Mormon Mission World

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Patriarchal Blessings

This was a busy and eventful week  -- our visiting Patriarch was here for his yearly visit. Although there was opposition on every side, which reminded me of the scripture in 2 Corinthians 4:8 “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair,” we were successful in the end.  In spite of windy weather, power failures, inoperable gates, cars that could not escape from the parking lot, wild taxi rides, and a bonk on the head, good prevailed.

Although obtacles abounded (time off from work, travel, etc) many faithful members were over-joyed to receive their patriarchal blessings. In 2 Nephi 2:11 it reminds us, For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.”  Everyone involved would agree that opposition abounded. This is an opportunity that only comes around about once a year in our remote location.  However, when the joy was seen on the faces of those who had preservered to receive this counsel from the Lord, it was worth all of the difficulties.

In many aspects of our lives we encounter challenges.  On occasion it may be tempting to follow the path of least resistance.  However, by overcoming the challenges we are also richly blessed.  On the hymn, How Firm A Foundation we are reassured that all is well, even in times of difficulty when it says,

Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake.  

I hope we all can persevere in the face of opposition – to overcome the bad and embrace the good. May the Lord be with you.

Elder & Sister Segeberg          

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Recently we were able to spend time with friends that we have not seen since 1992.  What a treat!  We met in Scotland in January of 1974 while we were stationed at a very small RAF facility in northern Scotland.  Since that time we have kept in touch as we each raised families and gained a few more age-related aches and pains.  However, the years melted away once we were reunited.  Reflecting on them after they left for the airport today, the verses from this hymn seemed appropriate:

 Each Life That Touches Ours for Good
Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects Thy own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessing from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love.

What greater gift dost Thou bestow,
What greater goodness can we know
Than Christ-like friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.

When such a friend from us departs,
We hold forever in our hearts
A sweet and hallowed memory,
Bringing us nearer Lord to Thee.

For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior’s name,
Who bless our days with peace and love,
We praise Thy goodness, Lord above.
(Text by Karen Lynn Davidson)

 These good friends have been there for us, when we most needed them. They befriended us when we were strangers in a foreign land, and became very close to us. They were there to help us and comfort us when our daughter Becky died at birth. Thank Heavenly Father for true friends.
 It through the actions of other people that we are often blessed by the Lord and charity is one of the gifts of the spirit. We seek charity that we may be that friend to help other.

In addition, one of the greatest tributes that the Savior can give is to call us “friends.”  We know that; He loves, with a perfect love, all of His Heavenly Father’s children. Yet for those who have been faithful in their service with Him, He reserves this special title. “And again I say unto you, my friends, for from henceforth I shall call you friends, it is expedient that I give unto you this commandment, that ye become even as my friends in days when I was with them, traveling to preach the gospel in my power” (D&C 84:77)

We pray that as we feel the warmth of the many friends that are sent our way to touch our hearts and strengthen us, we will be reminded that through faithful service we can be worthy to be called His friends as well. 

Elder & Sister Segeberg

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Positive attitude

Attitude is Everything  --Being a believer in that, I love the below speech give by Thomas S. Monson.

"So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to
see things or to behave or to respond to others makes all the
difference. To do the very best we can, and then to choose to be
happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can
bring peace and contentment. "Happiness is an attitude. We
either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The
amount of work is the same" (Francesca Reigler).

Charles Swindoll — author, educator and Christian pastor —
said this about attitude: "The longer I live, the more I realize the
impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important …
than the past, … than money, than circumstances, than failures,
than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is
more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make
or break a company, a church, a home." He continued, "The
remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the
attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past; we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain
way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do
is [to change] our attitude." He concluded, "I am convinced that
life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react
to it. … We are in charge of our attitudes."

We all know people who seem to "roll with the punches" so to
speak, who are pleasant and cheerful through almost any
challenge. Generally these are the people with whom we like to
spend our time, for they make us feel better about
circumstances and about ourselves. It seems that good things
gravitate to them, for they don't let less-than-ideal circumstances
stand in their way. They choose to find joy everywhere and to le
ave it behind them when they go.

We, too, can choose to have a positive attitude. We can't direct
the wind, but we can adjust the sails. In other words, we can
choose to be happy and positive, regardless of what comes our
way. The definition of an optimist, according to one man, is
"someone who isn't sure whether life is a tragedy or a comedy
but is tickled silly just to be in the play" (Robert Brault, at

We know that some people are more talented than others. Some
are more educated. Regardless of where we fit in the scheme of
things, we all have the capacity to be great, for we are only
limited by how we choose, how resolute we are — in other
words, by our attitude. …

We have but one chance at this life. For maximum happiness,
peace and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude."