Sunday, 14 April 2013

Happy Easter

Hey everybody!!!

This is going to be a short email unfortunately as we have a lot to do today... sorry but I will make up for it next week.

So just to run through everything that has happened this week. Well, Chanai did not get baptised unfortunately, She would like a bit more time to make sure she is completely ready. She is at least reading more as we gave her a reading calendar to help her know what to read and give her something to think about.

Our friends from equator we haven't been able to see this week, they have their oldest daughter over from spain and so they have been busy all last week. We will hopefully see them this week though.

Christiana we haven't been able to teach properly either, but we did see her briefly the other day when we went to see arthur. She was just heading out to work as she was working a night shift on saturday night so she wasn't at church either. Arthur though, is doing great, he has been well fellowshipped by the youth and he loves it.

Apart from that I don't really know who to tell you about, except we have found a family from the Phillipines on saturday, who we will hopefully be teaching this week.

Oh, and randomly a guy showed up at church on sunday and said he wanted to become a member. SO we will be seeing him sometime this week. Who says miracles don't happen?

Well, as it is Easter Monday, this email wouldn't be complete without me bearing my testimony of Easter, or the Atonement. I have been studying this for the last few days at least, and I just want all of you to know how gratefuly I am for all that Jesus Christ has done for us. It is said that He suffered and died for everybody's sins but let me change that slightly... forget about everyone else for a moment. He died, for you. Yes, YOU. I feel strongly, that for a small moment in the garden of gethsemane, that in all of his sufferings, for at least the smallest of moments, he suffered there for you. Not only for everything you have done wrong, all of your mistakes, but also, he suffered for all of our pains, all of our sicknesses, he suffered everything that we will go through in this life. EVERYTHING. And he suffered it all, alone. As Jeffery R Holland taught in general conference a few years ago now, (I'm paraphrasing this quote here) "Because He walked such a long lonely path, alone, we don't have to" Because of everything He did, in our times of need, when we feel totally and hopelessly alone, we don't have to be. He knows everything you are going through and He can comfort you, if you allow Him. I also know, that, because of Easter, or the most important part of Easter is this simple phrase: He Lives! Because of what happened on Easter Sunday all those years ago. Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer broke the bands of death, and returned victorious over sin, death and hell to His Father in Heaven, and our Father in Heaven. To His God, and to our God. 

I love you all

Elder Mitchell

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