Magnificent Blessings

13 January 2018

It’s only mid-January, and already we’re counting the days until spring. . . though we haven’t, yet, had the snowfall we had by this time last year.

We had a great visit this week from a couple of our North Carolina friends — Pat and Harold Hargett. They stayed one night with us and were here at the right time to also attend President Thomas S. Monson’s funeral yesterday. Since they flew in to attend a granddaughter’s wedding, and to visit other family – they left our place shortly after the funeral.

I never, in my life, would have imagined that I’d ever attend the funeral service of a prophet of God. But, such it was, yesterday. It was a sacred time, and Bob and I were grateful for the opportunity to be in attendance, and to remember and honor President Monson’s life and hear the tributes paid to him.
Elder Holland posted this great photo of himself and President Monson on facebook.
I wonder what year it was taken - it looks like it could be from 30 years (or more) ago.

All of the church offices were closed yesterday because of the funeral, and since Monday is MLK day – it’s kind of like having a 4-day weekend. Perhaps it’s our age, but, the thing that is most appealing to both of us is to stay home and do nothing! (Maybe I’ll make an exception to going out, and head to the library after while in search of a good mystery.)

In the mission, our Sunday lessons will be similar to what the rest of the Church is studying except some weeks we’ll have lessons selected by our mission president. This week it was great to re-read Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ talk, “The Plan and the Proclamation.” He quoted President Hinckley, who said: “I see a wonderful future in a very uncertain world. If we will cling to our values, if we will build on our inheritance, if we will walk in obedience before the Lord, if we will simply live the gospel, we will be blessed in a magnificent and wonderful way.”

I'm wishing magnificent and wonderful blessings for each of our loved ones!

1 comment:

Patti said...

What a sweet blessing to be able to attend President Monson's funeral. It was lovely. And how nice to visit with the Hargetts! My Utah kids were jealous of our tiny bit of snow last week, because at least we had some. Ted and Aubrie really enjoyed waking up to a snowfall on Christmas morning. The winter is still young!