So, I have a post in the works that I’m excited about (notes from a great FHE that our ward did with a panel of Newlyweds on dating), but while I wait for the participants to approve what I’ve written, I thought I should fill the space with another post.
I think I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I’m in a bit of an unusual situation. I have long-term health problems that began during my mission. I’m also divorced. Because of my health issues, my two children live with their Dad and Step-Mom. Let’s just say that we’re all blessed that their Dad and Step Mom are good parents who love and care for them a lot. Of course, the situation isn’t so fun for me, and isn’t always easy for them to have me away, either. I came up to Utah to try and finish my degree, but due to my health, it hasn’t gone as I’d like it to have gone, either. It’s hard to predict when I’ll be feeling well and when I won’t. Plus, trying to go to school full time took its toll on my health, which was then worse than it had been in several years. But I digress.
None of us is exempt from trials and difficulties. I was hoping to get to go down to see my kids on President’s Day weekend, but it didn’t work out. Since then I’ve been feeling more and more sorry for myself. I’ve had my daily and weekly checklist of things to do, finished and checked them off, took care of myself, etc, did mellow things with friends, but by Sunday morning I was a bit of an angry mess. Then our Ward Conference began, with the theme “Experience The Manifestations of The Spirit.” And boy did I need it. Sunday and then Monday morning I felt like I got answers to my frustrations, and more peace and patience and things to look forward to. Monday I rediscovered “Mormon Messages” on LDS.org. I bombarded my Facebook wall with several Mormon Messages that I had needed. I highly recommend it as an addition to one’s list of things to look at when one needs an answer to prayer, or a way to better bring in the Spirit in addition to prayer and scripture study.
Here was my favorite one, so highly applicable to singles and anyone who feels that life may not be all it’s meant to be, taken from one of my favorite conference talks:
Or if you want to read or watch the entire talk, you can find it here: Elder Wirthlin: Come What May and Love It