Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

Hello dear family :)                                                 April 30, 2013

I hope all is well in Provo!  Today in San Clemente, it is a little overcast, and I am sure that is because we washed our car this morning, we did the rain dance, so I'm sure the rain will come :)

So about our week, Helping Hands was a TON of fun!   We planted a bunch of flowers on a really big hill by a park in SC.   It was fun, we got dirty, and we wore these yellow vests that said 'Mormon Helping Hands" which was kind of cool :)  And fun!  

We've been looking for new investigators, we're still teaching Angie, but we haven't seen her a whole lot recently, but we try to keep daily contact with her, thank goodness for our cell phone! :)    Also, we had a miracle last week, well 2 actually! The first happened Thursday night, a member in our ward called us to tell us about a lady he had just met, Anne.  He told us to go over and invite her to our ward party on Friday. So Friday afternoon we went over to her house, she was super nice and she is so ready to hear the gospel.  Her son (who has Mormon friends) got home just as we had asked her if she would come to the party, she asked him and he said yes.  So, miracle number one, They came to the party!! Miracle number two, the ward party was on the beach, and we got permission to go!   It was great fun! :)  And thank goodness that it was warm!   :)  But, I got to walk on the sand, which was pretty great.  I rather enjoyed it.    But we were able to talk to Anne, and she is interested for her son to learn more, but I think that she will be interested too as we go over there again, which will be sometime this week!    
We weren't able to do exchanges yet, but tomorrow! So I'll share about that next week! :)
Today will be different, in our apartment we don't have our own washer and dryer, so we do laundry at a member’s home, but they don't have water today, so laundry mat it is! That will be a new adventure ;) but things are still great! :)   

It is so great to hear from you!   I love the emails and the letters! :)   I can feel your love and support, and I know that I truly am where I need to be, and that the Lord is blessing all of us through this sacrifice.  I love to hear about all of the good things that you are doing (FHE and reading the Book of Mormon, etc.)  It is wonderful to know that you are all striving to keep the Lord in your lives! :)

I've learned a few things this past week.   One is that truly God is our Heavenly Father, He knows each of us, He LOVES each of us.   He is in everything that we do!   I think that sometimes I forget the love that He has for me, but it is there, and it is real!  We knew Him before we came to earth, we talked with Him and learned from Him.  We trusted Him. We knew that this life wouldn't  be easy, but we wanted to be like Him, so here we are today!  Striving to become as He is daily!  He doesn't expect us to be perfect, He expects us to try.  And I love that.  I love that I can turn to Him and lean on Him and that He will be there to answer and guide me, but I need to make the first step!

Another thing I have discovered in the scriptures in the past little while is this phrase "they faith hath made thee whole."  I first noticed it in Enos 1:8, then I turned to the New Testament because I knew that it said it in there.  And I've found it several times, (Mark 5:34, 10:52, Matt 9:22, and Luke 8:48)  This phrase stuck out to me, it is what the Savior’s response is to those who have come to Him for forgiveness or for physical healing.   'Thy faith hath made thee whole.'  Our faith is what allows the Atonement of Jesus Christ to work in our lives!   So, I want to ask, what can you do today to strengthen your faith?  :)  Just something to think about!    

I hope that this week is a great one for all of you!   I am so grateful that we are able to talk once a week!! :)

For mother's day, I will let you know next week!  I don't know if we will do skype, but I will let you know about that! :)   I think that we will be calling in the morning before church, but Sister Longhurst and I will talk about the details and I'll get back to you on that one :)  Sorry we haven't talked about it yet, otherwise I'd let you know today! 

Have an amazing week!  Keep the Spirit with you, write down the miracles that you see!  :)   

I love you mom! I love you dad! I love you Kenna!    I hope you have a marvelous week!   I'll talk to you soon! :)


Sister Taylor Burningham 

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