you guys still! Have an awesome week!!:)
– Sister Victoria Hale
a: went to Asheville! this was a tall building. so I took a picture.
b:…meh the rest are self-explanatory