Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Change of Heart‏

Hi Everyone,

I am so grateful for the experiences of this past week. The Lord knows me perfectly. I am in awe of His ability to make everything work for our best interest. It was a crazy week, complete with District Meeting in a district of all Elders except for us, exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders, visits from the District Leader, a wedding, bikes, a Relief Society activity, and so many tender mercies from the Lord. 

Sister Lee and I are so excited for the progress and potential in the Wolfville area. I have learned so much from her over this past week and I feel like a completely different missionary. More than anything, she wants to serve the Lord with all her heart, and I am so grateful for her example to me. We have set a goal to read the Book of Mormon by Easter. My focus on reading the Book of Mormon this time is to understand the heart more. The condition of my heart is the most important factor in my success in missionary work and in life. The Lord has taught me so much in the past week about the condition of my heart.

As I was reading this week, I found this scripture: 
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Jeremiah 29:11-13

All I can give the Lord is my heart. When we offer our hearts to Him, He can make us more than we could ever make of ourselves. The first thing Moroni exhorts us to do in Moroni 10 is to remember how merciful the Lord has been to His children from the beginning of time until now. Remembering the Lord's mercies in our own lives softens our hearts. When we soften our hearts, the Spirit is able to testify to us and to CHANGE us. 

Prepare your heart for the messages we will hear in a couple weeks from a living prophet. I am so excited to receive personal revelation through General Conference! :)

Sister Renda

Sister Lee and I on the bikes for the first time. Adventure, here we come!

Sister Drew and I. Sister Drew was in my sophomore ward at USU.

The Valley Girls...All of the sisters in this picture have served in the Wolfville area, which is in the Annapolis Valley.

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