Monday, May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011 (Alright Alright Alright I'll give you my phone number ;)

Dearest Family,
(His first paragraph was all about calling him, time, number, etc..)

Thank you family for sharing those things about Jayci and the beautiful things lily taught her sweet little mommy and grandma. It really is a tough thing to go through and I know that the things I share will only be an echo of the truths they know and have heard. I know that I truely can't understand how they feel, but by the same token I know that Christ our Savior can. His Atonement was infinite and is to bring peace as does the comforter to those that stand in need of comfort, and in a tragic incident like this many need that peace and comfort more than probably anything else. Christ promises in John 14:

26But the aComforter, which is the bHoly Ghost, whom the Father will send in my cname, he shall dteach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27aPeace I leave with you, my bpeace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be ctroubled, neither let it be afraid.

Through the Atonement and the Holy Ghost we can feel comfort and peace regaurdless of the situations we face. I find it interesting that you waited a week to share the things you had in mind, because I won't lie last week as I wrote my email I felt confused and a little bit awkward as I tried to share the things I wanted to share, but felt like I needed to share other things. My email ended up pretty scattered and didn't make much sense... the principle I wanted to share were not the things the Holy Ghost wanted me to share. I went back and copied and pasted 2 statements from the last email that I feel like the Holy Ghost very much wanted to share looking back now... I apologize that my email last week was not souly on this subject, I'm still learning how to be an effective tool in the Lord's hands still... Miles from perfection... but closer than I was 1.5 years ago. Here are the quotes...

"Christ shared that as we do righteous actions we receive our reward, namely peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. That peace, which does not come as the world giveth, is probably one of the most beautiful things the gospel has to offer in this life!"

"We need to remember that the joy we can feel through Christ can exceed all the troubles of the world if we but let it! that takes time :)"

I firmly believe with all my heart that the peace of which Christ talked about is really one of the most beautiful things we can experience in this life. I also believe that it is something personal and because it is a life giving force it can only be understood as we experience it. I got a letter from Kristie and towards the end (I don't remember word for word) but she shared something of how she has come to understand the comfort from the savior, although this last year has the hardest year of her life. I know that Christ Lives, and as we come to Him we partake of Living Water which comes from NO other source.
In Alma 7 It says it like this:
11And he shall go forth, suffering pains and aafflictions and btemptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will ctake upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12And he will take upon him adeath, that he may bloose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.

13Now the Spirit aknoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the bflesh that he might ctake upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

Two very important things stick out to me

1.Now the Spirit aknoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the bflesh

2.(he suffered) according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to csuccor his people according to their infirmities.

To succor means to run to the aid of somebody... to be there to support and comfort them... to help them heal. I know that although healing doesn't happen immediately it does happen, we become whole and a little bit finer silver in the hands of a perfect silversmith. I know God lives, loves us and cares for us. I love you all and my heart reaches out to the nielsen side of the family at this hard time. I know that as we all take the next few steps of faith forward together we will all be richly blessed.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall cbe like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpurified even as he is pure. Amen.


Vanhin Thomas Neal Nielsen

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