My last month has been crazy since we moved that month and then I did not have internet for a while at our new location. But the weekly thoughts from Sister Lambert (missionary) are so wonderful that I would still like to post them. Forgive me that they are late and coming all at once.
From the first week of August: I like this quote from Sister Elaine S. Dalton (“He Knows You By Name,” Ensign, May 2005, 109-10): Did you know that Heavenly Father knows you personally–by name?…You may not have heard the Lord call you by name, but he knows each one of you and he knows your name. Elder Neal A. Maxwell said, “I testify to you that God has known you individually…for a long, long time (see D & C 93:23). He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars (see Psalm 14:74; Isaiah 40:26); He knows your names and all your heartaches and you joys!”
To me, one of the great lessons that we learn from Joseph Smith’s first vision, was that the Lord does know us by name, just as he knew and called Joseph by name. What a wonderful truth! Tonight Sister Biedel will lead a discussion on Appendix 2: Processing our emotions. As we go through the many different emotions associated with the addiction of our loved one, we can be assured that the Lord is near, that he has suffered each and every emotion and feeling that we experience, and that He knows us by name. At the moment we feel ourselves falling back into painful emotions, we can choose to fall to our knees instead, and surrender our emotional struggles to our Savior and allow His tender mercies and grace to bless our lives. We are learning to let go and let God. A wise person once said, “God can heal a broken heart, but you have to give Him all the pieces.”
So if you have ever felt:
- Shock and confusion
- Resolution and acceptance
PLEASE join your sisters tonight at 7:30 as we share together and gain greater insight into our emotions and how to process them in a healthy way. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There is a strong sisterhood available to support you, empathize with you, and embrace you, as well as a loving Savior who loves you and knows you personally, for He knows your name.