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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week 15

Hermana Lutze,

We hope you've had a good week! Before you do anything else please send me the following:

·  your passwords for both your gmail accounts so I can associate them with your phone again
·  your password to your LDS account so I can see all the tithing you paid last year to do your taxes (The end of year that I received from the ward does not have any of that listed.)
I'm glad you can be there for Hermana Rubina as she talks about her life in Peru. It sounds like you have become great friends-lifelong friends. I love keeping in touch with those I met in Argentina. They will always mean so much to me.

We loved the picture of Elder Kemp flying through the air. I'm glad to see you are learning more about the gospel like the association of faith and obedience and yet having fun! I'm glad your intercambios went well! You can do more than you think through the strengthening power of the Atonement. He always makes us more when we come unto Him...  I'm so glad you are learning too that everyone around us needs to be strengthened even those that appear to be strong need kind words from someone, a smile, a hello... whatever we feel prompted to give. And  yes Visiting Teachers are so important. I've been preaching that since I was in college!

I just wanted to share with you a couple of thoughts from our lesson today in Relief Society. It is the first lesson by President Howard W. Hunter "Jesus Christ-Our Only Way to Hope and Joy"

"What think ye of Christ?" "We must know Christ better than we know him; we must remember him more often than we remember him; we must serve him more valiantly than we serve him. Then we will drink water springing up unto eternal life and will eat the bread of life."

"He is our prize in time and in eternity. Every other prize is finally fruitless. Every other grandeur fades with time and dissolves with the elements. In the end, ...we will know no true joy save it be in Christ. May we be more devoted and disciplined followers of Christ. May we cherish him in our thoughts and speak his name with love. May we kneel before him with meekness and mercy. May we bless and serve others that they may do the same."

"In the majesty of his life and the example of his teachings, Christ gave us much counsel with secure promises always attached. Strive to build a personal testimony of Jesus Christ and the atonement. A study of the life of Christ and a testimony of his reality is something each of us should seek. As we come to understand his mission, and the atonement which he wrought, we will desire to live more like him."

"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"If our lives and our faith are centered upon Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right..."

"Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." D&C 123:17

"You have the Savior of the world on your side. If you seek His help and follow His directions, how can you fail?" Gary E. Stevenson

I'll end with this awesome quote I was sent this week.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~Marianne Williamson

I love you and I'm so grateful for your light that shines to me!



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