|Happy Mother's Day|
We all talked as a family on Skype and at the end of our time we passed around the tablet and each spoke to him individually. I loved it. I am attaching a few of the photos for you so you can see him. He is very happy and working hard.
He talked to me about how his testimony has grown. He went on to say that he now knows beyond any doubt that the church is true and missionary work is the Lord's work. He played a ukulele for us which was a huge treat that we all enjoyed.
Later when we were alone talking he talked about how lucky he is to have been blessed with an obedient heart. I laughed a little thinking about how he was a rather willful child and sometimes could be a disagreeable teenager, but true to his statement, Joey was always obedient. He may have complained while doing what he was told to do, but he always did it. He said that by holding on tight to the gift that he was given (an obedient heart) he has been given the greater gift of now having a believing heart. He said he does not feel that he was blessed or given the gift of a believing heart because he first had to prove to Heavenly Father that he would stay true to the gift of obedience that he was given. Some people, he said, are able to hear the truth and it just resonates with them but it has never been that way for him, and in fact he spent much of his time questioning what he was told before he served his mission. Again true to his obedient nature he kept the commandments, often wondering why he did. He said even going out to serve was another aspect of being obedient, hopeful that it was the right choice, but never entirely certain. Praying that he would believe 'more and better'. Today he said, "I can't tell you exactly when or how it happened, but I know with a certainty that this is the truth." He said he is grateful that because he honored the gift of an obedient heart he was able to get to the point where he was given the gift of having a believing heart. He feels like his test thus far was to be obedient and that had he decided to be disobedient he may never have had the opportunity to become a person with a believing heart. He said it was as if Heavenly Father was saying, "OK...wait for it, wait for it..... BAM, now you have it and it can never be taken from you because you earned it though your obedience."
Those words were truly the best mother's day gift a gal could ever get.
In Sunday School today our lesson was on Seeking the Best Gifts. This was in today's lesson.
President George Q. Cannon taught: “If any of us are imperfect, it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect. Have I imperfections? I am full of them. What is my duty? To pray to God to give me the gifts that will correct these imperfections. If I am an angry man, it is my duty to pray for charity, which suffereth long and is kind. Am I an envious man? It is my duty to seek for charity, which envieth not. So with all the gifts of the Gospel. They are intended for this purpose. No man ought to say, ‘Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.’ He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them” (Millennial Star, 23 Apr. 1894, 260).
I am certain that Heavenly Father has many gifts for each of us and that as we magnify the gifts that He has given us He will bless us with more gifts. I am so grateful to have a loving Father in heaven who has blessed us with His Son that we may all return to live with him again.
As the mom of a missionary I can tell you today was the best day of 2013 so far!
All the Best,
|Happy to see his face!|