Hope of Israel

Hope of Israel, Zion's army,
Children of the promised day,
See, the Chieftain signals onward,
And the battle's in array!

Hope of Israel, rise in might
With the sword of truth and right;
Sound the war-cry, "Watch and pray!"
Vanquish ev'ry foe today.

Friday, June 13, 2014

March 3, 2014

This week has been really great!! We actually got two of our less actives to come to church!! And they BOTH bore there testimony in fast and testimony meeting! It was great!! It's so good to see people progressing and moving closer to our heavenly father!  One of these less actives will be able to take the sacrament really soon hopefully!  He has some trials in his life that are really hard for him to overcome, but with the help of the lord it is possible to do anything!  Our Heavenly Father is continually building us into what he knows we can be, our job is to make sure we don't fail him! He can try as hard as he wants to build us into something beautiful, but if we are not willing to be molded into our potential, there is not much he can do.  There is a story that I really like:
Imagine for a moment yourself as a small run down cottage, old and worn out, a couple of holes here and there and several leaks and cracks that are all a result of hard times, and things this old house has gone through. We invite a builder (the Lord) into our lives to help restore us to our original form, to build us back up to what we know we can become.  So he starts small, repairing small holes and filling in cracks and leaks, and slowly but surely we start to return back to what we originally were! But the builder continues, an extension is added here and 3 more over there, some walls are smashed to the ground and rebuilt somewhere else, and it becomes extremely painful! eventually a beautiful courtyard is built, a second and third story and a lovely porch to top it off.  You thought you were just simply going to be a cottage. But the Lord was building a palace.
The lord knows what we can become. He knows our potential in this life and in the life to come and is continually trying to shape and build us into what he knows we can truly be!  He loves each and everyone of us and wants us to all have the best experience in life as possible.  Yes sometimes some of the things we go through can be painful, but It is all for the better. The Lord is building us up and refining us into our potential. Whether we realize it our not, when those walls are smashed to the ground, they will always, through the lords help, be built up again stronger, and in a place that our heavenly father knows they need to be.  It is our job to recognize what the builder is doing.  Though painful, the process of refinement is a part of life.  We must be willing to be built by the Lord.
I love you guys have a great week!! :)

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