There are days that I completely understand that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us and find great peace in knowing that He is completely aware of me. Then there are days that I just miss Kirtland and can't catch the vision. Today is one of those days.
I'm still obsessed with Kirtland and therefore read all the blogs of missionaries serving there. Today's posts from these blogs brought such sweet experiences that, I hate to say it, made me so jealous. While I'm laying in bed all day, the Kirtland sisters are singing in the Kirtland Temple! This is where the "WHY ME???" comes in. I'm serious.
Glimpse of Historic Kirtland Sites.
I'm being selfish, I know. But sometimes coming home early from your mission because you're sick is hard. Harder than I previously thought. So cut me some slack.
But in other news, I got to be here when this cute little guy came into the world! I wasn't going to meet him until he was a whole year old!
Hayden James Hill.
I'm in love.
So there are some benefits to being home...more than I previously thought.
(Side Note - When looking at my pictures, please keep in mind how sick I was.)
It was in the upstairs of the Newel K. Whitney Store that the Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation known as the Word of Wisdom. We know this to be a health code that instructs us on those things that are good for our bodies and those things that are harmful, tobacco being one of the no-no's. Well, in case you didn't know, in the School of the Prophets 20-25 men would meet together and all but two of the men would smoke and chew tobacco. So the Prophet walked into that room to read this revelation to these men, his friends. And what did they do? They broke their clay pipes and threw them into the fireplace! They didn't hesitate, didn't think for a second, they acted immediately. But why? They didn't know the health risks in the 1830's, so why were they so willing to give it all up? Because they had complete faith that what Joseph told them wasn't coming from him, but from the Lord. Which makes sense because a Prophet is a man called of God, chosen to declare God's word among His people (just like in ancient times!).
As I watch General Conference, I think of the example of these faithful early Saints. Do I listen to what is being said by these servants of God?Not just listen, but take it into my heart with the intent to act? Am I quick to heed the Prophet's advice? I should be and here's why. ->D&C 50:36 teaches us (this is the Lord speaking), "...blessed are you who are hearing these words of mine from the mouth of my servant...". We have a living Prophet on the earth today (because Heavenly Father loves His children), Thomas S. Monson who teaches us how to find joy and peace in this life and for forever! Let's not take it for granted. And if you have NO idea what I'm talking about, click on "General Conference" at the beginning of this paragraph, you won't regret it.
I was called to serve in the Ohio Cleveland Mission (Historic Kirtland Visitor's Center) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After a few months of being very ill, I had to return home. & now here I am!