Left to right: Gordon Lonsdale, Elder David Ross Jensen (baptized me) a greenie missionary, The Zone Leader, I'm in the center with the green coat, Susan Wellman, Randy Skinner (new convert) Kathy Brown (new convert) and dear Elder Thorton Lee Jewkes, who Confirmed me and blessed me with the Gift of The Holy Ghost.
This is the 40th year of my membership. Yeah, I know, I've blogged about that already. This day was the beginning of my life because if this wouldn't have "Come To Pass" I wouldn't have met my dazzling husband and have the precious children that bless us so very much!
One thing I really remember at the Institute of Religion at the college that we were told by Brother Mitchell, that we should warn our neighbors and peach the Gospel to everyone, because in the after-life my acquaintances will know that I was given a great blessing to share. We are told about missionary work often and all will know I didn't share with them the same opportunity that I had.
I was in awe that when the Church News came a couple days ago, on the back page is a quote from President Henry B. Eyring at a Conference and he spoke on this same subject. He said, "We are to talk with nonmember friends and relatives about the gospel. Our purpose is to invite them to be taught by the full-time missionaries who are called and set apart to teach. When a person has chosen to accept our invitation to be taught, a "referral" of great promise has been created, one far more likely to enter the waters of baptism and to remain faithful... (I was a referral and I've tried so hard to remain faithful) "Well, the danger may be hard to see, but it is real, both for them and for us. For instance , at some moment in the world to come, everyone you will ever meet will know what you know now. They will know that the only way to live forever in association with our families and in the presence of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, was to choose to enter into the gate by baptism at the hands of those with authority from God. They will know that the only way families can be together forever is to accept and keep sacred covenants offered in the temples of God on this earth. And they will know that you knew. And they will remember whether you offered them what someone had offered you.
I've got to do more to be a better missionary. This quote has come into my life, again and with even more meaning. What more joy would be ours to meet in heaven those who joined the Church with me and have no regrets.
I made a funny self-portrait and as you look at the word portrait, itself. There is "trait." I have traits. One lip is lower than the other and I put that in my picture. Of course, while I was doing this Dustin was here and he was asking me WHO is that? So, I guess it's what I think of myself. I have fluffy hair, big eyes, scars that I hide with mucho make-up, but my thoughts in my head are all over the place. I have cobwebs in my thoughts. Mostly about the farm and how much it costs us. My legs, our money, our work all go so much into it, including the garden. Is it worth it to the family? I hope they say yes and that the work and time they spent at it was for their good.
I remember this picture from something I saw on the internet. I can't remember too much about it. The colors were different. The person was perfect and the goals and thoughts were few. Very interesting way to show ourselves, but I loved it. I couldn't fit all I think about in my life. I constantly hope of being a better person and those thoughts are always flying out maybe as prayers, my conscious, or just in defense of myself. Too me only. I didn't think of soda pop. hahaha Or food? Now, that's interestin'! Do you like the Curly Horse? Banner looks like me. Old, turning grey, fat, and definitely stubborn, notice we have the same hair?
I loved on all the animals today. I'm so scared of the mountain lions. We had reverse 911 calls a couple times today and the helicopter looking for the lions were circling our place. Scary. All the goats and sheep are going in the barn and horse trailer tonight. It'll be a tight fit, but I'll sleep better knowing that they're safe. If it rains--double plus--they'll be dry. Love you all. Mean it.
Much too Much. I Love Sundays and Can't Wait for Conference