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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Week 44

Querida Hermana Lutze,

Te amo! I hope this finds you well both physically and spiritually! We love you and are praying for your success! This week was just as crazy as any other. I spent a great deal of time shopping with the girls to get them ready for school. Hannah had absolutely no clothes or shoes... and Natalie needed a few things. Jakob is done and ready.  He gets his braces off in two months. 

We went to see the new high school on Saturday. Wow! Hannah was jealous. We saw Abbie there and she's doing well at BYU-I. She told me she loves getting your letters! I love Abbie! She's been a good friend over the years. :) We spent quite a bit of time at the Murray Max Tournament this week. Jakob's team won their first two games but lost to Impact in the final so they took second place. Jaden Howell spoke today in church. He leaves next week and Ty Porter just returned. He will speak next Sunday. 

Work has been crazy lately. I charged Wednesday-never ate and never peed. We just kept getting admits and of course lots of help was needed. I'm attending Education Week this week so I'll go to work before and after I go to class. I'm excited to learn new things!

Our lesson today in Relief Society was from Teachings of the Presidents. President Hunter on Hastening Family History and Temple Work. The following is what stood out to me:

"Doing work for others is accomplished in two steps: first, by family history research to ascertain our progenitors,; and second, by performing the temple ordinances to give them the same opportunities afforded to the living. Yet there are many members of the church who have only limited access to the temples. They do the best they can. They pursue family history research and have the temple ordinance work done by others. Conversely, there are some members who engage in temple work but fail to do family history research on their own family lines. Although they perform a divine service in assisting others, they lose a blessing by not seeking their own kindred dead as divinely directed by latter-day prophets. I recall an experience of a few years ago that is analogous to this condition. At the close of a fast and testimony meeting, the bishop remarked, "We have had a spiritual experience today listening to the testimonies borne by each other. this is because we have come fasting according to the law of the Lord. But let us never forget that the law consists of two parts: that we fast by abstaining from food and drink and that we contribute what we have thereby saved to the bishop's storehouse for the benefit of those who are less fortunate." Then he added, "I hope no one of us will leave today with only half a blessing." I have learned that those who engage in family history research and then perform the temple ordinance work for those whose names they have found will know the additional joy of receiving both halves of the blessing." I feel like I'm only receiving half a blessing right now and hope to focus on dad's genealogy this year.

Love you!



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