17 Nov 2014
Well, I have had a crazy week here. So, we started off this week a little crazy. Some people got offended because of some things that were said in church and wow, it really affected the branch. Satan is really trying to get into this branch and destroy it. So, we are really trying to give all we have to help the branch and keep it from falling apart. BUT, we are learning.
I'm really learning about sacrifice, and I would like to share a few thoughts that i have had. So we have been looking at talks of the apostles and profetas (prophets) about what it really means to give your all to God. We all think that, oh, it would be hard to give your life for something, but I think it's the other way around. It is harder to live this gospel, than it is to give your life for it. We are tried at every turn and given the chance to learn and grow or fail and try again. Life is hard, but it is through the atonement of Christ, that our trials are made light and that we can have happiness. Look at the talk by Elder Christoferson, from the CES fireside, in October. He give us a real good look at how we can save our lives, by sacrifice and giving our all to the Lord. We are here to learn and grow and it is though sacrifice that this is possible.
I love this work and know that it is true. I know that the Lord lives and loves us. I have felt his love and know of the love he has for all his children, and he wants all of us to feel that love. It's our job to help them feel it and that is through us, inviting them to hear that word of God. Remember, the love that we feel and give it to others.
Love Elder Stratton