Sunday, November 19, 2017

We're on a Mission

My husband and I were recently called to serve in the Florida Tallahassee Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as 'Senior Missionaries'. We are thrilled, humbled, and grateful to be here.

We were asked to be 'spanish-speaking' missionaries (I served a mission years ago in Mexico and my husband is learning), and are working with the local hispanic population whom we have grown to love very quickly.

They are faithful people! Many are hard-working, love their families, and want a better life here in the states.

We honor them for their desires to provide a safer place and better future for their children.

Our mission blog is On His Errand - and we invite you to share in our special experiences if you so desire.

One thing we've learned is that Heavenly Father loves all of His children, no matter where they are in the world. And, that as we reach out to them in love, they are able to learn of and feel His love for them. We are grateful (and desire to be) His servants; His hands to lift those who struggle, up to a higher height.

Elder and Sister Hendricks -- Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ponder the Message of the Book of Mormon...

Here is a direct message and powerful invitation with a promise- from a Prophet of God. I know it's true and pray we may all do it daily!

“My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." - Thomas S. Monson

Saturday, August 26, 2017

What Happens When We Die?

I am just one Mormon Mom trying to do good, teach my children right, and Keep the Commandments of God. I study each day in the scriptures and try to do and be better all the time.
Today I share our belief about what happens to us when we die. I know it's an important topic that affects us all. I hope this will bring someone comfort they need. 

My own sweet Mother passed away this past April. I think of her every day and sometimes feel her presence. Even though I miss her tremendously, I am comforted in knowing that we shall all be together again someday; reunited in love as a family and never to be separated again. 

My sweet mother (2nd from left) with her twin sister on their 81st birthday - with some of her 8 children and 30+ grandchildren. Mom passed away this past April - just a few weeks after this photo was taken.

Today I share our Believe on: "What Happens When You Die?"
"Death is the separation of your body from your spirit. Unlike your physical body, which eventually stops functioning and dies, your spirit will continue to exist. After death your spirit will reside in a temporary afterlife while you await resurrection. When you are resurrected, as Jesus Christ was, your spirit will be reunited with your own perfected, immortal body. Then you will be judged by God and live forever according to your eternal reward.  Read MORE HERE:"

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Just returned from a trip to Egypt, Israel and Turkey

My husband and I recently returned from an 18-day trip to Egypt, Israel and Turkey. We were, once again, struck by the thoughts of how blessed we've been to have the gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ in our lives.  The guidance of the Holy Spirit has brought us peace through many years of life challenges and joys.

Egypt, Pyramids

Israel; Dome of the Rock

Turkey; Ephesus

We are still newly married (almost 2 years) after his beloved wife Chris passed away from cancer a few years back. I was grateful to find a good and worthy man who loves the Lord and has tried to serve Him all his life.

After almost 16 years of raising my children alone - we met and married and are now figuring out the next chapters of our lives.

This mortal experience has a way of teaching us things we never thought we'd need (or perhaps want) to learn and yet there is great growth in it and many blessings to be had after the experience.

There is opposition in all things and we've both experienced many of those; joy/pain, grief, despair, loneliness, happiness, hope, love, sadness, sorrow and faith.  We are grateful for the Lord's plan of happiness which allows us eternal progression until we become like Him; from whence all good/blessings come.

We were grateful to experience Egypt, Israel and Turkey, and enjoy the beautiful fruits of the labors of Dr. Michael Wilcox, our guide and teacher. As we traveled from biblical site to biblical site we felt greatly blessed to 'come and see' where past experiences took place. We were taught from on-high about the histories of countries and peoples and the consequences of their either choosing good or evil.

So, my 'lesson' for today is to appreciate what we have; meaning, the gospel of Jesus Christ. With that comes freedom from many of the woes and tribulations of our day. There are many. There is much of poverty, sorrow and suffering in the world.  There is also much of hope and joy as some learn of the goodness of God and His desire for their well-being. The choice is ours. Whom will we choose to follow?  Light or Dark? Goodness or Evil. Poverty or wealth (not just temporal).

Blessings to many of you.
Hope you will find joy in the journey as there is much of it to be found.