On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 4:24 PM Mark Owen Vickers <email@example.com> wrote:
(Hey mom! Could you share this with everyone? For some reason my normal list is missing.....)
We had a great week here in Spring Texas. We are now teaching Jean Paul and Brittany. We were able to teach them about the answers to two of life's great questions; where did we come from and why is it that we are here?The significance of really knowing we are a son or daughter of God changes everything. The adversary is the one who would have us feel weak and powerless. Each and every one of us has more potential than we can imagine. We are here to learn and to grow. There are some things we can only appreciate by experience. This does not make our trials any easier but it does give them a framework and place in our growth. I love the perspective of one woman who lost all of her family to battles with cancer. 'Sometimes we don't go through trials because there's something that we need to change or something about us that needs to change. Sometimes we go through trials so that we can be there for others who similarly suffer.'Jean Paul has accepted the invitation to be baptized and we hope to extend the same invitation to Brittany this week. We had an amazing experience with them as we knelt in prayer at the close of our lesson. Brittany offered the prayer after some reassurance and the encouragement to think about God as her Father. As she prayed she could not keep back the tears. I am so thankful for this knowledge; that we have a Father in Heaven who cares about us and the details of our lives. We also had the opportunity to participate in another 'Why I Believe' fireside. At this event there is a missionary choir and our mission president and his wife speak. I love being around so many other missionaries and feeling of their conviction. The experiences of the last year are something I would not trade for anything. I feel my Savior's love. He know me and He knows my potential. Because of what He did there is no such thing as too late.
I love you all,
-- Elder Mark Vickers
We held a Mission President's "Why I Believe" Fireside, in Spring tonight and were blessed to hear beautiful music from our missionaries and touching testimonies. A spiritual night! The following are the pictures I took.