"There will always be more blessings than burdens even if some days it doesn't seem so."
Jeffrey R. Holland
It was a week of District Temple Days, so as expected the office was a hot bed of activity.
I can truly testify that the Lord heard and answered our prayers.
A thoughtful gift from one of my Visiting Teachers.
I pray because I can't help myself.
I pray because I am helpless.
I pray because the need flows out of me all the time-waking and sleeping.
It doesn't change God.
It changes me.
Missionaries seem to get younger and younger these days.
Okay maybe not this young.
Our granddaughter, Shelby, just wanted to try on Grandpa's name tag for size.
I honestly can't remember the last time I saw a missionary study desk
look so organized and tidy!
Sister Trainer Leaders, (STL's) Rabello and Kappel (on your left) had the most incredibly neat and clean apartment (and study desk) that Elder Busath couldn't resist capturing it on his phone for convincing evidence.
These amazing STL's also knew exactly what to do and say when Sister Dale and Sister Stalnaker came in to the office later this week when Sister Dale had to be released early due to health issues.
"There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it. Perhaps we should be looking less with our eyes and more with our hearts"
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Spring has finally arrived in Meridian, Idaho!
The daffodils I planted in September are just now beginning to poke their little heads through the warming soil.One of the good things about serving a mission and living in your own home is that you get to be surrounded by many of the little things you know and love. One of the bad things about serving a mission and living in your own home is that you get to be surrounded by many of the little things you know and love and as a result when something needs to be done, guess who gets to do it?
I have know for over 43 years that the Lord truly hears and answers our prayers. But for some reason this week it just seemed too simple for me to truly appreciate its great value. So I set aside what I knew to be true and made myself, and I am sure everyone around me crazy, as I worried and obsessed only to finally realize that the peace and comfort I was desperately seeking was right in front of me if I had just taken the time to STOP, LISTEN and FEEL His love.
As President Gordon B. Hinckley has reminded us, "Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."
I pray that we will focus on "the simplicity that is in Christ" and take the time to thank the Lord for letting us have the ride.
Have a great week!