Sunday, September 8, 2013

Finally she is HOME!!!

                                                         Rylee's Homecoming talk




I am so grateful to be home and have been able to serve the Lord. To be able to see miracles and have experiences that have challenged me and helped me to grow in the gospel and grow as a daughter of God. It has been the best choice I have ever made. A choice in the beginning I was extremely nervous. But something I realized is I had a testimony of this church, it was a baby one. This gospel is amazing.
One of the big lessons I learned is. “This is His work and not mine” He loves us all so much. He will put people in our path we can touch. He knows what’s best for each one of us. That’s why he has made a plan, if we follow we will be able to live with him again.  In Moses 1:39 its says “For behold, this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” His work and his glory come when he sees us happy. When we follow the spirit, follow the council he gives us. He wants us all to return to live with him. To experience the never ending happiness and Joy He does. As it says in Doctrine & Covenants 18:10 “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” I have experienced this on my mission. To see through His eyes. The love He has. He knows us all individually. He knows our strengths, our weaknesses, our pain, and our struggles. Most importantly He is patient with us. As we turn to Him, He will lead and guide us and help us get and stay on the path that returns to live with him. In 1 Nephi 14:7 it says “For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other-either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts….” This is a marvelous work. The work is hastening, and it is amazing to be apart of it.
“You have to have full Faith and trust in God” I had amazing examples on my mission. Being able to serve in England and the MTC in Preston. We were able to visit all the church historical sites and to hear amazing stories of the missionaries that first served there. Heber C Kimball, Orson Hyde, Willard Richards, Pres. Joseph Fielding to name a few. To see the faith and courage they had to share the gospel. The Faith that they had to leave their families to proclaim the gospel. An amazing experience I had while on the tour was our MTC President’s wife is President Hinckley’s daughter. When we were outside of his first flat. She read the exact letter we all know so well. From her Great grandfather which said “Dear Gordon, I have your recent letter. I only have one suggestion: Forget yourself and go to work.” The spirit was so strong as she shared many more stories of her father and the hard work he did on his mission. She was a great example to me of love, faith and strength. And this quote stayed with me my whole mission. And continues to live on to help more missionaries work hard and stay “with an eye single to the glory of God.”
Many times on my mission. Heavenly Father reminded me to trust in Him. To follow the spiritual promptings I received. In Preach My Gospel it says, “The doctrines and principles will strengthen your faith that the Lord is preparing people to receive you and the resorted gospel. He will lead you to them or He will lead them to you.” This happened many times. One that stands out to me was when I was in Nottingham and my companion and I were having a hard time. All of the people, who were investigating the church at that time, decided they needed a break, or they weren’t interested anymore. We had been finding straight for a week and a half and nothing was happening. I was a little down and the Zone leaders came to help us find in the area.  We were talking to people on the street and I said a little prayer we would find someone who was searching for something.  The next person we talked to was E. She is from China, and just arrived in Nottingham 2 days before we met her. She told us later on she saw something in our eyes and felt good when we were speaking with her. She wanted to find out what it was, and if there was a God. They are taught in China it’s only them. There is no after life. There is no hope for the future. We met with her and on our first visit she said she wanted to go to church because that’s what you do, right? She said she watched it on video’s people would go to church to be closer to God.  She exercised her faith, pressed forward with reading the scriptures. Having her family and friends ask her questions of why she was meeting with us. She would say, “They don’t understand how it makes you feel. I just let them say what they want. But I know the truth” She decided to get baptized on her birthday because it is a special day. That day I could feel how proud and happy Heavenly Father was. How by taking little steps of faith or even leaps of faith you will be blessed and it will make your faith grow stronger.  
Another experience I had was amazing. The first time that I served in Wales was a year ago almost exactly from when I went back to the same area. I got transferred after a month there. After I left the first time. This girl G kept coming into my head. I didn’t know why but I knew it was a prompting. She was a girl we taught once and never answered when we stopped by. For some reason she always would pop in my mind. I would call the sisters that were serving in that area, and try to explain where she lived. She never was in when they called by. But when I received the call I was going back to area. I was so excited to go find her again. When we called on her door. She remembered us coming by before. She let us in. She told us in the first visit. She had been praying a lot lately for guidance really trying to change her life around. I know it wasn’t a coincidence that I remembered. I know the Lord was doing his work.  She is so amazing. She changed everything after our first lesson. She has health problems, but she wasn’t going to let this get her down. She changed the music she listened to, started writing happier poems. As she accepted the principles and worked toward her baptism. We gave her a baptismal calendar and she looked all of the commandments up on Mormon.org and Lds.org and started living them. The only thing standing in her way was her fear of water. She knew it was the right choice and she needed to make it. Because she had seen the blessings that have already come since she started living the commandments.  On her baptism she almost dunked herself before the prayer was said. She did such a great job. Her words after the baptism were, “I know I can do anything. If I have the Lord on my side he wont ever lead me astray. I know I can conquer my fears. This is a great day!”  
The joy that comes from the gospel is great. To be able to pray about everything. One of my favorite things to teach is to not take what I’m saying as the truth but to find it out for yourself. That’s when the gospel will continue to bless your life when you live the gospel, and make the gospel who you are.
As Elder M. Russell Ballard said “True conversion comes through the power of the Spirit. When the Spirit touches the heart, hearts are changed. When individuals…feel the Spirit working with them, or when they see the evidence of the Lord’s love and mercy in their lives, they are edified and strengthened spiritually and their faith in Him increases. These experiences with the spirit follow naturally when a person is willing to experiment upon the word. This is how we come to FEEL the gospel is true.” The change of ones self, once they have accepted God and continue to use the Atonement.  I have been able to see and feel the amazing blessing of the Atonement, especially on my mission. I know that Heavenly Father loves us so much. He understands we make mistakes. We’re not perfect. The things we go through are to test us. To help us see what we are made of. To help perfect us. He wants to be able to ease our burdens and make them lighter.  In Doctrine and Covenants 84:88 it reads, “And whoso receiveth you, there will I be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” That scripture has helped me so much on my mission. I have felt Him on my right and on my left. I have felt his angles round about me to bear me up. To help me press forward. We might feel all alone. But were not. He is always there.  Our savior loves us. He knows exactly how we feel.  A poem that another missionary shared with me really helped me to feel the Love of the savior. “She could fall down and hurt herself even if I am walking right there beside her. That doesn’t mean that I allowed it to happen, but she knows that with a fathers unconditional love, that I will pick her up and I will carry her. I’ll try to heal her, I’ll cry when she cries and I’ll rejoice when she is well.  In all the moments of my life, God has been there beside us. The truth of Gods love is not that He allows bad things to happen, its His promise that He’ll be there with us when they do.” I know that this is true because I have experiences it. God loves us so much. We are His children. He continues to bless our lives every single day. As we continue to share the light of the gospel we will be able to see miracles, and see the Lords hand in the work. We all have been set aside for this time where there is so much light of the gospel here surrounding us. The Lord says “speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice, with a sound of rejoicing, crying-hosanna, hosanna, blessed be the name of the Lord God! Pray always, and I will pour out my spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing-yeah, even more than if you should obtain reassures of earth and corruptibleness to the extent thereof. Behold cant thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness? Or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide? Or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy savior. Amen.” I have been able to see lives change. Testimonies strengthened.  And the love of the Savior for all. It’s our part as members of the church to share that joy and peace that we have found.
Bare testimony, Christ-atonement, prophet JS, Prophet today, scriptures, missionary work, my family, everyone supporting me. 2 timothy 4:17, 6, 7,8,18

I know this church is true. I know Heavenly Father is a our loving Father in Heaven. Who loves us so much and wants us to return to live with Him again. He has made a plan, so perfect if we follow it we will be able to return to live with Him again. To live in complete Joy. I know Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Who was chosen to show us the way to live. If we follow His example we will stay on the straight and narrow that leads us to our Father. He loves us so much, He performed the Atonement. The Atonement is real. He knows how we feel, when we feel like no one else does. He will never leave us, He will be "on the right and on the left" always with us. Another way He shows His love, He has chosen a prophet to be His spokesman here on earth. To give us guidance. I know Joseph Smith was a 14 year old boy who prayed and wanted to join the correct church. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did appear to Him. Told him to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth.  With the same principles and ordinances that Christ taught when He was on the earth.  We have a living prophet Thomas S. Monson who continues to lead and guide us. As the world continues to change.  I know prayer is real. When we pray, God is listening. He wants to hear from us. It's our way we can communicate with Him. Someone said, "ask God don't ask Google" that is so true. If you really want to know. Pray to Him. He will answer. It might not be in our timeframe. But he will answer us. He knows the beginning to the end and what will help us grow and stretch ourselves.  I am so grateful for the scriptures we have to read from. It is one of the ways Heavenly Father can speak to us!













The night before at Trunky Night/ Reflection Night