We made it!! We are excited to see Aubrey on Friday!
This has been a great week of reflection. Mom has been busy baking cakes and more cakes to give to the numerous people we have grown to love.
I can now sense a pull in two directions. Up until now, my main focus was on helping to move the work along here in Beira. Now, I'm trying to make sure that all the loose ends have been completed....
On Tuesday, this week, we sent two (2) suitcases to Maputo with some missionaries going there for a leadership conference. On Wednesday, I gave my suit to an Institute teacher Macopas (photos attached) who is preparing to serve a mission. We came here with six (6) suitcases and will return home with four (4). Simplify, simplify, simplify.....
Some good quotes:
As President Harold B. Lee frequently taught, “When we understand more than we know with our minds, when we understand with our hearts, then we know that the Spirit of the Lord is working upon us” (“When Your Heart Tells You Things Your Mind Does Not Know,” 3).
The joyful news for anyone who desires to be rid of the consequences of past poor choices is that the Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion. Whereas the Lord warns that unrepented rebellion will bring punishment, when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy."
- Elder Richard G. Scott
"It is a fundamental truth that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be cleansed. We can become virtuous and pure. However, sometimes our poor choices leave us with long-term consequences. One of the vital steps to complete repentance is to bear the short- and long-term consequences of our past sins."
- Elder Richard G. Scott
“What do you do when you have prepared carefully, have prayed fervently, waited a reasonable time for a response, and still do not feel an answer? You may want to express thanks when that occurs, for it is an evidence of [Heavenly Father’s] trust. When you are living worthily and your choice is consistent with the Savior’s teachings and you need to act, proceed with trust. As you are sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit, one of two things will certainly occur at the appropriate time: either the stupor of thought will come, indicating an improper choice, or the peace or the burning in the bosom will be felt, confirming that your choice was correct. When you are living righteously and are acting with trust, God will not let you proceed too far without a warning impression if you have made the wrong decision.” (Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Using the Supernal Gift of Prayer,” Ensign, May 2007, 10.)
Photos of the week.....
# 2-4 Delivery of my suit to Macopas Jose Fernando. Not only was he an Institute teacher but he served as the 1st counselor in the Munhava Branch Presidency, and earlier this year we were able to see him baptize his parents.