Sunday, March 8, 2015

Winter One Day...Spring the Next! Finishing Up Humanitarian Service Projects! Why Only One True Church?

On Monday March 2nd, there was enough cold and snow for a sleigh ride.
 You're right...this picture is of a wagon not a sled, so I'll post pictures of Elder Johnson and me on the sled later when I get them. (I was so caught up in the majesty of these horses, I lost my head.)
 Don't you love these Percherons though? All of the horses that we use in Nauvoo are Percherons.
On Wednesday of last week while attending the beautiful Nauvoo Temple, it was still so frigid that we had to bundle up just to get 600 feet from the car to the temple.

However, two days later, we took this picture. Check it out--57 degrees with little to no snow.

Humanitarian Projects:
What do you get when you cross  115 ambitious Nauvoo missionaries with little to no guests in the Nauvoo sites?
....You get more home-made gifts for charity than you can imagine.

Sister Susan Clement oversees our humanitarian effort here in the Nauvoo Mission. We started last October and will finish up the end of March. So far, we have made:

113 Quilts of all sizes
61 Comfort Bears
218 Hygiene Kits
94 Pairs of Mittens
120 Pillow Cases sturdy enough to double as a carrying bag
122 Adult Cover-ups (Okay...Bibs)
122 Layettes for new born babies leaving the hospital with little to no cloths (Each set contained a blanket, sleeper, burp cloth, and hat. We also included mittens, socks, and other items when possible.)
18 School Bags (We got a late start on this idea. In fact, we've only been working on it for a week.)
367 Hats
30 Pajama Bottoms

 Sister Clement is shown presenting the results of the five month service project.

The projects you see in these pictures are just the ones prepared to go out this month.

The donations were given primarily to hospitals, schools, shelters, and other government facilities.

When Sister Clement reported the Humanitarian success at our weekly training meeting, many of us wore the shawls made at the Family Living Center to honor her. Sister Clement was responsible for edging most of the shawls you see below. Of course, she edged them on top of everything else she was doing. Sister Clement adds a new dimension to the word "ambitious". I fear she makes the rest of us appear a bit lazy. :)

Only One True Church?
Some people who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have expressed annoyance that Mormon's claim there is only one true church. I understand that feeling. In fact, if I were in charge of coming up with a church that could one day fill the whole earth, I wouldn't pick such an unpopular notion. The point is....this church is not man made... at all. 

So how can it be explained in a less offensive way?

This week as I was reading the scriptures, I came across this explanation given by a prophet in ancient America. In regards to the Holy Bible, he said:

 24 And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
 25 Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.
 26 After they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominablechurch, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
 27 And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.
 28 Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God (1Nephi 13:24-28)

Does that put it in a little better perspective? There is so much good in many other religions...come and see what we can add to the truths that you already have. Come and see what might be tripping you up in your quest to become more like the Savior.

If you don't know whereelse to go...will you go to and request that a missionary introduce you to a Book of Mormon?

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