Weekly update:Hello people from normal life!I miss you! This will be my second week in Green Castle, Pennsylvania. It's a cute little town! I'm having so much fun exploring, but most importantly, I'm having fun spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I'm so grateful for the Book of Mormon which is another Testament of Christ. Jesus Christ is really the center of our religion, and that brings me so much happiness. Knowing the Lord knows me perfectly brings me peace. I'm not going to lie; missionary life is SO HARD. Without the help from my Savior, there's no way I could do this. Of course there are times when I'd rather be at home laying on my bedroom floor eating a doughnut, but when someone is willing to listen to our message, it makes it all worth it :) The message we have to share with everyone really is about how much Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and has provided a way to return to live with him. That Gospel was taken off the earth for a period of time until His children were ready to receive it again. Because Heavenly Father has called prophets throughout history to teach the people what God would have them do, that's what he continues to do. It was through Joseph Smith that the priesthood was restored, and the Book of Mormon was translated. The Book of Mormon isn't about Joseph Smith--it is a record of children of God in the ancient Americas. It contains scripture that show us God's will (as does the Bible). All of this is on the earth again because GOD LOVES US, and wants us to return to Him. It's evident prophets are essential in understand what God wants us to do because--just like in the past--they receive revelation pertaining to the salvation of God's children. We have a prophet (and apostles) on the earth today who has received the priesthood--the authority to act in God's name--and can help guide us back to Heavenly Father. I know these things to be true. I didn't have a testimony of these things my whole life. It wasn't until I read the Book of Mormon and continuously lived its teaching did come to feel the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you don't know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to search and figure out for yourself if it's true. My testimony is something that is helping me through my mission. I'm here because this gospel has brought me so much happiness, and I want everyone to know of that happiness too. Heavenly Father loves each and every one of you! Pray always. Study the scriptures and really apply them to your life. I have seen tender mercies of the Lord each day. He is waiting to pour out blessings upon you.
"Knock and ye shall receive. Ask, and it shall be given unto you." Have a glorious week!!!Sister Sparks