Today I have had over 130 visitors to my webiste from Amsterdam, there are some fellow LDS members, who are the first ones I remembered when I saw the location of my visitors. Hope everything is fine in your flower laden city, beautiful with sunshine.
Today's testimonies at the Church here in Ilford were inspiring.
The first one was from Sister Aziz, the eldest of five children whose parents too are Christian, and gladly sent her to London to serve her mission. She has been here eighteen months, the last six in Ilford. Here is her testimony: "To be a missionary to stop people in the street wasn't easy for me. You feel the Spirit; I feel very close to my Heavenly Father." She has faith : "When we obey, He blesses us."
What motivates her, inspires her? "The Saviour has given His life for the people He has served. What can we do for Him?"
Sister Aziz liked being in Ilford, which has a sizeable multicultural population, including people from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Poland, Russia, etc. "I feel Ilford has been home and I am always going to remember you. I only wish I can use the Atonement everyday in my life".
Sister Aziz is back on Tuesday to Pakistan, a nation which now promises to have a wider democracy and prosperity for the common man, under the Premiership of Nawaz Sharif, the Napoleon of Pakistan. He is a foward thinking businessman, an industrialist, who will put to good use his relationships with the developed economies to put Pakistan back on course to regeneration and growth. For that I pray.
Twelve-year old, a deacon who loves to serve the sacrament and regularly shares his testimony, Thevin Pereira today shared what Fasting means to him. "Fasting is very important to me. When I first tried, it was hard. I kept on being tempted to eat food." What kept him going? "Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days." Now he feels he can fast at least once a month, on Fasting Sunday (first Sunday of each month).
"I really like fasting, it is important and I like it. I know we have a living Prophet on earth".
(written by Duru-darshan
Melchizedek Priest at
the Ilford chapel)