Hey hey faaam bam!!
Last night, Sister Kartchner and I started our planning session at 9:30 and thought, "wow, what DIDN'T go wrong today?" and as we kept thinking about all the amazing things that happened, I realized how Heavenly Father truly has led us to accomplish our vision for the ward in just over a month's time. When we have a goal in mind, and it's in line with Heavenly Father's will, He truly will guide us to accomplish it. We must have faith, and we must be willing to do all we can to do what He wants us to do.
I read in 1 Nephi today, the famous story of the Lord commanding Nephi to build a ship to go to the promised land. What impressed me this time was how Nephi completely ignored the pressures of the world, of other people, of men who are completely skilled in making ships and their friends and their wives--and did what the Lord told him to do. How many times do we know deep down inside what is right, what God wants us to do, but we chose the wrong because of our emotions or because of outside pressures? Nephi never, ever did.
Now I Nephi, did not work the timbers after the manner which was learned by men, neither did I build the ship after the manner of men; but i did build it after the manner which the Lord had shown unto me; wherefore, it was not after the manner of men.'
We all have moments right now in our lives that we are struggling with, and we want to solve it now. Or, we'll find ourselves saying we want God to solve it now. Let's look at Nephi's example. He did not follow his own emotions or the easier way but he looked towards God and followed Him. How did he do it?
And I Nephi, did go into the mount oft, and I did pray oft unto the Lord; whereofre it was not after the manner of men."
May we never underestimate the power of conversation with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is what gives me strength, new ideas, power to continue, and a heart to forgive. Why? Because it's the Lord's way.
After he finished the ship, 'my bretheren beheld that it was good, and that the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine, wherefore, they did humble themselves again before the Lord."
in the end, after Nephi so faithfully knelt before the Lord in sincere prayer and ACTED on his answer from God, everyone knew the Lord's way is the best way. I'm so grateful that they best way to receive answers from God truly is simple. It's something we ALL can do, whether we have no money, no time, no family-- we can all always pray. and we can act on that prayer.
Lee Ho Tin got baptized one year ago. we have been teaching his mom since before i got to SSP. She has MS, has come to church once in a year, and decided to never go again because her body could NOT handle it.
We have been reading scriptures with her every single night since I got here (thanks Mindy) and encouraging her to pray. LAst week, she committed to coming to just Sacrament meeting. SHE CAME TO SACRAMENT MEETING!!! this was huge--we were amazed. she found out that her son, Ho Tin, would be sharing a message in Sunday School, so she decided to stay. Well, 3 short hours later, we saw Ho Tin's mom, smiling, full of the holy ghost, with energy. she had stayed for all 3 hours! we asked how was this possible? She looked at us, smiling so big, and said, "I have found faith. I took my shots last night, and was so scared, like normal, I wouldnt have energy to come to church. But I decided to pray, and fast like you just taught me. And now I'm here."
Just a few months ago, Sister Lee would have NEVER thought of coming to all 3 hours of church because of her MS disease. But because God lives and loves us, she, through her faith and efforts of reading the book of mormon and praying, developed the faith and hope in God to help her literally fight MS and come to church. She has a solid baptismal date for August 30th, because she wants to be with her children forever.
Let us remember Sister Lee Sung Ho Yan and Nephi's example of true faith! They did things that people (even the Assistants said she can't come to church!) said they can't do, because of their faith in God; their willingness to forget their emotions, their desires, and do what God wanted them to do.
I have a firm testimony that when we follow God's path, our lives are happier and easier. We have the Spirit of peace and love with us, we have confidence we are doing the right thing, and we can never lose.
I love you all! keep up the faith in Christ :)
Love, Sister Bosler
Here's part of my letter to President Lam this week:
We were riding the bus last week and met a family. We rescheduled them in their home for last thursday. Last thursday we called to confirm, but they canceled and said they will only be home on sunday, but not giving us a specific time. So after church, we decided to head over to their home and stop by. We knocked on the door and a beautiful mom opened, different than the Lee family we had met earlier. We asked her if her family name is Lee, she said yes, but really had no idea who we were. She asked to look at the address the previous people had written down, and was completely shocked. "This is exactly my address!" She literally marveled for a few minutes and then looked up at us and started crying. She said, "I am so unhappy in my life. I know this is 'yuhnfahn' (fate)!" She then let us in and we talked to her about her life, and communication to God through prayer.
This experience was so special to us. Because we follow Elder Ballard and open our mouths at all times, we found that family who wrote a different address. Because we are following our zone plans and scheduling people in their homes, we were able to actually go TO her home. And because God lives and arranges everything in our lives, He led us to Shuie Lee on that sunday afternoon! We are so grateful for the guidance of God in our lives!
Love Sister Bosler
Notes from Home:
The boys all love Aunt Kaitlin!
I definitely think that Satan wants to destroy families. Mainly because there's so much joy found within when we are living the Gospel. Even outside the church, of course, there so many happy families built on fundamental and simple principles of kindness, courtesy, laughter, and quality time, but there is even potential for greater richness as members of the Church Jesus Christ because we can do eternal things together like baptisms, attending church, working in the temple, feeling the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and having a personal relationship with our Savior. I do believe He can heal all wounds, especially within families because it's the most important!
“Cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 37:36–37; emphasis added)."
Well, we are off to Oregon now!! Family Reunion 2015 at Sunriver!!