Happy Easter to all, Christ the Lord is surely risen! http://www.lds.org/bible-videos/videos/he-is-risen?lang=eng
This week has been an eventful one. The first part of the week we didn't really seem to get a whole lot done and we suffered some long, discouraging days. But our diligence began to pay off in a multitude of blessings.
On Friday we had a Zone Meeting. Elder Harrison, one of our Zone Leaders, brought up an interesting point about planning. He tied it to the verse in John 3: "For God so loved the world ...", saying that it is love that motivates us to act in our missionary labor, in all phases of that labor. It is that love, the love of our Savior, the love which He has for all of us which becomes our most powerful driving force when we serve one another and share the message of hope which we have.
On Saturday, we had an Easter activity at the church which included an Easter egg hunt for the children, and egg toss activity for the teens and adults and excellent food.
One of the true blessings that I have found over the course of my mission is a much deeper understanding of the true meaning of holidays that almost seem lost on the commercialized general public. As we approached the Easter celebration, I was able to strengthen my testimony of the reality of the Atoning sacrifice of our Savior. What an amazing blessing it is to have a testimony of the atonement and the resurrection that can bring us such hope in our trials.
Over the week, we did some tracting with the intent of handing out dvd's about Christ and the Easter season. We met with very little success. However, we were vastly blessed for our labors when we had multiple people just show up at our church meetings and ask to learn more. It is interesting. After the trial of our faith is when we recieve witnesses of the fruits, not before. Though it is often very difficult to remember, the atonement offers that hope to each of us that we will receive those blessings. I am reminded of the words of Elder Holland: "Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come til heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come." Soon or late, we will see blessings if we remain faithful.
I love you all and hope that your lives continue to be blessed.
With much love,
-Elder John Y. Roberts
PS: I did receive the transcripts thank you. I'm going to be finishing up registration today. I feel that it is the right thing to do to go to a semester, and then take time off for my military training. Loves.