I also had a very humbling experience this week. A man in our ward died of a heart attack. His wife asked me to play the piano for the funeral. At the funeral, while I was playing prelude, she came up to the casket to say goodbye. Her back was facing the crowd so I was the only one to see her say goodbye. Heartbreaking as it was, I could tell she had some sense of peace. She had the knowledge that families can be together forever. This made me think of my family and my gratitude that my parents were sealed in the temple.
There is a talk by Elder Oaks, ¨Opposition in All Things¨, in which he says "Our mortal life, however, was never meant to be easy or consistently pleasant. Our Heavenly Father... knows that we learn and grow and become refined through hard challenges, heart breaking sorrow and difficult choices. Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us become.¨ I love this because when we have an understanding of why we have hard times we can also have the peace that these things are only earthly. They don't last forever and when we are obedient and endure with faith we can have eternal happiness.
I love you all and your words of encouragement mean so much to me.
|Package, so exciting!|
|Last district meeting before exchanges this week|
|We sang A Child's Prayer in Primary. I got a little teary eyed because|
my sweet Katia sang this to me before I left.