Sunday, June 28, 2009

Summer 2009 (Part 1)

I love to see the Temple (June 2009)

The summer began with a two week nanny job for a family whose children attend the school where I teach. The highlight for me was taking the kids to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple open house. I learned some great lessons from those kids and their experience at the temple.
5-year-old Ryder was so reverent and respectful in the temple. He walked around with his arms folded and whispered the whole time. He had a special experience at the temple, and I wrote down some of the things that he said.

  • In the temple:"This is so awesome!"
  • Afterward in the reception hall: "That was cleaner than ever!!"
  • "Did we earn this?!"
  • In the car on the way home: "I don't feel like saying any bad words...I hate when I say bad words, bad words are bad!"
  • "If we earn it, can we come to the temple again?"
  • "Can we come to the temple tomorrow?"
  • "I'm SO happy that you took us to the temple...Thank you for taking us to the temple, Miss Carrie!"
I was touched by his sweet impressions in that very sacred place and his tender feelings on what a privilege it is to visit the house of the Lord. We could all take a lesson from sweet Ryder.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"But He was asleep"

I taught the lesson in Relief Society a couple of Sundays ago. As I pondered and thought about what message the women might need to hear, I consulted with the Bishop as to what he would like each sister to know. He said, (in my summary), that he wished each sister would realize how completely cognoscente the Lord is of each of them. His tender mercies are over us. The blessings don't always come in the form we think they ought, but they always come.

The following is a video I made for my lesson. Sometimes we feel like the Lord is "asleep" in our lives, and that He has forgotten us and His promises are not sure. However, God ALWAYS fulfills his promises as we are obedient to his commandments. What a powerful concept. "Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come" (Jeffrey R. Holland An High Priest of Good Things to Come. October 1999).