Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Weekend
Sister McDonnell, Me and Lizzy Woo
This weekend has been probably one of the best of my mission. What a special time of year to celebrate Easter! How lucky we are to know about Jesus Christ and the Resurrection, that we can have a hope of eternal life! 
Last Congleton District Meeting

I am so grateful, also, to have a living prophet. What a privilege to hear him speak to us on Easter Sunday. I am thankful for the messages that were shared over this last General Conference weekend.
Visiting Jessica and Dylan with Lizzy Woo
I loved the talks given by Elder Oaks, Bednar, Andersen, Renlund, Nielson, and Sister Wixom that seemed to all have the theme of enduring conversion. I noticed, and was grateful to the people who pointed out, the themes of eternity. Many talks talked about marriage, family, and the home. Others about being converted and acting on our faith. Still others spoke of eternal principles of not just acting but becoming, our actions just being evidence of who we are. An example of an action could be the Law of the Fast, for the purpose of serving those in our communities and around the world.
Preston Temple with Sisters McDonnell, Lunden,& Hunter

We are taught in The Family: A Proclamation to the World that the family unit is most likely to achieve happiness in daily life when built on the foundation of the teachings of Jesus Christ. We can and should learn within the walls of our own homes everything we need to know in order to be happy and successful in this life and into the next. 

Ward Missionary with the Newcastle Missionaries

In Doctrine and Covenants 11:7 we learn that success or "riches" in this world is not what Heavenly Father considers to be of worth to us. He knows what we need. When we choose to follow him and seek his wisdom, we will be given what we need and what will truly give us success. He does not give like the world gives(see John 14:27). 
My new companion, Sister Reed
That is why General Conference may not be seen to some as a mighty gift. It can be seen as a burden to give up their Saturdays and Sundays to watch up to 10 hours of talks prepared by the Prophets and Apostles of God. But it is not a burden. It can be a time of prophecy, revelation, answers, and healing. It is a gift from God to have the truth on the Earth today. I am grateful for it. I am grateful to know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet. I'm grateful to be, not only a member, but a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that God loves each of his children and he wants us all to return to him one day. That is the sacred message of Easter: that Christ came, died, and lives again so that we may do the same.
Enjoying Easter Chocolates
I love you all and thank you for your love, prayers, and support. I hope you have a wonderful week and continue to ponder what has been shared in General Conference.

Love, Sister Christensen
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