November 23rd, 2015: Gratitude

Hey everyone, hope you had a great week. This past week was super awesome. On Monday, we played some bball in Blanding and I got to throw the frisbee around a little bit which felt really good.

 

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Last Monday in Blanding. It snowed a lot.
We got to see Wanda and Aldean this week after not being able to contact them for the past week and a half. We shared a beautiful lesson with them about exaltation. We read out of the Gospel Principle book and it shares all the ordinances you have to receive and 10 things that involve action in order to obtain the blessing of eternal life. Wanda is awesome! She shared of how Heavenly Father probably looks down at her and says “Wanda, I’ve given you so much and so many gifts. If only you knew your true potential as a daughter of God.”Wanda tells us so many cool stories. Her stories truly witness of how thin the veil can be at times. It’s crazy cool. Anyways, the chapter closes with this scripture from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25: “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” It’s such a joy to know of my potential and to even have the ability to become like my Father in Heaven.
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Yesterday in church, we had a couple from Blanding come down to speak. It was great! White Mesa has the BEST Sacrament meetings. It’s super cool. The brother who talked, spoke of how blessed and chosen the people of White Mesa are. He shared of how he was wondering why this season begins with general conference in October, has Thanksgiving in November, and Christmas in December. He explained that General Conference prepares us for both of these holidays by more greatly letting us see God’s hand in our lives. He talked about how keeping a gratitude journal has truly helped him more understand how blessed he has been his entire life. I’ve been extremely blessed in my life and I’m so grateful for everyone I’ve met. There’s so many people in the world and you can always learn something new from a person you just met. Christmas is such a great time to remember Jesus Christ and be grateful for Him.
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Life’s great down here, it really is. Although the work is slow sometimes, I’ve been able to grow a lot. I haven’t really changed; I’ve definitely been able to understand more just how much God cares for each of His children. Here’s the 10th Article of Faith: “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.” We had interviews with President Adams this week and one thing he mentioned was how missionary work is really meant on preparing the World for the second coming of Jesus Christ. I really like that perspective. I feel so privileged to work with the Native Americans and to share with them that the Book of Mormon is a history of their people.
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Love you all, thanks for all the help! Here’s a quote that President and Sister Adams shared with us about Thanksgiving: “Gratitude is expressed in prayer and thanksgiving; but more so in living lives of honor and integrity, of kindness and compassion, in awareness of others and their needs, and an honest expression of gratitude for all those who bless and affect our lives for good. Thanksgiving is best expressed in thanks-living of goodness and obedience and love and service.” Have a great week!
Love, Elder Jeffrey Woodbury
We did farm work like all Saturday on the Rez. It was fun. Turns out Elder Rigby is a 4-Her and comes from a farming family. He just did cows for his project and showed them at the fair.

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We helped a family relocate this sheep pen.

 

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