Friday, April 25, 2014

Bunnies. Chocolate. Eggs. Easter

(Sent April 14)

Missions are always exciting and something new happens each week. Sometimes I think the time's flown by so fast and, at the same time, it's gone by so slow because of how much has happened in so little time.

This week:

1. I helped paint the inside of a house as service. It was the closest thing I could get to an adrenaline rush for being on a ladder so high up to paint the walls. So that was exciting.

2. We were totally blind-sided by a couple investigating the church. He said that there is no way he will read the Book of Mormon. Then he sort of interrogated us for the next two hours. He said he tried not to be lawyer-y because he's a contract lawyer. All I can say is, he did his very best! But he and his wife are one of the nicest people we know here (and Coloradoans are pretty nice!). They said that when they were first in America, he didn't know any English but the only people who befriended him were members of the church and he will never forget that.

So, members of the church! You have no idea how influential you are in missionary work by simply just being an example! In fact, that was talked about quite a bit in the General Conference. A true disciple of Christ is one who loves and is an example to others and, yet, defends what he or she knows is right.

3. We couldn't meet with K and N, the mother and daughter investigating the church, this week because K had to attend a funeral on short notice. But it's weird how God's timing is. We had just taught her the Plan of Salvation last week, which talks all about where we lived before coming to Earth, why we are now here on this Earth, and where on Earth (heh, not really "on Earth" but you catch my drift) we are going after this life. The fact that we taught her that just before the sudden death in her family is simply not a coincidence. That plan that God has created for us is perfect and it simply provides hope.

Now, as for the title, bunnies are everywhere here. Not sure why, but they are. And it must only be because Easter is coming up. I'm so excited. The influence of the Spirit grows each day as I study more and more about the Savior and His Atonement and, more importantly, His Resurrection. Please watch this video to learn more about the true meaning of Easter.

It is because of what Jesus Christ did at this time of year about 2014 years ago that it is possible now for ALL of us to be resurrected, meaning for our bodies and our spirits to reunite after death. Why? So we can stand in the presence of God once again.

But, most of all, the message of Easter is a message of hope. It is the center of the Plan of Salvation/Redemption/Happiness/Mercy that God has prepared for us. We all go through a lot of trials, sorrow, tears, grief...etc. you name it! But the resurrection is for everyone. Everyone!

"Each of us will have our own Fridays - those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shard of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.

"But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.

"No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come." (Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, 2006; read it here!)

He is risen! And He most certainly lives so that we can, too! Happy Easter, everybody!

Sister Wen

P.S. If anyone happens to somehow feel inspired to send some chocolate this way, I would never reject it and I would love you forever and ever.

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