I am a letter writing Visiting Teacher -
I've decided to start posting my monthly letters, here's January 09:
Dear Sisters. . .
I know it feels like a while since I’ve written and I apologize. We found out in November that we had to move, our apartments were sold and turned into a church parking lot. . . .(just like the song- Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot)
The hubby and I exercised Faith and prayed constantly!!!!! We found a place right outside of our ward boundaries, I wasn’t sure if they would let us stay in the ward, but so far so good. I am sending this letter on the back of a copy the months visiting teaching message so that you can read some of the wonderful quotes yourself.
As is the tradition for many at the end/beginning of each year, I sat down and thought about the goals I wanted to make for this year. . . My most prevalent is to increase my Faith. I have been reading from John H. Groberg’s book “Fire of Faith”. He shares of his experiences while serving as mission president in Tonga. For those of you who don’t know, I am ½ Tongan. The stories of these faithful saints have not just been entertaining to me, but have struck a deeper chord in my soul. I keep thinking to myself; “I come from these faithful all believing, all trusting in God saints” I know that somewhere in me I have the strength to become as faithful as them. That is what I want to do. So I am making it a goal to be more prayerful, more truthful, more loving, more forgiving, more valiant, in short – more Faithful.
As the year goes on and I get to share with you my experiences, I am hopeful and even a little apprehensive that I will have Faith promoting experiences that I can share with you.
I say a little apprehensive because I have learned when I am not seeking to grow or learn in the gospel or in my testimony – my life seems so much easier. No challenges, not too much heartache, not too much struggling. But when I sit and think about it, there is sadness. I know in my heart that I am the reason I feel distance from the Lord. I have felt like a kid on a sidewalk with my face pressed up to the window looking into a candy store- seeing all these wonderful treats and blessings and joys. I desire them with all my heart, but have no money and am not allowed in.
Well I hope not anymore. I don’t want to be that person. I am ready to do the work, I am ready to earn the privilege to enter and partake. I hope you are too. I am truly grateful that I will be able to share part of this journey with you each month.
God bless you and keep you in all that you do each day is my true desire.
Sister Helen Moenoa