There can be no greater joy or satisfaction than the knowledge that death is not the end. That we will hold our loved ones after this life in the presence of our loving Heavenly Father. I ask you to get on your knees and sing praises to your God in gratitude for the family you've been given. There is no greater gift. As I am away from my family I have noticed my prayers on their behalf getting longer and more fervent. This work has been instilled in my heart, how great a blessing our family is.
On Tuesday Elder Bednar came and spoke again. His goal was to answer some more of the questions we asked on Christmas. The feeling that accompanied this meeting was the same, if not more powerful than when he came on Christmas. What an incredible blessing to have an apostle of the Lord come to speak to us not once, but twice in the MTC.
On Wednesday we had the opportunity to be hosts. It was an incredible priviledge to welcome all these new missionaries. It was really quite the day! We had nearly 400 missionaries come into the MTC at once! It was really special to see this army come forth with such joy and enthusiasm in their eyes!
Yesterday we had infield orientation. It really brought home the reality that I am entering the field in three days! I feel so honored to serve both state side and in Brazil. I will make both Tuscon and Santos my "holy land". I already cherish the people. I know that God has prepared people for me to find. I make a promise now: I will rely on my God like everything depends on Him and I will work like everything depends on me. I will work until I can work no more and then I will work some more. I cherish the people the Lord has prepared for me, and I will do anything it take to find them and serve them.
I have been waiting so long for the day when I can walk into the world with Christ's name on my chest and help my brothers and sisters remember who they are. Never forget that in Baptism you promised to take His name upon you, and you make that promise each week in the sacrament. When you walk into the world, pray for eyes to see those who need your loving help. Pray for ears to hear the silent cries of those around you that need you to lift them up. And pray for a mouth to speak the words that shall be a comfort to those in need.
God sends angles to help His children. You are one of His earthly angels. You can be the answers to someone else's pleas for help. Please do not forget this. Your brothers and sisters need YOU. Please don't turn them away because you think that you are the only person struggling. I challenge each of you to pray for an opportunity to serve those that need you.
I love you all so much! have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Culley