Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday here and today is Nov 11 which means that at 11 this morning we all stopped what we were doing and took two minutes of silence to remember those that fought and died for us in WWI and all others that have fought for our freedoms. It’s a nice tradition they have here and reminded me of the profound importance of remembrance. We are told throughout the Book of Mormon that the reason God has instructed the prophets and people to keep a record is so they, and those that read the record (us) can remember Him. We as mortals readily forget because our perspective is so limited and we get easily distracted by the things of the world. I just want to remind you all how truly important it is to remember Him and all He has done for us. I truly know that every blessing I have in my life is from Heavenly Father. He is our literal Father in Heaven and he loves us so much, and wants nothing more that for us to be happy. Of that I have no doubt. I know He is there. I love my Him with all of my heart.
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.” —Helaman 5:12
Love, Sister Zurcher
Okay first, Happy Halloween and Happy Bonfire Night tomorrow! Halloween is a major let down around here. It’s just not very big here, but we had to be in early just in case anyone got any funny ideas. Bonfire Night is tomorrow and that seems to be bigger than Halloween. People have been setting off fireworks for the past week in preparation. We’ve had a lot of amazing things happen in our area the past couple of weeks. It’s like people have just been coming out of the woodwork! We are teaching two girls from Iran, a girl from Romania, and a family of Slovakians. Pretty crazy. It got really cold here the past couple days. I think it might snow soon, which I’m kind of excited about mostly because anything is better than rain.
I’ve probably expressed this to you before, but as I’ve had to work with investigators and especially recent converts/less actives, I just always have to keep in mind that the Lord has a plan for each of his children and they all have their own path. Sometimes you just have to trust that and share that burden with the Lord or you will just rip all of your hair out. Sister Lam sent me a “T-book” (testimony book) which is basically a tradition in the mission where each companion puts together a bunch of pictures and memories and then puts their testimony at the end. You can see part of it in my pictures this week. I miss her so much!
I was reading a talk about the story of Isaac and Rebekah in the last conference. This of course is talked about as one of the greatest love stories in the Bible, and I love it. The talk was by Sister Dalton (my favorite!) and she talked about Rebekah’s decision to go with Abraham’s servant into a foreign land to be wed to a complete stranger. When Rebekah was asked she simply said “I will go.” She was promised by the Lord that she would be a “mother to millions” and we know that Christ eventually descended from her line. Sister Dalton says “Your choices matter now. Generations are depending on the choices you make.” Powerful. I hope we can all remember this and truly know that the Lord is depending on us to make correct decisions, not only for our sake, but for future generation’s sakes. Each of us has so very much potential and even if we can’t see it, the Lord can because He sees the beginning from the end.
I hope you know I love you all dearly!