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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week 67

Querida Hermana Lutze,

I'm so glad you like your new companion and you are working hard in your new area. You will be blessed! Please see the e-mail on your ecclesiastical endorsement and remember the essays that I need today! Life here has been busy this week. I took it easy until Monday evening and then was back at it on Tuesday. Hannah is really struggling and needs your prayers! Just love her. That's what she needs right now! Natalie celebrated her 16th birthday yesterday. We took a group of 12 to Laser Assault in Provo and then they came back here for pizza, presents, and cake/ice cream. It turned out great considering that we put it together the day before! I'm taking her tomorrow to get her driver's license. Jakob's been busy with basketball and soccer. He seems to like both. He also helped us shovel a ton of snow on Thursday and yesterday. We received almost a foot of snow yesterday. I got stuck a few times over at the Russells as I was picking Jakob up. I've been working hard to help everyone with their various activities and I'm beginning to plan more of the details of our trip. I attended Book Club Thursday evening for the selection of our books to read this year. I think it will be a good year. Dad is going to start singing with the Millennial Choir-at least he's going to go listen next Thursday and see if it meets his standards. :) 

I'm excited about our theme for Ward Conferences this year - joy and spiritual survival. This is based in part on President Nelson's recent conference address. I've been reading an incredible book by Truman G. Madsen entitled Sacramental Reflections. Here's a little bit I wanted to share with you today:

"Rarely do we take the sacrament or other ordinances alone. Jesus has proclaimed that his cup is 'ever-flowing' as we drink of it. His living water will 'spring up to everlasting life." All of the Lord's gifts are inexhaustible. His promises are complete: Everyone is an heir of all-and not just some. The treasures of eternity are in the depths of Christ's personality. The more they are received the more they are, in his pattern, given. Love is not diminished but increased when bestowed, for love generates love. Light is not a quantity that will be detached and carried away until it runs out. Intelligence is not spent by sharing, but grows expansively. The truth can be taught to one or a million, and in the very teaching its influence is increased. The more who come to know, the more truth is apparent, and the more extensive its dominion. One day truth, his shining truth, will fill the earth, and the earths, 'as the waters cover the sea.' "

I love the thought of how you as a missionary are spreading the dominion of truth! You are sharing His love and His light. Think of this as you partake of the water next Sunday.

Love you!


P. S. Remember that things fall into place when we first focus on love!

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