Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

I greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and desire to thank each of you for your prayers and messages of support.  They have been a great strength and blessing to me in these times of struggle, more so than I can adequately express in this short letter.  I am reminded of the passage in sixth chapter of Galatians, which reads, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  This is our duty and responsibility for one another, and I have been encouraged by the godly deeds and saintly devotion that many of you have already expressed.  

 

I believe that we are seeing this scripture being literally fulfilled as we strive to keep our covenant with God and with each other.  For we promised in the waters of baptism that we would come unto the fold of God and be called His people.  That we would willingly bear one another’s burdens that they may be light.  That we would willingly mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.  That we would willingly witness of God and to God at all times, in all things, and all places that we might find ourselves.  And that we would serve the Lord God and always keep His commandments that He might pour out His Spirit more abundantly upon us. [Read Mosiah 9:39-41].

 

I understand that these times are difficult, especially not being able to see our brothers and sisters, and yet we are blessed to have the technology of the day.  That we might truly use the things of this world in a manner designed of God that the places where we occupy might shine as Zion, the redeemed of the Lord. [DC 128:8].  With this in mind, I encourage each of us to stay in communication with each other that not one would find themselves alone in this trial.  I know that many of you, if not all, are already doing these things.  But there is not one member among us that does not grow weary from time to time.  I hope and plan to continue to write to the congregation that we might all receive strength from one another, that we might be connected, and that we might unite our hearts together with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Remember that the Lord Jesus was not just a man who walked this earth a long time ago.  One whose deeds and words were written in a book and sealed.  He lives, and He lives among us today, desiring to take our hand.  He stands at the door of our heart, our mind, our lives, our soul, asking entrance in, saying, “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20].  

 

Remember also “that Saints should be cheerful in their warfare that they may be joyous in their triumph.” [DC 119:6d].

 

In Gospel bonds,

 

Andrew

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