|Black Sands Beach - Where else can you have an entire|
spectacular beach to yourselves?
|Elder Best shucked the coconuts with Afalua's help.|
On our way back over the bumpy road we saw several men on their way to fish with the
long poles. We stopped and talked to a couple of them. One of them was a return missionary and the other the pastor for another church. By looking at them, I would have never guessed.
Last week everyone was busy preparing for Elder Gifford Nielsen's visit that starts tomorrow. I now understand why the Lord does not tell us when He is coming. We would kill ourselves working on table settings, decorations, agendas, landscaping, cleaning, menus, repairs......By the time He arrived we would be too exhausted to greet Him.
|Patty and Afalua enjoying fresh coconuts and bananas - Yum!|
We decided that since we are so close to New Zealand, and that is one place on my "Bucket List", that we will visit there on our way home. We have been working on an itinerary that includes both the North and
South Island. Brent is here in the office with me working on the last details so we can firm up some reservations. We are excited to see this beautiful country and visit with friends from our mission.
Elder Nielsen asked all the Seniors to prepare a 5 min. talk on repentance for FHE with him tomorrow night. My scripture this week comes from my preparation for this talk. It is found in the Book of Mormon, Alma 34 - 15-16: " And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.
Our Heavenly Father knew that all of us would make mistakes during our mortal lives. The atonement of Jesus Christ covers the sins we sincerely repent of and makes it possible to return to our Heavenly Father after this life. What a great blessing repentance is in our lives when we take advantage of it.
I send my love and wishes for a blessed week. Oute Alofa Mo Outou Uma Lava, Patty