Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fruits of the Spirit - Love, Joy & Peace

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

We don't sing because we are happy, we are happy because we sing. Angelic is a classy woman.  She always looks like a million dollars. ( I love her headdresses) She played all of the songs for Sacrament Meeting today.   She has had only a few piano lessons, but has a musical talent and is not afraid to use it. 

Alma 30:34 "And now, if we do not receive anything for our labors in the church, what doth it profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren?"
 Now that Claude is a member of the church and feels the joy, he fills his truck with his friends, neighbors, family and workers and brings them all to church every Sunday. 
Bananas make the workers happy!

They have made 750 desks we donated to public schools. 

These couples were in training with us in South Africa. They are marvelous people and 
so willing to serve. They are an inspiration to us.  

 Elder and Sister Moody are serving in Gabon.  He is from Delta, Utah and knows my Brother Clayton and Sister Deanna.  He had a pacemaker put in the week before leaving on this, their second mission to Africa.  
Elder and Sister Moses are a good example of hardworking people from Idaho.
 They have done so much good in Ethiopia and leave for home soon.
Elder and Sister Lee are finishing their sixth mission in the Humanitarian work of the church.  They have been all over the world doing good.  They know the ins and outs of this work forward and backward.  They could do it in their sleep.  Maybe that is how they accomplish so much!

Three of us turned 70 this year!  We had fun taking Glamour shots and celebrating.
I was surprised that these two were as old as me.  Don't they look great?

No, this is not one of our vision projects.
This boy found a creative way to use the sacrament cups.  OH NO!

This boy in the center, Paul, is eager to learn the skill of sewing.  He is also learning English. 
 He is so willing to help with anything I need done when I am teaching. 

This city is a beehive of activity.
Smiles on the faces of hardworking people bear witness to the fact that working makes us happy.
James 2:22 "By works was faith made perfect. " 

These sister missionaries are a joy to us.  They are so sweet and beautiful!  We weren't prepared for the day any of them would be transferred or go home.  But it is here.  Tonight we take a trip to the airport at 12:30.  These middle of the night jaunts are simple -- no motorcycles, bicycles, cars, trucks or pedestrians.  It simplifies things greatly! 

 The Sister in the center is Judith, my translator when I teach sewing.  She is fabulous!  She studied in America for a year.  She is such a great friend and sister to me.

 Sister Randrianirina has a lovely singing voice.
(We have practiced how to say her name for months.)
We danced to celebrate Sister Petu's birthday!

And last but not least.....................

"And becometh as a child submissive, meek humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."
 Mosiah 3:19 

"Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."  1 Corinthians 2:9

Mind is the master power that moulds and makes,
And man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of thought and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills;---
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking glass.
                                           James Allen

Don't worry, be happy!

 Have a Happy New Year!!!

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