Friday, May 29, 2020

Whens, Whys, Hows

Today Claire, Jane, and Oliver picked up their yearbooks in a drive-through lane.
The librarian handed the books to the kids in a sack
 through the car window with gloves and a mask.
This is such a weird time to be a kid-especially a kid who's graduating.
When I graduated we had a big senior all-night party,
dances, dates, and a trip to Lake Powell with a bunch of friends.
Now it's masks, gloves, social distancing, and groups of 10 or less.
We pray each day that we find peace and health again for our country, 
the world, our communities, and our economy.
I love Claire's beautiful senior photo and 
I still can't believe she's done.
We are going to celebrate her accomplishment
at a family dinner next week,
and then later in June we are headed 
on a family beach trip with our friends.
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Spiritual Enlightenment: "Whatsoever He Saith unto You, Do It"
by Elder L.Whitney Clayton
I read and re-read this talk today soaking up every word,
it's so good.  It's one of my top ten favorite talks ever:
"The trial of our faith will always involve staying true to simple, 
daily practices of faith. Then, and only then, does
 He promises that we will receive the divine response for which we long. 
Only once we have proven our willingness to do what He asks 
without demanding to know the whens, the whys, and the hows do we
 “reap the rewards of [our] faith, and [our] diligence, and patience,
 and long-suffering.” Real obedience accepts
 God’s commandments unconditionally and in advance."
How many times do I ask the Lord the "the whens, the whys, and the hows"
as I wait for certain hopes and dreams to materialize.
I KNOW that with staying faithful and true, He will
provide, protect, and bless me and my family and,
 we will always be happy.