Tuesday, December 13, 2016

He Sent His Son To Be Our King!

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful Christmas season. Sister Godfrey and  I sure are!
Here are a few updates and thoughts from this week...


What shall we give in exchange for so much?

This time of year we give and receive many gifts. Of course the first and most valuable gift of Christmas was given so long ago in a humble stable with only animals and shepherds as witnesses.

You may have asked yourself this year what you might be able to give to the Savior to show your gratitude for all that He has done for you...  
And I would like to invite you to consider giving Him your heart this year. There is always something that we may be holding back from giving ourselves completely to the Lord ... and it's a lifetime process but
this week think about how you can be more charitable, kind, forgiving, sincere in prayer, honest to yourself and others, or diligent in your scripture reading.

I promise you that as you make one small changes to follow the Savior you will feel your life filled with more joy than ever before.

Give it a try! There's nothing to lose, only so much Joy to gain.


Maggie's Miracle

This week we had another lesson with Maggie this week. Maggie is a friend of Rachel in our YSA Ward and is from Thailand. We love Maggie so much! We went to dinner with Rachel at her home and Maggie was there. We invited Maggie to take the lessons and have now been teaching her for a month. So in the past Maggie would come to her
lessons and tell us that she hadn't been reading her scriptures as much and didn't feel super committed to studying with us. That didn't deter us so we have been praying with her and having more lessons just reading the scriptures with her and she has changed so much!

For example just this week she texted us and asked if we could read the scriptures again. So we met up at Rachel's home and talked with her about her scripture reading and prayers. Maggie said that she had read almost every day and had seen this change in her life where she felt so happy and content. She felt a connection with God and knew that He was reaching into her and showing her the path that she needs to follow. We invited her again to be baptized and pray about a specific date and she accepted. She accepted the challenge as well to live the commandments to prepare for baptism even though she will have to overcome some things in order to be baptized. She has truly changed from not being interested in change to someone who says " sisters, I know that it will be hard but I need to change and if this is the path that God wants me to follow I will do anything to get there."

This is one of my favorite parts of missionary work. I love seeing how the gospel of Christ truly changes people. There is no doubt in my mind that Maggie's blessings and happiness come from God because she is keeping His commandments. It's a simple equation... as we keep God's commandments He will bless us and fill us with his love!

Have a wonderful week!

Sister Zimmerman

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