Monday, March 30, 2015

Because He Lives

So, the church came out with this new little Easter Video this week. It's similar to the Because of Him video they came out with while I was in the MTC (almost a YEAR ago now, holy smokes) and I absolutely love it. It's called Because He Lives and the day we got it I watched it on repeat for about ten minutes straight. There's nothing earth-shattering in there - it's the same message we celebrate every Easter. But every Easter, every year, every day you appreciate the Atonement differently than you did before. You see the different ways you are blessed. Lately, I feel so blessed.
Because He lives, we have hope. As terribly lost as this world may seem, we have hope. Like it says in Ether 12:4, "Whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world". Hard things don't last forever, and every wrong will be made right.

Because He lives, love will never end and goodbyes are never final. Our relationships with one another can last forever.

Because He lives, there are no lost causes. None of us are beyond His reach, even when it seems the tomb is closing over our own souls. We are still not lost. Death has no sting, hell has no victory. We are never beyond His reach.

Because He lives, we never have to be alone. When times are bad, He cries beside us. When times are good, He rejoices with us. And, He is there for every moment in between - a witness to our lives and our very most caring friend.

Without Him, every one of us would be irrevocably lost. But this is not the case. He lives. He is here. We have every blessing extended to us! :D
So. The moral of that whole story is Watch That Little Video. It will bring you peace. :)
In other news, Sister Croft and I are staying together this next transfer. Whoo hoo! This is the first time in 4 transfers that nothing has changed for me! :O (Except we're moving to a new apartment. Minor details. Actually, I'm mainly blocking that uncomfortable ) I am so excited! Crofty and I have lots of fun together. It's our hope that we stay together until she goes home in June, and so far, things are looking promising! :D
We did an Easter Egg hunt for some down syndrome kids from all over the valley on Saturday. It was so fun! Our job was to play with a parachute. We had this giant parachute and a bunch of missionaries were holding on to the edges and lifting it up and down, up and down, while the kids ran around and giggled and danced underneath it. SO MUCH FUN. Plus, a huge arm workout. xD
We've spent nearly every night this week in Mesa for the Mesa Easter Pageant. It's a giant pageant put on at the temple grounds every year. The whole life of the Savior, summed up in an hour and fifteen minutes on stage. It's amazing. We took Amey one night, Erica one night, Joe the next night... we're going again a couple of times this upcoming week. By the time this is over and done with, we'll be able to quote it beginning to end. :)
So yeah, this week was good. Next week will be even better. :) Miracles abound, every day and in every way. I hope you all are seeing them too. :)
I love you all!
Cheerfully, Sister Ball

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