I wanted to take a minute today and just share my testimony and my gratitude for such a loving Father in Heaven. My husband and I on a whim decided that we should go to Idaho this weekend to visit his family. We don’t get to do this very often due to his job, but we love when we are able to come here and spend time with family. In church today, the Elders serving in this area were speaking, and I usually have a really hard time listening to missionaries due to the PTSD I experience from things on my own mission. Today for some reason I felt calm, I was able to listen to them and their special messages and I was able to feel the Spirit.
I don’t know if it is the fact that my little brother is currently serving a mission in Manhattan that made me emotional, but I couldn’t help but feel so overwhelmed with pride and admiration for these young men who give 2 entire years of their lives to serve their Savior. They spoke of listening to promptings, to be bold and share the gospel, and to be brave and answer the call to respond to the Spirit even when it is uncomfortable or hard. It reminded me of many times on my mission when sharing the Gospel was awkward or uncomfortable, but when we listened, we were able to change lives. We have the opportunity to still answer that call each and every day as members, to listen to promptings, even when they don’t make sense, that allow us to serve God’s children around us. One of the Elders spoke of how the Lord will test us, and give us chances to listen to the whispers of the Spirit to see if we will listen. The more we listen, the more He trusts us to do His work and His will. The less we listen, the more we begin to doubt ourselves, and question whether it is just our mind, or the Spirit speaking to us.
I had an experience a couple weeks ago that I am so grateful for. I got a phone call from a friend, who was having a really rough day, and needed someone to talk to. My family and I were outside playing croquet and I didn’t hear my phone. I got back inside about 40 minutes later and asked her if I could come see her. She said no, and that she would be fine. 👇🏽👇🏽