Monday, March 16, 2015

Show the Lord that you trust Him..WEEK 92!!

Lieve Familie,

       Before I tell you all about this crazzy week, I want you all to know that my love for you is powerful. I am so thankful for the continuous support, love, and encouragement I receive weekly. I appreciate it a lot, more than you know. So thank you! 

               Where to even begin.. Well I got another new companion this weeek! SURPRISE. After some long hard working, and memorable days we got a call from President Thursday morning. He told us two things.. #1 To go buy McFlurrys and #2 that Elder Ames is getting emergency transferred to Eindhoven and that the transfer would take place the following day at our Mission Leader Council meeting at the mission home. So we spent that night packing him up and the next day after the meeting it was ``tot ziens´´ Elder Ames and hello to my new comp Elder Torniainen! Crazzy huh? But it’s been great. Elder Torniainen and I already knew each other because we have served around one another before so we are already great friends! He is from Finland and is truly a bro. Love him already! We should have a great time this transfer. 

               Now the reason for the transfer was because Elder Torniainen was going to get a calling in our ward. The stake presidency here had arranged for the whole thing. We just didn’t know what type of calling he would receive. So Sunday came around and he got called as the new Elders Quorum President and following that I was then called as his first counselor! So following church we had meetings with the Bishop and also members from the Stake to start working on things and figuring things out. Looks like we are just going to be super crazzzy busy and a little more stressed out for the next couple of weeks! Looking forward to it:)  

   With that being said.. The week was great. We taught lots of lessons and several times throughout the week I felt like an instrument in the hands of the Lord, whether it was giving blessings, serving others, teaching others, etc. It was a good spiritual week. 

  In a week or so we will be giving our big training for the transfer and the theme that we have chosen is this simple line: Show the Lord that you trust him. I believe that it is truly inspired because I have been applying it into every aspect in my life and I already feel much closer to Him than before. Putting our trust in the Lord is one thing, but truly showing him that we trust him is another. It involves action and doing. Sacrificing things such as; time, energy, strength, sleep, etc. to truly show him that you trust in Him and that his promises will one day be fulfilled. It is one thing to say that you trust in someone, but it means even more to truly show that someone, the trust you have in them.

 I know that as we work on showing the Lord that we trust in him through obeying the commandments and putting him as priority #1 in our daily (not just weekly or monthly) lives, we will be constantly blessed with loving peace, joyful comfort, and an unending hope with no disappointments. I hope that I will one day be able to say the same as Nephi once said -  
“O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh....” (2 Nephi 4:34)

But for now I echo his words of -
 “Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.” (2 Nephi 4:35)

Fam and friends.. I love my mission. I love the gospel. And I love you! Have a great week. Be safe. Say your prayers. Work on your trust. And ENJOY to the END!

    Big Dude

Pics: Elder Ames and I (companions for one week)!
        Elder Torniainen and I (new comps)!

        The view from our apartment at night with the Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam! 

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