Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ancestors and Family History Work

Hello my wonderful family. Where do i begin today. This week was a great week. To be honest the week was fairly normal. It came time for Thursday's weekly planning session, and the planning session ended with not much new. Nothing really changed from the week before, and i just felt a little bit frustrated, and i though why is nothing happening, i feel like we are staying busy and doing great work but nothing is really happening". Then literally that day we pick up 3 new investigators, and 2 new inactive families. Friday and Saturday were the same stories. All the change in the world happened. We had a total of 5 in-actives commit to going to church and 1 committed and went to the women's conference. When Sunday came none of the came, which is alright. We just started meeting them this week, you can't really be too disappointed they don't have the faith enough yet to go to church, but at least they had the faith enough this week to commit to start learning with us again.

Another ray of sunshine on the week was the amazing package i received from Mom. It was such a great package, so many good snacks, and it had everything that i asked for, the pictures, the medicine, it was great. The picture of holly is now taped above my desk upstairs :-) . The pictures of the family were the greatest. I'm especially happy you threw in pictures of Grandma and Grandpa. They have really helped with what we are working on this week. Elder Meyers and I have really found success in teaching about temples and family history work. These are a people that are very devout to remembering and honouring ancestors. The only problem is, they don't know how to do it. Many people by joining Jesus, you throw away your ancestors. As Elder Meyers and I have gone around teaching about temples, and the work there is to do for the dead, we have found countless numbers of members who have never even known that our church believes in saving the dead. We have found so many more interested in doing the work for the dead. Now whether or not they will do it that's a different story. But at least they are being made aware of the blessings they can receive. It's been great to show Grandma and Grandpa Rucker, and talk about the work we did for them, and Grandma and Grandpa Huffman, and the work we are going to do for them.

I know this church is true. I know the temple is the house of the Lord. "Men and Women grow stronger through temple service". I know as attend the temple regularly, we will be endowed with power from above. The Lord loves us, and he has a vicarious work for us to do. He needs us. I know Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of god, who has recieved all the keys of the priesthood. I know the priesthood keys were restored to Joseph Smith. This is the work of the Lord, this is his church on the earth, and this is the only way for mankind to receive salvation, and enduring happiness. 

Love always, Elder Rucker

A painting from a member who made it in 2 days.

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