|Sunflower field on the road between Petersburg and Moorefield - Beautiful picture!!|
|Elder Farr (leaving us) with Elder Hall|
|Elder Orton with author, counselor in our Stake presidency, and friend Jason F. Wright|
|No one can pack the van like Elder Orton|
|Elder Farr with new companion Elder Mordecai|
Today we were tired and had planned to take a nap after church... But Elder Rodrigues asked us if we would take he and Elder Bronson on some visits, quite a few miles away, ending with a dinner appointment with a fun family who live about 20 miles out (a mom and dad with two married children who live near them and four grandkids). I had fun holding a baby and we celebrated their granddaughter's fifth birthday while there. We saw deer grazing on the hillside behind the house while we ate and Wayne had to take some pictures of rusty trucks and equipment on the way home... It's been a good week. Hope yours has been good too.
This morning in Fast and Testimony Meeting, as our Ward Mission Leader was bearing his testimony he said something that really made me think. He said "I know that our Heavenly Father is anxiously waiting for us to return to Him." Now we all know that the plan is that someday we will and want to return to live with Him. The word "anxious" can have a lot of meanings. I asked the men in quorum meeting what it meant to them.
One said, "It is like Christmas morning when I was a kid. I was so anxious (excited) about Christmas morning I just could hardly stand it." Another said something like, "When my son took the car for the first time I was anxious (frightened, worried) until he returned." There were other comments also. Here are some of the synonyms of anxious: worried, concerned, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful, perturbed, troubled, bothered,disturbed, distressed, fretful, agitated, nervous, tense, jumpy.
Here are some of the more positive words: eager, keen, desirous, excited.
I prefer the last ones. They are similar to the feelings of awaiting Christmas morning or like waiting for a family reunion.
As I think about this, I hope that as my Heavenly Father is anxiously awaiting my return it is like these last feelings and not like any of the first group of synonyms. We can hope all we want and that will not help. We need to do. The choice of how He "anxiously" awaits us is up to each one of us. I pray that for each one us He will be eager and excited to see us again because we chose to live celestial lives. If we so choose, that will be the case, I promise.
|Collage made by Pres. Wright of a recent Zone Meeting, for mission PR|