When I got up this morning to read my scriptures, I was reading the Seminary Study Guide for Moroni 2-5 which is what I had just read. It was all about family and reminded me of all of you and how much you mean to us. We have been thinking of you every minutes, you are such wonderful and amazing family members and you truly work hard to take care of each other and to be good examples to each other. Let me share with you part of what I found in my reading this morning.
...President Boyd K. Packer explained why ordinances are so important: "Ordinances and covnants become our credentials for admission into His presence. To worthily receive them is the quest of a lifetime; to keep them thereafter is the challenge of mortality." President Packer also explained: "Good conduct without the ordinance of the gospel will neither redeem nor exalt mankind; covenants and the ordinances are essential."
......Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained the relationship that exists between our Father in Heaven, our families, and the ordinances we participate in: "The ultimate Latter-day Saint priorities are twofold: First, we seek to understand our rlationship to God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and to secure that relationship by obtaining their saving ordinances and by keeping our personal covenants. Second, we seek to understand our relationship to our family members and to secure those relationships by the ordinances....and by keeping the covenants we make...These relationships, secured in the way I have explained, provide eternal blessings available in no other way. No combination of science, success, property, pride, prominence, or power can provide these eternal blessings!"
Thanks to you all for being at the temple this weekend; there isn't a happier place to be together. It's exciting for us to realize that you all understand the important of Ordinances and Covenants. Make sure everyone of your children absolutely understand how important they are also. Your example to them is amazing, but your teaching the truths of the gospel to them is absolutely essential. We know you teach them, but sometimes it takes lots of remindrs for them to truly understand the importance of them living the commandments and gaining a testimony of their own. Thanks for all you do for us!
Mom and Dad
Our address here in Botswana and the best place to send letters or small packages in Priority Envelopes (not begging for mail, but some have asked) is;
Elder and Sister Morgan
P/Bag 351 Post Net Kgale 272
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We are 8 hours ahead of you while you are on Day Light Savings time, when you go off in the fall, we are 9 hours ahead of you.