Family and Friends!
Another week has come and gone! I can't believe how fast life is going! The weather has been super crazy here the past week, we have been shut in three times and Church was cancelled yesterday. The temps have been in the single digits and Pennsylvania doesn't believe in plowing their roads, so driving is a no-no. Thankfully the apartment that I am in now is much warmer than my past one so I am happy. It is also a plus that my companion and I love hanging out with each other. Another blessing from being shut in is I get to obediently study Portuguese for the first time in 4 months! (President Topham asked visa waiters to refrain from studying their mission language a couple of transfers ago) But with being shut in all day, I get to study some!
So this week I have been inspired by the song "Through Heaven's Eyes" from the movie The Prince of Egypt.
Tho' its color brightly shine,
Can never see its purpose
In the pattern of the grand design.
And the stone that sits on the very top
Of a mountain's mighty face,
Does it think it's more important
Than the stones that form the base?
So how can you see what your life is worth
Or where your value lies?
You can never see through the eyes of man.
You must look at your life,
Look at your life through heaven's eyes.
As many of you know, I have been waiting for my visa to Brazil for over 7 months now. I have had the great opportunity to serve in three different areas of the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission and I have loved every area and the people. Each time I never really knew the reason why I was in a place until I was leaving and sometimes I never knew at all. This past week Heavenly Father has let me see a reason for why I am still here in the US and not in Brazil.
Literally 3 days before I was transferred here the Sisters picked up some potential investigators tracting. We officially pick both of them up my first week and last Monday we committed them to get baptized. Tammy and Perry are super receptive and are always bearing their testimonies to us about the principle that we taught them about the time before. We usually see them two or three times a week. This past lesson when we taught the law of Chastity to them, they were so receptive surprisingly and told us they knew God would help them live it. But getting to the point, after the lesson Sister Hathaway and I were talking and we realized that she was Tammy's missionary and I was Perry's. That they needed us both together as companions to learn about the gospel! God is so amazing!
A lake of gold in the desert sand
Is less than a cool fresh spring.
And to one lost sheep, a shepherd boy
Is greater than the richest king.
If a man lose ev'rything he owns
Has he truly lost his worth?
Or is it the beginning
Of a new and brighter birth?
So how do you measure the worth of a man?
In wealth or strength or size?
In how much he gained or how much he gave?
The answer will come to him who tries
To look at his life through heaven's eyes.
Another family that we have picked up as investigators this week are the best friends of an awesome member. Their daughter had a tumor in her brain. So we have been teaching them about the Plan of Salvation and they have been super receptive. It is amazing when tragedy strikes how Heavenly Father watches out for us. They have faced so many trials in the past 6 months but they still have a very strong faith in God and Jesus Christ! They live a humble life, especially after all the medical bills, but they still have the strongest spirits. It is an honor to meet them.
And that's why we share
All we have with you,
Tho' there's little to be found.
When all you've got is nothing
There's a lot to go around.
No life can escape being blown about
By the winds of change and chance.
And tho' you never know all the steps,
You must learn to join the dance.
So how do you judge what a man is worth?
By what he builds or buys?
You can never see with your eyes on Earth;
Look through heaven's eyes.
Look at your life through heaven's eyes.
We may never know the impact that we will have in others lives. Our worth is infinite to God no matter what our position is in life. I have come to know that for myself. It doesn't matter where I am in life or where I have been. All that matters is that I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows of my potential. We are all children of God and He views us each the same way no matter how rich or poor. We all have a part in His eternal Plan of Happiness. This week remember to ponder your value to our Heavenly Father and how much He truly loves YOU!