There is never enough time in the world.. ever! But it seems.. this week I may have time to write a little more for you blog people... :) Since I was able to chat with my lovely family yesterday (best thing in the world) I don't have to email them much.. (since I told them everything on the phone)... SO here is a bit of life in NEW JERSEY... or as people here would say... SOUTH JERSEY..
I guess there is a big difference between Northern Jersey and Southern... I have often wondered if people are so specific as to which part of the state they belong to why they don't just make another state.. Like North Dakota.. and South Dakota.. South Carolina and North Carolina... Maybe it's because 50 states is a good number... 51 would just be odd.. I don't know.. But If you are from South Jersey... You are not from New Jersey... hehehe..... So.. I'm now a South Jersey girl... I don't even pump my own gas... haha.. (because is illegal, I hear)
So we cover a HUGE area... Like huge... like just for example. Last Saturday, we had an appointment an hour away from where we live. So far way.. (The appointment went great if any of you were wondering) I can't think of anything better then to teach people more about the great plan that God has for each of us.. That there IS HOPE for a better world.. (Ether 12:4) I love to share about the Hope that can be in our lives as we study and look to our Savior Jesus Christ. He does Bless us when we are doing what we are supposed too...
So... About 10ish days ago we were in missionary meeting.. we like to call it Zone Training... :) Our Zone Leaders gave us a challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 29 days.. (20 pages a day) So.. I was thrilled about the challenge.. (really I was) It is so incredible the stories in the Book of Mormon.. I have been learning so much.. I decided to just highlight references to the Atonement of Christ and also verses that show His Love. ( I have a book full of pink highlights.. let me tell you!) It has been a truly wonderful experience... and anytime I have a free minute I just want to pull it out and read! ... So that is from my reading last night..
11 And Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries; and he aput guards over them to watch them, that whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death.
13 And it acame to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as bwitnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage.
I love the scriptures... These verses brought me so much comfort.. They were what I needed to hear from my Heavenly Father.. I know He Loves me and each of you so much. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer... the Redeemer of ALL MANKIND. I know the Book of Mormon is the WORD of GOD.. It was written for our day. I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a Prophet to Restore these precious truths to us and to help restore GOD's authority back to the earth that we can receive the ordinances necessary for salvation. I LOVE the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST. I'm glad to be His representative here in SOUTH JERSEY... :)
LOVE YOU ALL...