I got a bit off schedule yesterday because we went to the temple in the morning. According to one of the workers, it was the busiest day he’d seen at the Provo Temple in over 2 years. We waiting in the chapel for over an hour (3 sessions went in ahead of us) but it was definitely worth the wait.
Things feel really good right now: I made amends with a girl from high school the other day over the phone, I made an effort to make amends on Friday with another friend from High School. I wrote a letter to Larry today thanking him for the opportunity to help him receive his endowments a few years ago. Yesterday was a great day for helping Becky with the “Evening of Excellence” for Young Women’s. We got there at 9:00 p.m. and were there until about 12:45 a.m. getting all the stuff decorated. She had the event tonight and it went perfect.
I feel a special closeness with she and the kids lately. I think a lot of it has to do with being home. Becky and I have planned to have two specific meetings tomorrow and Tuesday to really create a step by step plan for how we’re going to make things work financially. We both feel really good about our decision and feel there are things that are just waiting for us to take action on.
I’ll be teaching the lesson in Primary next week so part of my study each day this week is going to be about the topic I’m teaching.
The objective is “To help each child understand that Heavenly Father forgives all who truly repent.”
The story I’ll be sharing from the scriptures in Jonah and the people of Ninevah. Another scriptural account that comes to mind regarding this topic is Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah.
As I’m starting to read the lesson, one idea I just had was to take a ball to class and do the “throw the ball at the person who I’m calling on” approach. This may help keep the boys alert and attentive during the lesson (which has been an ongoing problem).
I just read the Book of Jonah in the Old Testament and it’s very clear and applicable to what I’ve been going through with my addictions and resentments and fears. Like Jonah, I need to repent, to trust in God, and to know that He has my best interest in mind.
Jonah was also bitter when he did what God wanted him to do and the people repented: it seems he felt it was too easy for the people.
I’ve felt this too as I’ve thought about PR and the people that are seeing all this “success”. I question how it’s been so easy, or so profitable for them, when I feel they haven’t been being honest in their dealings. Really, the question to ask myself is, “Who am I to judge? Am I worthy to cast the first stone?”
The answer to those questions is obvious – I’m not perfect. I need to repent and be grateful the Lord has blessed me with what I have.
I’m excited for this new week and for the planning Becky and I are going to work on on Monday and Tuesday. Direction and Focus are things Becky is really good at and things I CAN be good at as I have a bit of accountability and follow up. I’m so grateful Becky is there to support me and work as a team.