|The Yasavolian Family at the Stockholm Temple!|
|i don't think i've ever seen swedes sit so close together.|
The night that we taught Nour, we shared the Plan of Salvation with her and she was a little confused about how the Atonement works. She kept asking how someone who has made a lot of mistakes would be able to make it to the Celestial Kingdom, along with the people who tried their very hardest to get there their whole lives. I thought to myself... "good point!" (just kidding). But really I thought "I am so grateful that I don't need to be the judge." And I don't really know exactly how it will all work out but I do know that when we are judged at the end of our lives, it is going to be so personal.
I love the parable of The Talents in Matthew 25 because it shows us that we will be judged on an individual basis. We are all given different trials and different talents, we sin differently and we learn differently. I believe that it really won't matter in the end which trials we went through, talents we had, or sins we committed. Our job is the HOW. (what I mentioned last week). President Newell said to me once, "It does not matter what the sin is. For the unkind person will not be in the celestial kingdom either." What matters is how we overcome that sin- how sincerely we repented, and how we tried to be better. It does not matter if I have 2 talents and you have 7, what matters is how we use them. I loved the statement in Gregg Christensens talk that you sent me when he mentions this parable... He said "We all have to work out our own salvation." This is what the gospel is about- individually trying to make it through our own personal lives. And luckily we have the atonement, to personally help us through.
This gospel takes humility, patience, and strength. But we are given so many blessings. We are given a perfect plan that will help us get to the point where we can stand in front of our Master to be judged justly but so mercifully. And to be ready to enter into his presence so that we can enjoy eternal life.
|Syster Christensen and LaFontaine|
|Crew who is amber and mikes baby. I LOVE HIM. We visited them while we were in stockholm :) He is not too fond of me in these pictures hahaha|
I love all of you. so so so much.
I love you and I am so grateful for your letters!! what you said about lillie dad, made me cry! I have been missing her pretty bad lately. tell her i love her.