Last night, we had the opportunity to go to an interfaith choir performance. There were all different churches there, Christians and otherwise. All of the songs were amazing and spiritual, but as soon as our choir got up to sing "Come, Come Ye Saints," I almost couldn't focus because the spirit was so strong. Throughout the song, I noticed that people were visibly touched. Moreso than previously in the performance. It was a giant testimony builder for me of just how true this church really is. The spirit is such a great thing.
"Stick to your task, until it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place, and praise
Will always come to the one who stays.
Stick to your task, until it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile,
Will come life's victories, after a while.
We had ZONE CONFERENCE this week! That's where I heard this little poem up there^ What profound and simple statements! We do have to work hard, and we do need to finish the things that we started, and we do want to look back on something with no regrets. However, as we are bending and sweating and whatnot, we should also be smiling. We can smile because we know that there IS a point to everything. We DO have a purpose in our lives. There IS something to work toward. I don't know if I've already shared this scripture in an email, but here it is: Alma 32:42-43:
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
Love you all so much! I hope that I am able to help uplift and inspire your week. Sorry for a bit of a scattered/short email this week. All is well here in Seattle.