Hello beautiful people,
It has been a week of holidays – Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day. This meant that for two nights this week we were required to be inside after 5pm.
Sister Wilkinson is very American and adores Halloween respectfully so. Therefore, unknowing of the rules, I let her dress up. Coincidentally in our flat storage, I found a witch’s hat which complimented Sister Wilkinson’s costume of a cat. Check out that companionship unity.
Fast forward, the Elders told me that my costume suited my personality. They are so lovely.
Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire night is basically an excuse to set off fireworks in celebration of the safety of the King in 1605. Guy Fawkes was merely one of the men who tried to blow up Parliament and that is where the name came from. It is hilarious as it is not even named after the main villain. While the official day was Sunday, most celebratory events were on the Saturday night, and I thoroughly enjoyed proselyting among bonfires, fireworks and the crowds of people.
Furthermore, I have exciting news.
Last year, on July 25th I wrote this in my email to President:
Moreover, the spiritual note.
I was reading a talk ‘The Hope of God’s Light’ by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
Isn’t it wonderful to know that we don’t have to be perfect to experience the blessings and gifts of our Heavenly Father? We don’t have to wait to cross the finish line to receive God’s blessings. In fact, the heavens begin to part and the blessings of heaven begin to distill upon us with the very first steps we take toward the light.
The perfect place to begin is exactly where you are right now. It doesn’t matter how unqualified you may think you are or how far behind others you may feel. The very moment you begin to seek your Heavenly Father, in that moment, the hope of His light will begin to awaken, enliven, and ennoble your soul. The darkness may not dissipate all at once, but as surely as night always gives way to dawn, the light will come.
I understand that I am not perfect, I make many mistakes and I have many weaknesses, but I know that the Lord is understanding and patient. He has a perfect, infinite, enduring, and universal love and therefore He has provided us with a Saviour in Jesus Christ whom is our living hope.
This week I have particularly seen how as we begin to turn our hearts to God and take the time to address Him in sincere prayer, expressing our gratitude, our challenges, our concerns and asking for strength and support, that He truly will answer His children. Miracles have not yet ceased.
Ether 12:4,32 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.
And I also remember that thou hast said that thou hast prepared a house for man, yea, even among the mansions of thy Father, in which man might have a more excellent hope; wherefore man must hope, or he cannot receive an inheritance in the place which thou hast prepared.
And my prayer is that I may always be able to see the Lord’s hand in my life as I strive to trust in Him and remain worthy of His promised blessings. Have a wonderful week !