Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Testifying Tuesday: Sister Kahrs Too Can Testify

Hi! I am Sister Kahrs!
(Sister Kahrs: full-time missionary from Las Vegas can be found writing over HERE)

Hello to all that read Hermana Anderson's blog! Isn't she amazing!?

I am so grateful to share my testimony of the Book of Mormon. It has been such a great strength for me in my life. It has brought a deeper understanding and relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. This book, this sacred book, testifies of Him and who He is and how much He loves us. This is another testament of Him. I have felt that so much in my life. As I have gone through trials and struggles in my life I have turned to prayer and The Book of Mormon, especially as a missionary.

Our Heavenly Father is aware of all our struggles and He gives us the Book of Mormon to help us in those struggles. There was one time I was doubting my testimony of God and knowing if he was really there. So I decided to put all that I have been taught to the test. Then one day, not right away, I came across the scripture in Alma 30:44 - It says that all things denote there is a God. When I read that I just knew that He was there just by looking around me.

I know that He lives and loves us and gives us the Book of Mormon to help bring us joy. I have seen that in my life and I know that all men everywhere can as well when they read and pray about it. The Book of Mormon is how I know that there is a prophet on the earth and that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
This is my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Saturday, October 8, 2011

I will never wash my right hand again...

There are no concrete rules and guidelines for the creation of a persons "bucket list"
(sidenote:  Bucket List = a list of items a person dreams of accomplishing or experiencing before they "kick the bucket")
(2nd sidenote: Kick the Bucket = dying)

I, too, have created a bucket list in my life. Mine is several pages long and contains such dreams such as "ride in a hot air balloon" and "finish an entire Chipotle burrito" and "finish an entire Chipotle burrito while riding in a hot air balloon"

There are 3 people that have made it onto my extremely exclusive Bucket List - 3 people that I simply must meet before I die.
2 of them will be kept secret right now but the THIRD, and possibly most important (as it is the only female) is Sister Julie B Beck:

A couple weeks ago I was sitting with my past and now far away companion, Hermana Rupp, after planning and we were discussing my love, nay obsession, with this woman.

I told her about how back home my family wouldn't flinch when I would say things such as "I was hanging out with Jules today and she taught me this awesome thing" and proceed to share something that I heard learned from studying one of Sister Beck's talks. (I like to refer to her as if we are great friends, because I feel that we are with all that she has helped me understand about myself, the divine role of womanhood, and the world around me. Although the appropriateness of nicknaming dear Sister Beck in the comfort of my family dinner table is still up for argument)
I really do feel like she is one of my dearest friends, somebody I can rely on to guide me in my life. She has shaped my perspective and been the instrument of me feeling the spirit many times.

Hermana Rupp and I continued to talk about our love for this woman and I ended the conversation with a loud "ONE DAY I will meet her. I just have to"

Fast forward to this morning. The same Hermana Rupp is standing to my right and I am looking into the eyes of this dear friend of mine. I barely muster a "good morning, Sister Beck" as she shakes my right hand.

As we listened to her speak this morning I marveled at her Christ-like manner in wishing to care and nurture to "the one". She wished to focus on each of us individually. It hit me yet again that this woman is a woman from God - a defender of the family - and I remembered yet again the kind of woman I wish to become.

My favorite talk from Sister Beck can be found here: Teaching the Doctrine of the Family

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Favorite Weekend

My top 3 weekends include:
1. the first weekend in April
2. the first weekend in October
3. if Christmas is on a weekend

Why? Four words:

Living Prophets and Apostles.

Every 6 months The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has what we call General Conference.
General Conference is when all members of the church world-wide (it is broadcast in 92 different languages) come together to listen to the prophet and the apostles teach us the word of God.


You can watch conference live from your computer HERE

Sessions broadcast:
Saturday at 10am (MST) and 12pm (MST) with Priesthood Session at 6pm (MST)
Sunday at 10am (MST) and 12pm (MST)

Make a video of your conference experience HERE

Have conference activities for your children (or yourselves) HERE

We are blessed to have the knowledge and comfort that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever - that He guides us, His children, through a living prophet. We have the amazing opportunity this weekend to hear from our dear prophet, Thomas S Monson, as well as the other apostles. (More information about the organization of the church can be found HERE)

I think of the thousands of people that gave up great sacrifices, even their whole lives, to be able to hear a prophet of the Lord speak. I dare say that I would do the same to hear these great men of God instruct us on how we can become more Christ-like, what Heavenly Father wishes to tells us, and what we need to do to prepare for the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I stand in awe at the great love and goodness of our God, and the great opportunity that we have to hear His words this weekend. I invite all - just as Philip invited Nathanael to "come and see" (John 1:46) for yourselves.

An invitation and a promise:
Over here in good old Vacaville we have been invited to watch conference with a question in mind -a question that our soul hungers for the answer to. As we prayerfully watch conference - with a pen in hand - I can promise that that question will be answered, either through the very words that are spoken, a hymn that is sung, a prayer that is said, but most importantly from a feeling that is felt and a thought that is had. With pen in hand, demonstrating your willingness to be instructed by the Holy Ghost, you will receive the direction and revelation that you seek. I make that promise. I apply that promise to myself this weekend.
Let us not be casual listeners to the servants of the Lord - but instead let us be determined to act in accordance with the very things we are instructed in personally, through the thoughts and feelings given to us in this blessed time.

Get out your pen and paper, kids. It's time for family counsel. What is it that your Heavenly Father wishes to tell you, His child, today?