Friday, August 1, 2014

Monday in Madison

Good morning to all! I'll just cut to the good stuff today. So I am the district leader here in Madison, and I LOVE weekly calls with all of the missionaries. Hearing about all of there miracles and blessings makes me way more apt at recognizing mine. During calls with the sisters in my district, the fact was brought up that God loves us and even with the little things that matter a lot to us, but might not matter so much to him, he shows us that love. For example, I lost my wallet a few weeks ago. I had probably $100 worth of gift cards along with my mission credit card, and my card from home. Also inside, my drivers license, recommend, and bus pass. I was distraught! I just felt sick. I knew that in the long run it didn't really matter, but I prayed that my wallet would be returned. The next day, it was, with everything in it. The sisters this week had a hard week. One, sister Martin, was very stressed and her companion, sister Johnson, wanted to do something nice for her and make cupcakes. They had no mix, and only had some simple ingredients. She didn't know how to make them from scratch so she prayed, and went to work. Miraculously the cupcakes turned out delicious. So now, to the point of it all. In conference, Elder Anderson said that trees that grow up in harsh environments grow stronger. "You are infinitely more important to God than a tree." I am infinitely more important to god than a cupcake or a wallet. Love you all, have a great week!!

P.S, we got this email from our mission president this week. What a fantastic husband he is!

President Cutler

Today (July 28th) is Sister Cutler’s birthday. Today is one of those BIG birthday’s for her, so text her or call to let her know why you love her. Here are SIXTY reasons why I love Sister Cutler (and there are many more):
1) She is my eternal companion (no more transfers for us).
2) She loves God and seeks to do His will.
3) She is a tireless worker.
4) She cares about people and is a good listener.
5) She has beautiful handwriting.
6) Her lessons are based on extensive preparation.
7) She prays with faith and works to make things happen.
8) Tennis is a sport we both enjoy.
9) She gave Swedish blood to our children.
10) We share a common love for classical music.
11) She studies the Book of Mormon every day and thirsts for gospel knowledge.
12) She is a good friend to many.
13) She loves the temple.
14) She is an exceptional mother.
15) Missionaries and missionary work have always been important to her.
16) She looks for quality before price.
17) She loves a good conversation.
18) Keeping the mission blog current for parents is important to her.
19) She knows how to make stained glass windows.
20) Her testimony is deep and constant.
21) She arises early and uses her time wisely.
22) She listens and gives counsel to our children.
23) She is good at English and editing documents.
24) She likes to camp and is willing to backpack.
25) She remembers birthdays.
26) Her decorating skills have blessed all the homes where we have lived.
27) She never has turned down a church calling.
28) She exercises even when she doesn’t feel like doing it.
29) Her grandchildren adore her because she loves them.
30) She loves and studies the doctrines of the Atonement.
31) She can live on a budget.
32) Temple covenants mean everything to her.
33) She loves to play board games.
34) She enjoys playing the piano.
35) She is an excellent cook and uses this skill generously to feed others.
36) She read to our children when they were young.
37) Family vacations and reunions are important to her.
38) She is willing to sacrifice for others.
39) She takes pride in her appearance.
40) She loves to read and has a hard time putting down a good book.
41) She loves to share the gospel and is always looks for ways to do it.
42) Norway is dear to her heart and she speaks good Norwegian.
43) She will be your friend for life.
44) She loves to sing.
45) Family study hour (the lesson) on Sundays and Family Home evenings (the activities) on Mondays are priorities in her life.
46) She teaches truth and it is worth listening to what she has to say.
47) Her chocolate chip cookies are famous in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission.
48) She likes to hike.
49) She has abiding faith in Jesus Christ.
50) She loves to be around family.
51) She expects a lot from you and believes that you can do better.
52) She is virtuous.
53) She sustains the leaders of the Church and overlooks their faults.
54) She loves theatre and going to plays.
55) She ages well and gets better looking every year.
56) She writes faithfully to Hanna (Hermana Cutler serving in El Salvador).
57) She invites the Holy Ghost into her life.
58) She likes to experiment with recipes and share improvement with others.
59) She keeps a study journal which is of great value to her.
60) She has hope of Eternal Life and testifies of the importance of families.

Just remember, there isn’t another one like her. You hit the jackpot when she was called to the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission! We love her dearly!
President Cutler

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