This week was absolutely amazing, a lot of awesome and powerful experiences! First of all Madalynn Armijo (Pic #2), Heather and Hayley Logan (Pic #1) were all Baptized and Confirmed this weekend :) I was blessed to be able to Baptize Hayley, and Confirm Madalynn a member of the church and give her the Gift of the Holy Ghost! I love those girls and their families a lot :)
Kari asked me to baptize and confirm her this Saturday! Sara is now getting baptized on June 14th!
Second, Elder Rosales and I were part of a baby blessing and gave one of our dearest friends, Jennifer Sizemore, a blessing of comfort. We hit the Home-run of exercising the Priesthood this week! Through those blessings and ordinances I could feel the Power of God, literally sensing a change in the atmosphere of the room! I know that the Priesthood, part of the Restoration of the Gospel, is True and Real.
Third, I studied about the Light of Christ and the power of Love. "The Light of Christ is the divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things. The Light of Christ influences people for good and prepares them to receive the Holy Ghost. One manifestation of the Light of Christ is what we call a conscience." It is comforting to me that we have the biggest power and influence in the universe on Our side! As Christ taught, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (Matt 22: 37-40) Love is the Greatest commandment! First to God and Second to our neighbors. One wise man I know once said "You can share the gospel with people just by smiling at them" - Dan Wright, the man we live with. As we love others we will let them feel the Light of Christ inside them and help them come closer to Him. We Need to Love! We cannot be two-faced. We cannot lead negative lives. I hope we can all feel the power that comes through loving our friends and neighbors :)
Love you all! -Elder Ethan Howard.