Hey family and friends,
How was your weekend? Mine was terrific. I enjoyed Saturday and Sunday listening to the words of the prophets. The only complaint, it went by way too fast. I wanted it to last longer. 'til the next 6 months. Gives me time to study the conference talks. Ha ha.
This week I don't have much to report on. I'm learning a lot about patience and love and I have been put in difficult situations. The Lord always knows the needs of His children. And when we think we are ready for more and can do more, and we ask for it, then the Lord gives us those opportunities to learn and grow. Let me clarify that. President Eyring mentioned in his talk about the time he prayed for a trial, that he felt he could battle and climb any mountain or trial the Lord put in his way. And he was ready for them. So he asked for it. And the trial came and he said it felt like the hardest thing he had ever done. But later he mentions that it really was nothing compared to later in his life. I did quite the same. I asked for specific things in my prayers. To better me and I wanted to be more like Christ and obtain the attributes of Him. So i asked for 2 of them. I found the Lord doesn't just magically give you love if you ask for it. No, He will give you the opportunities to grow and obtain love by experience. So I like Elder Eyring, have passed through trials that I had asked for. The same things that Elder Eyring had mentioned he had learned I too am learning. But that is part of life. It's wonderful that God loves us so much. So much that He would allow us to pass through trials of faith that we might obtain experience and better prepare ourselves for the eternities. I love my Father in Heaven. He is so loving and caring to each one of us. It doesn't matter what we have done or who we are. He loves us to a point that I can not comprehend.
The church is true. The gospel is real. We do have modern day prophets today. What a blessing these things are in my life. And I hope for each one of you that are reading this. May God bless you. I love you all.
Elder James Cox