An African Heart

An African Heart

Friday, July 27, 2012

From Elder Arineitwe

Dear, Father,
Thank you for all that you have said. Thank you for planing to send to me a camera of my own, l honestly did not know how to start telling you that l need one, l thought that was much for me to ask. All is well and l feel loved at the reception of your email. thank you. l know that the Lord will not allow us to sink to the bottom, because He never did. Any ways this week us quite remarkable, We recently walked out of our flat and we did walk on our reft, then a feeling came,"walk to the right". then l told Elder Law. Lets shift to the right side of the road. Well , he never complained, He simply followed me. We did walk for a few steps and in flont of us was a man moving facing down with his hand on his mouth in a way of expressing solution seeking, We came closer, It was  Mr Lumuuli, Member of Naitiri branch, After all the greeting and every thing, He looked at us and said, "My son, my first born son has recently returned form Sudan( country on the North of Uganda). And he is cold. He is not the Evans l knew. Now he does not even want to come to church. His wife and children are my concern now". Then we looked at this old man sharing the concern in his heart to Young men as if he has gotten the right people to talk to about this matter. There was silence for a space of two minutes. Then we assured him that we will go and talk with him. Immediately his face was cheer full, he smiled as he bid us farewell, I did not understand why his face was cheer full, may be every one needs some one to talk to. Then this came to my mind, by An Apostle.(The laborers in the Vineyard)

"Which leads me to my third and last point. This parable—like all parables—is not really about laborers or wages any more than the others are about sheep and goats. This is a story about God’s goodness, His patience and forgiveness, and the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a story about generosity and compassion. It is a story about grace. It underscores the thought I heard many years ago that surely the thing God enjoys most about being God is the thrill of being merciful, especially to those who don’t expect it and often feel they don’t deserve it.

I do not know who in this vast audience today may need to hear the message of forgiveness inherent in this parable, but however late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.

Whether you are not yet of our faith or were with us once and have not remained, there is nothing in either case that you have done that cannot be undone. There is no problem which you cannot overcome. There is no dream that in the unfolding of time and eternity cannot yet be realized. Even if you feel you are the lost and last laborer of the eleventh hour, the Lord of the vineyard still stands beckoning. “Come boldly [to] the throne of grace,”3 and fall at the feet of the Holy One of Israel. Come and feast “without money and without price”4 at the table of the Lord.

I especially make an appeal for husbands and fathers, priesthood bearers or prospective priesthood bearers, to, as Lehi said, “Awake! and arise from the dust … and be men.”5 Not always but often it is the men who choose not to answer the call to “come join the ranks.”6 Women and children frequently seem more willing. Brethren, step up. Do it for your sake. Do it for the sake of those who love you and are praying that you will respond. Do it for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid an unfathomable price for the future He wants you to have.

My beloved brothers and sisters, to those of you who have been blessed by the gospel for many years because you were fortunate enough to find it early, to those of you who have come to the gospel by stages and phases later, and to those of you—members and not yet members—who may still be hanging back, to each of you, one and all, I testify of the renewing power of God’s love and the miracle of His grace. His concern is for the faith at which you finally arrive, not the hour of the day in which you got there.

So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. Please listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy the fellowship of His labor. Don’t delay. It’s getting late. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen". By Elder Jeffrey R Holland. General conference 2012. 

When we talked to Evans, we told him that he is part of the team and will ever be. His face was full of Joy and the miracle of the week is that he came to church.

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