Saturday, February 14, 2009

HAPPY VALENTINE"S DAY!!

Hello Everyone and Happy Valentine's Day!!! Today is Shabbat and what a wonderful day it has been. Sacrament meeting was amazing with touching messages about covenants, temples, and you guessed it...LOVE! The spirit was so strong and moved me to reflect on my experiences here so far and what opportunities await me with the time I have left. The first few weeks before the Egypt trip were going so slow and steady, moving at the perfect pace. Now it is February 14th and what have I done with my life? Well it has been an amazing journey learning more about the sacred books of the Bible, ancient and modern Near East, ARABIC, and other cool and exciting new things. I have seen some pretty important historical sites and cities that I never imagined to see with my own eyes in this lifetime. Although I am so thankful for what I have learned about the culture of the Israeli and Palestinians and the history of the ancient lands of the Near East, I have reflected a lot this week about what I have learned about the life of my Savior, Jesus Christ. I came here with the desire to gain a stronger testimony of my Redeemer and Exemplar and although I sometimes feel like I am not changing the way I hoped for, I gain so much insight about the baby steps I am making as I acknowledge the hand of God in my life everyday. I would be a most ungrateful servant of my Lord if I did not write down the spiritual promptings I receive. I love my Savior more than I could ever describe and am so eternally grateful for the infinite atoning sacrifice he provided for me that I may find a relief from my trials and hardships as I place my burdens at the feet of the Lord. "What greater love hath no man than this, that {Jesus Christ} lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). How wonderful it is that I may have a constant friend to turn to whenever I need a helping hand.

2 comments:

Mom said...

Happy Valentines Day baby! Thanks for calling home today & checking up on things! Glad you had a little valentines flower given to you, super thoughtful of the guys there to do that for all you girls! Thanks also for sharing your sweet testimony...you are growing in beautiful ways! Glad you're happy too!

Brooke and Aaron said...

Ah..I didn't get flowers! That's okay. The arrangement you got is gorgeous! Glad you had a LOVEly Shabbat.