Monday, September 9, 2013

Having the Faith Not to Be Healed (SP)

I´ve never had such a desire to do visiting teaching in my life.  That is ALL we do hear.  Missionary work = Visiting and Home teaching.  18 mo/2 yrs of it.  And it is the greatest joy I´ve experienced :). 
This week we took a day of ´´catch up´´ to organize ourselves and refocus our goals.  I spent a couple hours perfecting cookie dough while Sister Smith made a zillion calls.  We baked, called, and planned.  We went the next day and delivered cookies

“I know this work is God’s very truth, and I know that only at our peril would we allow doubt or devils to sway us from its path. Hope on. Journey on. Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns, but first and forever fan the flame of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe.”

In this same conference address entitled “I Believe” Elder Holland expressed:

“Brothers and sisters, this is a divine work in process, with the manifestations and blessings of it abounding in every direction, so please don’t hyperventilate if from time to time issues arise that need to be examined, understood, and resolved. They do and they will. In this Church, what we know will always trump what we do not know. And remember, in this world, everyone is to walk by faith.

So be kind regarding human frailty—your own as well as that of those who serve with you in a Church led by volunteer, mortal men and women. Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we. And when you see imperfection, remember that the limitation is not in the divinity of the work. As one gifted writer has suggested, when the infinite fullness is poured forth, it is not the oil’s fault if there is some loss because finite vessels can’t quite contain it all. Those finite vessels include you and me, so be patient and kind and forgiving.”
I love this work so much.  Sister Smith shared with me a bit of Elder Bednar´s last CES fireside talk about having the faith not to be healed.  Sometimes the things you ask of the Lord are not immediately apparent.  But I know that it is the effort that is made and not the direct results that shows success.  When we individually improve, progress is made whether it´s noticed or not.  I love this work.  Until next week!
Sister Packer

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