Sunday, October 7, 2018

I love the Book of Mormon! - October 2, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga

My Mommy Mom!!!!

Hello hello! Oh my goodness I love you so much😊Thank you for the beautiful thoughts you shared with me in your email!

This week was CRAZY!! A couple of days ago, we went down to the car to get something out of our trunk and guess what. I accidentally locked the keys in the trunk. Our apartment was locked, our phone was in the apartment and I didn't have shoes. What was I thinking!? I thought to myself "We are only going to the car and coming right back." and you know me, I don't like wearing my shoes anyways. Hahaha so that situation was just all bad! We prayed and after we said "amen" we noticed a guy getting out of his car and we felt an instant prompting to ask him for help. We tried calling president Taylor and our car coordinator and no one would answer and then we realized they were at the priesthood session!! What now?! 2 hours pass by before we were saved. But amidst those 2 hours was a great discussion we had with the guy that helped us. We were testifying of the things that we teach and the spirit was so powerful! We felt strongly that we were in fact supposed to meet him. Faith in God includes faith in His timing. My testimony of that was surely strengthened. 

Our investigator, Rose, came to watch 3 sessions of conference at a members house! She really enjoyed it and we are confident that it really helped her on her path to conversion. 

I don't even know where to begin with my thoughts about conference. I DID NOT WANT IT TO END!!! The main thing I would like to mention is I thought I already had a deep deep love and appreciation with the Book of Mormon. But after conference, my love for the Book of Mormon tripled!!! After we got to the apartment as our day was closing out, I couldn't help but to pick up my scriptures and just read them until I fell asleep. K maybe this will help you get an idea of how much I love the scriptures. I curl up with my scriptures every night! Hahaha how could you not love the scriptures!? Every time I study them my perspective of everything around me widens and the fog lifts. My thought process is much clearer and I just understand things better when I raid the scriptures and instead of just reading them. Wow. 

So sorry I am running out of time and I have to wrap up my email! There were so many other things that I wanted to talk about but they will have to wait!

I love you to the moon and back my beautiful mommy mom!!!! 

Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.
Love,
Sister Allred

From Mom:

I'm listening to Elder Andersen's talk again right now. The spirit was so strong. When we got the news of Elder Hales' passing I cried. Even though I knew he was near the end of his life, it is still so emotional. And then when Elder Andersen talked about how President Nelson was prompted to leave at the end of the first session and go to Elder Hales' bedside, and so he was there when he graduated to the next life. How amazing is that, and I loved the words Elder Andersen, "he was there as his quorum president!"

I love miracles, and I love hearing about inspiration and revelation in our day. Heavenly Father speaks to us continually, and we are to listen. It gives me strength to work harder and to do better, to pray more, and to study more.

Yesterday morning as I was studying my scriptures, the verse in D&C 18:47 hit me like a ton of bricks: "Behold, I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, and your Redeemer, by the power of my Spirit have spoken it. Amen."

As I read the words, "your Redeemer," that went deep into my soul. I remembered a beautiful oratorio entitled "The Redeemer," and one of the songs used text from that scripture, and I could hear in my mind, "and your Redeemer." And then I could picture the Savior as He would say it so gently, and yet so powerfully, and so full of love. He can say "your Redeemer," because He suffered for our sins, for our infirmities. He loves us so deeply and perfectly.

That message is what the gospel is all about, Jesus Christ and His atonement, that He suffered and died, and rose again on the third day. It is the glorious news, and what a privilege and blessing we have to have the gospel and our testimonies, to hear the words of the living prophet and apostles.

I love you so much my beautiful missionary daughter! Be strong and of a good courage. May the angels be round about you to bear you up. I love that President Monson used that scripture also, about the angels round about us!

I love you to the moon and back!
Mommy Mom

And more:

I've been thinking about President Monson's testimony of the Book of Mormon during this conference. His testimony was so simple and to the point during the last conference. 

President Monson (April 2017): “I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

And then it was so amazing to hear President Eyring and President Nelson also talk about how powerful the prophet's counsel was to each of us, in studying the Book of Mormon, and hearing the voice of the Spirit.

President Eying: “The happy result for me, and for many of you, has been what the prophet promised. Those of us who took his inspired counsel to heart have heard the Spirit more distinctly. We have found a greater power to resist temptation and have felt greater faith in a resurrected Jesus Christ, in His gospel, and in His living Church.”

President Nelson: “Since President Monson’s challenge six months ago, I have tried to follow his counsel. Among other things, I’ve made lists of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals. Looking at the Book of Mormon through those lenses has been an insightful and inspiring exercise! I recommend it to each of you... We need to feel, deep in ‘the inmost part’ of our hearts, that the Book of Mormon is unequivocally the word of God. We must feel it so deeply that we would never want to live even one day without it. I might paraphrase President Brigham Young in saying, ‘I wish I had the voice of seven thunders to wake up the people’ to the truth and power of the Book of Mormon.”

Mommy Mom: I know it is true!

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