January 26, 2015

che i'kua andejara nderayhuha (I know God loves you!)

Happy Monday!

Well, this week just flew by! Probably because I spent the last half of the week sick in bed with a high fever and headache. Luckily we have a few Elders who live fairly near by, so they were able to come and give me a Priesthood blessing.

Can I just say that I know this is the true Church of Jesus Christ? I know that the Priesthood Authority of God is on the earth and worthy men who have the priesthood can give blessings and work miracles just like Christ and His disciples did!

Hermana Percival and I have been talking a lot about the importance of prayer lately. Something sad about Paraguay is that lots of people say they believe in God or that they belive they are children of God, but they don't actually understand what that means. God is our FATHER. He literally LOVES us and actually wants us to be happy! He is mindful of every single one of his sons and daughters. When we pray we have the opportunity to speak with the same Being that led Moses and the people of Israel out of Egypt, the same God that broke down the walls of Jericho, the same God that worked all those miracles of the past. And He wants us to speak with Him! How crazy blessed and privileged are we???

I love these scriptures in James 5. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple, everything He tells us is for our good. We are the ones who go around confusing doctrine or trying to make simple things more complicated.
"13) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

Heavenly Father really does want us to be happy, and if we would just obey His counsels, we could find peace and lasting joy. What do we do if we are sad? We should pray! What if we are happy? Then sing praises to God! If we are sick? Ask for a blessing of the priesthood! God has all the answers and solutions.

I hope you all have a fantastic, wonderful, marvelous week!

Sister Simmons

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