Monday, March 21, 2011
What Do You See???
Last Saturday I attended the funeral for a sweet sister that I visit taught for a number of years. She was a Filipino woman who joined the Church in the Philippines and came to Canada to be with her sons after her husband died back in the late 80's. I knew a great deal about her from visiting with her. She would tell me stories as we sat together. As I would look around at Church on Sundays at the other "older" (that is older than me) sisters in our Ward, I wondered how many of them do I see only as "older" sisters--not knowing about the things they may have done throughout their life. Quite often during Relief Society Birthday celebrations we play get to know you games, but do we really get to know people. Well, as I sat in Nancy's funeral Saturday, and her oldest son gave her eulogy, I learned so many other things about her. I knew she had been a beauty queen when she was a young woman, but I had never seen a picture of her when she was young. She was gorgeous. One of the amazing things that I didn't know was that she had worked as a messenger for the guerillas in the jungle in the Philippines during the war--hiding messages in her hair. (Pretty cool, eh ; )
I loved her and I'm grateful that I know she knew it. Allan and I had gone to see her in the hospital the Wednesday before she passed away. I was so glad I was able to give her a hug and a kiss before I left. I had no idea that would be the last time I would see her.
It has made me realize that I need to do a better job of really getting to know people. I'm going to make it a point to ask more questions.
I have never done anything quite as cool as acting as a messenger during the war, but I want to be sure I write down some of the fun things I have done through the years that people may not remember. I want my grandchildren to know that I am not as boring as perhaps they think. I also think it's time I get busy on my personal history.
And after the funeral, Allan and I headed to a birthday party and a farewell for one of our "sons" from Pioneer Trek. He was turning 20 and getting ready to head for his mission to the Philippines. Tonight my husband had the opportunity to set him apart. Being there when missionaries are set apart is one of my favorite things--those blessings that they are given are so incredible. The Spirit in the room is always so strong.
Elder S. is going to be a fantastic missionary. I am so excited for he and his sweet family. This will make our second son from our Trek experience to go on a mission. Back in December, Allan set apart this young man who went to Kenya. His parents are the ones who did the majority of the work on Heidi and Daniel's wedding reception here in Winnipeg.
Sidenote: Weather is getting better and I know that eventually Spring will be here. CAN'T WAIT ; ) We're heading for the temple this Friday and I sure hope the roads are good.