Sacred Sundays, His Day

Almost two years ago leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members to improve their Sabbath day observance.  Since then there has been an increased effort in helping members to strengthen their faith and better observe the Sabbath at home and at church.  How are your Sundays going?  As you reflect on your Sundays take some time to review some of these articles and videos.

Church Leaders Call for Better Observance of Sabbath Day

Leaders Hope Emphasis on Sabbath Observance Increases Faith in God

Upon My Holy Day – Getting Closer to God Elder Jeffery R. Holland discusses how we can draw closer to God on the Sabbath.sacrament-263093-tablet

Thank You For Being a Missionary

We are so grateful for the missionaries from the Woodbridge Stake who are serving throughout the world.  We love our missionaries.

We also love the missionaries serving in the Woodbridge Stake as part of the Washington, D.C. South Mission.  They work so hard to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people living within our stake boundaries.

And we love all the Woodbridge Stake members, who are also missionaries to their friends, neighbors and colleagues.  You are amazing examples of living the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We would love to share your missionary stories in our Missionary Mondays section of the blog.  Please send an e-mail to woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com with your story of how you have done missionary work.

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Remember that it doesn’t take a lot to do missionary work.  Here are seven simple suggestions for sharing the gospel.

 

Sacred Sundays

We know from the scriptures that the sabbath is a day of  “rest, holy to the Lord.” Exodus 31:15

In the Doctrine and Covenants we are given counsel about what we should do on Sundays.

“And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;

But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.” Doctrine and Covenants 59:9-12

 His promise to us is this:  “Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours.” Doctrine and Covenants 59:16

So What do you do with His day?  What is His day for you?

Perhaps you feel the same way as Elder Russel M. Nelson, an Apostle of Jesus Christ.  He sees the Sabbath as a day of love and service.

We would love to share what the Sabbath means to our Woodbridge Stake members. Share a photo of what you and your family do.  Make a video.  Send in a description of your Sabbath. Share a story of an experience you have had on the Sabbath.  Please share your Sacred Sundays by sending an email to woodbridgestakeblog@gmail.com

Elder Jared Bastian

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From Suzie Bastian, Jared’s mother:

Jared graduated from TJHSST summa cum laude in 2015. He took Mandarin for 3 years at TJ so learning Hmong was hard, but not impossible. Jared is a talented pianist and cellist. He has been playing the piano on his mission often, even accompanying choirs and doing musical numbers. Because he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is used to the cold weather in the midwest. But he was shocked at how cold it can be doing missionary work.

There are no active Hmong members in his area right now, so he’s doing mostly reactivating. It is difficult to get people to get to church on Sundays, but recently, members have been coming more.
From Jared’s last letter:
Nyob zoo nej os!
Transfers this week and Elder Vang is leaving (finally! He’s been here forever!) and I’m getting Elder Cody Smith and he doesn’t speak Hmong!!!!
So we are now in a striped companionship! So now I teach 100% of all the Hmong lessons and I don’t get any support except the moral/spiritual support from an awesome companion! I am actually super excited! Plus I am going to be the Senior Companion (because I’m the one that speaks Hmong) and I get to see a bunch of missionaries that I served near in Green Bay again (Elder Webber and Elder Kelly) so that will be super fun too!
This week was amazing! We had the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast and they reviewed the Broadcast from last year and basically did a “here are the concerns, what do you think about them?” with the Missionary Executive Council (Elder Oaks, Elder Bednar, Elder Anderson, Bishop Waddell, Brother Stephen B. Allen, Sister Oscarson, and Elder Neilson) then they announced some GROUNDBREAKING CHANGES! We only have 4 Key Indicators now, and the schedule has a TON of flexibility to needs of missionaries and the needs of certain areas so you and your companion can be the most effective missionaries you need to be. It’ll be so cool and the changes for schedule go into effect this new transfer! And Pday starts at 8 AM!!!!!!
Yesterday I also had the chance to go back to Green Bay to see Will get baptized (we taught him when I was with Elder Davis and Elder Stokes) and it was an amazing baptism and I got to see tons of the members from there. It was great to see everyone and I loved it! We had a member drive us out there and we just talked the whole drive there and it was so cool, we talked about his mission and the new missionary changes and the church and it was awesome! At the baptism I got to give the talk on the Holy Ghost too which was a real blessing and honor.
This week is looking great. Snow this week possibly and even better I get to wait in Steven’s Point for my new companion for basically the entirety of Wednesday. But then back to work and I get to be the only Hmong missionary in the Wausau Stake/Zone!
Hlub nej os! Kuv zoo siab kuv nrog Tub Txib Vaj ua tub txib ua ke. Thiab kuv cia siab lub transfer no mam ua ib lub transfer zoo tshaj!!!!!!!!
Keep fighting the good fight!
Elder Bastian/Vam Xeeb Thoj