No Empty Chairs at the Chapel in Guadeloupe

A term used among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “No Empty Chairs in Heaven.”  The same could be said for the Guadeloupe chapel in Abymes, on February 17, 2020.  The members of Guadeloupe were seated in anticipation of the arrival of Elder Dale G. Renlund, an Apostle of Jesus Christ.  Elder Renlund presided over the Devotional and was accompanied by his wife, Ruth L. Renlund.  Elder Jorge M. Alvarado, a General Authority Seventy, accompanied by his wife, Cari Lu Alvarado were present and spoke to the congregation.  The Following morning Elder and Sister Renlund, as well as Elder and Sister Alvarado, held a training with the missionaries serving in Guadeloupe.

Sister Alvarado shared with the members and their accompanying friends, points from The Doctrine and Covenants 90:24 “Search diligentlypray always, and be believing, and call things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another”.  She promised them that if they would follow the steps outlined in this verse, they would make better decisions and the windows of Heaven would be opened unto them for the guidance needed in their lives.

Elder Alvarado thanked the members for coming to the Devotional and for bringing their friends.  “We are brothers and sisters and Heavenly Father gave his son.  We belong to a family of Heaven.  I don’t worry about what is happening around me.”  He related that there is no challenge that can’t be overcome with the Lord’s help.

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Sister Renlund

A term used among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “No Empty Chairs in Heaven.”  The same could be said for the Guadeloupe chapel in Abymes, on February 17, 2020.  The members of Guadeloupe were seated in anticipation of the arrival of Elder Dale G. Renlund, an Apostle of Jesus Christ.  Elder Renlund presided over the Devotional and was accompanied by his wife, Ruth L. Renlund.  Elder Jorge M. Alvarado, a General Authority Seventy, accompanied by his wife, Cari Lu Alvarado were present and spoke to the congregation.  The Following morning Elder and Sister Renlund, as well as Elder and Sister Alvarado, held a training with the missionaries serving in Guadeloupe.

Sister Alvarado shared with the members and their accompanying friends, points from The Doctrine and Covenants 90:24 “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and call things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another”.  She promised them that if they would follow the steps outlined in this verse, they would make better decisions and the windows of Heaven would be opened unto them for the guidance needed in their lives.

Elder Alvarado thanked the members for coming to the Devotional and for bringing their friends.  “We are brothers and sisters and Heavenly Father gave his son.  We belong to a family of Heaven.  I don’t worry about what is happening around me.”  He related that there is no challenge that can’t be overcome with the Lord’s help.

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Elder Dale G. Renlund

He shared the parable in the scriptures of the wise man who built his house upon the rock.  He stated, “It doesn’t say, ‘If, the winds blow or the floods come,’ It is going to happen; it happens in every one’s life.  Is our faith in Jesus Christ dependent on our circumstances or on Jesus Christ, independent, of our circumstances?  His love is not conditional but our love is conditional.  Some times we feel less loving of Him if things are not going well.  This life was most unfair to Jesus Christ.  We can’t tell him anything about unfairness that he doesn’t already know.”

No matter what is going on in our lives, even if it’s really hard, the answer is to look to Christ and focus on Him.  This was the theme that resonated in the Missionary Training as well.

Elder Renlund also stated that we should prepare for the sacrament like we help a convert prepare for baptism, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.  “Prepare to think about the Savior during the Sacrament.  Plan what you are going to think about during the sacrament and it will be like you are baptized again.  President Nelson only cares about what the Savior thinks.  The Savior is his audience.”