Hurray I’m back online! Our internet has been down since I last updated the blog on Monday. I know I could have gone over to someone else’s home to do the blog, but for some reason felt like I should update from where I always update–my family room. I’m ever so grateful for the internet though. It was actually my fault. I broke the computer by uploading too many pictures, so all my projects were stalled, but we’re back into it now! I’ve missed reading your wonderful comments, and feeling part of the community from my home. Thanks to everyone for sticking with me!
My sister Michele is visiting til Tuesday with her baby Tanner. It’s great to have them with us.
Since it is Sunday, a message to lift our spirits. I know I mentioned Elder Holland’s Conference talk before, but I include quotes from him, and he says so eloquently, how I feel about all of you!
Elder Holland: “In that spirit my message today is to say that we sustain you, that we return to you those same heartfelt prayers and that same expression of love. We all know there are special keys, covenants, and responsibilities given to the presiding officers of the Church, but we also know that the Church draws incomparable strength, a truly unique vitality, from the faith and devotion of every member of this Church, whoever you may be. In whatever country you live, however young or inadequate you feel, or however aged or limited you see yourself as being, I testify you are individually loved of God, you are central to the meaning of His work, and you are cherished and prayed for by the presiding officers of His Church. The personal value, the sacred splendor of every one of you, is the very reason there is a plan for salvation and exaltation. Contrary to the parlance of the day, this is about you. No, don’t turn and look at your neighbor. I am talking to you!
I have struggled to find an adequate way to tell you how loved of God you are and how grateful we on this stand are for you. I am trying to be voice for the very angels of heaven in thanking you for every good thing you have ever done, for every kind word you have ever said, for every sacrifice you have ever made in extending to someone—to anyone—the beauty and blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Elder Holland is such a great speaker and the emotion he conveyed in his words are exactly how I feel. I am so grateful for your faith, prayers, and service! Love you! Melanie