I was asked to speak in Sacrament meeting about preparing for General Conference. During my preparation for that talk, I was reminded that one of the best ways for me to humble myself and keep my heart open to what the Lord wants me to learn, is to concentrate on my many blessings, to cultivate a sense of gratitude for my many blessings. With my blessings in focus, in the forefront of my mind, it is easy for me to submit myself to the will of my gracious Heavenly Father. This is an area I always seem to need work on. Our missionaries have been such stellar examples of that attitude of gratitude.
A few months ago, the APs (assistants to the President for those unfamiliar with missionary lingo) were shifted to Malaga rather than Fuengirola. That means they have a 1/2 hour drive when they come to work on transfers or 'do the numbers' (collect the statistics for the mission performance each week. This info must be entered into the computer and so must be done in the office). They come to Fuengirola each Sunday night and then must be here Monday morning to finish their report and attend staff meeting. In order to save them that hour of travel time each week, we have them come for supper Sunday evenings, they go to the office and work, then spend the night here. In the morning, they exercise with Rod and then head back to the office. We get the chance to spend time with some of the best missionaries in the mission and having someone else here gets Rod up to exercise. Both are excellent returns on any investment of time we make. They have all been very appreciative. The current pair brought this a couple of weeks ago.
|A card, flowers, and chocolate. They know how to make this girl feel appreciated.|
It was delicious too!!
We got to go to zone conference in Murcia last week. Having helped to cook for missionaries, I was impressed by the wonderful members that cook for the missionaries. These are professional cooks of course and they are paid for their time and materials, but I suspect they are not getting paid top dollar. They do, however, provide amazing meals for bout 80 missionaries.
|This is real paella. It was delicious.|
|This was just the main dish. There were side dishes and dessert too. The elders that you see are taking food into the rest of us, serving us our meal.|
|They are Chapel and Ward. We are hoping for an Elder Bishop to finish up the set.|
Another miracle was manifest yesterday. A sweet sister we have known for some time, came to church and held out her hand, inviting me to smell her new perfume. It was a hand with no smell of cigarette smoke on it. She was almost giddy with joy. She told me that she quit cold turkey, and that smoke smells terrible to her now. It has only been 3 days, but that is miracle enough.
So, now my heart is full and very tender, having counted so many blessings. How greatly the Savior loves each of us. How deeply he desires to give us 'all the Father hath', if we will only make the effort to qualify. What a joy to share this wonderful good news with all the world. On top of it all, next weekend we will hear a Prophet speak!
We love you ALL!