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Aug 5, 2012 06:12PM
Aug 5, 2012 07:37PM
Sunday, the Lord's day, is perfect for posting in this forum.
I came home from church today feeling uplifted and hopeful for another chance to do better in the week ahead. Here's what happened that made me glad I went...
First, it was our monthly testimony meeting where there are no assigned speakers during this first hour. We sing hymns, partake of the sacrament (bread and water blessed and served by our young men who hold the priesthood), then anyone may come forward to the pulpit to share a brief testimony of Jesus Christ, a gospel principle or faith-promoting experience, etc. All who shared today, young and old, were humble and grateful in their testimonies. One child testified of the power of prayer in her life. She had an experience last week that let her know her Heavenly Father knew her and listened to her prayers. A young father testified, as he held his little boy in his arms, that he and his wife have had their burdens lifted through the service of family and church members while his youngest son had been hospitalized for 6 weeks. He mentioned that the commitment we make when we are baptized is to "bear one another's burdens," and to "mourn with those who mourn and give comfort to those who stand in need of comfort." He felt blessed to be on the receiving end, having so many people acting in behalf of the Lord in their service. A woman bore testimony of the joy of having her sister come to church with her after so many years of being away. She wept, sharing her knowlege that coming to church each week brings great blessings in her life and helps others, too, in ways we'll never know. This made me think back to times when my children were young and restless and tired and not behaving while at church, and I would wonder why I was even there. Then I remembered one of the prayers offered one particular Sunday that was an answer to one of my personal prayers. It was just what I needed to hear that day, and from someone who knew nothing of my woes. Had I chosen not to attend church that day, I would have missed that special blessing.
Second, I was able to hear a wonderful lesson during the 3rd hour of church in our Young Women (ages 12-18) meeting where I serve over the 12-13 yr-old girls. It was about being beautiful on the inside, which will make you beautiful on the outside. The girls participated in the lesson and shared who the "beautiful women" in their lives were, and why. It was wonderful to hear them mention mothers, grandmothers, cousins, friends whom they looked to as examples of inner beauty. A recording of the song, "Beautiful" by Cherie Call was played. Here is the link if you'd to hear it. I also printed some of the words:
"Look at all the signs, look at all the shows,
All the glamorous people who claim to know what perfection is
And what makes beauty stay,
But when all the styles go out and the labels fade away...
It's what you give that makes you beautiful,
It's how you live that makes your dreams come true
Keep yhour faith in this world and let the light of the Lord shine through,
That's what makes you beautiful."
I have a poster in my house that has a bouquet of lovely red roses and one white daisy in the middle. The caption reads: "Be Your OWN Kind of Beautiful"
"There is beauty all around when there's love at home." --John H. McNaughton
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