I recently attended a stake conference (meeting of several local congregations in a geographical district) which kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire meeting. This article is the product of that enlightening, delightful, and joyful conference.
I come from a long line of strong (and opinionated) women. We are not marshmallows. On the contrary, we might be described as prickly cacti. While the prickly pear cactus has warts of deadly thorns, it also produces gorgeous blossoms and contains luscious liquid that can save a life in a hot desert. It can be eaten as a vegetable.
It is tough living in 2017. Fear and anger are running amuck. The world is a scary place right now. Watching the news is downright depressing—not to mention social media. It is so easy to get caught up in all that fear and anger. Is there no balm in Gilead? (Jeremiah 8:22) It is not possible to completely shield our families from the world.
My dad used to tell me that you can learn something from everyone you meet. You don’t have to like everyone you meet, but if you have respect for that person as a fellow traveler on this planet, I submit that Dad was right. He was right because there is good in everyone. Heavenly Father gave us all unique and special talents. While I might never understand my neighbor, or why he/she acts a certain way, it is important that I look for the good.
The past couple of years, I’ve really be concentrating on trying to keep the Sabbath Day holy, as this is something I have struggled with for a long time. I’ve made some progress, but I’m not there yet. I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with this, so I thought I’d write about my own issues and maybe it will help someone else in the same boat.
I write this having just come from a Baptist funeral for a good friend, Booker Armstrong. My husband worked with Booker for many years at Caltrans. Through those years we got to know Booker and Dorothy through social situations in addition to Danny’s days with Booker on the job. We were always impressed with their quiet demeanor, service, and Christ-like love.