Hello Friends and Family!
This week was a quiet week. I was sick… again! Still am a little bit. The cold weather came in a lot faster than I could keep up!
On Tuesday we went to the Temple for an endowment session. It was very special. I love doing it all in German and will miss that a lot. We have some new temple missionaries here in the ward and they shared their testimonies in Sacrament Meeting yesterday. They are from Colorado and talked about how much contention there was when the Denver Temple was being built in the 80’s. It looked like it wasn’t going to happen until someone wrote an article in the Denver Post that there was a temple being built in the Soviet Union. The article asked, “If the Soviets can build one of these temples, why can’t we?” And in that Temple in Denver, this man was able to be sealed to his wife and family for eternity and see his own children follow in the same pattern. What an opportunity it was for him to thank those who ACTUALLY built, and made countless sacrifices some 30 years later. Even behind an iron wall, the temple is a beacon to the world. I know this.
During my three sick days, I was able to finish my study of chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel. Here is listed several Christlike attributes and how we can apply them and make them better. The one that struck me the most was PATIENCE. President Thomas S. Monson said about patience that it is the most important Christlike virtue.
Today I started rereading Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, For Times of Trouble. It always gives me so much strength and reminds of all of the events that I have overcome in my life and that, with His help, I can overcome even more. Problems, trials, tests, and temptations are part of earth life. We should not be surprised when we receive them. We should, however, be surprised about what we learn. Elder Holland gave such a great talk and I encourage everyone to read it above! I will study another talk that has to do with PATIENCE from Elder Holland called An High Priest of Good Things to Come.
Patience is more than merely waiting. It is more than being able to withstand the wait at the doctor’s office or to simply “get through” a bad day. Patience involves showing our faith and hope. When we have trials of faith, they are times when the Father is testing us to see if we will truly stand by what we claimed to be when the ocean waters were calm.
As the Savior visited His “other sheep” in the Americas, He reassured them that hard times would come. But He told them that there was help and hope: “But whoso among you shall do more or less than these are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends and the floods come, and the winds blow and beat upon them, they shall fall and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.”
This next week will be full of exchanges and getting Elder Schouten for his next transfer: AMERICA! That will be #4 sent home! Oh! And Thanksgiving with all the american temple missionaries!
Have a great week! Keep shining!
No pictures from this last week. Sorry!!
Elder RR Hoffman
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