Saturday, March 23, 2013

email to Dad 3/18/13

Hey DAD! 

I will look out for an Elder Needs. Thanks for all the great quotes! Hey could you send the priesthood lineage in the mail please. I can't open it on the computer for some reason. Thank You! I have to get running though.. Love you! 

Elder Alpin

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM, TOM ALPIN wrote:
17 March 2013

Hello Son,

Yes, it is St. Patrick’s Day and no we did not go to Clare for the parade!  The weather was not at all like last year and of course your Mom had to for me...well I did sleep in, still recovering from that fall last week.

Talked to Tyler Needs in church today, actually he gave a talk that was really touching, the Spirit was so strong as he bore his testimony!  Anyway, he leaves on the 27th for the MTC so you might meet him in about 4 weeks or so.  He will be a nice addition to your mission area.

Also had great Sunday School and Priesthood lessons today and here is a quote from the Priesthood lesson from The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow...
“The child grows from childhood to boyhood, and from boyhood to manhood, with a constant and steady growth; but he cannot tell how or when the growth occurs.  He does not realize that he is growing; but by observing the laws of health and being prudent in his course he eventually arrives at manhood.  So in reference to ourselves as Latter-day Saints.  We grow and increase.  We are not aware of it at the moment;  but after a year or so we discover that we are, so to speak, away  up the hill, nearing the mountain top.  We feel that we have faith in the Lord;  that His providences are always beneficial; that we are connected with Him; that He is actually our Father, and that He Leads us along in life.

Do not expect to become perfect at once.  If you do, you will be disappointed.  Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.  The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow.  Thus continue to be a little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as well as to ourselves.

Each last day or each last week should be the best that we have ever experienced, that is, we should advance ourselves a little every day, in knowledge and wisdom, and in the ability to accomplish good.  As we grow older we should live nearer the Lord each following day.”

Reminds me of the saying “Inch by Inch...Life’s a cinch, but yard by is hard!”

Hope you can share some of your daily routines and the people you are teaching, what your living quarters are like and all that stuff.  I have been thinking a lot about your question concerning being inactive and will write about that soon, but for now think about how your were before I lost my job and before you started taking the missionary lessons and attend church and seminary.  Then compare it to how you are now, how happy you are in the gospel and then bear your testimony to them about how you can see the difference not only in yourself but in your parents with the influence of the church, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.  Your Testimony is one of the most powerful parts of who you are and what you are doing.

I Love you so much and know with all my heart that our Father in Heaven is watching over you and leading you in all that you do .


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