Saturday, August 27, 2011

That's Our Missionaries, All 53.000 of Them at Any Given Time

"Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand."
-- Bruce Barton  

As young men in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints go and serve on missions, they are not leaving because they have nothing else to do. They are busy, active, socially well functioning and often successful young people. They leave all this behind to serve God on a two year mission. Why, because they have faith in God and something to share, something to do and they act on it. These are the successful young missionaries we hear about and these are the beginning testimonies that future generations of our church will be building upon. That's our missionaries, all 53.000 of them at any given time.  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

You're Not Alone!

Expressions of Love - Forever

Scriptures: Do We Value Them Enough?

On the the 400th anniversary of the King James translation of the Bible we might remind ourselves of its true value and humble beginnings. 

Every day of the year valuable time and thousands of dollars are spent by young people in the prime of their lives to share a message found in a few books known as scripture. 

People serving as missionaries make sacrifices that we all can become more aware the contents of these scriptures and make them a part of our lives. Lives, rights and freedom have been lost sharing or preserving our right to access these same books known as scripture. If we are not ready to make even a small sacrifice to preserve our access to, or maintain our knowledge of the scriptures, perhaps we are not sufficiently familiar with its contents?

We are a generation blessed with easy access to the scriptures but such privilege come with the risk of taking our treasured scriptures for granted. Are we justifying these great acts of sacrifice with an equal effort of knowing what's on the very pages, that people have died for?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Elder Jepsen - Thank you God for blessing my son, his new wife and our family

He's home, he's released and he's happily married but I came across this comment in the blog and it warmed my heart all over again. I can't help being reminded that it really was all worth it and how great a feeling it is when others feel the same way. Missionary work is truly a great blessing to our youth and all the rest of us!

Jan 14th 2011, a comment was made a comment on "Minnesota Minneapolis Mission Update" that I think gives credit not only to Elder Jepsen and the Spirit in missionary work but also the many people behind the scenes making it all possible. Thank you to all of you, I hope and pray that Elder Jepsen earned his place in the mission field:

I just returned from my mission in Minneapolis. I was in the MTC with Elder Jepsen, I think I met him his first day there. I only served near him once in the field though, the transfer he trained an Elder from Finland. He's an extraordinary missionary, well respected, loved by his fellow missionaries and by the people of Minnesota. Thanks so much for sending him on a mission. He was a great example to me.
- Martha Harper (returned Sister missionary from the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission)

Thank you to all of you many wonderful people that made it possible that my sons could go on a mission. Thank you for support and thank you for being there. Thank you to Mission President and Sister Howell, thank you to the many missionaries of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, thank you to the wonderful members of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, thank you to all the people writing and supporting him while out there without whom it would not have possible, thank you to friends and family everywhere and thank you God for blessing our son with faith and spiritual knowledge, thank you God for letting our son be instrumental in helping people's lives find faith and strength in you as Elder Jepsen has done so many times before, thank you God for keeping and returning him back home safely, thank you God for blessing my son, his new wife and our family, these are the things that matter most. Thank you!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Video from Ximena and Lee's Wedding

Our wonderful daughter-law Brittany just sent me a beautiful tear-jerker of of a video from when the New Jepsen couple were exiting the Copenhagen Denmark Temple after the completion of their sealing ordinance.

I truly enjoyed this video and if you have been following his mails when he was still Elder Jepsen only a few months back, I can only recommend that you watch it. The great photography and excellent editing combined with and absolutely perfect soundtrack tells the story well. I was moved!

Ximana becomes a Jepsen: Ximena and Lee's Wedding Day from Brittany Watson on Vimeo.

A have also included a little reminder to help us all remember the blessings of the temple:

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