One time in Rocky Mount I wrote an "Ode to the Rain".
I don't really know what an ode is, but I know that it's related to music somehow, and also... today would be an appropriate day to sing that particular ode.
(insert from my mom)
noun: ode; plural noun: odes
- a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter.
- historicala poem meant to be sung.
The sky is black. The rain is falling, and I left my good umbrella in the car.
We are going to the Manteo Aquarium today. I've been waiting for this moment FOREVER! I'm so excited! I hope that the dinosaur exhibit is still there..... animatronic dinosaurs.... BEST. DAY. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No spider stories this week.
There is a toad story though... several of them.
Frog story: I found one in an outdoor sink, and in an effort to save it's life I found it jumped on my shoulder, and I was so startled that I froze, and just walked to where it would be safe so that it would jump off of me.
Toad story: It jumped into the garage that our laundry room is in, before we get into our house, and hit underneath the dryer. I don't know if it is still there, but I prayed that the Lord would lead him out of the garage so that he wouldn't die there.
So I'm just going to assume that prayer was answered.
I learned an important lesson this morning actually.
Remember the talk given in April conference "What were you thinking?" Well I get annoyed when people just say that line over and over again, but it's a wonderful talk.
Yesterday in Church we were talking about being offended, and the lessons that we can learn from
General Conference. A sister that was visiting brought up that talk, and spoke about the different perspectives that people have.
Mis-Judgement has seemed to be a theme this week.
There are so many people that have left the church or are considering doing so because of some mis-judgement that has occurred. I feel to share a couple of messages about that.
Also I'm going to finish that in another email in case the power goes out. I want you to get something from me.....
To be continued....
"Come, Join With Us!" --Elder Deiter F. Uchtdorf
"What Are You thinking?" --(Elder Zwick)
Let's have a little thought here to connect all the above named sources.
Second. We never really do know what people are thinking. What they do makes sense to them, and before saying something unkind, or giving our opinion of what we think they should do we should follow the counsel of President Monson, and try to see them through a lense of true, Christlike charity. (See: April 2014 General Conference address)
Third. Let's just face it; Nobody is anything without the Atonement of Jesus Christ. If that were taken away we'd each be miserable, unable to measure up to anything, and directionless.
I know with my whole heart that each soul truly "is precious in the sight of God", and that God's glory is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39)
Heavenly Father knows our hearts. He know us by name, and he sees us for the span of eternity, and who we are becoming.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
All these things have I learned through a long thought process, doing the dishes, eating peanut butter toast, and sweeping the kitchen floor.
I hope that there is a heart in the world that reads this and feels strength from it. Everything about the work of salvation is about reaching out to ONE, and touching the life of ONE.
It is my ONE that generations are changed whether for good or bad.
Sending my love your way, and beware! You only have 29 days to strengthen your cores enough to handle how tightly I'm going to hug you. So get you to some abdomen exercises!
Good song: "No one knows my heart" Jessie Clark Funk
(Read more of their missionary adventures from her wonderful companion Sister Carlson)