This past Sunday, I was given the opportunity to share my testimony briefly in Sacrament Meeting. I want to remember the things I said, and the feelings I had, so I'd like to share a few of the notes I jotted down here, if you don't mind:
My heart is full of gratitude today for my good husband and for his willingness to serve. Gratitude for the stretching and growing that our family will surely experience along with his new calling*. I am thankful because I know that in that growth, we will be blessed.
Our Heavenly Father has created a plan for each of us to return to live with Him. His plan requires work and dedication and discipline, but in that work there are great blessings and much happiness. I have seen this in my own life, and I know it to be true.
I bear testimony that because of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven when I fall short. And because of His sacrifice, I can be with my family again. Nothing brings me more joy than this knowledge.
*A calling is an opportunity to serve in the church. We believe that these callings come from God. They can be anything from playing the piano during our meetings, to teaching a sunday school class, or in Mike's case, serving in the Bishopric (or the leadership) of our congregation.
It has only been a few days now, and I already feel those blessings pouring down from heaven onto our family. Our home has been a peaceful place since the call came last week, and I've seen a greater focus on the things that are most important in Mike and in myself. These are the blessings of service. They are real, and I am grateful for the opportunity.