Heavenly Father is Hugging Me

Letter from April 3, 2017

Dear Family,

General Conference seemed better than ever.  I ate all of it up.  All of my questions were answered and I know its because the leaders of our church are inspired.  And the things they say and tell us to do will work.  After watching the priesthood session of conference, Jimmy Gardner texted us and told us he was ready to start working on getting the Melchizedek priesthood.  He has been feeling overwhelmed and inadequate.  Then after Sunday he texted us again and said he felt something different when the prophet spoke. We asked him what it was and he said, “I think that is Heavenly Father hugging me.”  He said he knew that he was exactly where he needed to be and no matter how hard it might be, Heavenly Father was going to help him get there.  YAY JIMMY!!!

We also had Dotti come to almost every session of conference and she absolutely loved it. She is such a sweet woman who is trying so hard to be obedient and do what the Lord wants.  I love her! 

It’s been a learning and growing week.  I feel like I have so many things I want to try and do that I learned from conference.  My companion and I are going to try and act on the FIRST prompting, EVERY time.  It is really going to be a challenge but it should be fun! Another cool thing is that we had been talking with the other sisters in our zone (yes all 4 of us, lol) and had planned on starting a “40 day fast” this weekend.  This is not a fast from food but a fast from any behavior or habit that might be holding us back from whole heartedly serving the Lord.  One thing that was repeated multiple times in conference was how much our heart needs to be in the gospel.  It really doesn’t matter if we just go through the motions and follow a rule because someone told us too.  What matters is if we do it because the Lord asked us and we love Him.  One of my favorite things said was from Sister Joy D Jones who talked about integrity in our covenants.  She said we would keep them regardless of our situation.  I also really loved the simple yet powerful advice given from our prophet.  He said to read the Book of Mormon every day. Such a simple task, but it can be so powerful when we do!  LETS DO IT!!!

This week we met Yesenia, Sergio and their family and it was probably the best day of the week.  We taught them about the restoration and I have never had someone listen so intently!  Even the kids hung on every word!  It was crazy and Sister Hunt and I felt the spirit so strongly the whole lesson.  Yesenia and Sergio were so excited about having a prophet on the earth today and about learning about Christ and turning their lives around.  I think the Lord has really been preparing them!  That was Thursday night and since then, we haven’t been able to get back in contact with them.  I know the Lord prepares people, but people don’t always choose the path that he has prepared them for. We are desperately praying that this family will continue to meet with us and to read the Book of Mormon.  Pray for them!! 

Alright Fam, if you haven’t watched the new Easter video, watch it.  It’s great, so share it with literally everyone you meet and share the gospel! I love you.

Sister Packer

Tucson Walls




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