Why I Serve This Day

Let me pose a question to you:

If God came down and said to you, “I know you have made certain plans for your life and they will make you good, but I need you to take a break from that because I offer you something that will make you great. Something that will bless you and your family. Something you will bless the families of others. Something you will never regret.” Would you look at Heavenly Father in that moment and say, “Well thanks, but no thanks. I’m content with what I’ve got going and I really need to finish this part of my plan before I do any of that.”

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord (Joshua 24:15).”

It does not say choose tomorrow, or choose when it’s more convenient. It says to choose this day. I will never regret my decision to go on a mission. Yes I had a year of undergrad left and acceptance into a good master’s program. Yes I had four jobs lined up for the next semester. But guess what, all of that stuff will still be there, or something better will be there. I chose to serve God in the day that He asked me, and I will never be sorry for that.

For those of you who are “proud of what [I’m] doing but disappointed that [I] didn’t finish school first,” and I know there are a lot of you, I invite you to find the time to open your heart and turn to God and ask Him if this was His plan for me. I can testify to you that He answers prayers and that he will always give us what’s best for us. I chose to serve The Lord first. I chose to “seek…first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).” I know that because I am here I am blessing the lives of many people in Montana. I hope that my family will see the blessings that they have received from my missionary service as well.

I invite each of you to read Matthew 6 or 3 Nephi 13, Matthew 28:19-20, and Alma 42:27

“Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, he son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among His people that they might have everlasting life (3 Nephi 5:13).”

 

I have great love and respect for each of you, but an even greater Love and respect for The Lord,

❤ Sister Emmalee A. Myers-Parraz

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His Judgement Should Be Judgement Enough

I want to describe a man to you, he was “a very wicked and an idolatrous man. And he was a man of many words, and did speak much flattery to the people; therefore he led many of the people to do after the manner of his iniquities. And he became a great hinderment to the prosperity of the church of God; stealing away the hearts of the people; causing much dissension among the people; giving a chance for the enemy of God to exercise his power over them.” (Mosiah 27:8-10) He is such a rotten person that he is later described as one of the “vilest of sinners.” (Mosiah 28:4)

Think about the feelings you have hearing the descriptions of that man, a man who was trying to destroy the church. A man who was wicked and idolatrous. Compare him to this man.

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The Tenth Commandment Applies Today

Imagine:

You have a group of children. To each little girl you give a toy and tell them that they can always have their toy, but they can only play with them during play time. To each little boy you give a toy and tell them that they can only keep their toy if they are good, and if they share their toy with others, and never use their toy to hurt anyone or hold power over anyone who doesn’t have that toy, but as long as they do that they can always have their toys with them. Now the little boys have to work hard to keep their toy and the little girls get to use their toys whenever it’s play time. Eventually, the little girls decide they want the boys toy as well as their own toy. The little girls don’t see that their toy is just as special as the boys toy and that when used together with the boys their games can become far greater than they ever imagined.

 

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Because God

Last week we were helping some investigators prepare for their baptismal interview with a fun game. It was much like jeopardy, but it would require them to have basic knowledge of the gospel as well as bare their testimony of simple doctrine. At one point we asked a question that involved the word why. It was something similar to “Why did we have to come to earth?” The youngest boy, wanting to be super helpful, raised his hand. His reply was so simple and sweet, “Because……God.” I couldn’t think of a more perfect answer to any of the why questions of the Gospel. Why do we do anything in this church? Because of our love to our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. If you ever find yourself asking why you have to do something (go to church, pay tithing, obey the word of wisdom, etc) just turn to yourself and say, “Because God.” Simple truth from the mouth of a child.

 

They Are So Good To Me

“Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Father’s plan, I always want to be with my own family, and the Lord has shown me how I can.”

There are some who wonder why the family is so important. There are some who cannot even begin to fathom why so much emphasis is put on the family in the LDS church. The Family is ordained of God. The love that Heavenly Father feels for us can be felt in our families. He wants us to feel supported and strengthened in our homes. He gave us families, so that we could know of his love for us. He has blessed us with them. My family has always been my biggest support system, and I am so blessed to have been put in the family that I am in. Though sometimes it is hard, I learn a lot from them. My whole life I have known of the goodness of God because they have taught me to have faith in Him and in His son Jesus Christ. From a small age my mother has been an example of loving her neighbor, even the neighbors who have been the meanest they could be. I have learned the teachings of God through the example of my family.

Recently, we have been working with a family who has strengthened my testimony of families. From the first moment we met them, they were desirous to learn more, to increase their faith, to do what is right in the sight of Heavenly Father, but most importantly, they were determined to support each other on this path. I have never seen a family so loving and supportive in their desires. I have been grateful to know them, and because of them I want to invite each of you to ponder what families mean to you. What does YOUR family mean to you? I invite you to find a way to strengthen your family in faith, in love, and in hope.

Heavenly Father has blessed you with someone you can call family. If you do not feel that this is true, talk to me. I will be your family.

Jesus Loves You,

and so do I ❤

To read what the living prophets have said about families read this:

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

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