Letting Others In

As missionaries we seek to let others' know how much we love and care about them. We have left our home and family for a time to reach out and extend our hand for the greater good of others. That goodness and love we feel comes from the Lord; who is the Source of ALL goodness, light, truth, love.

I love Him. He is my Lord, Savior and King. I want to be more like Him. I love to learn about Him, read about Him, ponder on His words and teachings as I seek to know Him better so that I can do His will.

And, sometimes, that learning journey means that we get to also 'allow others in' to our own book of growth, and be vulnerable at times, so that they know they are not alone in the sacred journey of life. As we have tread the path, we can remind others' that this life is our opportunity to learn to live by faith and obedience in preparation for the life ahead. What a beautiful plan it is!

This morning I read a beautiful story from a niece of mine who has 'Turner's syndrome'. As I read of her heart, her struggles, her thoughts and the challenges she's dealt with over the years, I was struck with the tender realization that each of us have a unique set of struggles to deal with. Our backgrounds and upbringings are different and yet we are all here to learn. And, the most important things we can learn are the eternal truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ; for they are ever-lasting.

Someday this earth shall pass-away, and we all will too. What will we take with us to the next? What we have BECOME; what we have done and who we ARE.

38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled,.... 

We are literal sons and daughters of God; and our lives have meaning and purpose.

The 'covenants' we make with God here - are the everlasting things/promises that we will have in the next. What a glorious opportunity we have to do those things now, to receive blessings from the promises we make now, and to find that peace and happiness and joy NOW, while we are here on this mortal sojourn.

As we study and ponder each day, I am reminded (tenderly so) 'How great is the goodness of our God. ..", and I am often humbled and brought to tears - because I KNOW these things are true and I desire, so greatly, to do better, and hope that you do too.

With love,
Sister Hendricks
Holy Temples are Houses of the Lord where we make sacred promises/covenants with Him. 


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