Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How He speaks to me.

A couple nights ago my companion Sister Jorgensen and I were walking on the streets talking to new friends we would come in contact with. As we walked I turned to her and said, "Sister Jorgensen we have both been on our missions for a little over a year and I feel as though I have now finally gotten the hang of things. I know how to .........." I went on and on about things I have learned and how I have become more confident in being a missionary. Then I ended by saying, "....it just makes me sad that by the time you understand all of this and figure it out your time left on the mission is really short." We both went on to discuss this fact. 

The next preparation day came and I was reading my emails from home. I read a message from my dad and immediately said, " Sister Jorgensen you have to hear this!" I then read part of the email to her. My dad wrote about when he was on his mission at the point I am at now. He share how he had had some of the exact same feelings and thoughts that I was speaking about with Sister Jorgensen a couple nights previous. He then finished by sharing his thoughts on that amount of time he had had left on his mission and what he did to make it the best. He referred to it as a BONUS from Heavenly Father. 

After reading that to her I turned to Sister Jorgensen and she said to me. "I have goose bumps! Wow we just talked about that!" I responded with, "I know! Right!" 

I have thought about that experience and how I am so grateful for it. Not only that but I know that through means like my father, The Lord speaks to me. 

As I have been on my mission I have learned a lot about the voice of The Lord and how He speaks to us. A lot of people desire the voice of The Lord to come down loud like the experience of Moses and the burning bush. Some wish to actually see Him like Thomas after Christs resurrection. Though these experiences most certainly occurred and could still occur, The Lord uses different ways to speak to us individually. 

One of my favorite scriptures in The Book of Mormon is 2 Nephi 31:3 

 ....for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding.

I knew that The Lord was very much aware of my conversation with Sister Jorgensen. He used a different means to let me know that as well. I know that He knows us each personally. He cares for us and wants to help us. He speaks to us daily yet often we don't listen. Look for the ways that they Lord speaks to you. He will speak to you. I know that to be true. 

-Sister Schramm

For an awesome video on How The Lord speaks to us click HERE

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'll be ready for that [to]day.

Recently a young friend of mine introduced me to a new favorite song. It is about Noah, the prophet from The Bible, and his building of the ark.

Here are the lyrics 

Noah was a prophet, a man who did not fear.
When he taught repentance, the people would not hear.
So the Lord told him to build a boat
That could hold a ton and stay afloat.
Then Noah started building and said within his heart:
“I will build an ark before it starts to rain.
I will follow the Lord and do all things in His name.
I’ll prepare ev’ry needful thing. I will walk in righteous ways.
When the rain starts to fall on me, I’ll be ready for that day.”
I can be like Noah. Yes, I can be prepared.
I can build my ark, and I’ll find safe shelter there.
I can do the things I know are right.
I can learn and pray with all my might.
And then when storm clouds come, I’ll be safe within my ark.

I will build my ark before it starts to rain.
I will follow the prophet, for he speaks in God’s name.
I’ll prepare ev’ry needful thing. I will walk in righteous ways.
When the rain starts to fall on me, I’ll be ready for that day.
Copyright © 2004 by Marianne P. Wilcock. Music
I love this song! It put into perspective Noah's story and experience. I have better understood what he went through and what he needed to be prepared for. I know that it is important to be prepared. 
Often in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the phrase 'emergency preparedness' will come up. That is because we like to be ready. We have food, clothes and toiletries set aside in case of an emergency, we work to develop skills in first aid or survival in the outdoors, we also have game plans within our families for if there were a fire where we would meet. These things we call emergency preparedness and as it is obvious we enjoy being prepared. 

(Doing service at local shelter and came across this)

However though we are prepared for emergencies, how prepared are we for everyday life?
As missionaries we teach about the purpose of our life on Earth. Part of our purpose on Earth is to prepare to return to live with God. (Alma 34: 32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.)
What should we do to be prepared on a daily basis to live as God would have us live?
I have come to find the answer is 3 different things. 
1. Prayer
2. Scripture study 
3. Church attendance 
These three things keep our faith strong and remind us of Gods purpose for each of His children. We then are blessed and are ready for TODAY rather then just that day. Just as we wait for the day that Christ will come to the Earth again someday at the same time we can be prepared by having Him in our hearts each day. 
I am grateful for Noah's example and I am grateful for opportunities to be prepared! It is never a bad idea to check your emergency preparedness and your everyday preparedness. If you don't feel prepared then make that a new goal! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Favorite Promise!

In this world there are millions of empty promises. Diets that swear by their weight loss programs, cars with attractive exteriors and umpteen miles to the gallon, marriages committing their lives to each other then when a "hurricane” is in sight they abandon ship. 

With the majority of these promises falling through the world we live in holds no true assurance. To anyone this can be discouraging or unpleasant. However thankfully the world in which we live and the world we aim to live in with God are dramatically different. 

God keeps promises.

 "For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers." Alma 37:17

His validity is complete and assurance the most reliable. He is our father and He loves us, therefore He has stated multiple promises that are fulfilled when we put forth effort and keep our part. One of the many promises I love to claim the blessings from is found in His holy scripture, The Book of Mormon another Testament of Jesus Christ. 

First I testify that this record of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas is true. I have come to know that for myself. This holy writ has brought knowledge, peace and understanding into my life as I study from the pages. I have come to better recognize the character of Christ and feel The Spirit. Countless of answers to prayers have jumped off the page at me. God has used the words to show me of my individual worth to Him and of His everlasting love towards me. I know anyone who sincerely reads can and will have similar feelings in regards to this testament. 

With my stance said, imagine for a moment an object of great worth which you wish, want and desire to acquire. Then imagine being told by the owner of this object the way which He obtained it. Not only told you but He has given you a map of how to arrive at that point and claim this object as your own. Even a GSP that updates automatically every minute, has no frustrating detours, annoying recalculations and even warns of destructive traffic that is or may lie ahead you on your determined route.  

As alluded The Book of Mormon is and does act as a GSP for me and for many others. Whether seeking family unity, forgiveness of sins, love for others or even the greatest blessing of all eternal life, The Book of Mormon promises a sound course in which to obtain it.  How does a book offer such a thing? The answer is given in the introduction. "The Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any book on Earth and a man [will] get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." 

That is a pretty stiff statement though it is backed up by the words of an ancient prophet named Moroni. His famous promise is given in the last chapter, chapter 10, verses 3-5. 

 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

The Book of Mormon was written for our day. As I give copies to friends I meet, I ALWAYS tell them I want to give them a gift. I refer to this scripture as a gift because to me it is.  

God knew the gift of another testament of His Son would be the perfect thing to open up the last dispensation of time before the coming of Christ. I take advantage of this promise all the time. I learn truth regularly and I feel of Christs love. My invitation is to read and try for yourself. See how your life can be changed and improved! 
I know it will be!

Your friend!
Sister Schramm