Christ’s Light

DSCN0707[1]Hey everyone!

Nothing super huge this week, just everyday missionary fun:)

Tuesday we had exchanges, and I got to go up to Boulder which was Sister Johnson’s last area:) So I was able to meet a lot of people she worked with and it was really fun!

DSCN0669[1]Wednesday we went to the temple ❤ I love the temple so much! It is a sacred place where we can feel so close to our Father in Heaven. My testimony that we are all His beloved children is strengthened every time I attend the temple:)

Wednesday we were also able to meet a young couple who just had their first baby and want to raise him in a church. As we were talking with them, we could just see them all in white, being sealed for time and all eternity in the temple. That’s what Christ’s gospel is all about, really– building eternal families:)

We’re teaching this 15 year old kid who has been out of town this week, so he suggested we just call him and have lessons over the phone. We were happy to oblige! Phone lessons are interesting but it’s been good:) And he’s back now, so we’re glad. He wants to be baptized soon and we’re really trying to help him to be ready!

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Our thank you note for people who have us over for dinner
Saturday we helped with a really cool stake service project. Basically we teamed up with the red cross and the fire department and installed free smoke detectors in people’s homes. There were a lot of people who weren’t home, but we did meet one lady who was so grateful to have us help, and she accepted our offer to come back help in the neighborhood garden as well! So we’re going to get some other missionaries over too and it should be really great:) Plus we get free kale whenever we want! (cue grimace from Sister Johnson)

We’re starting to teach Debbie the new member lessons and she’s doing awesome:) She is so excited to be learning more and more. That’s something I really love about the gospel– we keep learning and growing no matter where we’re at.

DSCN0628[1]Speaking of which, I learned something in my personal study today that I wanted to share!

I’m going through the Book of Mormon again and am in Ether right now, and today I read chapter 6. It’s where the Jaredites are crossing the ocean to the promised land. In the chapters before it talks about how there was no way to have light inside their ships, and so the brother of Jared had asked the Lord to touch some stones so they would shine in the dark. And because of this man’s incredible faith, the Lord answered his prayer. And then in chapter 6 verses 2 and 3 it says:

“For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the stones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels.

“And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.”

That second verse really caught my attention, because I don’t think it only applies to glowing rocks. I started to think about other words I could substitute for “stones.” And there are a lot! The Holy Ghost, prophets, the scriptures. And the most important one, of course, is our Savior.

Jesus Christ was prepared from before the foundation of the world to shine in the darkness and give light to all of Heavenly Father’s children. We don’t have to live our lives in darkness or sorrow or fear. Our Savior overcame all of that through the Atonement. I am so grateful that I can have this light in my life and share it with those around me!

“Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.

“Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

“Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth.” (2 Nephi 2:6-8)

DSCN0633[1]So share that light with someone around you this week:) It’s too wonderful to not share!

Love,
Sister Stratford

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