Friday, February 25, 2011

Living A Dream!!!

We all have dreams. It is up to us to make those dreams come true. How we do that is up to us.

Stepping out of our comfort zone is a huge part. We are never going to succeed until we stretch our self to become better. We all have things we want to do but until we step up we are not going to reach it. The only thing holding us back is our own minds telling us we can't.

There are many ways of living a dream. Take a coach for example, He loves a sport but something happens to him to make it so he can't get there. So he coaches that sport and lives his dream through the team.

Take a dad or mom... they may have a dream but something hinders them from reaching it so they help their son or daughter accomplish their dream. So just like the coach living through the team, a dad or mom could love it through their children.

Our Heavenly Father is living his dream through us, his sons and daughters. His dream is to have everyone return to live with him. How does he accomplish or live his dream? Through Us! We are His Hands! We have to step out of our comfort zone and be the tools He needs us to be. We have a great responsibility to share the gospel to all we love. We need to have the love for others as our Heavenly Father does for us. Through us teaching and preaching the gospel and what we know to be true is how our Heavenly Father lives his dream.

Now with us being the tools, it blesses us in many ways. Not just us personally but everyone we come in contact with. This reminds me of the definition of a missionary...

"Someone who leaves their family for two years so that other can be with theirs for eternity!"

We bless the lives of everyone we come in contact with. Our families back home are watched over and blessed. We are blessed, and it is all because we are living a dream. Whether our own dream or through someone else, it doesn't matter. If you want it, step out and get it! If you believe it, reach out and grab it! Live Your Dream!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Angels and Best Friends!!!!

"Best Friends are like angels, you don't have to see them to know they are there!"

I love this quote because it is so true. I have heard many times people talking about their guardian angels watching over them.

My grandma sent me this following story and asked me one question... Do you suppose the other man as an angel in disguise?
We never know when we can make an impact on someones' life!

Here is the following story...

Early one Sunday morning in October 2005, Elder Laman Castellanos and Elder Jonathan Bowen, two missionaries serving in the Mexico City North Mission, were rushing to get to church on time. They were walking quickly when a man who appeared to be heavily intoxicated flagged them down. He was with another man who appeared to be a friend also intoxicated.
Although at first hesitant to respond, the missionaries decided to stop and speak with the men.
"My friend here is an alcoholic and needs you help,? the missionaries remember the man saying. "Will you share your message with him?"
The missionaries shared a brief lesson of the purpose of life and shared their testimony of the restoration of the church. One of the men, Hector Hernandez, liked the message so much that he wanted the missionaries to come to his home. The missionaries learned where he lived and planned to return to his home in a few days.
"when we arrived, we were surprised to be greeted by a well-dressed man and his wife," said Elder Bowen. "Hector looked entirely different. He was wearing slacks and a button-down shirt." His wife Maria Eugenia, was in a nice dress, and they welcomed the missionaries into their beautiful home. It was much different than the missionaries had anticipated. As they sat down before the lesson,  Hector shared with the missionaries that it had been a long day, mainly because he couldn't wait to hear their message. He had stayed sober so that when the missionaries came he would be able to comprehend the message they had to share.
At that time, Hector was a raging alcoholic, and doctors had warned him of the life-threatening condition he was in. He was very ill, he was in debt and his wife was on the verge of leaving him.
After hearing the message of two Mormon missionaries, Hector decided to change his life and turn to the Savior. Within four weeks he stopped drinking, he had a plan to get out of debt and he repaired his relationship with his wife.
"In my short 24 years, I have seen few examples of greater faith than that of Hector and his wife," Elder Bowen said. "They were both baptized on Nov. 27, 2005."
Over the next few years the Hernandez family had its ups and downs, but were able to overcome their challenges and are now an anchor of faith and commitment to the gospel in their ward," Elder Bowen Said. "On March 19, 2009, I had the opportunity to attend the sealing of Hector and Maria Eugenia in the Mexico City Temple."
The intoxicated man who flagged the missionaries down was never seen again. The address he gave them did not exist, and Hector had only met him minutes before talking with the missionaries.
But Hector and his family are eternally grateful he stopped the missionaries that day.

Was the intoxicated man an angel in disguise?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Your Best Self!

Do all things... that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

Philippians 2:14-15

" Keep faith with the best that is in you. Your own constant self-improvment will become as a polar start to those with whom you associate. They will remember longer what they saw in you than what they heard from you. Your attitude, your point of view can make such a tremendous difference."

-Gordon B. Hinckley

Live by example!!! One of the most important things anyone can every do. We are all subject to challenges and complications but it is when we rely on our faith and what we have been taught, that we will be able to get through the tough times. We are the light for others around us. We are that light that needs to be brought to everyone. Christ is our light in our lives and if we follow him we are able to do all things.

FAITH... makes things possible, NOT easy! but with all things if we rely on those who love us we are able to overcome all!