Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Atonement is for YOU!

Happy Halloween my Spooky Friends!

We don't get to have very much Halloween fun here on the mission but we will be getting together for a little missionary party tonight... so that should be fun!

Well in missionary news this week...

We have been giving the Lord all we've got and seeing miracles daily. Let me tell you about a few of them.

1. This week my companion and I had the opportunity to attend the 
endowment of Wanda Riley who was the first person that my trainer and I found, taught, and baptized on my mission! I felt the fire of the spirit so strongly and I loved every moment of that experience. It was so cool to see the work come full circle and lead to the temple. Wanda is so different than who she was. Fred was also able to receive his endowments that day too after being inactive for decades. What a day! God is so good! That I know!

2. P.J. & Langley Hermios were baptized 
this Saturday. They are the Marshallese family we used to teach. They live in our last area and we taught them the lessons before we were transferred. They were so excited to be baptized and even had their whole family attend (non-members too).

3. We have been praying very hard for missionary opportunities in the 
Solomon Ward. There is always so much work to do in the Candlelight Park YSA Ward but not a ton in the Solomon Ward... but this Sunday 2 non-members came to church and immediately asked to have us over this week to teach them! God hears prayers! #miracles

4. One of our investigators Beth has been taking lessons for a few 
weeks now and has some health challenges that keep her from attending our Ward early in the morning... so we found another church at a later time and she told us that she would meet us there. Right before church we stood in the parking lot wondering where she was and then we saw this lady rolling on down to the church and it was Beth... miracles never cease. We just walked alongside her and had a grand old time! So fun! My companion took a stalker picture and I posted it below. Good times!

Here are some things about the Atonement that I really love.

"Restoring what you cannot restore, healing the wound you cannot heal, fixing that which you broke and you cannot fix is the very purpose of the atonement of Christ... there is no habit, no addiction, no rebellion, no transgression, no apostasy, no crime exempted from the promise of complete forgiveness. That is the promise of the atonement of Christ.

That great morning of forgiveness may not come at once. Do not give up if at first you fail. Often the most difficult part of repentance is to forgive yourself. Discouragement is part of that test. Do not give up. That brilliant morning will come. Then “the peace of God, which passeth … understanding” comes into your life once again. Then you, like Him, will remember your sins no more. How will you know? You will know! “There is never a time,” the Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “when the spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of pardoning mercy". And so we pray, and we fast, and we plead, and we implore. We love those who wander, and we never give up hope." - Boyd K. Packer "The Brilliant Morning of Forgiveness" (Oct 1995 General Conference)

Scripture of the week:

Hebrews 12:1-2

1. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud 
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Okay, pictures this week:

1. The Langley boys got baptized! Yay!

2. Things only Mormons would understand #JohnyLingo #Mahanayouugly

3. Walkin' Beth to church on her scooter. That's commitment folks!

4. Having fun with vampire teeth... this one is kind of weird but whatever!

Have a Happy Halloween!
Sister Zimmerman

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