Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Aaron's emial January 24, 2012

We were on exchanges this past week with our District Leader and we got a referral from HQ for a woman who had been meeting with missionaries in the Riverside area, we went over to contact her and she is great. Her name is Tabitha and she has two kids, she prays daily and enjoyed her time with the missionaries in riverside. when we got there she immediately said "wow, you guys move fast!" haha apparently she had just quite recently moved in. We have an appointment with her today at our church building and will be teaching her about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how we can change through Him. I may have told you last week about Korina, she moved to La Mesa, but we know the missionaries down there and she is in wonderful hands. It's such an incredible testimony to me that i am playing a part in the work of the Lord and that millions of others are participating in this same, glorious work. The sun never sets on this, the work of the Lord. What an incredible blessing!
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
"Work as if you were to live 100 years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow" -Ben Franklin

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