Happy Labor day everyone! As we celebrate the great changes made in the laboring environment of the United States, I today stand and celebrate not only the great and fulfilling loves of labor, but the great relief of rest.
This morning we were able to meet with all the sisters in their first transfer, and to watch a powerful and very Spirit-led devotional by one of the Lord's chosen Apostles in these days, Elder Holland. He talked about the importance of serving the Lord because we love Him. As I looked around the room I remembered watching this very same devotional and crying with my MTC companion, Sister Marsh. I remember thinking, "Yes, I love my Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ more than anything, help me to do enough!" I remember thinking about being anxiously engaged in a good cause, in the very best cause--the cause of helping our Father in Heaven bring to pass our eternal life through the Atonement of His Son. I've come to realize throughout my mission that we may be anxiously engaged, and yet take moments to stand and be still, and know that God is there.
Everything has been coming around full circle. Yesterday, in our ward Sacrament meeting, Sister McQueen and I both gave our "farewell" talks, and Sister Marsh and I sang "I will rest in you" by Mindy Gledhill with our dear sisters, Sister Garcia from Spain, and Sister Jacque Sweeney from Utah. This song has such a special place in my heart. For those of you who really know me and saw me go through the process of deciding to come on a mission, you may remember that it wasn't the easiest walk. There was trial after trial thrown my way, things came and went, but there was something, someone, that never, ever changed, even though I couldn't always fully see it at the time.
Jerrel, Madison & Oscar were so sweet to come and hear us speak and sing in Church even though it was at 7:30 in the morning! We love them and are so grateful to see the peace of God working in their lives.