Sweden Here I Come!

Sweden Here I Come!

Monday, March 3, 2014

He Said "Yes"!!!

The excitement of reading Dallin's weekly email never wanes.  Wow!  He sounds so awesome in this letter.  You can really feel his excitement and love for this great work!  Our family fasted yesterday for Dallin and the work he is doing.  We fasted that the hearts of the people he is working with would be softened and warmed (as Ty would say).  Elder Milne's hard work and prayers coupled with ours has paid off.  As you will read from his letter one of his investigators said "YES" to baptism yesterday!  As a missionary there is not a better feeling in the world!  Elder Milne, we promise that our prayers for you and those you teach will continue daily.  Keep up the GREAT work!!!

Here is the short and sweet letter that Ty sent him last night after he taught our family home evening lesson.  He has been asked to teach his Deacon's Quorum lesson next Sunday on Repentance and the Atonement.  He is really excited!  He taught us that the two main ingredients of repenting is confessing and forsaking.  He shared several scriptures with us, and he particularly liked Isaiah 1:18..."though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be like crimson, they shall be as wool."  He then showed us two wonderful videos.  I just love the new youth curriculum!

Hey Dallin, I am teaching my deacons quorum about repentance and the atonement this week, and I just gave mom and dad the lesson I am doing. And it has already strengthened my testimony! Well the playoffs for my team are this week.  And Morgan High School won the state tournament against Cedar. Well Dallin thats all for me take care.

Love, TY your bro

Here is Dallin's short and sweet response:

Ty, that's awesome that you're getting to teach in church!  What a great opprotunity to prepare for your own mission, and that's awesome that you are already starting to get a testimony of it all. You're such a great kid Ty, crazy to think that you are a teenager! haha you'll always be my little bro though. Good luck with the playoffs this week! Have fun and get some buckets!
Elder Older Bro Milne

At the end of Ty's lesson Blaine fell asleep so he didn't get to write Dallin.  So, here is mine.  It is long enough for both of us though.

D&C 4:1-7

1 Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
2 Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
3 Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
4 For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
5 And faith, hope, charity, and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualigy him for the work.
6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
7 Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

Dear Son,

As you can see, I have attached a copy of your mission call. Dad just randomly read it to me the other day, and I was so glad, because it reminded me of the many wonderful promises and blessings it contains. I especially like paragraphs 3, 4, and 5. What wonderful promises are given. First you are told that the Lord will bless you with increased knowledge and testimony of the Restoration and of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Second, you are promised that as you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized. And third, "the Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children." The Lord will help you become an effective missionary. I promise you Dallin that all of these promises and blessings will be realized as you work diligently, pray faithfully, and continue in obedience to the laws of the gospel and the mission rules. I cannot emphasize enough how much the Lord rewards His missionaries for obedience. We as a family have been fasting and praying for you this Sabbath Day for your success in Sweden. We know you are working hard and you have a great desire to bring souls unto the waters of baptism. We know that this will happen soon for you!

I chose section four of the Doctrine and Covenants for these very same reasons. I know that you are all too familiar with this incredible missionary section, in fact, I'm certain you have it memorized. As you read it, make sure that you reflect on what it is really saying. I could preach an entire sermon on each verse. Because of your righteous desires you have been called to the work, so thrust in your sickle with all your might. The Lord will qualify you for His work. It is His work, and He wants you to be successful. "Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

This week was an incredible week of feeling the love of our Heavenly Father. It is amazing how His Spirit envelops us as we seek Him for comfort and guidance. I have particularly been focusing my thoughts and studies on the atonement. I taught the lesson in young women's today on this very thing. I used an example that Elder Holland has given. A few years ago he shared his feelings about the deep-rooted faith of the early pioneers who pushed to the Salt Lake Valley even after the deaths of their children. He said, "They didn't do that for a program, they didn't do it for a social activity, they did it because the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ was in their soul, it was in the marrow of their bones. That is the only way those mothers could bury their babies in a breadbox and move on saying, 'The promised land is out there somewhere. We're going to make it to the valley.' They could say that because of covenants and doctrine and faith and revelation and spirit." He concluded with these thought provoking words: "If we can keep that in our families and in the Church, maybe a lot of other things start to take care of themselves. Maybe a lot of other less-needed things sort of fall out of the wagon. I'm told those handcarts could only hold so much. Just as our ancestors had to choose what they took, maybe the 21st century will drive us to decide, 'what can we put on this handcart?' It's the substance of our soul; it's the stuff down in the marrow of our bones. Or, to put it another way, it is what is written in our hearts!"

I followed this up with this question for the young women: "What things would our Heavenly Father have us put in our carts today?" I told them that they were modern day pioneers because they are facing things on their trek that we as their leaders and parents have not faced. The wickedness of the world is so great today, and they are facing temptations and trials that we could not have imagined. The young women gave many very pertinent answers like prayer, scripture reading, patience, kindness, service, and love. I agreed that all of these were absolutely correct, but that it was my testimony that first and foremost our Heavenly Father would have us add to our carts an ever increasing understanding of the atonement of Jesus Christ, and second, a continued remembrance of the covenants we have and will yet make with Him. We talked about "why?" this was the case, and then I ended my comments with the three principals that Sister Linda K. Burton (the general relief society president) shared in regards to the atonement: 1. All that is unfair about life can be made right through the atonement of Jesus Christ. 2. There is a power in the Atonement to enable us to overcome the natural man and become true disciples of Jesus Christ. 3. The Atonement is the greatest evidence we have of the Father's love for His children.

As I taught these things today, the Spirit strongly bore witness to me and all those attending that these things are true! What a beautiful message. You are so blessed to have the opportunity to share this same message with the people of Sweden.

I know I am long winded Dallin, but I want to share one last thought with you. In regards to the Atonement, there is a healing that comes to us when the misuse of agency by others hurts us. This is what Sister Burton meant when referring to life being unfair. We cannot control the actions and decisions of others, and thus we are left to feel the effects of the consequences their choices bring. However, the atonement can heal us every whit when we find ourselves in these circumstances. The Savior knows how to heal our hearts, how to succor us, and miraculously enable us to forgive those who have hurt us, as well as forgive ourselves for feeling anger and frustration toward them. It is amazing to me how, because of the atonement, we can truly feel love, unconditional love for those who have hurt us the most. The Spirit has an amazing way of helping us to see others through the eyes of our Heavenly father. This of course comes after we ask for help in doing this. I hope all of this makes sense, because I know for myself that it is true. The miracle of forgiveness is real!

Dallin, I pray that all is well. I pray that you are happy and safe. I pray that above all you know how much we love you and how much your Heavenly Father loves you. Please share this message of love to all who will hear it! We are so blessed to have the fullness of the gospel in our lives. So very blessed for the understanding of the atonement that comes because of it. You are amazing Dallin! Keep up the great work. Dad fell asleep at the end of Ty's FHE lesson, so I'm not sure that he will get to email you. He is doing well. He loves you and talks of you daily. Ty gets to teach his deacon's quorum next week on repentance. He is so excited to do this. He taught us his lesson tonight. What a great kid! He too loves and misses you!

You also may have heard that Coach Darin Walker died today. You and I know that he was a great man. I am so sad for his family, but so happy for him that he is finally freed from his very sick body. Take care Dallin, and I can't wait to read your email! That is truly the highlight of every week!

Much Love,

Here is Elder Milne's Awesome Letter:

Dear Milne Family,
First off, thanks Mom for the awesome scriptures and thoughts on the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. What an amazing message it is. And I love the story about the pioneers and their handcarts, what amazing faith they had. Truly inspiring. Wonderful to hear that everyone is doing good at home as well, and that's awesome to hear that Ty is enjoying sunday school and that he is getting that opprotunity to teach in church! It truly is a great blessing to be able to share the gospel and the message of the Atonement. And thanks for attaching the copy of the mission call, it was a great refresher.
I had a great week.
I don't know if you guys remember but 3 or 4 weeks ago I emailed about a group of college students that we all got to teach at once. Well there is this one guy from that group who we have been meeting with since then. Great guy. Anyways long story short he came to church yesterday, the testimony meeting was really great, and then afterwards we met with him along with a member in a classroom to talk about it. Before with him we had talked about Lehi's dream that he read in the Book of Mormon. So yesterday with him I tied Lehi's dream into 2 Nephi 31:17-18 talking about baptism being the gate that gets us on to the straight and narrow, then we talked about Jesus Christ and following His example (2 N 31:5-7) the spirit was super strong, and then I invited him to be baptized and he said yes! He agreed to be baptized on the 15th of March! It was awesome to see the Spirit work in him and to see his faith grow over time as we continued to meet with him. He is such an awesome guy. That weekend is going to be really great because I was also asked by the branch presidency to speak in church on the 16th! So I'm pretty nervous about that but still really excited. There are a lot of other really great people who we have been meeting with as well. We have been helping this really nice man move into his new apartment as the last couple of days and that has gone really well. He is such a nice guy and already knows so much about the church, probably more than I do! But it's been awesome to build that friendship and such a blessing that we were able to get in contact with him. Man I just love the people of Sweden haha.
A tragedy happened in the mission though yesterday, I don't know if you have already read it on the Deseret News but an Elder in our mission was killed by a drunk driver. I didn't know him very well but still very very sad. I can't imagine what his family is going through right now. Of course it has been hard on everyone here as well. Hard to understand but God knows best and thats what the plan of salvation is all about. Sad to hear about Coach Walker as well. What a great man he was.
Sorry I'm not as long winded as you Mom. Ha believe it or not but these emails take a lot of time for me to write. But I am doing well. I'm very excited about the future with the baptism coming up as well as with the other great people that we are meeting with. The Lord has blessed us so much.
Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers; I know that they help so much. Also let me know if you get the letter I set home for Grandma and Aunt Glenda.
Oh and as for the obituary that dad sent me last week. We looked into it, but there are over 20 people in Umeå that have the exact same name. A lot of them live outside of our boundries and those that do are too young to have been the brother that we are looking for. It would take a lot of time to track down the right guy, and we already have so much on our plate in our own area especially now. But we did look into it and made an effort to find the man. Good thought though.
Anyways thanks again for the wonderful email, I love and miss all of you!
Elder Milne
P.S. No cool pictures this week, sorry!
Here is the story about the missionary that was killed in Sweden yesterday - so very, very sad.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
SALT LAKE CITY — An LDS missionary serving in Stockholm Sweden died after being hit by a vehicle, Sunday.
Cody Craynor, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released the following statement Sunday night:
"Elder Mason Lewis Bailey, age 19, from Richfield, Utah, serving in the Sweden Stockholm Mission since July 2013, died after being struck by a vehicle while he and his companion were walking along a road on their way to an appointment. Elder Bailey's companion was not hit by the car and is uninjured. We are mindful of Elder Bailey's family and loved ones during this difficult time and unite our faith and prayers with all Church members, who mourn at the death of a missionary."
Both the accident and Bailey's death happened on Sunday in Sweden, Craynor said. The church did not release details surrounding the accident.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Read more at http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865597780/LDS-missionary-from-Utah-dies-in-Sweden-after-being-hit-by-car.html?pg=all#bQ5cMVYpo45yRUPc.99


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