WA Week 28 - All Things Denote There is a God

Good morning, friends and family! It's been a wonderful and eventful week in Sunnyside, Washington. 

One thing that really stuck out to me this week was on exchanges when Hermana Juarez and I ran into an atheist outside and talked to him for awhile about religion. He was a super nice guy, and had at one point been religious, but felt like science disproved the existence of God and how there is no evidence for God existing. He admitted, though, that he was much happier when he believed in God.
Even though his beliefs are logical and make sense to him, I've been thinking a lot this week about the evidence of God existing. I love this scripture in the Book of Mormon:

"Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." --Alma 30:44

I've been paying attention to all the things that testify of God existing. The scientific knowledge that we have and advancements that have been made in recent years are amazing and I'm so grateful to live at a time when we know so much about how the universe works. President Russell M. Nelson said: "There is no conflict between science and religion. Conflict only arises from an incomplete knowledge of either science or religion, or both.” There is so much that we don't understand.
The more I think about all of the wonders of the world-- how the conditions of the Earth are soperfect for life to flourish, the diversity of all the life on Earth, all that humankind has been able to achieve and create, the range of emotions and feelings that we experience-- the more I am sure that there is a God. Heavenly Father has revealed and is revealing everything about Himself for us toknow that He's there and that He has a plan for us. He's made it possible for us to know this plan, but there's no way we can know unless we seek it out.

He is so involved in every aspect of our lives. An example of this happened yesterday. A man named Wilmer randomly showed up to our gospel principles class at church and wanted to learn more about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. We told him that we would visit him that night. He gave us super vague directions to where he lived in the boondocks. At 8:00 last night we were driving around dark farmland looking for his house and we couldn't find it. We were just about to turn around when a couple of guys came out asking if we were lost. We said we were looking for Wilmer and one of them called out, "I'm Wilmer!" It was a miracle that we were able to find him. He told us that he knew Jesus sent us to him. He said that after church he was feeling really sad about things going on in his life and had just been thinking about us when we showed up.
Another miracle that happened this week is that twice when we were out tracting, we ran into less active members of the church who were visiting their friends.
Things like that don't just happen. I've been able to see more and more little miracles like that the more I look for them.

I know that this happiness is possible because of Jesus Christ.

I am so grateful for my testimony of God and His plan. It allows me to appreciate all of the beauty of this world, and even when times are hard, I can find little things to be grateful for and happy about.

I hope you all remember the "A Savior is Born" video the Church came out with at Christmas time.Well, there's a new video out called "Hallelujah" for this Easter season that you can find at mormon.org/easter.

It's sooo good. I hope you all get a chance to watch it this week and think about what's possible because of Jesus Christ AND pay attention to all the things that denote there is a God. And then share what you learn with someone else!
I can promise that it will make your week much more meaningful and happy.
I love you all! Thanks for following along.
Sister Skousen

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