Monday, August 25, 2014

Pleasant Surprises

Week 25  August 25, 2014  3:42 pm EDT   Pleasant Surprises

Well folks, we had a baptism this past weekend!

Ana (who we've been teaching since last year) was planning on being baptized next weekend, but when her work schedule wasn't cooperating she decided to move her date up to this past Saturday. We were more than happy to oblige.

And one of the best parts about baptisms is having past missionaries come back - Cassell finally made it back home to Parkland!

Reunited and it feels so good:

Ana is so sweet and the gospel has completely turned her life around.
The rumors are true: the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us happy.

We also had our last district meeting before Rasmussen goes home, so we celebrated with Martinelli's, Baja, The Testaments and goofy pictures. We party hard in Parkland

Chipman and I also took a little bit of time this week to paint the town (figuratively.)
We chalked up a little street downtown and let people know how to learn more about Jesus Christ and be happier (:

Although we sometimes misspell "Christ"..

Jeremiah 18:2-4, 6
Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it...Cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand"

The Lord is shaping us as a potter shapes clay; making us into something beautiful, resilient and capable of carrying the responsibility and power he gives us. Sometimes that means squishing us down. Starting from scratch. Beginning again. Having a clean slate. Building us up again and again until we are worked into what he sees us becoming.
Once we are shaped, we still must face the furnace - trusting that we are given that trial to be made strong, not to be destroyed. The kiln is where we are reinforced. Even after His shaping and direction we can still choose to crumble, crack or fall. But if we make it through the furnace, nothing will be able to stop us. We will be filled with his love.
Trust that we are in the Master's hand. Take a look at 1 Nephi 20:10 for a nice illustration (:

(Another picture didn't come thru - add it next week)

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