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....
"Are we not the framers of our own destiny? Are we not the arbitrators of our fate? . . . It is our privilege to determine our own exaltation or degradation; it is our privilege to determine our own happiness or misery in the world to come." John Taylor
"We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; now let us commit it to life."