Showing posts from November, 2017

The Importance of Giving Thanks

We've been asked to spearhead our ward/community Thanksgiving Dinner this year. We've worked with a few of the other leaders to plan and prepare and make this a meaningful event for many who are far from home or relatives or country. In our preparations we've been poignantly reminded of how important it is for us to GIVE THANKS. Elder Wirthlin shared this reminder: Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable. You might be surprised to know that gratitude is a commandment of the Father. “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things” ( D&C 59:7 ), the Lord has commanded in these latter days. Even further, He has admonished that “in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess not his hand in all things, and obey

Our Week in Review: The Errand of Angels

In a recent Sisters Meeting - for all the Sisters in our Mission - we discussed 'The Errand of Angels'. A hymn comes to mind when we realize that each of us can help in the Lord's work and...lift others' around us. See " As Sisters in Zion ". 2. The errand of angels is given to women; And this is a gift that, as sisters, we claim: To do whatsoever is gentle and human, To cheer and to bless in humanity’s name. As we go about our daily tasks, both Elder Hendricks and I are realizing how many need to be blessed and uplifted. We realize that all people are benefitted by kindness, sincerity and love. Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend an hour at a storage unit with a guy who was helping us get registered for one (so that we can continue to store products as we help fix trailers for those in great need.)  By the end of the hour we'd become fairly good friends and he agreed to help distribute information about our English Class. As we visited

Beaches of Fort Walton and Surrounding Areas

We're about 10 minutes from beautiful beach areas of Fort Walton, and a bit further to some tourist areas of Destin, Pensacola, Navarre etc. We often pass the water on our way to our service areas. It's beautiful here and we're posting photos - but it doesn't represent our daily walk. These are photos from the specialty days - which we don't get to very often. But, we wanted you to see how beautiful this area is.  :) With love, Elder and Sister Hendricks After the hurricane - on our way back from gathering materials for a project. We just had to stop. :) "I am Mike and....this is my world..." (Jesse Waters - for those of you who watch Fox News)  :) Wow, what glorious colors and peaceful settings we have been given to enjoy - in this world. #Grateful! Elder Hendricks on the beach. Who knew that we'd ever leave home, mountains, horses, farm, and be near the water?  :) Beach front homes are in every town. We can see why people c

Let us do our small part

Today, I was writing to a friend who is serving as a missionary in Washington, D.C. South, and this thought came to my mind as I was sharing with her how sometimes we feel our part is very small but...that even with that little part (all we can do) the Lord can work miracles and do mighty wonders. As we trust in Him, are faithful to His commandments and promptings, He can use even our little skills or contributions, to benefit others. Love to you all. Sister Hendricks The Caravan Moves On" 16  You  know,  brethren,  that  a  very  large  ship  is  benefited  very  much  by  a  very  small  helm  in  the  time  of  a  storm,  by  being  kept  work-ways  with  the  wind  and  the  waves. 17  Therefore,  dearly  beloved  brethren,  let  us  cheerfully   do  all  things  that  lie  in  our  power;  and  then  may  we  stand  still,  with  the  utmost  assurance,  to  see  the  salvation  of  God,  and  for  his  arm  to  be  revealed.   D&C 123:16-17

Atlanta Temple

We were able to attend the Atlanta LDS Temple with some precious sisters in our area. We love them SO much and feel like we have known them forever, truly.  They have blessed our lives with their GREAT FAITH and we are humbled to be in their presence. It was a very special time to do the ordinance work for the parents of one of them. Elder Hendricks was able to be proxy for her deceased father.  ( 1 Cor. 15:29 )  It was a holy experience for us. What do we do in Temple s? Atlanta Temple - "House of the Lord" With our dear sisters It was a very special and sacred day for us all