I am forcing myself to come to Sunday School tonight.
I know it's good for me. I know I'll feel better after I write.
It's just so hard to sit still here and focus, when there are a bunch of other things I could be doing-like reading that book I had a hard time putting down last night or getting a drink of water.
But, I am sitting here in the little office with my mr. who is not talking to me because he is writing a talk. (Yes, another talk, can you believe that? Actually, he's going to be speaking ~ giving a talk ~ quite often now. He got a new *calling a little while back.) He's going to be speaking in our *ward this coming Sunday and I am going to miss it because miss h got the news she was waiting for and we are going on a little journey to visit her soon-to-be new living situation.
my mr. was asked to talk about "the more excellent way." I don't know exactly which scripture this is based on. I would look over his shoulder and be nosey, but I'm not going to bother him. He's very focused.
I looked "more excellent way" up and found two scriptures. Here they are:
1 Corinthians 12:31
But covet earnestly the best gift: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Ether 12:11 (This is in *The Book of Mormon.)
Wherefore by faith was the law of Moses given. But in the gift of his son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled.
We had *New Beginnings this last Wednesday. *Bishop gave a talk to the young women and referenced the more excellent way. He talked about the situation with Brandon Davies at BYU. He talked about how if we can choose to live the more excellent way, how much better life can be, how much more joy we can have.
And I totally agree.
miss s, miss h, and I had a conversation about BYU and the Church universities last week, when a student at their school was horribly beaten by another student. They were very shook up. The little fights happen quite often & they've grown used to them (sad). But this one scared them.
They wanted to know what a Church school would really be like. Really, people don't swear in public? They wear modest clothes? They don't talk about sex and alcohol and drugs all the time? They care about their future and are doing something about it? (FYI-my girls have good friends, who make good choices, but they are in a public high school-they are exposed to what the world has in it.)
How fortunate I was to be able to tell them that if they go to BYU, they will be surrounded by people who have the same standards and values as them. Yes, there will be some people who will push the limits, but for the most part, they will be living in a wholesome environment that will allow them to focus on what is really important and not on the distractions the world has to offer. It's ultimately up to them to choose the more excellent way, but given that environment, it will be easier and I think that after being exposed to what they have in the past few years, they will appreciate it so much more.
So, guess where miss h and I are going this week?
Yep, she got into BYU.
We are going to Utah.
And we are excited.
And, if you are in the congregation next Sunday, please smile at my mr. for me.
(The girls have instructed him to not be "dry" in his speaking, but I seriously doubt he will use the words this speaker used a little over a year ago.)
And, if it looks like he's scowling at you, he's not.
Good Luck this week & remember to choose "the more excellent way!"
*calling- in the LDS church, we get "called" (asked through inspired leaders) to do certain jobs in different organizations, we have a "lay ministry" meaning that is voluntary service
*ward- a geographic area that defines what congregation people attend
*Book of Mormon- Another testament of Jesus Christ, we use it right along with the Bible. If you'd like a copy, let me know and I will get one to you
*Bishop- our ward's leader
*New Beginnings- a yearly event in the Young Women's (ages 12-18) organization where we introduce the program to the girls coming into our group in the current year and new members (my calling is in Young Women's).