Thursday, January 12, 2023

Steady and Straight.

On the way to the temple, Oliver asked us to play a song by The Killers
called "Be Still," Ollie said he and Jane had listened to this song
together before she left for Portugal,
and they talked about their missions and how the theme applies to
growing up, being strong, and staying true as missionaries of Jesus Christ.
Ollie said to me:
"I know it's not a hymn or anything, but I feel the spirit when
I hear this song.  First, it reminds me of Jane, and second,
I feel like it describes some of the characters of a missionary
I want to be; a fearless, steady leader; I want to rise up, 
labor and work, and be straight in character and heart."
EXACTLY, son!  I love you for this!
Now every time I hear this song, I will cry.

Cry for my Jane, my Ollie, and all the missionaries in 
the world who are serving valiantly and bravely.
It's amazing!
"Be still, one day you'll lead
Fearlessness on your sleeve
When you come back, tell me what did you see?
Was there something out there for me?
Be still, close your eyes
Soon enough you'll be on your own
Steady and straight
And if they drag you through the mud
It doesn't change what's in your blood (over rock, over chain)
Over chain (over trap, over plain)
When they knock you down
Don't break character
You've got a lot of heart
Rise up like the Sun and labor 'til the work is
Rise up like the Sun and labor 'til the work is done"

The temple was heaven on earth, and I will never forget the feelings I felt
with my family (and some other special friends who joined us, too,
thanks, Spencer, Nate, and Chris!)
Oliver was prepared for his first temple experience.
He read, studied, asked us questions, and prayed
for guidance and clarity.
I was so impressed with his feelings about everything; 
he basically said to us that while, yes, there were some new things
he learned, he was totally ready and comfortable with everything.
He's got so much faith!
I love him so much!
Rise up like the Sun (Son) and labor 'til the work is
Rise up like the Sun (Son) and labor 'til the work is done!

Check out Ollie's first temple experience almost 5 years to THE DAY!

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