A Time To Show GratitudeA Time To Show Gratitude
I was born and brought up in a non-Christian family. Our family consists of four members. We were strict in following the principles of our religion. In this condition, true and living Christ touched us in the year 2002.
We had difficulties and we looked all around to find solution. Even the God that we worshipped all our lives was not able to answer. During this time, we asked help from my mom's friend who was a Christian. She rendered a support of prayer to us. We love the prayers of Christians. Little by little we were out of the problem. From that time, we did not turn back to our religion but we started to go to churches and welcomed Christ into our hearts.
Years passed by, we searched and prayed for a proper denomination. We met the missionaries and found The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. We accepted this church and also the gospel. The four of us got baptized on 27 March 2005. We were sealed as a family for time and eternity in the Hong Kong China Temple on 17 March 2007. My sister got married to a church member and both were sealed in the temple. God blessed them with a beautiful princess. As my family dedicated ourselves to Him and apply His teachings in our life blessings started to shower.
Because of us accepting Christ, a division erupted between my family and my mom's family. They disowned us. We fasted and prayed but answer to our prayers did not come immediately. Even we did not shrink our faith but we strongly believed that God will answer our prayer in His time. Our prayer was answered in the year 2013. Meanwhile, my father met with an accident causing head injury. Doctors told us that he may or may not get his memory back. But we believed that 'Faith will bring miracles'. Slowly he got back his memory. Now he is actively participating in all Church activities.
For all the miracles that had happened to my family, saying to my God a word of thanks no way equalizes it. So I made a righteous decision to serve Him as a full time missionary for a period of 18 months. Now I got a call to serve in 'India New Delhi Mission'. These 18 months are not a sacrifice it is a time to show gratitude to Him by bringing souls unto Him. I believe that this gospel is having power to heal all our problems. I believe that He is always mindful of us and loves us. I am really happy of the seed of faith, as it is said in Alma 32:28, has grown in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Vinitha Appusamy, Coimbatore 2 Branch, Coimbatore District