Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Selwin Wearies of Rain

Well, after a week of clear blue skies and trying to take pictures of just random things, the heavens have opened up and for the second day straight, rain has been my third best friend.

We had specialized training yesterday and it took the whole entire day so today is officially preparation day.  With rain falling I took the opportunity to retire to my winter quarters after doing all I had to do for the morning.  It was just beautiful. Anyway, the week was super tough. No matter where we went or what we did things just didn't work out, but we kept pushing on. It's all in the life of a missionary. It is at these times I truly reflect on the life of the Savior even more.  Knowing He did exactly what I'm doing brings comfort to my soul and reassures me all I'm doing will not be in vain.  That’s what really matters … doing the Lord's will and nothing else.

Elder Rafael E. PiƱo of the Seventy, in his talk on "The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel" said: "The Lord knows what He wants to accomplish with each one of us. He knows the kind of reform He wants to achieve in our lives, and we do not have the right to counsel Him. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.” We do not know what the Lord has in store for us but we do know it will be of great worth, not just to us, but to those around us. This is a privilege, not a burden, to have and one we should be glad to take upon us. We have the backing of our Savior and His endless love that enfolds us so we are to be the type of individuals He knows we are, He counsels in Matthew 3:13-16.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt hath lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This is how the Savior sees us and this is how we should see ourselves, so the next time you look at yourself in the mirror remember who you are and who you represent.  Know no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like nothing you do in this life that pertains to the will of the Lord - which is eternal - will ever be in vain.  No matter how big or how small it may be, it is all eternal. Know it and believe it!!!!!.

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