I didn't think I'd get a good chance to write anything today but I got a minute so thought I'd type up a quick something. I'll only have four more chances after today so I've got to make the most out of my time.
This week we have been preparing for the many trainings and events during December while also doing a number of exchanges with the zone leaders. I really love exchanges because it always sets the stage for miracles. Everyone enters the exchange with faith and the desire to work hard and things always end up panning out - even if it wasn't in the way planned or imagined.
I had the very special opportunity to have a lesson with a girl who is preparing for baptism (will actually be baptized this evening) and her family. It's been a while since I've been able to teach someone who was that close to baptism. The Spirit in those lessons are always very strong. The girl has been very eager and has been ready for a while but the parents have been struggling to get back to church. They are less-active in the church and have been off and on for 15 years or so. They have been to the temple and were sealed there as well. We were able to take the lesson aimed towards the little girl and broaden it to them as a family. We taught about our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and about the Sabbath day. As we taught the little girl about the special part of the Sabbath day where we partake of the Sacrament we made sure to remind the parents that the Sacrament, when taken properly, renews all covenants and not just those made at baptism. I think they latched on to that idea because from that point on in the lesson they seemed a lot more hopeful and excited about coming back to church.
I love that the Lord is merciful. The sacrament is a great demonstration of his mercy and love for us. He allows us to not only enter into covenants with him (which covenants bless us) but he allows us to repent and renew those covenants as we don't always keep the terms. When we partake of the sacrament under the right conditions then our covenant is renewed and we can enjoy the instant blessings of that those covenants as well as trust in receiving future, greater blessings.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Sister Ashby (the mission nurse) made us a nice rice, chicken, and broccoli casserole. She taught me how to make some gravy to put on top. The gravy made it feel more homey. It was a nice lunch but no Thanksgiving naps here in the mission!