Monday, May 16, 2016

Goodbye St. Thomas

So.......I have an announcement to of Tuesday, May 17th....I will be leaving St. Thomas...

I got a call on Friday, and have been asked to work in the Tillsonburg branch outside of St. Thomas with Elder Allred, as his companion is returning home this week.  I was super heartbroken to be leaving St. Thomas to be honest....but excited for the prospective success we will see in Tillsonburg!  The branch desperately needs baptisms, and so it's an honour to be able to go serve there, and give the Lord my all in helping those people in Tillsonburg come unto Christ, and receive the blessings of baptism.  I have absolute faith that we will continue to see the results of obedience and faith in Tillsonburg as we strive to be exactly obedient and chose to believe the Lord will put people in our path who are willing to follow the example of Jesus Christ.  I know that He is with us, and will provide us with the success that He has promised us through His servant, President Clayton.  

That being said, this week has been awesome!!!  We continue to see so many people keeping commitments and attending church, it is such a blessing to be a part of these people's progression towards the eternal gift of baptism into His church.  I testify that this church is His church, and that it is only through the church He was re-established on the earth that we can receive the blessings of true and complete forgiveness that Jesus Christ offers us.  He is the way, the truth and the light.  Those who come unto Him, and follow His example, will be blessed with eternal life, the greatest gift our Father in Heaven can ever give us.  

It has been a blessing to work with the people here.  I feel so blessed and humbled, as I've shared my life experiences with others, and helped them along the path of eternal life.  This work is truly inspired by God.  He leads this work today, through His son, Jesus Christ.  He speaks to today's Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  I testify the Savior lives.  He loves us and knows us.  He has been through everything for us and with us, so He can know how to succor us and give us comfort.  He is with us.  The Savior has promised that "where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, there will I be also."  I have felt the fulfillment of that promise in the lessons we have taught this week.  His promises to us in the scriptures are true, and He keeps them still today.  His love is unfailing.  I testify those of our dear friends and family on the other side are closer and nearer to us than we think.  

The Savior promises us "Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you."  As we strive to draw closer to our beloved Savior, even Jesus Christ, He will be near us, even with us always.  While He cannot be everywhere at once, we can feel His Presence through the Holy Ghost.  I testify all that is unfair and unjust about this life will be made up.  He has not forgotten us, even those who may no longer be with us on the straight and narrow path.  The Lord knows His sheep.  He is searching after each and every one of His sheep who are lost.  He is with them, and He will bring them safely home, if they choose to let Him.  His hand is stretched out still.  I know these things to be true, and testify as a witness and representative of Jesus Christ, that they are true and factual spiritual truths.  

I love you all:):)  

Elder Bybee

"The best is yet to come"
just casual pics of the boys

yo, check out this Maclaren stroller...not quite as nice as the car, but's pretty dang close

diggin a 6 foot hole...don't ask why..;)

yep..that's a dodge viper.  I think I drooled on the steering wheel.  oh well
the viper engine...think I drooled on the pistons too..

more hole digging.

posting up.

having a hot chocolate and donut break



Pictures by Elder Johnson...he does photography

Waiting for my prince... ;)

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful pictures. Nice that you got one with Joy! :) we are going to miss you.