This week went by very fast. For the fourth time, Elder Ee and I did the two and a half hour journey up to Canberra, this time for interviews with the Mission President. President Palmer is so wonderful and is a fantastic mission president. Sister Palmer is also spectacular. And their picture is in the May Ensign I believe. They are holding the umbrella.
This week we weren't able to visit as many people as usual, but the visits we did make were good. Eve is progressing, and we are going to talk about baptism this week. She's already been baptized in another church, so the lesson will be interesting, but with the spirit we'll know what she needs to hear to understand. She's so fantastic.
As for Cassandra, we will be rescheduling her baptism because she hasn't been coming to church. Her situation is hard, but we will find her needs and the branch is so helpful.
I read a wonderful quote by Elder Richard G. Scott: "Our Father expects you to learn how to obtain that divine help by exercising faith in Him and His Holy Son, Jesus Christ. Were you to receive inspired guidance just for the asking, you would become weak and ever more dependent on Them. They know that essential personal growth will come as you struggle to learn how to be led by the spirit."
I love that quote because it's true. We sometimes don't know what to do and we don't feel inspired, so we sometimes need to just take a step into the darkness. I've been able to see that, and that He's always there when you need Him.
I can testify that He listens to our prayers, and it's hard for Him to see us suffer, but He knows it's for our good. I think it might even be harder for him to watch us suffer because He could stop it no matter what, but He doesn't, for He knows it's worth it.
Thank you all for your support. Please reach out to others and let them feel loved.
Elder Justin Cederlof
p.s. the picture of the ocean is at our flat porch.