Monday, July 25, 2016

Sometimes, I do not know how to begin each of my blogs... I try and think of something catchy and creative, different than what I said the week before... but honestly this week has been wonderful!!  - Just like how I always say, haha!!! The only downside is it was like 105 plus humidity...that was so not wonderful.

Some highlights:  we went down to Lincoln for a day, for an exchange with some sisters, and we saw signs that said "Don't Pokemon and Drive!" This game is plaguing the world haha,especially if missionaries know about it. I had the most wonderful exchange with a dear sister who has only been out for a month, that greenie fire is a real thing! And, then later, basically melted while doing some yard work outside for three hours, but it was soo worth it!! My testimony of how hearts are softened through service, continues to deepen!!

But, what I really wanted to talk about was what I learned in sacrament meeting yesterday. July 24th is Pioneer Day, and the theme of sacrament was in honoring those who have paved the way before us. But rather than focus exclusively on all those wonderful saints who crossed the plains, they also spoke of modern day pioneers.  The analogy is that we are pioneers as well. Like the pioneers of the past, we live among those who do not believe the things we do. And, although we do not leave homes and family behind, we are asked to lay aside the things of the world and become followers of Christ.  Also, we go through times of extreme trials and testing. Our Zion, the promised land that we are being led to, is the eternal salvation with our Father in heaven.

As modern day pioneers we should look to those who came before us, as they are amazing examples of faith, unselfishness, sacrifice, obedience, moderation, unity and patience. All attributes we need now, just as much as they needed them then. I invite each of you to ponder on the pioneers you know, ancient and modern, and think of how you can more fully apply and practice these principles in your own lives. This is what I have been doing and I have found that we can, as Christ says in Mark 5:36, "Be not afraid, only believe".   There will be times of trial, however, we know we are here for Christ and as we put our trust in Him there will be nothing to fear.
~ With Bunches of Love,
Sister Jordan

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