Words from the field:I feel like I'm stronger than I've ever been and also weaker than I've ever been. It's not easy. It's really tough, but at the same time it's amazingly rewarding. The church is true,the book is blue. All of our hard work is paying off. This areas (AND MY)first baptism in years is on the 7th! I've taught her for about half of her lessons. She's an awesome lady by the name of Teresa and she is just great. I'll send pictures once I have them. I have, however, really been appreciating dad in the past few days. I've never really told him how much I have appreciated him and the example that he's set for me in life of how to act and how to be a man. Whether he has realized it or not, I wouldn't be the man I am today if it weren't for the way I've seen him conduct himself around others as well as the lessons and other things that he's taught me as I've grown up. Being in the real world has shown me what can come of kids who don't have a strong father role in their life and I can really appreciate the fact that he's done that for me.
Profound words Casey wanted to share:
Mosiah 4: 16-2416 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. 17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just— 18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God. 19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind? 20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy. 21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another. 22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done. 23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world. 24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.
Words from his MomThis week has been a tough one. For some reason, I have been more emotional about Casey being gone. Yet, I am so proud of him. I know that he is doing the Lord's work and this is where he needs to be at this time.