Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Mom wanted me to share a recent experience I had with sharing my testimony. It was followed in a very timely manner by a lesson in Relief Society about testimony, and how much power there is in the sharing of even the most simple testimony with others (thank you, President Kimball). It’s nice when the Lord uses timing to really drill home a lesson we should be learning.
Some of you may have heard about my friend and co-worker, Justin Kydd. I’ve known him for some time, and over the past few months we’ve been playing outside of work. He is very familiar with the church – he’s been playing volleyball with members of the
Justin and I often engage in very deep religious discussions. I used to always be very cautious about what I said about God and spiritual things that I knew to be true, because I knew that he didn’t believe in deity or personal revelation – I’d be justifying one thing he didn’t believe by providing another. I don’t know why I was so afraid – I guess I just thought that if I stuck to the doctrine and continued to provide answers to his philosophical logic, eventually things would sink in all by themselves. One day I just decided I wasn’t going to do that anymore. I wanted to just talk to him about things I very sincerely believe. And so I did. It was the simplest religious conversation we’d ever had, and it was one of the first where I could feel the Spirit’s presence. That was the very first time I felt like he was truly affected by anything I had to say.
Justin is starting to take a greater interest in things. He is more actively pursuing answers to the questions he still has, and he is becoming more willing to give voice to his feelings and to accept that said feelings may actually be from an outside source. I don’t know how much of a turning point that conversation was for him, but it was a big one for me, because it strengthened my own testimony and reminded me of what is most important and effective in our work as member missionaries. Our testimony really is our most powerful tool in sharing the Gospel. You can discuss Gospel topics all day long, without really affecting anyone. The real thing that brings people to God is sharing your testimony and creating an environment where the Spirit can also be present to speak to them.
I think this blog is sufficiently long. I love you all.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I also wanted to give a shout out to the parents on their ANNIVERSARY! Huzzah!!Hope it's happy.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
We were in Big Sky I think. Maybe it was Sun Valley. Anyway, we were having chicken for dinner, and there wasn't enough for everyone to have their own. Mom says to Colin and Matt, who had each already gotten a piece of chicken:
"You two need to share. You both have really large breasts."
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
This is Grace playing in our back yard after this huge ice storm. That isn't snow, it is all ice, it came out of the sky that way!
Grace decorating Valentine's cookies Grace and Ray going to the Daddy Daughter Date...aww they match!
Oh, isn't he adorable!
Watching TV together
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
We caught this smirk after he accidentally said she'd "helped our nation celebrate its bicentennial in 17...1976!"
Please note - she's actually doing the wave!
I know this just looks like another picture of the monuments to you, but to help you appreciate, you can only get this view of the Washington AND Jefferson monuments if you're inside the fence of the White House.