Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lost and Found

Peace, amidst the storm clouds

Look what we found!  This car has been sitting in a parking lot for 4 months.
 It has only 2000 miles, so I am now assigning it to President Smartt.  We have still not had the car sale.  I have given up.  Every time I communicate with the area vehicle people I remind them that on May 8, I am leaving.  They don't seem to care.  I must admit that I don't really care, either.  They will figure it out.  Meanwhile, I will be working in my garden and making pots.

How did I ever get her to marry me?
My parents, George E & Laura W Patterson
My maternal grandparents, Earl R and Mahalia N Wilding

My paternal grandparents, Elva T and Joseph P Patterson

This is Easter Weekend.  Here in Puerto Rico this is a huge holiday.  Everybody takes Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday off.  The government gives them all these days with pay.  And then they get Monday to recover, with pay.

But there are more important things about Easter than it being a big long holiday.  Elder Oaks has presented some powerful conference talks on related subjects, but one of my favorites is April 2000, entitled The Resurrection.
Carl Bloch painting of Jesus being supported by an angel.  Gaye says it is His Mother.
Elder Wirthlin gave a wonderful talk on the subject too, in October 2006, entitled Sunday will come.

Even bigger than freedom from death is freedom from the bondage of sin.  Life.  Jesus gives us life. Satan wants to give us death.  But Jesus overcame Satan, and because He did, so can we.

So on this weekend when we remember the most important event in human history, I add my own simple witness that because of what Jesus did for us, we can continue to live. He opened the door and made it possible for us to repent, to be free from the misery Satan wants us to share with him.  We can be free of guilt and pain related to our sins.  We can be free!  Free at last, free at last.
              Thank God Almighty, we can be free at last!

The greatest thing we as members of the Church, missionaries all, have to offer to a confused and misdirected world, is freedom from sin, and from death and sorrow.  And it is because of what Jesus did for us.

Happy Easter!