The Kingdom of God is Within You

I received the following message this week in my email inbox:

Hi bro and sis brown how are you? I hope fine, my name is __________ I am a member of the branch where your son is serving. He is a wonderful missionary.

I also have a son on his mission his name is Elder _______ he is in your area. He attends the _____ ward. I don’t know if you are near but if you ever get to see him please tell him that I love him dearly and that Heavenly Father loves him too.

I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful gospel it is the best thing that could happen to me and my family I love you both and all the bro and sis take care.

From your sis in Christ sis _____

When I read that last, run-on sentence, I think of the verse from Matthew, which says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. What an abundant heart!

One of the most powerful parts of Mormonism for me is Joseph Smith’s vision of the children of God, all linked and connected together. It is the duty and privilege of believers in that vision to make it a reality. Sometime in the next week or so, we will put together a box of groceries and drive the 80 miles to go visit Elder _____ and to take him and his companion to dinner.

“And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 13:29

Happy Sabbath.

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  1. Kevin Barney says:

    Wonderful, Mark!

  2. Lovely :-) A great post to start the Sabbath day.

  3. Very nice.

  4. Karen H. says:

    That’s really great Mark. It will be so fun for your to meet this Elder and get some more insight into the area that your son is serving in. What a great opportunity. Thanks for sharing.

  5. StillConfused says:

    Is this some sort of a standard form letter?

  6. Boy, that would just make my day.

  7. That is beautiful, Mark. Thank you.

    “One of the most powerful parts of Mormonism for me is Joseph Smith’s vision of the children of God, all linked and connected together.”


  8. A joyful note from a joyful Saint.

  9. John Mansfield says:

    I had a nice experience akin to this one. Talking with the M. family whom we had begun home teaching, my companion and I learned that their son was serving in a town across the country where my companion and I both had sisters living. (Our sisters had never before come up in conversation between my companion and I.) Several months later, I visited my sister and attended her ward and listened to the testimony of the ward mission leader who spoke of how lost he felt in his calling when he began a year previous, but how Elder M. had helped him and guided him and put him on the right track. What a wonderful thing and fortuitous timing to be able to relay this to his mother and father.

  10. Occassionally (when I can remember) I like to put together small care packages, usually consisting of American candy and office supplies, and send them to my old mission areas. Since it has been 20 years since my mission, I send it to the mission home with the addressee as “Whatever Missionaries are Serving in …”. This is always a lot of fun and I am pretty sure it brightens up some missionaries day.
    Some of my friends here in my Ward always take pictures of the missionaries when they are over to dinner and sends them with a short note to their parents. She does it because it is fun and she cares, but she has received a lot of nice letters and gifts from the families over the years.

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