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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Attitude of Gratitude

Sister Houser and me
June 2, 2014

            Well this week is something that has really sparked some soul-seeking.  I have really been examining my motives behind my actions and I have come to realize that my main motivation is not love.  It comes, I have found out, when you switch to a new area and your heart is still a bit in your last area.

            So this month’s theme is Love, which is so perfect and it is really amazing how much serving people really causes you to love them.  So my companion and I have been doing everything we can think of to serve the members and non-members.  We discovered the best way is just to show gratitude.  It has not only built them up, but it has also helped us remember all the blessings that we have been given.  So, in conclusion, if you want to have happiness, have gratitude.   

"A subtle but significant blessing we receive is the spiritual gift of gratitude that enables our appreciation for what we have to constrain desires for what we want. A grateful person is rich in contentment. An ungrateful person suffers in the poverty of endless discontentment."

                                                            —David A. Bednar, "The Windows of Heaven"

            In addition, we found a new investigator this week.  He was a potential that Sister Walton had and when we visited Neil, the first thing he offered us was beer.  We decided to save the word of wisdom lesson for later, but we taught him the Plan of Salvation.  Neil has never really been to church, and doesn't really know anything about things religiously.  As we talked, it was if he was soaking it all up.  It was so cool to see and it was really amazing to watch him start to understand what we were saying.
            I went to the TEMPLE.  It was such a neat experience again to go and you learn something new every time.  It is amazing because the temple is the only place I have been where it is as if the Spirit is tangible and you feel it everywhere.

Love you all

Sister in Jersey

Sister Houser and me at the Zoo
Sister Houser my 3rd Companion
A Magnolia tree - the most beautiful tree in Jersey
My new companion - Sister Walton

Sister Walton and me at the Manhattan Temple

A recent convert

The Statue of Liberty


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