When I see people making the wrong choices in their lives .... my heart does go out the them. It saddens me that if they just had the gospel in their lives that they would have a better life and no so full of drama.
I love this quote from the visiting teaching message this month from Elder M. Russell Ballard:
"The plan of happiness is available to all of his children. If the world would embrace and live it, peace, joy, and plenty would abound on the earth. Much of the suffering we know today would be eliminated if people throughout the world would understand and live the gospel."
Brady and I then head to church. We arrive 1/2 an hour before church starts so that Brady can get the sacrament table ready and help put up chairs in the various class rooms. I set up my class room and then sit in the chapel and listen to the sweet music coming from the organ. I try to spiritually prepare myself for a great meeting. I love going to church and being spiritually fed - my soul and spirit needs it each week.
The meeting starts and is wonderful. A sweet newborn baby is blessed by her father. The prayer is wonderful and you can feel the joy and love to have this precious baby part of their family. Then the two 8 year olds who were baptised on Saturday receive their confirmation and become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also receive the Holy Ghost to be a constant companion and guide to them.
As I was having enjoying the meeting..... I hear "Please daddy.....please daddy in a pleading sad voice" I look over to the bench next to me as a Father is super gluing his 4 year old's thumb and forefinger together and holding them together really tight. A terrible feeling is surrounding me. It's horrible. I don't understand this. What did I see? Why did he do that? My heart is breaking for that little boy.
I have a REALLY tough time with men who are jerks. Soooooo what would you have done? This wasn't a man from our ward. It was someone visiting .... Heart breaking isn't it?????
It's sad when we are surrounded by things that dampen the good spirit we want around us. Just yesterday as I was buzzing into the bank to make a deposit - it was closed. There had been a robbery earlier that day. I hate these things we encounter each day from people doing bad things.
I know I must always be spiritually prepared so that I will not be dragged down by what is going on in the world. Another quote from this months visiting teaching message from Elder Robert D. Hales states it beautifully:
"We must live the gospel in such a way that we will have the Spirit to ever be with us. If we live worthily, the Spirit will always be with us. We can then teach by the Spirit .... The reason we pray, study the scriptures, have good friends, and live the Gospel through obedience to the commandments is so that when - not if, but when - the trials come, we are ready."
I love the good group of friends and blogging friends I associate with. I am thankful to everyone of you who continue to uplift me daily. Thank you!
And to those people who are giving me a spiritual buzz kill.... please stop it!!