Sunday, October 4, 2009
Oy. What a wonderful weekend, eh?
Let me say that this week hasn't been the greatest. I feel like I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off to get things ready for the show and other quite stressful things. Definitely not in the mindset to cherish and uplift those around me.
At one point in particular, I wanted to hash every negative thought in my head out onto the table and jump up and down and shout, "Can't you do this little bit for me?!" I started the weekend feeling terrible and selfish and so very hopeless in all the petty as well as significant aspects of my life.
Then I sat down to four sessions of exactly what I needed.
Love. Compassion. Service. Selflessness. I needed to hear these again and again. Elder Scott's talk of inspiration and revelation; Elder Bednar's of maintaining a righteous home and family; Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk of making love the center of our lives; Henry B. Eyring's talk of praying for love; H. David Burton's talk of maintaining integrity, charity, civility, spirituality, dignity, fidelity, generosity and morality; Thomas S. Monson's talk of doing good for others all around you; Holland's powerful testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon; Michael T. Ringwood's talk of keeping our hearts soft and ready to commit to the Lord's instructions. All of these hit me upside the head with Love. Compassion. Service. Selflessness. Charity. Forgiveness. Trust. Honesty. And Integrity.
I find myself truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization. I am even more blessed to have direct communication with a Heavenly Father who loves and cherishes us, who knows our needs and specifically succors us in our weaknesses and who sees us through trying times.
I would like to add my testimony to the many wonderful ones borne today from such righteous leaders. I know that this Church is true. I know that our Savior is pleading for us to return to live with Him again and I know that we are given the means to do so. Here. In this lifetime. With the scriptures we possess and the people we associate with.
That's basically it. I say this in the name of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.