Buona sera cari miei!
Transfer calls are coming tonight, I still don’t know what’s going to happen – so maybe I’ll be somewhere else next week! Today was deep cleaning day hence why I’m emailing later, scrubbing is just so fun that I did it for 2 hours…
This week was pretty good although I can’t really remember a thing and looking back not much happened, we ate fufu for DDM (district meeting) it was interesting and I’m still not sure if I liked it… It was spicy though, glad I didn’t serve in Africa, although we’re pretty close and sometimes it feels like Africa!
Sorry this weekly email is short and boring…
I was reading a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf called “The Love of God”, I’d say there’s no new found prophecy in this talk it just puts things in perspective, well at least for me. He starts with the question: “…of all the things we want to be known for, are there attributes above all others that should define us as members of His Church, even as disciples of Jesus Christ?” Obviously we’re known for lots of reasons, both good and bad, but if we’re are truly disciples of Jesus Christ then we should emulate his greatest quality: love.
“No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God!
For what we love determines what we seek.
What we seek determines what we think and do.
What we think and do determines who we are–and who we will become.
We are created in the image of our heavenly parents; we are God’s spirit children. Therefore, we have a vast capacity for love–it is part of our spiritual heritage. What and how we love not only defines us as individuals; it also defines us as a church. Love is the defining characteristic of a disciple of Christ.
Since the beginning of time, love has been the source of both the highest bliss and the heaviest burdens. At the heart of misery from the days of Adam until today, you will find the love of wrong things. And at the heart of joy, you will find the love of good things.
And the greatest of all good things is God.”
“Think of the purest, most all-consuming love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount–that is the measure of God’s love for you.
God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.
He loves us because He is filled with an infinite measure of holy, pure, and indescribable love. We are important to God not because of our résumé but because we are His children. He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. God’s love is so great that He loves even the proud, the selfish, the arrogant, and the wicked.
What this means is that, regardless of our current state, there is hope for us. No matter our distress, no matter our sorrow, no matter our mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us.”
“…if we truly learn to love our Heavenly Father and our fellowman with all our heart, soul, and mind–all else will fall into place.
The divine love of God turns ordinary acts into extraordinary service. Divine love is the motive that transports simple words into sacred scripture. Divine love is the factor that transforms reluctant compliance with God’s commandments into blessed dedication and consecration.
Love is the guiding light that illuminates the disciple’s path and fills our daily walk with life, meaning, and wonder.
Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship.
Love is the way of the disciple.
I testify that God is in His heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you.
Let me conclude as I began, my dear brothers and sisters: what attribute should define us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Let us be known as a people who love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and who love our neighbor as ourselves. When we understand and practice these two great commandments in our families, in our wards and branches, in our nations, and in our daily lives, we will begin to understand what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus the Christ. Of this I testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
You should read the whole of this talk, it’s great! Just to be consumed with love just makes life just a lot better!
Love you all un sacco!
Have the best week!
It’s not about me, it’s not about us