January 9, 2017

Hello everyone!
This past week we did a lot of walking and knocking doors, did some preparing for Valentines day at South Point, crocheted like crazy, and many more things!
One of the things I love most about walking from home to home up and down the streets is that that is what the Savior did. He walked with his disciples everywhere and talked to everyone. I still have some work to do as far as talking to everyone! I love envisioning the Savior walking with me with his followers. It fills me with love and gratitude for everything, even the difficult. Though most people don’t want to talk to us, I know we are planting seeds, especially when we share doctrine for them to ponder, and they will thank us when we pass into the next life. In my morning study today I studied about how we rely on God. We see throughout the Book of Mormon perfect examples of what can happen when you put your faith in Him. We also see what happens when we rely on our own strength. When we are disobedient and do what we want, the Spirit leaves us, and we are left to ourselves. We can’t be left to ourselves and be happy. We need the Spirit. We need our Father in Heaven. He is where our strength comes from. Every choice we make either brings us closer the our Father, or distances us. There are no gray areas, no middle grounds, no fences. Every choice we make changes us.
Mosiah 7: 33

But if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.
I love how it says “according to his own will and pleasure” because it helps me remember that sometimes we won’t be delivered out of our trials immediately. Sometimes God wants us to learn something first. 
I hope everyone has a fantastic week! Stay warm, or if your are in Arizona, stay cool!
Sister Tomkinson

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