“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation…When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life… he does know, most assuredly, that God does and will accept his sacrifice… Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on to eternal life” Joseph Smith Lectures on Faith 6:7
I’ve always love this lesson from President Harold B. Lee: “I am praying for you; now go out and get converted, and when you get converted, then go strengthen your brother. (It means we can become unconverted just as well as we can become converted.) Your testimony is something that you have today but you may not have it always.
Testimony is as elusive as a moonbeam; it’s as fragile as an orchid; you have to recapture it every morning of your life. You have to hold on by study, and by faith, and by prayer. If you allow yourself to be angry, if you allow yourself to get into the wrong kind of company, you listen to the wrong kind of stories, you are studying the wrong kind of subjects, you are engaging in sinful practices, there is nothing that will be more deadening as to take away the Spirit of the Lord from you until it will be as though you had walked from a lighted room when you go out of this building, as though you had gone out into a darkness.
That which you possess today in testimony will not be yours tomorrow unless you do something about it. Your testimony is either going to increase or it is going to diminish, depending on you. Will you remember your responsibility, then? The Lord said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17).”
Another reason I’m so glad we have the opportunity to have personal study every morning, so I can recapture my testimony and make sure that I can be an example of the believers and the people of Italy can recognise me as a disciple of Christ, not just by my name tag but by my actions and my words. Which can be difficult at times, when I just want to have fun and relax a little, but I know that exact obedience brings miracles, of which we have seen so many this past week.
I’ve probably said this a few times, but finding with faith is real and it works. And my, oh my, is mustering the faith difficult at times!! Especially when you’re tired and your feet hurt (i.e. Pretty much everyday of my life!) but when you find that glimmer of faith left, the Lord can do so much with so little, “that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).
This week has been sooooo long! Which makes the prospect of this new transfer un po’ dificile… But I hope I can make it a good one, just need to keep going forward in faith.
We had a really good pranzo this week with two older couples from English course; we ate mozerella, salami and cheese, and fried pumpkin flower (actually really good!), then lasagne (yummmmmy), then fried chicken, tomatoes, and artichokes, then fruit – I had to eat a peach and strawberries but I sucked it up and ate them because they didn’t have any of the 5 fruits I like…. Then we had gelato!! Again a 5 course monster, but it was so good!
We had to say goodbye to Anz Vrska, which was sad but we had one last family photoshoot; it’s not like we’re not going to see each other again! Hahaha!
The reason for me emailing today was because we had specialised training yesterday when we had to say goodbye to President & Sorella Waddoups – it was really sad!!!! So today is our pday 😊.
We had a bbq on Thursday last week and was really fun, a lot of our English course students came and was able to speak a lot of Italian! Ahhh, some students tried to teach me some tongue twisters but I failed miserably…!!
It is so hot here in Foggia, I’m dying!!! And I’m seeing some funky looking tan lines on my feet… Do you think I can pull off the t bar tan line?! I think not, but I suppose that’s the curse of being pale and constantly smelling like sun creme… Oh and the mosquitos are going to kill me, pretty much every bite I have an allergic reaction! This is why I’ve never liked summer….
Keep updating me with pictures and updates from home!
It’s not about me, it’s not about us.
Vi voglio bene,
Sorella Maja Tacchi xxx