Tuesday, November 18, 2014
November 17, 2014 ~ Week 39
Good afternoon family and friends :)
I wanted to share with you a wonderful miracle that happened this week.
April, who is getting baptized this Sunday, November 23, was down to two swallows of coffee on Thursday when we went to visit her with a member. (Part of entering the covenant of baptism is living the health commandment given by the Lord called 'The Word of Wisdom'-which includes not drinking coffee) The member is a convert to the church. She was a huge coffee drinker before she was baptized, so much that her body had a constant tremor. When she was baptized, she quit-cold turkey. She gave her a few ideas on what helped her stop and even gave us something that she uses as a substitute, called Herbal tea dandelion to give to April. Well, it was Thursday night, we didn't know how we could help April any further besides calling upon the powers of heaven to fast on Friday that she would be given the strength to stop drinking coffee to be baptized and that she would be able to come to church because something that's non-excusable always prevents her from coming. We fasted. It was her birthday the next day and we wanted to give her something. We made cookies, had her favorite herbal tea, made a card, and gave her the coffee substitutes from the member. We quickly dropped the gift off to her unplanned as we had other obligations to get to, and sang her birthday songs from the primary songbook.
She absolutely LOVED the coffee substitution and said she never wants to drink coffee ever again. She will be showered with blessings that are given to all who live the Word of Wisdom because she has chosen to give up drinking coffee in order to follow the Savior and be baptized in His name. All those who live the Word of Wisdom:
"shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones."
"shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures."
"shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint."
April and her two kids came to church yesterday. Her son Brice was going to be baptized with her but he wasn't committed as the weeks went on so he no longer had a baptism date. The youth just scooped Brice up and I could tell that he felt the Spirit at church. Later on in the evening way after church ended, April texts us "Brice asked me why he wasn't getting baptized and if he is when would his be?"
Sister Dixon and I were of course thrilled to hear that he wants to be baptized! We told her the things he would need to do in order to be ready to enter in this covenant. She texted back "He said he would do what is required of him. He said his conscience is telling him it's the right thing to do." Oh how wonderful it will be that he is getting baptized on the same day as his mother. I know that's what God wanted and I'm glad that he followed the Spirit prompting him to be baptized.
I studied about covenants earlier this morning. A covenant is a powerful, binding, sacred promise between God and each of His children individually who commit to obey Him. It means that we love the Lord so much that we are willing to change aspects of our lives in order to be inline with Heavenly Father's will, follow the Savior, and keep our part of the promise to stand as a witness, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. Baptism is our first covenant we make with Heavenly Father. It literally represents the death, burial, and resurrection of the Savior. We are cleansed and everything, if repented of, will be washed away-the old life is done away, erased. It is pure and complete bliss because each person who enters into this covenant of baptism is walking in the Savior's footsteps.
Love, Sister McCook