Do You Love Him Enough To…

Obedience brings blessings. Jesus Christ is our perfect example of obedience.

There was a man once who said he was doing it strictly out of obedience, not out of love. He saw this because Christ asked that the cup be removed from him. He didn’t want to do it. My companion looked at him and said, “Have you ever done something for someone, even though you didn’t want to, because you loved them?”

Love should be the motivation behind our obedience. Do you love God enough to…

go to church on Sunday instead of watching the superbowl?

keep the word of wisdom?

live the law of chastity?

keep the ten commandments?

pray everyday?

I can promise you that when we show obedience to Heavenly Father, and we follow that example of Jesus Christ, that you will be blessed.

“As we walk in obedience to the principles and commandments of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “we enjoy a continual flow of blessings promised by God in His covenant with us. Those blessings provide the resources we need to act rather than simply be acted upon as we go through life. … Obedience gives us greater control over our lives, greater capacity to come and go, to work and create.”

❤ sister myers

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The First Time…

As I was listening to this talk one question that He posed stood out to me: Do you remember the first time you knew there was a God and could feel His love? After pondering that question I thought…no I don’t remember. There has just always been a God. There has always been someone up there with control over everything and knowledge of everything. Some of you are aware that I did not grow up in the church. I joined two and a half years ago. Just prior to that I was of the opinion that yeah maybe something was up there but I didn’t know who or what or why and I didn’t care. I had never felt His love or a necessity to have him in my life. I was pretty sure if there was a “big guy upstairs” he had forgotten that I was down here. So when did I first truly feel His love? In 2012 I had finally decided that I needed to go to church. I felt like something was missing and I needed to find it. I asked people around me what church they went to. I knew I wasn’t catholic. I knew I wasn’t Lutheran. I had been to a Protestant church once, and a baptist church a few times. But I wasn’t really feeling the jumping and hollering thing anymore and didn’t want to stand and sing for that long. I had no idea what I was, or if I was anything. I was staying with my best friend and her roommate was talking about church. I asked her if I could go with her. The entire time I was sitting in sacrament meeting all I kept think was that I was forgotten and that God, if He was there….didn’t want me in His church. By the time I got to third hour I was feeling so alone and forgotten I was ready to give up my whole search for a church, and that’s when it happened. These are the words that hit me in relief society that day by president uchtdorf:

You are not forgotten.
…wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you with an infinite love.

It was that moment that helped me to know that my Heavenly Father loves me. That was the first time I knew.

The rest is history. I met with missionaries, I read the Book of Mormon, I prayed, and three weeks later… I was baptized. I took the first steps to knowing my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I took the first steps to eternal life. What were my next steps?

In the end of 2012 I started getting this crazy idea that I should go on a mission. At the beginning of 2013 that  crazy idea turned into me putting in my papers, withdrawing from school, and leaving for Montana. Why did I think this was so crazy? I came to montana to share with people the truths that I know and I how they can have an eternal family of their own, and I didn’t even have an eternal family. Not a single person in my family joined with me. To this day that’s still true. It wasn’t until about four months into my mission that I got it. I was working with a family in Absarokee Montana and the parents were coming back to church and the boys were getting baptized and I felt as if this was my family. The last night I was there I told the boys, “I may never get to be sealed to my family forever, but you can.” And I read them this scripture from doctrine and covenants:
“And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father.”
By Sharing the gospel with this family I was making them my eternal family. Maybe that’s not really what it’s saying, but I truly felt that they were my family, and that I would see them again. Them having eternal life together helped me to know my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ.

What is eternal life? It is to know our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. I will pose to you another couple of questions posed in last general conference by elder Jorge klebingat and I invite you to ponder the answers to these questions:

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your spiritual confidence before God?

Do you have a personal witness that your current offering as a Latter-day Saint is sufficient to inherit eternal life?

Can you say within yourself that Heavenly Father is pleased with you?

What thoughts come to mind if you had a personal interview with your Savior one minute from now?

Brothers and sisters, You have a great gift. You know what it takes to return to live with your Heavenly Father. Share that gift with others, that they might know their Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, that they might have eternal life.

Love vs. Lust

“…Lust is an unsavory word, and it is certainly an unsavory topic for me to address, but there is good reason why in some traditions it is known as the most deadly of the seven deadly sins. 2

Why is lust such a deadly sin? Well, in addition to the completely Spirit-destroying impact it has upon our souls, I think it is a sin because it defiles the highest and holiest relationship God gives us in mortality—the love that a man and a woman have for each other and the desire that couple has to bring children into a family intended to be forever. Someone said once that true love must include the idea of permanence. True love endures. But lust changes as quickly as it can turn a pornographic page or glance at yet another potential object for gratification walking by, male or female. True love we are absolutely giddy about—as I am about Sister Holland; we shout it from the housetops. But lust is characterized by shame and stealth and is almost pathologically clandestine—the later and darker the hour the better, with a double-bolted door just in case. Love makes us instinctively reach out to God and other people. Lust, on the other hand, is anything but godly and celebrates self-indulgence. Love comes with open hands and open heart; lust comes with only an open appetite.”

See full talk by elder Jeffery R. Holland HERE

Nothing is Unbelievable

While I was serving in Missoula, I was blessed to know the Furrer family. Brother and Sister Furrer quickly became such wonderful memories in my mission. On Saturday I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the temple and see them get sealed for time and all eternity. This experience taught me so much.

The atonement can change us. It is meant to change us. I have faith that any and all people can change when they rely on the atonement of Jesus Christ. We learn of Alma the younger AND Alma the elder who both relied on the atonement of Jesus Christ to become great men of God. I was able to watch Brother Furrer rely on the atonement of God. I went from believing that he could enter the holy temple to be sealed to his wife, to seeing it. I have always believed in the unbelievable. Brother Furrer did not believe in himself, but I did. I believe that everyone can enter that holy temple, when they have faith, repent, are baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Whether you lack faith in yourself or in someone else, please hear me: You/They are a child of a merciful God. The atonement is available to all, and all have the potential to change. Mormon 9:27-28 tells us, “O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him. Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.”
There is nothing more rewarding than being an instrument in the Lord’s hands. Be the faith that someone needs to return to their Heavenly Father, even if that someone is you. Doctrine and Covenants 18:15 says, “And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” Find/Be that one soul.
I love you all, and invite you all to keep the temple in your sights. Go to the temple or go back to the temple. Be a missionary. Talk to a missionary. Write a missionary.
Love,
A Missionary
Sister Myers ❤
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Constant Companionship

Lately, I have spent a bit of time really thinking over one phrase: the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Of course, my first thought on this is that, as a missionary, I have a companion. She works with me every minute of every day with a few exceptions. We are an equal partnership. I will one day, hopefully, have an eternal companion, who will serve the same purpose, but we won’t be together as often. But even with these two examples, it’s not exactly the same is it?

The Holy Ghost, as long as I am worthy, will be with me every second of every day. He will help me when I need help, and warn me of danger. It’s interesting to think that the Holy Ghost fulfills OUR baptismal covenants: he mourns with us, comforts us, he is a witness of God at all times, in all things, and in all places (Mosiah 18:9). He helps us to fulfill those covenants.

I looked up the word companion and this definition struck me the most: one who breaks bread with another–the sacrament?! The spirit is there when we partake of the sacrament. How literal is that?!

The second definition I liked was “a person who shares the experiences of another, especially when they are unpleasant or unwelcome.” How often is the spirit called the comforter?

I know that everyone has to opportunity to feel the power of the Holy Ghost in their lives, no matter what religion they are, but only through the priesthood authority found in The Church  Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can we have the gift, or constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. The difference between the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost is a lot like firefighters. Gift: If your house catches on fire, you can trust that eventually the firefighters will show up to save you. Power: If your house catches on fire, but you live with a firefighter, then you can feel reassured that he will be right there putting it out before anything bad happens all the time.

I invite you all to ponder on the word “companionship” and then live worthily of having that in your life.

Love each of you,

Sister Myers

Repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. What do those words mean to you? To any active Latter-Day Saint they can be recognized as the steps in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was taught these steps as the steps of a ladder. You start with faith which leads up to repentance which will step up to baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the last rung of the ladder is enduring to the end. But then I began to see it more as a circle because as we continually step forward we must always have faith and repent and remember our baptism and confirmation by partaking of the sacrament. Enduring to the end is a continual process of the living the gospel. So, after seven months on my mission, I’ve come to see the gospel of Christ not as a ladder nor as a circle, but as both: a winding staircase. As we progress forward, though it does come back around, we go higher each time–closer to our Heavenly Father.

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Jesus Christ said that in his gospel “ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.” I’ve already once spoken about becoming as a little child, but want to talk more about it. What do I know about children? After working with children for three years I know a few things: they are honest, loving, they learn more easily, they are not as corrupted by the world as adults are, they are more ready to believe gospel truths. We must become as they are. We must be honest in our beliefs, loving towards all men, learn all that we can, strive to not be corrupted by our world, and be ready to believe gospel truths.

Why do I tell you this? Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service says that Heavenly Father “wants every one of His children to find peace in this life and a fulness of joy in His presence after this life. It is my purpose as a called and set apart servant of the Lord to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.” I know that by living the gospel that I preach I can come closer to my Heavenly Father and thereby bless my family and “honor my father and mother” both earthly and Heavenly. I know that you can begin now to live this gospel: to come unto Christ, repent, be baptized, and become as a little child. I invite you to meet with missionaries wherever you are. That decision will bless your life and your family. I testify of that in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

❤ sister Myers

 

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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