Sunday, February 22, 2009

I Hope They Call Me on a Mission.....


We got called to serve! Not exactly in the way you would think, but it is truly an amazing opportunity. Most callings in the church are for the individual - I have a lot of opinions about how service makes one feel needed, blessed and valued by the Lord, etc. Not a lot of callings, however, are "couple-callings." Those are saved for the Senior Missionaries, perhaps Mission Presidents, etc. So, last week we were released from our callings - sorry, no more funny Sunbeam moments for the time being - and were set apart to serve in the University Care Center Branch.
We take the sacrament around to all those in the Univ. of Utah hospital who ask for it, give comfort to all those in need, and when people from other religious faiths haven't been visited, we extend a hand to them and offer to contact a member of their clergy, etc. Its a non-proselyting call, and offers the warmth and palpable presence of the spirit. I wanted to cry in almost every room I walked into today - comforting the sick and afflicted has always been near and dear to my heart. I did this same thing with my dad when I was only 4-5yrs old. Its almost like returning back to something familiar, having chosen your companion to be with you in this service. We give blessings, comfort family, and just bear witness that God does not forget His people. It is such a blessing to watch Tyler exercise his priesthood to bless the lives of those that are in dire need of guidance, comfort, and healing blessings from the Lord.
We are going to grow so much. Today was a miraculous day.
To top it off, our coat rack (rod-thingy) broke, leaving our closet a mess, I broke one of my most cherished wedding gifts and cut my finger on it, and all this just to tidy up the house for our home-teachers. I had to blog about something wonderful because this afternoon didn't go as planned, but the 4 hours of church were absolutely amazing.

As are my flowers. Ty is pretty awesome. We eventually had 10 blooms going, and then both became slightly allergic, so spread the love by giving them to another couple :) I love it when gifts really do keep on giving.

The Medical Branch (our new calling) will be full of some wonderful stories....

7 comments:

justified said...

love it!! i cant think of any couple who i would rather have come visit me if i was sick!! miss you guys!!

Daryn Blake said...

Hey Krista! I saw your blog link on Whitney's blog. That is so exciting about your calling! I am serving in primary with my husband, it's really nice being with him...learning how to be parents together...kind of. we had a little boy do a strip tease today. maybe we need a better handle on him, i don't know ;) anyways, i'm so happy for you! i hope life is wonderful, it sounds like it is!

Luke and Linds said...

Krista, I have worked many times on Sunday, and we have people round and take the sacrament to the sick, it is soooo wonderful to have people like you who do that. The people in the hospital need special care, and visitors cute like you! What a great calling!

ps. The people here have a 5 minute thought and blessing for the hospital staff. I have appreciated getting the sacrament as a nurse... Just an Idea if you don't already do that.

Callie, Shawn and Braxton said...

That is so exciting. You'll be great at your new calling. Not only will you do it faithfully, you'll love doing it and the people you are serving will love you! Sorry about your afternoon though, that kind of bites....

Katy said...

I can't think of a better calling for you and Tyler! It's just another testament to me that the Lord really does KNOW us and our hearts... you are just perfect for this (not to mention how "at home" you feel in a hospital-- so many people would be awkward and insecure in that situation, but not you!!)

Can't wait to hear more about it. Also I'm sorry to hear about your closet/gift catastrophe... major suckage! But those flowers.... just amazing!

Cory, Heather and Isaac said...

What a fun calling to have!! If I was in the hospital, I'd totally want you to come see me!!

Jalene Bouwhuis said...

What an awesome calling!!! I would love that!