Saturday, January 18, 2014

Life's a Test. What would a Holy Person Do?

"We know this mortal life is a test. But because our Heavenly Father loves us with a perfect love, He shows us where to find the answers. He has given us the map that allows us to navigate the uncertain terrain and unexpected trials that each of us encounters. The words of the prophets are part of this map."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "You Can Do It Now!"
We like to read books out loud to each other.  I recently read Wendy Nelson's book, What Would a Holy Woman Do?  to Elder McOmber.  We recommend it.....What would a Holy Person Do?
 This week has been very eventful week.  We were able to take some missionaries to the Los Angeles Temple on Tuesday early in the AM.  Lonnie and I were able to be the witness couple.  It was wonderful.  It was the first time I had been back to the Temple since starting Chemo.  I was able to wear a white hat that I crocheted.  It looked like I had a snowball on my head, but it did the job.  It is the only snowball around here.  It was in the 80's (degrees) all week this week.  Seems like summer.
Some of our wonderful  Elders, we gave two of them a ride in our car.  We could not fit all four in our small car.  There is a very special feeling being in the Temple with our missionaries. 
Tonight was our Stake Conference, when we walked in early to get a "good" seat, the missionaries of LBE Stake were practicing a special number.  I was so touched to see them all up there singing......then they asked us to come up and join them.  It was good, but more fun watching them.

We went down to the beach, again the first time in a long time.  I can tell the chemo is  wearing off, although we both can still smell it on me. 
We tried to get a picture of us together with the palm trees behind us.
These elders gave Elder McOmber a bicycle award. He has a name badge for each of them mounted in the Bicycle shed.  They each helped in building it.
I felt good enough to start exercising.  This is on my morning walk.  Exercise helps us feel better mentally, emotionally, spiritually and esp. physically.  I am happy to get back to regular exercise.
Elder McOmber and some Elders are moving  furniture.  They all love giving service!

These are the sisters that have worked at the employment center in our mission.  They are full time missionaries.  The sister on the left is just finishing her mission.  We had a Senior couple dinner at the President's home and   it was interesting the stories she told about experiences she had on her mission.  It is impressive how the Lord loves and provides for each one of us!  She told of a homeless man that they helped get a job.  He always talked about his angels that saved him when he was ready to end his life. (He was not a member) Several months later she saw him when he spoke at Stake conference.  He had really turned his life around and those angels he kept talking about were two of our sister missionaries. 

 For those of you that know Russ and Joann Baker in the Los Alamitos Ward here in the CLBM, Russ has had a stroke and is not expected to live.  He was the greeter at the door, sitting in his wheelchair at church every Sunday.  He is going to get the Melchizedik  Priesthood tomorrow.  They just recently got their Temple recommends and were looking forward to going to the Temple in February.  For those of you who don't know them, he joined the church a little over a year ago.  They have been faithful members and it has not been easy for them as they both have physical challenges.  They have always been so giving to our missionaries, taking them out to eat, buying them pies, taking them to Dr.'s  appointments.  They are good friends.

The Lord's way is the only way for us to experience enduring happiness. His way brings sustained comfort to our souls and perennial peace to our homes."
Russell M. Nelson, "Decisions for Eternity"


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