This week I’ve been reading about the elect, and teaching about the priesthood and leadership in the Church. We don’t choose what we do in the church, nor are we necessarily qualified for the calling to which we have been called. The Lord qualifies us through the calling, we are blessed with certain talents of gifts to fulfil that calling and sometimes those talents or gifts are unknown to us. The Lord trusts us to do that which we have been called to do. Through magnifying that calling we become the elect of God because we harken to his call, and harden not our hearts. Accepting the will of the father and aligning ourselves to it through prayer, study and faith will help us to secure our place in the kingdom. “Election is an opportunity for service”. Linking to the subject line, as members of the church we have harkened unto the spirit and have chosen to follow Christ, to walk in his marvellous light. The word peculiar, in the regular sense does describe us pretty well as LDS – it’s not exactly normal to leave everything for 18/24 months to be a representative of Jesus Christ. However, the bible dictionary definition for peculiar is really interesting: “One’s very own, exclusive, or special; not used in the Bible as odd or eccentric. The Hebrew word segullah, which is translated “peculiar” in Deut. 14:2 and 26:18, is translated “special” in Deut. 7:6. Compare the various translations of the same word in Ex. 19:5; Ps. 135:4; Eccl. 2:8; Mal. 3:17. Titus 2:14 and 1 Pet. 2:9 should carry the meaning of the saints’ being the Lord’s own special people or treasure.” As the Lord’s children, he wants the best for us, and he does all he can to provide opportunities for us to become like him.
I read a talk called ‘His Peace’ by Elder Dennis E. Simmons and I just wanted to share a paragraph from it: “It should be noted that Jesus promised His peace–not the peace that the world gives. The world cries out for freedom from war, from violence, from oppression, from injustice, from contention, from disease and distress. That the Savior did not expect such worldly peace is clear from His concluding remark as He finished His special teaching to His Apostles: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33; emphasis added).
In mortality tribulation would continue. But in the midst of that tribulation His followers would have peace in Him. In other words, even if all the world is crumbling around us, the promised Comforter will provide His peace as a result of true discipleship. Ultimate total peace will come, of course, because He overcame the world. But we can have His peace with us irrespective of the troubles of the world. His peace is that peace, that serenity, that comfort spoken to our hearts and minds by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, as we strive to follow Him and keep His commandments.
“Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (D&C 19:23).”
I thought about the idea of coming into his light and his peace during this Christmas season. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you’ll have a great New Year!
Today wasn’t anything super crazy in terms of sight seeing, but I got to hang out with my mamma in the mission: Sorella Condé, along with Sorella Tingey and Sorella Nelson (my first stl – sister training leader), all are going home this transfer!!! It was nice just to hang out and eat pizza! They are all fabulous women and I love them to pieces and will miss them a lot!!!
Here in Italy we had an American Christmas, with the H family and it was so lovely! Just to be in a family home on Christmas, eating and playing games was just the perfect way to spend it!! We had a Peruvian meal on Christmas Eve which was cool and spent Friday night with the Ms. Our finding was super cool this week: we wrapped up copies of the Book of Mormon like presents and gave one as a gift everyday. It was so cool just to whip out a present after a conversation and say ‘buon natale’! Such a lovely Christmas!
Transfer calls are tonight and I’m nervous to see what’ll happen; next week I may be in a different city for New Years!
I love you all so much, and I miss you, but pretty soon I’ll get to say “I’ll see you this year!!!!”
Have the best week, and sorry for this shorter and lame email!
Love Sorella Tacchi xxx