Monday, December 15, 2014

Simeon Immersed in Vietnamese

Elder Lovell at Coca-cola Headquarters
This week was interesting and I mean it!  With Christmas coming we are sometimes finding it a little tough to talk with people because everyone is either in and out or up and about.  The few who do have time to hear us out are always interested in what we have to share, which is great. We found out we will be assigned to two wards for awhile.  One is the Brockett Ward and the other is the Brook Haven Branch.  And, get this!  They speak Vietnamese … Elder Lovell has hit gold again!  This week we gave alot of energy to finding and talking to people about the this wonderful gospel and next week we will try even harder because these wonderful people need the Gospel. We had a few set backs as well this week but that’s normal in the life of a missionary. We must carry on … we must endure for it is not until after the trial of our faith that we are truly blessed.  Just as the hymn "Onward Christian Soldier" goes: “onward shall I go,” I am not alone in my efforts. The video by the church entitled "He Is The Gift" is awesome and should be shared with one and all because the true reason for the season is the Savior Jesus Christ.  He is the greatest gift ever given and he is also the greatest gift received this Christmas and every day of the year. For the Savior said "Come Follow Me" and so shall we not and invite others to do the same.  I know that is what the Savior would do and so I will and I hope that you do so, too.  There is a scripture (Moroni 7:45-48) which is good advice for us all

Little cartoon characters Nativity
 45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail.

47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

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