Monday, August 4, 2014

And then there was (not) light

Well, these past few days, the lights have been going out about 4...only on our side of the area...And because the sun sets at about 6:30 here, it has been a bit of a problem, hahaha.  It also explains why this letter will be short (the lights went out again). :)
This past week was INCREDIBLE! Hermana Robles and I were able to throw ourselves into this work, and we saw miracles.

One of my favorite parts of this week was our Multi-Zone Conference on Wednesday.  President Dester is always so inspired.  This conference, he spoke about our Heavenly Father.  His attributes, His goodness, and the ability we have to become like Him.  At the very end, he said something that made me cry. (I think his closing remarks at every zone conference make me cry, hahaha.)  He began saying that thoughts that we are not good enough, that we aren't making a difference, that we should just go home, do NOT come from God. They come from the adversary.  I love this mission, but I have had many moments when I have felt worthless. When I have felt as though I do not make a difference and I should just give up.  I should just go home.  But when he said that, I was filled to the brim with God's love for me.  No, I'm not perfect, but God doesn't expect me to be perfect.  He expects me to try my best and give my all, but He already understands that it won't be enough.  
And has already provided a way to make up for what I lack.

He also shared the following from a speech given by elder Tad R. Callister:

"There is a sentiment among many in the world that we are the spirit creations of God, just as a building is the creation of its architect or a painting the creation of its painter or an invention the creation of its inventor. The scriptures teach, however, a much different doctrine. They teach that we are more than creations of God; they teach that we are the literal spirit offspring or children of God our Father.1 What difference does this doctrinal distinction make? The difference is monumental in its consequence because our identity determines in large measure our destiny. For example, can a mere creation ever become like its creator? Can a building ever become an architect? A painting a painter? Or an invention an inventor? If not, then those who believe we are creations of God, rather than His spirit offspring, reach the inevitable conclusion that we do not have the capacity to become like our creator, God. In essence, their doctrine of identity has defined and dictated a diminished destiny.

On the other hand, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that we are the spirit offspring of God with inherited spiritual traits that give us the divine potential to become like our parent, God the Father. As to this identity, President Packer has written:

You are a child of God. He is the father of your spirit. Spiritually you are of noble birth, the offspring of the King of Heaven. Fix that truth in your mind and hold to it. However many generations in your mortal ancestry, no matter what race or people you represent, the pedigree of your spirit can be written on a single line. You are a child of God!2
 The difference between man and God is significant—but it is one of degree, not kind. It is the difference between an acorn and an oak tree, a rosebud and a rose, a son and a father. In truth, every man is a potential god in embryo, in fulfillment of that eternal law that like begets like."

I love you all so much.  May God keep you always!
Hermana Grondel :)

P.S. this is awesome!!!

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