Sunday, April 28, 2019

Living Nativity - December 11, 2017 - Rancho Cucamonga


Sister Allred and Sister McCoombs

Sister McCoombs and Sister Allred at the Living Nativity in Rancho Cucamonga! 
Sister Allred petting a llama at the Living Nativity in Rancho Cucamonga!

My dearest and most precious Mommy Mom,

I got my 12 days of Christmas package!! CUTEST IDEA EVER!!!  Thank you mom! That was so considerate of you😄I don't know details for skyping, or facetiming. We will be having Christmas dinner at the Boulters unless a nonmember or a less active member offers to feed us. But most likely we will skype you from there. Elder Boulter will for sure keep you updated on that when it rolls around. 

As far as things I need for Christmas.....I will ponder on that. I'll send you a separate email.

So, my health is being funny. My anxiety keeps spiking. It is usually an every other day kind of thing. I have also been getting several bad headaches the last couple of weeks. And last but not least, my knee is not being nice to me!! 

In a way, I am grateful for my infirmities! I have to be! Without them, honestly, I probably wouldn't know how to rely on the Lord as much. I feel Him bless me with strength every day. I love my Savior and I want to show Him that I do by working hard even when I don't feel good. Day in and day out I remember the wise words from Elder Holland, “I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are the Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him?”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

This week was a little tough but I am grateful to stand side by side with my Savior through all of the experiences that we face on a mission, whether they are good or bad, we do indeed get to stand with Him as we wear His name. Another quote that I refer to constantly, "Sometimes we become the lightning rod, and we must “take the heat” for holding fast to God’s standards and doing His work. I testify that we need not be afraid if we are grounded in His doctrine. We may experience misunderstanding, criticism, and even false accusation, but we are never alone. Our Savior was “despised and rejected of men.” It is our sacred privilege to stand with Him!" 

It's not always easy to stand with Him, but you better believe it is the best thing you will ever do!! 

I love my Savior. I am grateful for Him and His atoning sacrifice. I know He performed the Atonement out of pure and sincere love for us. I know He feels what I feel and my goodness it brings me so much comfort. 

Keep an eye single to the glory of God! Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven will be cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

I love you to the moon and back my beautiful Mommy Mom. I love you SOOOOOOO much! Remember you are always in my prayers and I thank Heavenly Father every day for blessing me with you.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Love,
Sister Allred

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From Mom:

How was your week? I just received a text message a little while ago with a picture of you petting the llama! We all love it! I guess it was at a live nativity for the Rancho Cucamonga Stake. It sounds wonderful! WOW! I attached it to this email.

Thanks for your email last week! I loved hearing about the miracles you experienced last week. I can't wait to hear about how things are going and progressing. I love the Light the World initiative! The Lord really does direct this work, and I am always amazed at the promptings of the spirit in doing good, and in finding people. We pray for you constantly that you will follow the promptings of the spirit.

How is your health? I pray for that too! I remember as a missionary I never said much to Grandma and Grandpa about my health struggles. But I do pray for you to be blessed. Keep me posted.

I'm still in a flareup with my UC. It's been frustrating a bit as we are in final exams this week, with lots of performances coming up. I have to be patient, and wait on the Lord. But I also have to have lots of faith. I'm trying to be as pure in heart as I can. I've been praying to make sure all my relationships are more Christlike and it is very interesting. As I was praying this week, I felt strongly to work harder on seeing others as the Savior sees them, to love them as He loves them. It was interesting to ponder that, and to be honest with myself, because it can be so easy to be critical or to get frustrated. I realized that I had reacted to something with someone in the choir, as there was a lack of communication, but I stepped back, and thought about all the wonderful things they have done, so then I sent them an email thanking them. It was actually miraculous!

Here is one of my favorite talks of the week, by Elder Neil L. Anderson, and he was quoting Elder Hales: “When we choose to have faith, we are prepared to stand in the presence of God. … After the Savior’s Crucifixion, He appeared only to those ‘who had been faithful in the testimony of [Him] while they lived in mortality.’ [D&C 138:12.] Those ‘who rejected the testimonies … of the … prophets [could not] behold [the Savior’s] presence, nor look upon his face.’ [D&C 138:21.] … Our faith prepares us to be in the presence of the Lord.”

We were able to watch (by satellite) the Cedar City Temple Dedication today. It was awesome. WOW! And the spirit was amazingly strong. When we sang "The Spirit of God" at the end, I had a lot of tears. I love the temple so much.


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