Thursday, February 23, 2017

Feb 21,2017 "Busy Week! (Nothing Feels Better)"


Happy Valentine's week everyone. 

This week was packed with 10000 things. 

On Valentine's day we went and served a special lunch at the Millcreek Senior Center. 

It was really nice to get out of our regular Temple Square routine and just do a service project and do something nice for people. We don't get a lot of opportunities to spend time with people and just be their friend on Temple Square. Everybody is always rushing to the airport or rushing to the temple or rushing to some concert. At the Millcreek senior center most of them had bad knees so they weren't rushing anywhere. The best part about this service project is when two ladies were asked if they wouldn't mind being seated with two gentlemen, and they said, "Yeah, they don't even have to be cute. They just have to be rich. You sisters remember that for when you go home from your missions." 

On Friday we had a mission tour with Elder Kim Clark from the Quorum of the Seventy. He taught us a lot of things. Here is one of them:

 I learned that overcoming our weaknesses is a life long endeavor. In Ether 12:27, it says, 

"27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

Elder Clark pointed out that in this scripture, it doesn't say "weaknesses (plural)". It says "weakness (singular)." Meaning that this scripture is referring to the fact that we are weak. I used to see weaknesses as kind of like a checklist. When we conquer one, we can move on to the next. But nah, that's not what the Lord was saying. He's not saying that he'll point out things we need to develop one by one. He's saying that we as human beings, in general, have weakness. We are tiny minuscule beings in this big big world. Sure we might overcome some trials and overcome weaknesses, but they will never completely go away and we will always need to rely on our Savior Jesus Christ to show us how to improve. 


We also took a tour with a couple that basically said, "We have friends who are Mormon, and we came to Salt Lake City specifically to learn about your church." They were so touched at everything we were sharing that they basically cried the entire tour. "We have been to all kinds of cathedrals and churches in Europe and even Vatican City, but we have not felt anything as strong as we feel here on Temple Square." 



We also made lasagna. I never thought I would want to eat it again, after being fed lasagna basically every single night in Provo, but here we are.

Happy Feb 20th. 

Sister Takeshige 

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