Monday, August 18, 2014
|Look what Sister Mathis got...A haircut!!|
Joke of the week- What kind of a pet did Lehi and his family have?Hello my amazing friends and family. This week has been such a bittersweet week. I remember my teacher in the MTC tell me, "as a missionary you will never experience such joy, but you will also never experience such heartbreak." A mission is full of ups and downs, bumps and curves and unexpected detours. It is an exciting roller coaster that I am so fortunate to be riding on. A mission is a trial of your faith, and your ability to endure to the end. Everyday my faith is challenged and as a result I can honestly say I've never before felt my faith grow so strong. I am constantly building my foundation on the rock and just like we are taught in Mosiah that when we build our foundation on Jesus Christ, the winds, the shafts in the whirlwind, the hail, and the storms shall not have power over us. I am grateful for that rock we are able to build upon. I realized this week that I must constantly be putting forth my best effort because I know there's no way I could walk up to my Heavenly Father and say, "I am sorry. I just couldn't do it. It was just too hard. I gave up." That's not who I am. I am strong because He has made me strong. I know I am nothing without Him and I can easily recognize my imperfections but I can fully testify that He is working with me every step of the way.
May we all run this race we have entered. May we work hard and put up a good fight. If you will remember the most recent conference, this is our four minutes! That is all we have. Four minutes to show Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that we are worthy of their presence. Turn to our Savior. He is there for all of us. He loves us more then we can even begin to comprehend. I love you guys. I appreciate your support. I want to hear how you are doing. I want to hear your testimonies. Please feel free to write meSister Lauren Mathis19 Clairedan Dr.Powell, OH 43065I love you all so very much, but even more importantly I know how much your Savior loves all of you.To end the joke:Lehi and his family were commanded to take their family and FLEA into the wilderness.Have a wonderful week. Work hard and have fun!Love Sister Mathis
|Lauren's Third companion Sister King from Pocatello, ID|
|Lauren's Second companion Sister Schauers from California|
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Years ago was born a babe in a stable far awayHe did not have a place to lay His head, except a manger full of hayHe was sent down to earth from our Heavenly Father as a symbol of His loveHe patiently waited for His turn to come down and leave His home aboveWillingly He came, knowing what was to comeHe walked the roads of Jerusalem hoping to unite the people as oneMiracles He performed, the blind He caused to seeHe led a perfect example and said to others “Come and follow me.”Judged and condemned at times our valiant Savior must have feltI wonder if He ever was discouraged and thought, “Why can’t it be someone else?”But onward walked the Messiah, by faith rather than sightHe was the promised Savior that filled the world with lightHis love is unfailing; it simply will always be thereI cannot fully comprehend that love, the love I yearn to shareIn Gethsemane He bled for me and did what no mortal could doHave you ever stopped to ponder, He bled and died for you?Our Savior and Redeemer suffered for us and bled from every poreHis loving hands became a symbol, broken, battered, and torn.On the cross He was lifted up for all the world to seeIn pain and agony He cried out “Abba,” Daddy, “Why have you forsaken me?”He vicariously gave His life to atone for men and save us all from sinBecause of Him we can all be forgiven if only we let Him in.And on the third day He rose again perfected and glorified,I often stop to wonder what it will be like when I get to stand before His eyes.I imagine He will call me by name and know exactly who I am.He will wipe the tears from my face and take me by the hand.I hope to hear the uttered words once spoken long ago