Saturday, July 14, 2012

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”

Our Savior gave Himself in unselfish service. He taught that each of us should follow Him by denying ourselves of selfish interests in order to serve others.
“If any man will come after me [He said], let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24–25; see also Matthew 10:39). Changes can be very difficult and when changes come your way, it's up to you how to react to them.
"Ran Allin Elders" Welcome to Chuuk
“You can never love the Lord until you serve Him by serving His people.” President Monson

Our New Elder(s) Bower, Walters and Obray
The Chuukese headbands & sun glasses were given to the New Elders from their trainers so they would stand out because the white shirts, the badge, black pants and ties just were not enough on a tropical island paradise. :)
Elder John A. Widtsoe declared, “We cannot walk as other men, or talk as other men, or do as other men, for we have a different destiny, obligation, and responsibility placed upon us, and we must fit ourselves [to it].” That reality has current application to every trendy action, including immodest dress. As a wise friend observed, “You can’t be a life saver if you look like all the other swimmers on the beach.”

Elder Lavides with his new companion Elder Obray and Elder Lavides old companion Elder Lina
~Elder Bowers~ Elder Obray~

~Elder Walters~ If we love and serve one another as the Savior taught, we remain connected to our covenants and to our associates. Our Savior teaches us to follow Him by making the sacrifices necessary to lose ourselves in unselfish service to others.

Elder Jones showing off his Kool-aid red finger it's bad for his teeth, but will he listen?
Elder Obray given thumbs up to his mother at home... he is not eating the kool-aid.

See my fingers are normal color ~ such a great Elder

Elder Walters, what a great smile :)“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24–25; see also Matthew 10:39)

“Whosoever is of my church, and endureth of my church to the end, him will I establish upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.” (D&C 10:69.)

We must not lose hope. Hope is an anchor to the souls of men.

Changes are very hard, we get close to these Elders and they become our children and we love them very much. It's hard for us when the time comes for them to be transferred to another island or they return home to their families. We miss them greatly. We know that the Lord only sends the very best to Chuuk and we are honored to have the privilige to serve with such valiant servants of his chosen young man.
Gordon B. Hinckley: Circumstances change, but our message does not change. We bear testimony to the world that the heavens have been opened, that God, our Eternal Father, and His Son, the risen Lord, have appeared and spoken. We offer our solemn witness that the priesthood has been restored with the keys and authority of eternal blessings.

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