Over the last three days I have had one lesson reaffirmed to me over and over again by my heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost.
No One Is Alone
Previous to receiving the impressions I have been blessed to receive, I pondered being alone a great deal. I’ve met two incredible women in the past two weeks who live by themselves (along with some pets and plants). Both are widows and both have various medical issues. We’ll call them Geraldine and Phoebe.
Geraldine has dementia and Phoebe has recently had back and knee surgery, and both women are in their 70’s. We have taught both of them the message of The Restored Gospel and are going to continue teaching Phoebe! Geraldine can’t remember anything we teach her, so we’ll just stop by and read the Book of Mormon with her when we’re near her house.
Anywho, both women live alone and both women can’t drive. So essentially they’re stuck by themselves in their houses. I wish I could move them in with us, but I can’t. In fact there is very little I can do whatsoever to improve their situations!
So I’ve been thinking about them and praying them for a week and on Sunday we had a fireside with Sandra Turley. She and her family visited Woodstock and sang for the ward and community while delivering inspiring messages centered on the Gospel.
Sandra played Cozette in the cast of Les Mis on Broadway several years ago and is incredibly blessed with a beautiful voice and a beautiful family! She sang several songs like; “Glorious” from Meet the Mormons, “For Good” from Wicked, and “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera. Not to mention she sang all my favorite parts from Les Mis in 6 and a half minutes.
As she sang she told her story and how she and her husband Josh got their beautiful little family. She was inspiring and the non-members sitting next to me were touched by her messages of hope and pure Christ-like love.
But my favorite part was when she sang “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods. As she sang tears filled my eyes and The Spirit whispered to my heart that truly no one is without God. No matter how far you’ve fallen into the pit of sin, depression, loneliness, and anger our Savior Jesus Christ is right there. When we call like Peter “Lord, save me!” Christ pulls us from what would condemn us and brings us safely back to His Grace.
I wrote in my notebook as she sang, “I can’t express how much I know, by the power of The Holy Ghost, that God is with me and all of US.”
That was Sunday. On Monday Elder Robert C. Gay from the Quorum of the Seventy came on a mission tour and instructed the mission for zone conference. I don’t have time to go over everything he said because I have over 6 pages of notes, but again the central message I received was no one is alone. Christ is involved in the very details of our lives.
Yesterday I received instruction and inspiration which has changed my mission. It has changed me and the way I teach. The Lord answered ALL of my questions and my prayers and over and over again The Spirit taught me the great and eternal truth God loves us.
This morning I was in my closet getting dressed and I was overwhelmed by a sense of frustration with my weaknesses, with people, and with just about everything. As I have done many times before in my closet, I dropped to my knees and poured out my heart to God. A question came to mind…”Who are you” I answered both in my heart and out loud “I am a daughter of God.” Another question followed, “And what does that mean?”
In that moment I knew that as a child of God I had a Father who would not leave me alone. The same goes for Geraldine, Phoebe, and you. You are a child of God and you are not alone. God knows your fears, your frustrations, your worries, your anger, and ultimately He knows your heart. We never have to feel like we go through this life without someone by our side, because we don’t. I know that by the Spirit of The Lord Jesus Christ and I bear testimony of it in His Name.
I love you all. Stay safe this week and remember who you are and who walks beside you.
With all my love,
Sister Samantha Johnson