Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July - Religious Freedom!

Hello Everyone! How are all of you doing? Are you having a good 4th of July weekend? This last week has went by super fast. We are still doing a lot of exchanges with the other elders in our district. We only have one more left, so that will be over with for this transfer finally! We had an opportunity to go fishing this last week. I got to catch some large mouth bass, but none of them were very big. Syracuse is such a crazy place to go teaching. We have had the oppurtunity to meet so many people and tell them about this wonderful gospel that we have. The good thing about living in such a populated area is that you will always have a lot of people to teach. I love serving here and to be able to help others strengthen their testimonies. Today has been fun, we have have gotten to play basketball a bunch of the other elders that serve around here. Then, we got to go to the ward party that was going on and we are going to be having a BBQ with some of the other missionaries. 

As we celebrate this wonderful July 4th holiday, our hearts turn to the Lord’s blessings in
helping our forefathers obtain their freedom and create our nation. As one ponders all that
had to happen for the United States of America to take its place in the history of the world’s
nations, one can see the hand of the Lord in every step of the way. Much has been written
about this choice land and our founding fathers. Miracles occurred in many places and in many
ways for this nation to take its place on the stage of world history. We know that a country
had to be established founded upon principles of righteousness, law and religious freedom
before the Lord could restore His church and His kingdom upon the earth. The Lord has
secluded, protected and prepared this land from the creation of the earth for this wise
purpose. This was all revealed to Nephi years ago, “And inasmuch as ye shall keep my
commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which
I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.” 1 Nephi 2:20

I love you all and have a wonderful week!
Elder Hutchings

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