We had our stake conference this past week and it was a regional broadcast for southern California. We were blessed to hear from Elder Steven E. Snow, Sister Barbara Thompson, Elder Paul V Johnson, and Elder L. Tom Perry. We were richly fed and the spirit was incredible. Hamid (the Muslim family we are teaching) came to stake conference but sadly had to leave about 20 minutes in because their children were sick and they got a call that they weren't doing too well and had to go and check on them. i will weekly be quoting some of their talks and quotes, but this week i would like to focus on the parable of the ballerina music box, by Elder Johnson. A mother who had three little girls, one of which was very ill, was going through a store during Christmas time looking for gifts for little ones. She found lovely ballerina music jewelry boxes, each magnificent and individually beautiful for each of her little girls. She decided to show one of her girls the one that she had purchased for her ill child, and the little girl began crying and crying, saying that that box was perfect and that she wanted that one, that there was nothing more perfect than the one that her sister would be getting for Christmas. All the while, the mother comforting and consoling her little one, because she knew what was in store, she knew that the music box her little girl would be getting would be even more beautiful to her. This is like our Heavenly Father and us. Many times we cry and plead for something that would be absolutely perfect right now, that we need it. When He knows that He has something much more glorious and magnificent in store for each of us. We just need to be patient and diligent in keeping the commandments. I absolutely love that story and hope that we will each trust in the Lord, and His plan for us with each new day.
Has anyone had any missionary experiences they would like to share?
My time is running short, but know that i love each and every one of you dearly and keep you in my prayers. I know that this church is true, it is Christ's church and we are led by a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. I love this work and know that it is His work. I pray that each of you has a wonderful week and just in case I'm not able to get something out to them, Let Grandma and Anna know that i love them dearly and send them my best Birthday wishes.
Elder Aaron Jordan Lloyd
TOTW"Work as if you were to live 100 years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow" -Ben Franklin