Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Easter!

The week of Easter.  It was so great.  I love this time of year; the sun is coming out, the flowers are up, and everything is focused on our Savior and His glorious Resurrection.  Plus, people are more willing to let us in and come to church, which is a nice change ;)
This week had a couple of firsts.  The first is that Sis Whipple and I got to go to an ARP (addiction recovery meeting sponsored by the church) with a couple of our investigators.  I liked it, it was very similar to what we do on an everyday basis with helping people understand and let the Atonement work in their lives to overcome hardships.  The guys that we brought are super big into NA (narcotics anonymous) and want us to go with them to that since they came with us to ours.  We are pretty excited; it should be an interesting experience.  There are so many amazing people out there that struggle with some really hard things and it's great that there is so much support and help for them.  It just really hits home to me the miracle of the Atonement and that we can come back from mistakes (whether big or small) to become new people and always have that option of change. It's pretty amazing when you think about it.
The second first; we had to break into an apartment.  We run to the church every morning with the Hermanas who live below us and then play basketball or exercise in the gym there.  Well, when we get back to the apartments they realize that they left their keys in the church building, which is now locked.  So we climb over a fence to the back of the apartment complex to get to their bedroom window.  Then, since I am the tallest of the four of us (surprising, I know) I have to ninja crawl/stand on a ledge and finagle the screen off the window with a bobby pin.  Then we slide the window open and crawl through the window.  It was pretty fun.  I can only imagine what the neighbors were least we weren't in our skirts!  Oh, the life of a missionary.
Well, I guess I'll end with an Easter thought and one of my favorite songs: I know without a shadow of a doubt that God lives.  He sent His Son to the world so that we could live with our Heavenly Father again.  Christ came to save us and provided us the only way back, because He loves us.  He sacrificed Himself so we didn't have to travel this world and journey alone, we could have help and we could triumph over those human weaknesses that are present here on this earth.  He loves each of us so much and wants all of us to succeed and return to live in total joy with our Father in Heaven one day.  And it is possible through Christ and His Atonement!  I am not very good with words so here are some someone already wrote and that I believe with all my heart!
1.     1. I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.
2.     2. He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.
3.     3. He lives, my kind, wise heav'nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I'll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.
4.     4. He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
"I know that my Redeemer lives!"
I hope everyone has a fantastic week and remembers our Savior and the amazing sacrifice He has made for you.

Sis. Rae

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