Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March 31 2014

"I thank my Heavenly Father for each and every day I have to be a part of this work. This time I have sacrificed out of my life isn't even my gift to God. It's His gift to me."

I would like to preface the message of this email by letting you all know that I love Jesus Christ. He truly is the master teacher! There is so much I learn from His example and His teachings. I hope to never stop. And I've been reading Jesus the Christ (James Talmage I think)  - mostly during my free time so whilst eating (so not that much has changed ... book in one hand, spoon in the other) and it blows my mind. How can we truly love people that we do not know? How can we become like someone we do not know? This is why it is important and why I love morning study. There is much good to learn in this world. I am very excited.

And anyway, during my morning study this morning I have been studying the Book of Mormon as is required here in the ZAAM and I have reached 3 Nephi. I am taking it really slowly to really help let the teachings of the Saviour sink in. And today something really stood out to me that I want to be able to share with you.

When Jesus Christ visited the Americas, he was about to leave for the day and he had just counselled the people to 'Go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.' And then as he is about to leave he 'Beheld the multitude and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them.' This really struck my heart. I'm sure all of you know what that feels like, to want someone to stay or to capture a moment for just that little bit longer. For me, I remember my little sister - she told me before I left that she didn't want me to go, and when I said that I was going she asked if I could go maybe when I was 50? - and it strikes a tender chord. But to continue with the narration, Jesus then said 'Behold my bowels are filled with compassion towards you,' and he asked if there were any sick or lame or blind or halt or maimed or leprous or withered or deaf or afflicted in any manner. And they were brought forth one by one and he did heal them... 'And then they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.' And then he prayed for them, the words of the prayer so great and marvellous that it cannot be written. And then he said 'Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.' And after he said those words, he wept. And then he blessed the children.

"Jesus Christ visits the Americas" - Painting by John Scott
 source: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/illustrations?lang=eng

Do you think anyone in that multitude of people did not feel of God's love at that time? Did not feel loved and appreciated and loved on an individual level? Even reading about it makes me feel loved! And what I really took from this (3 Nephi 17) this morning was that Jesus stayed. The mortal ministry of Jesus Christ was only for a period of 3 years. In 3 years, he performed the recorded miracles, established his church, ordained His Apostles with the priesthood or power and authority to act in His name and it all culminated in his everlasting Atonement, crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. And yet throughout all of this time do you think Jesus was stressed about how many people he was seeing or helping or healing? Do you think that he rushed to and fro like someone on a never-ending list of errands? (Don't we all know what that feels like?) I want to tell you that he didn't. Jesus Christ was never too busy for what was most important. Deadlines, opposition, weaknesses of the flesh, trial and temptation aside. He has never been too busy for those people who were so blessed to have witnessed his mortal ministry. He has never been too busy for you or for me. May we all never be too busy for what is really important. May we all never be too busy for Jesus Christ.

"Jesus Christ" by Heinrich Hofmann 
source: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/illustrations?lang=eng
On that note I would like to share with you a miracle I have witnessed on my mission. This dear Sister whom I shall keep anonymous has attended church faithfully with her brother and her sister-in-law for 16 years. 16 years is an awfully long amount of time. 16 years ago I wasn't even in kindergarten.... But her father has never allowed her to be baptised. And just last Saturday, that changed! It was a beautiful service. And she shone. Her whole countenance shone. And I am so grateful to have even been able to witness that. Good things truly do come to those who wait.

I leave you these things as my testimony that I truly am part of something so much bigger than myself. And I thank my Heavenly Father for each and every day I have to be a part of this work. This time I have sacrificed out of my life isn't even my gift to God. It's His gift to me. I love you all! And hope you are doing well.


Sister Magallanes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My mission lasted for 2 years and as a result was able to share some choice stories to my children. I think Sister Magallanes' experiences already exceeded the number of my stories in two short months! I have to create current stories with my life now to keep up!!! Fernando