Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Onward, ever onward.

well folks I can't believe this day has come! I can't thank you enough for the support and prayers and love that all of you have given me.  

My oh my, these past 18 months given to me from the Lord have been incredible.  My testimony of Jesus Christ has been solidified by every experience I have been blessed with.  Everyday I felt like I couldn't keep going, everyday that I couldn't be happier; every time the spirit just filled my soul to the brim, and all the times that I felt so alone; all the people that rejoiced so much at the message we shared, and the people that yelled at us instead; the tears of exhaustion and frustration, the tears of relief and joy; the days where all our plans fell through so that the Lord could show us his plan; all these experiences, hard work, and the grace of God, have built me and built the testimony that I have of a loving Heavenly Father who gave us His son, Jesus Christ.  I can't express my love and gratitude for a Savior who has suffered and rejoiced with me.  I cannot and will not ever deny the love of our Father in Heaven, and the fact that HE IS REAL.  HE LIVES.  I have seen his hand in the lives of many, and in the details of mine.  
I know Jesus Christ lives and he is the Savoir of the world.  He is your Savior.  He is my Savior.  And I have learned that it is only through Him and His grace that we can find success and joy.  

"As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us.  Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger." -President Uchtdorf

I know that Jesus Christ lives.  And I know that there is no greater cause than the cause of our Father in Heaven, to bring to pass to immortality and eternal life of man.  I know that we can be forgiven through the atonement of Jesus Christ and that no failure is ever final. 

Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. 
 13 Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of hell; and they are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of his word which is in us, therefore have we not great reason to rejoice?
 14 Yea, we have reason to praise him forever, for he is the Most High God, and has loosed our brethren from the chains of hell.
 15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
 16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." [Alma 26:12-16]

 "Shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory!" [D&C 128:22]

Onward, ever onward.  

Sister Jones 

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