Friday, May 18, 2018

May 14,2018 Mother's Day!

It was so wonderful to get all of our exchanges done with this week, and also to see many miracles. One of my favorite parts of the week was seeing my family! I am so grateful that I can be with them forever.
One really cool miracle was, sister Taylor during service accidentally got her only name tag snagged in the pile of leaves in the dumpster. All four of us prayed and sister Thomas walked in, sat down and there it was! Truly Heavenly Father is so aware of us and the simple needs that we have. 
This past week I have been thinking about and being grateful for my Mother on earth, and in Heaven. I have recorded a few scattered notes about mothers. I know that truly there can never be enough said about how much God loves His daughters, and the importance of Women.

Here are some scriptures of some mothers in History;
Mary the mother of Jesus
"14 And it came to pass that I saw the heavens open; and an angel came down and stood before me; and he said unto me: Nephi, what beholdest thou?
15 And I said unto him: A virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins.
16 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God?
17 And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.
18 And he said unto me: Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh."
1 Nephi 11:14-18
"And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary."
Mosiah 3:8
The mother of the strippling warriors
"47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."
Alma 56:47-48
Nephi's mom
"after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us." - 1 Nephi 5:1

We sang this Hymn in church. I know that we have a Heavenly Mother. I am striving day by day to become more like her. 
O My Father
1. O my Father, thou that dwellest
In the high and glorious place,
When shall I regain thy presence
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation,
Did my spirit once reside?
In my first primeval childhood
Was I nurtured near thy side?
2. For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.
3. I had learned to call thee Father,
Thru thy Spirit from on high,
But, until the key of knowledge
Was restored, I knew not why.
In the heav’ns are parents single?
No, the thought makes reason stare!
Truth is reason; truth eternal
Tells me I’ve a mother there.
4. When I leave this frail existence,
When I lay this mortal by,
Father, Mother, may I meet you
In your royal courts on high?
Then, at length, when I’ve completed
All you sent me forth to do,



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All mothers have a connection. They can create- our job is much like Heavenly father's. There is eternal potential in women and motherhood is an eternal nature.

“The love of God … sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things … and the most joyous to the soul.” (1 Nephi 11:22
"I testify that this is true.
I know there may be some who have a difficult time imagining what His love feels like. Think of a mother with her newborn baby. The warmth, safety, cherishing, and peace of a mother’s embrace can help us understand what it feels like to be encircled in the arms of His love. A young adult Relief Society sister wrote, “Only in the love of my mother do I come close to understanding the magnitude and power of the love of the Savior.”
Mothers, can you see how essential you are in teaching this truth to your children? As you encircle your children with your love, they will catch glimpses of His love.
...Now, as grandmothers we have a sacred responsibility to encircle our grandchildren in love. When a three-year-old girl was being sassy, her grandmother instructed her, “Don’t talk that way to your grandmother, because we are going to be friends for millions and millions of years.” Isn’t being a grandmother the best? Remember, sisters, love and covenants bind us together as eternal families.
The Lord’s love is often delivered through others as they respond to promptings of the Spirit. Are we hearing and following those promptings?
Do you feel the Lord’s love in your life? How I feel His love may be different from how you experience it. The key is to come to understand how you feel that love. And once you’ve felt it, be willing to share it."  
-Eternally Encircled in His Love-        Bonnie D. Parkin

I love you all and hope that you have a wonderful week, and are able to ponder the gift of mothers.
Love, Sister Elgaaen

Here is a mother's day video
 

May 7,2018 Attitude of Gratitude

This week has gone by so fast! We had two exchanges with some sisters and a Zone Conference meeting that we had to teach at. Truly it is amazing to look back on weeks like this and wonder how everything got done.
I have been studying Nephi and his outlook on life. Truly there must have been times when an outburst of anger would seem justified. But no matter what Nephi went through, he remained positive and with an Attitude of gratitude. 
President Monson was an example of this;
"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.
If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
... to express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven." -The Divine Gift of Gratitude 2010.
One of the key aspects for even the great attribute of Humility is gratitude for our MANY blessings. 
"If you are having a hard time feeling the spirit in your life- kneel down and offer up a prayer of gratitude. By the end the spirit will be with you." - President Rogers

I am So grateful for all that I have been given. For my companions, the strength and vigor of my body and mind this past year, the love and support from my parents and leaders, the sunshine that warms me from the sun, and also the warmth that fills me from The Son.
I hope we are all able to recognize more the tender mercies of the Lord and give thanks to Him who gave us everything.
Holding baby kittens

Exchanges with Sister Johnson

Exchanges with Sister Nita and Johnson

Exchanges with Sisters Williams and Watkins


Sister Elgaaen & Johnson



Sister Thomas and Elgaaen


 

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 30,2018 Revelation and Obedience

It has been so amazing to work with sister Thomas and seek out all the blessings promised us as we were exactly obedient. We have been finding so many to teach, and having many moments to improve ourselves.
This past week at the missionary leadership council, we focused on the drastic need we have as a mission, and an individual for revelation. Also how obedience relates.
Revelation is the ability to receive an answer to a sincere question.
Obedience is going and doing what we have been asked. One of my favorite examples is 1 Nephi 3:7 "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."
"we will be much happier if we obey God because we love Him and want to obey Him. When we obey Him freely, He can bless us freely. He said, “I, the Lord, … delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end” (D&C 76:5)" - gospel principles
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I made this my rule: When the Lord commands, do it."
We should place ourselves in a position to be blessed. Obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles.
Trials are often tests of our obedience. There is a law in Heaven saying if we obey, God will bless us. Trials just allow us to test our will and love for God. He knows we love Him, he allows us to recognize it for ourselves.
President Nelson invited us to "Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort." -President Nelson     
May we each individually listen to President Nelson's council to ask of God, and seek out prayerfully what we can do to become more obedient to the Lord's commands.
I know as we do that personally, it will effect our families then the communities and eventually all around us.
Have a wonderful week full of miracles 
At the Mall with Harley Mattison



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April 23,2018 Small and Simple Things

This week has been truly an eye opener and adjustment on focusing more clearly on the Lord's will and doing more His work. Sister Thomas my former MTC companion truly is such a joy to work with. 😊
“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6)
How true that scripture is. In the grand scheme of things, we are just a small and simple thing. Simple, yet of great significance to our Father above.
President Howard W. Hunter taught that “frequently it is the commonplace tasks … that have the greatest positive effect on the lives of others, as compared with the things that the world so often relates to greatness.”
I was reading in a talk called "Lessons from Eve" by President Nelson quite a few years ago. He quotes a poem that his Angel wife used as sort of a motto:
"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait
’til tomorrow.
For babies grow up,
We’ve learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs.
Dust, go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby,
And babies don’t keep"
It is the small and simple moments that take place within the walls of of a home that truly bring to pass greatness. 
The difference between a house and a home is the spirit felt inside. 'Let the Holy spirit guide' should be a key element that defines walls that provide shelter from the elements; and walls that protect and shelter from the evil of the world. 
Let us 'Improve the shining moments; Don’t let them pass you by'. 
“Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33).
Let us strive to make the small and simple moments count. With our jobs, at school, but most importantly with our families.

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased” Heber J. Grant

Making those changes to make our homes more focused on the small and simple things might be challenging at first. But I can promise that as we each prayerfully strive to do so, the spirit will bless us in our efforts. Family bonds will become stronger, and the worries of the world will be unable to dwell within our peace filled homes- centered on Christ.
 
Activity Day girls feeding the missionaries on 1st day together







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Package from a friend

Katelyn drawing of President Nielson

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Trying on old dresses

State lines New York