Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Great Weekend

Allan and I had a fantastic weekend.  Allan had meetings in Regina so we flew there Saturday morning.  When we arrived the weather was beautiful.  There is something amazing about the clouds you get on the prairies.

We went to the temple Saturday afternoon, than enjoyed a wonderful lunch with a great group of people.  In fact we were with them all weekend.  Whenever I am with this group I learn so much.

On Sunday while Allan had his training meetings, I went to regular church meetings with the ladies.  The topic for the talks at Sacrament Meeting was worship.  The speakers were great, but I want to tell you about one of the talks.  It was given by a member of the Temple Presidency.  I just want to tell you about one of the things he said in his talk that really hit me.  He talked about the commandments.  He said that all the commandments have to do with relationships:  Relationships with God, with others and with ourselves.  He then asked a funny question:  How many of the commandments are about how others treat you?  And, many of us laughed--OBVIOUSLY NOT ONE!!!  They are all about how we treat others.  That is our test.  The Lord wants us to give our gift of love to everyone.

His talk just wanted me to learn to love others more.  It is very easy for me to love people I like, but I need to learn to love everyone.  One of my DIL's told me that I have expectations.  (I know she was trying to be helpful, but it hurt, and I'm trying to let that go)  It was probably something I needed to hear.  I know it is a challenge for me (and for them).  I'm working on it--I am striving to be a better person and let people be themselves and love them no matter what they do in relationship to WHAT I THINK THEY SHOULD DO ; )

We sometimes think when we go to Church we hear the same thing over and over again, but if we really listen we will hear just what we need to hear.  I know I did.

BTW, I mentioned the beautiful weather on Saturday--Sunday, not so beautiful.  This is what they had to do to our plane before take-off.  (We were sitting quite forward of the wing, and this is the best I could do from that little window)   It wasn't all that cold, but the pilot still wanted to do it.  (I'm happy when they do anything to make the flight safe ; )  The thing that surprised me was I didn't know the de-icing stuff was orange--it's usually too cold to see it)

Sidenote:  Regarding Elder Rob's birthday:  Many months ago I had the mother of a missionary send me an e-mail asking if I would order a pizza for her son who was serving here.  (We ended up talking on the phone and she explained that she had called around and no one would take her credit card)  I ordered the pizza for her.  So I decided I wanted to order a pizza for Elder Rob.  After several phone calls, I found a place that would deliver.  The only problem they closed at 9:00 pm.  Friday night about 8:45 Idaho time, I get a phone call from this sweet delivery girl who said the apartment was dark and she asked if I knew what time they would be in.  I told her I did not.  She said she would wait around until 9:00 and if they didn't get there, what did I want her to do.  I asked her if anyone else was home at one of the other apartments.  She said they were all dark. I told her to just leave it at the front door--if he got it great, if not, oh well ; )  A couple of minutes until 9 she calls me back and said they got there and she gave it to him.  I thought it was so sweet of her to go to so much trouble.

In his e-mail Monday he said they really enjoyed the pizza ; )

As well, I received a note on FB on Monday from one of the young girls in an outlying branch in our Stake.  She said she and her sister walked into her sister's YSA Ward in Blackfoot and there was Elder Rob.  They were able to wish him a happy belated birthday.  (He thought it was so cool that he got to see them)


Heffalump said...

I need to work on loving everyone too. I have a very hard time trusting people, and generally find it easy to think the worst. Thanks for making me think today!

Natalie said...

You always have great messages for us. I'm so glad you posted the tidbit from that talk. It must have been really good. I think we all need to work on loving everyone. It's hard sometimes to let people do what they think is best, but that is what we have to do. Otherwise, who's plan is it if we force them?

I do not like to travel in bad weather. It's kinda scary when the planes have to be de-iced. I always worry that it will ice right up again. Glad you are safe.

I thought it was such a great idea have pizza sent over to Elder Rob. I would never have thought of that. Good thinking!!!!!!!

When are you coming my way?

Garden of Egan said...

Great lesson. Thank you for sharing it.

Heidi said...

I have TONS to work on mom--you are doing great! You are always setting great goals and always loving and reaching out to others. Thank you for your great example!

Sheri said...

That is something I have a hard time with too!! Great insight as usual. Thank you for sharing!!

ShEiLa said...

Such a sweet thought to have pizza delivered.

I can hardly believe that it's almost time for him to come home... wow! where does the time go?


Carrot Jello said...

I had pizza delivered to my husband when he was on his mission.
First I sent fortune cookies with a message (when put together) said, "Confucius say be home Tuesday night at 9:00"
That's when I had them deliver it.

kierste said...

I love the idea of sending pizza to your elder!!! Fabulous idea!

I always love your insights...and appreciate you sharing them!