Today, Sister Olivia Black of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints announced that she is going to be transferred tomorrow. As heartbreaking as it is because we all love her so much, she gave everyone a farewell hug and gave letters like they’re candies.

If you have no clue about how it works in our church, we have missionaries sent around the world to share about the fullness of the gospel. This is our way of “gathering the Israelites” before our Saviour’s second coming. We feel that it’s our responsibility to turn all souls to Christ because we are all brothers and sisters.

Missionaries are assigned to different mission areas around the world and within each mission area are divisions. Missionaries get transferred to another district after 4-6 months, depending on the mission president.

Books I Received

There are four books I received this day but I’ll include another book I received last August this year. The Jesus, the Christ and Saints books were from Sister Black. The Come, Follow Me book is a new manual they distributed for families a while ago. The Daughters in My Kingdom book is from the library which our bishop gave me. And the last and final book I received last August is the Our Heritage book that talks about the brief history of our church which I got as a gift from our bishop.

Jesus, The Christ is a missionary manual by Elder James E. Talmage that details the life and mission of our saviour using and ancient and modern scriptures. I’m really, really excited to dive into the depths of this book because it is pretty thick. I’ve heard both sides about this book, how it is complicated to comprehend at first but that’s what excites me about it the most. I love being able to dissect and study the contents of it and have a wholesome journey with this pretty thing.

Saints Volume 1 talks about the Restoration, from Joseph Smith’s childhood to the saints receiving ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846. The Saints books are four-volume series that talks about the inspiring stories of people who dedicated their lives to establishing the church. Another one that I’m super excited to read because I’ve heard so many good stuff about it. TOO MANY! I caught so many members and the missionaries in our ward reading it and it makes me really excited to get a copy of it, until this day. Thanks so much to our dear sister missionary, I finally got my own copy.

Daughters in my Kingdom is a book about Relief Society sisters’ true stories and it aims to inspire and motivate you to be the best loving daughter of our Heavenly Father. It has pictures, beautiful, heartwarming stories, inspiring scripture references, and instructions and advices on how you can be the best version of yourself. I don’t have any further knowledge about this book besides the things I mentioned above but it’s enough to keep me interested in reading it.

The next book is the Come, Follow Me manual which is the new manual to be used next year. The bishopric distributed these books a while ago in our combined session, and we scanned through the contents of it, watched videos about it and and had some thorough discussion about how we will be using it. The thing that I love the most about this manual is that it has precise dates on it and really pushes the gospel-centered approach to learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can already tell this book is going to be effective in bringing families together when used properly. My family is so excited to go through it tomorrow and share about what we’ve learned next Sunday!

And the last book which is the book that I received last August is the Our Heritage book which talks about the history of the Church. I’ve already started reading it but stopped when I went to college just a few weeks later upon receiving. Now that I’ve dropped out of college, I’m confident and excited to resume going through this book as I’ve learned so many interesting stuff about it.

What books have you been reading lately?

These books are like late Christmas gifts and a great reminder of how our Heavenly Father loves us so dearly. I can’t wait to finish one book after another and just talk about it to people who are interested! Am I that lonely?! 

But anyway, what books have you been reading lately that you can’t wait to finish and talk about to your book buddies? My book buddy has been away for some time now since college so I have no one else to talk to about books. Well, besides my instagram and website anyway.

For the last time, keep smiling and have a great blessed day!

T.L. Thornes is a writer residing in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. She was twelve when she started keeping drafts of her poems in composition notebooks. Since then, she has found an emotional outlet through writing. When she’s not writing, she can be found in the streets of her hometown, urbansketching, or in her room, writing songs and making art journals.

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