I'm back!!!! This blog is an addition to my last one because as I laid in bed this morning I was in deep thought about yesterday's meeting and can't get it off my mind.
Since my husband has been called to the Bishopric, many times he comes home and shares wonderful, testimony strengthening things. I love it!!! Now mind you, nothing confidential, so don't be worrying about that. In fact, I don't know anything that is going on in the ward, other than my own information. But I hear and marvel over many things as they are taught in many, many leadership meetings that he can share that brings me such great joy!! The Lord is at the head of this church and as the church quietly goes about His business through his people, many miracles are happening. One such comment is that the Brethren are "quite aware of our ward, the leadership and the great missionary spirit this ward has, they know of and are watching and pulling many to serve!" I remember when Elder Oaks would come to our ward quite frequently, and this was the time when our children were serving their missions, and he would take our program which had the names of our missionaries and their addresses on the back and keep it with him to show what can be done to other wards and stakes he would visit. At the time we had 42 missionaries out and we had two out ourselves at the time. You just don't know what your potential can be, or you just don't know of the power of example until you hear something like that. And now, it's their parents who are going out and making a difference. At this point we have 10 couples out and more coming up!! I can not even explain the feeling I have for this spirit of service. We have been so blessed to be in this spot! To be born in a free land, to live in such a choice place, near the headquarters of the Church, and to be a member of the Church. All of those things are blessings and privileges that not many have, what did I do to deserve this?
To be quite honest I feel, that He is refining both of us, preparing us for great service that is to come, through many trials and experiences. However, that is if we do our part and prove ourselves worthy. In fact, I have watched terrific growth in my husband! It is quite noticeable and I am very proud of him and the beautiful ways he is allowing himself to be molded by our Father in Heaven.
Now look, how sidetracked I got. But getting back to yesterday's meeting. I was privileged along with Janet Hatch and Cheri Ringger to sing "Oh, That I Were An Angel" in the meeting. I felt like we were accompanied by many angels. I can testify, it was so. But this is not all!!! Elder Russ Osguthorpe, an Area Authority was there. Russ was our neighbor, two doors down for over 20 years, whose children were raised with our children!!! I LOVE Russ and Lolly!! And they were there for Gerri and Ralph. What wonderful friends we have in them. Anyhow, Russ spoke after Ralph and solidified the feelings of the meeting. He spoke of the missionary spirit and the experiences of our ward. He said that oftentimes when the children come home they sit and talk of many experiences that they had here and about many of us!! I know we are in there because we had many HILARIOUS experiences together for 20 years!! Lolly and I still laugh at some of the things that happened that we as mothers did not know happened!!! It was an incredible meeting and reunion with so many who have left the ward now! I just know that is what heaven will be like! Thank you, thank you, thank you for these experiences!!! Again, the Lord knows what he is doing to prepare us for more. I can see the wisdom in putting those who are seasoned into callings that lead His Church!
The most significant thing in my life is to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The most significant people in my life are : My Savior, my family and my friends. What more could I want???? In Gerri's talk, she read what President Hinckley's wrote in the call, that more blessings were to come in their service, and as I look at the clock right now, Elder and Sister Larson are walking in the door right now to the MTC!!! What great things await them!!
What more could I want?????