Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 257: Moments of Enlightenment

Another great day of listening to General Conference talks while walking to/from work.  Today's gem is from Elder Robert D. Hale's talk, "Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done".

What, then, does it mean to wait upon the Lord? In the scriptures, the word wait means to hope, to anticipate, and to trust. To hope and trust in the Lord requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.
To wait upon the Lord means planting the seed of faith and nourishing it “with great diligence, and … patience.”17
It means praying as the Savior did—to God, our Heavenly Father—saying: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.”18 It is a prayer we offer with our whole souls in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ....

When I was listening to this, I of course thought of my own trials and how hard they can be to bare and was looking for some uplifting words to inspire me to persevere.  Then this next bit came along:
Every one of us is more beloved to the Lord than we can possibly understand or imagine. Let us therefore be kinder to one another and kinder toward ourselves. Let us remember that as we wait upon the Lord, we are becoming “saint[s] through [His] atonement, … submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.”36
The part about being kinder to one another and ourselves really stuck out to me.  We all have our own problems, but we ALL have problems.  Each of us is going through something difficult and if we can be a little kinder to those around us, in addition to being kind/patient with ourselves, I think the burden of "waiting" could be lifted some.

Ha ha:
I was on the phone with a friend of mine this evening and our call had some little interruptions from her kids.  Here were a couple of my favorites...
Friend to toddler:  Nipple!  That's your nip-ple!
Friend to toddler's older sibling:  No, no.  You don't touch it.  Leave her nipple alone.
A little later...
Friend to oldest son:  Hey!  You stop that.  Do I need to tell Mr. Smith that you're still having problems hitting your sister with a belt?
Oh my!  That was a fun and very interesting highlight into her life!  Thanks for the laughs (you know who you are)! :)

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