Everyday Miracles

I have a very firm belief that miracles can and do happen. I try to look for the little miracles. Despite the fact that I believe in miracles, very rarely do I believe that a big miracle will happen to me. I was proven wrong.

Since I have returned home from my mission I have been searching for a job. Despite turning in numerous applications and even an interview, no jobs were forthcoming in Pocatello, ID, near where I was living.

By chance I happened to visit my sister as she was on her way home to Washington state. In the course of that visit she said she had a friend who had connections in the area I was hoping to move to. Because of those connections in the course of a day I had an interview and was offered a job. In that same day I was also able to find an affordable apartment. In the next two days I packed, moved, and started the job.

Some may say that it was all coincidence, that I would eventually find a job. I don’t believe in coincidences. There is no way I would have thought to apply to the place where I am now working. There is also no way that the job was located where I want to go to school. This was not a coincidence. This was a miracle in my life, granted by a loving Heavenly Father.

Now you may ask how did this miracle come about because of God. Others were involved in making this happen. Miracles do not happen as a lighting bolt and suddenly everything is perfect. Miracles happen in small steps often with the help of others. The question is what miracle are we helping along in someone else’s life?

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September 6, 2011 at 5:30 pm 1 comment

Lessons Learned

I have been home from my mission for about 3 months. In those three months I have had some interesting things. First I had to get used to the fact that I wasn’t a missionary anymore. Next I had to venture into the real world of going out and finding a job. Along the way there were a few things that I thought I knew, but once again had to get a crash course in remembering them.

First thing I learned, again, is to trust the Lord completely. On my mission I had mastered this, but somehow forgot it. As I have been striving to find a job, I have once again realized how completely helpless I am without His divine help. No, I haven’t found a job yet. But I am once again trusting the Lord.

The second thing I had to learn again was to have hope. In can be really depressing to see how big of a mess this world is in, when you have been protected from it for 18 months. With hope and faith I can see beyond the mess. I may not be able to fix the world, but I can have optimism and make sure my life is not a mess. I can also have hope that all will work, because my trust in not based on the decisions of men, but on the knowledge that God has a plan for me.

Finally, I have learned to laugh at whatever comes. There is so much that I cannot control. At times I have let that frustrate me and drive me crazy. I laugh at the craziness of life because otherwise the stress would kill me. I try to not let the little things bug me. I don’t always succeed. There is so much good in this life that I can’t let the negative block my view.

I learned many lessons on my mission. Sometimes I learned them the hard way. I thought I had them down pat. But I was wrong. Some lessons are life-learned lessons and I will be spending the rest of my life learning them.

August 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm 2 comments

Last Words of a Mormon Missionary

So this is it. I am finishing my mission. It just a few short hours I will be with my family again. Sooner than I imagine, I will once again be Amanda Kissel. I will no longer be Sister Kissel. Since that is the case, I would like to have the final word on being a missionary.

A missionary is so much more than someone who wears clothes that you normally only see on Sunday and wears a name badge. We are representatives of Jesus Christ. We invite all to come unto Christ. We are defenders of His message.  His message is that through faith, repentance, baptism, and enduring to the end we can make it back to God. His message is that there is hope and there is a way.

Since I am a full-time representative of Jesus Christ, I would like to share my knowledge of him. I have come to know Jesus Christ. Since I know him, I know He is my Savior and Redeemer. He is the Son of God. I know that Joseph Smith did see God, the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament that Jesus is the Christ . I also know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church on the earth today that has the full truth.

April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm 2 comments

A Precious Gift

For the last 17 months of my life I have been blessed with an extremely precious gift. That gift is time. Time to be full-time missionary for my Savior Jesus Christ. And my time as a missionary is running out. Everyday I hear the ticking of clock  in the back of my head. It is saying “time is short, time is short.”

Time indeed is a precious gift and the time that we have to serve a mission is limited to 18 months. This is the only time that I will be able to devote all my time, talents, and efforts to serving Jesus Christ. In order to make the best use of that time you forget yourself and get to work. And you work hard.

The thought of finishing my mission is scary. The greatest blessing in my life is about to end.While my time as a missionary is limited, my time to serve the Lord is not. The time I have to serve the Lord does not end with my mission. That is a life long opportunity that I am blessed with.

While I may not know what course my life will take after this experience, I do know that I will continue to find opportunities to serve. I have learned that when we are in the service of others we are following the example of Jesus Christ. That is course that will always provide happiness, despite the chaos of the world.

To learn more about what I have been doing for 17 months as a missionary, check out Mormon.org

April 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm 1 comment

A Prophet Today

What would you do if Noah was on the earth? Would you listen up and pay attention to what he said? Why would you do that? I think I can answer all those questions. We have read the story of Noah and the Ark. We know that there is going to be flood.

So if Noah was on the earth we would listen to him. We may not have Noah here on the earth, but we do have a living prophet. If they are both called of God, would it not be important to listen to what he says and do it. When we understand the importance and blessing of having a prophet, we also understand God’s amazing love for us.

We learn from one Old Testament prophet that “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servant the prophets”(Amos 3:7). God has promised that he will do nothing until he has revealed it unto his prophet.

We have no need to worry. We have an early warning system in the form of a prophet.  As long as we listen to his counsel, and ask God if it is his will,we will never be led astray.

To watch and listen to a prophet, watch General Conference. Its  April 2 & 3 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. MDT.click here to watch General Conference.

March 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Spring is Right Around the Corner

I LOVE  spring!!!! Perhaps it is because I do not enjoy being cold. Or maybe because I got sick of snow after we received the first 3 feet of it. Whatever the reason, I am blissfully happy that spring is on its way. And how do I know that it is just around the corner, because you can see it coming.  Warmer temperatures, the sun is really shining, tulips peeking through the dirt, my companion being waked up by birds singing in the morning. All these little signs are definite signs that spring is well on its way.

What I love most about spring is the freshness of life. Everything feels alive. While during the very long and dark winter months everything feels lifeless. During spring is when life begins again. Flowers begin to bloom, farm animals are born, people actually come outside. It is during this newness of life that I think of the Savior. It was during this time that he was preparing to give his life.

At the hands of evil men the Savior was a willing sacrifice for the sins of men. For three days, his mortal shell laid in a borrowed tomb. But on the third day, he took up his body. He conquered death. Since he conquered sin and death, we are given the opportunity to return to live with our Father in Heaven. I know that Christ lives. Spring will always be a time to appreciate eternal life, because the Savior conquered death during this beautiful time of year.

To read about his death see Matthew 26-28, Mark 15-16 , Luke 23-24, John 19-20

March 22, 2011 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

To Be Whole

During the Savior’s mortal ministry,he did many things. Among those things was healing he was constantly healing people. Most of the healing was for those who could not be healed by earthly means. Either there was no cure or no technology to correctly take care of the malady. To heal them he said “thou art made whole”(John 5:14). They were always cured.

In so many ways we have a malady, not physical but spiritual. We are sick in some way. We are not whole. In order to be whole we need to hear the command of the Savior, he makes us whole. He made others whole in the New Testament and today he still makes us whole.

Those in the New Testament were made whole by hearing the command of the Savior. How do we hear his command today? There are so many ways. We study the words which testify of him. We study the words that He said. Then we ask.  Each of those who he healed, in the New Testament and in the Book of Mormon, in some way asked to be healed. The Savior never denied, he always healed them.

None of us are whole. We all have holes that can only be filled by the Savior.The Savior is always feeling my holes in and making me whole. Will we let him make us whole?

To learn more about Jesus Christ, visit Mormon.org

March 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1 comment

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