Sunday, June 10, 2012

Amazing Sabbath Day!!

Amazing Sabbath Day Today was an amazing day.  Sacrament meeting was awesome.  I don't think I have ever sat through a sacrament meeting quite like this one.  Maybe those of you from Utah might not find this unusual for your large wards, but for some of the wards in the East, especially those in small areas of Florida, this was absolutely the best! Our meeting started out as any normal sacrament meeting.  You know...welcome, high councilman acknowledgements, announcements, opening hymn, opening prayer, etc.  Then came the awesome part of sacrament meeting.  The Bishop had some business to take care of.  Seven early morning seminary graduates, 2 of whom had 100% attendance were acknowledged.  I remember Seminary and how hard it was to get up at 5am to go for religious education before going to school.  Out of 4 years, I attained 3 years of 100% attendance.   Then we had 5 confirmations!!  How awesome is that!  5 confirmations!! As the ward mission leader said "Our ward family is growing by leaps and bounds". Two missionaries came home this week.  Both from the same family.  I know our Relief Society president was glad to see her sons home after being gone for 2 years serving the Lord and teaching the word of God. To top it all off, a new baby was given a name and blessing.  A new precious son of our Heavenly Father; a child of God; one still so close to his Heavenly Father that he could tell us about Him and all that is beyond the veil if only he could speak. By the time all this had been accomplished, it was time to bless and pass the sacrament.  I spent this precious time showing pictures of Christ to my 5 year old granddaughter and explaining to her about Jesus and what He did for us.  Explaining to hervhow important the sacrament was and why Jesus died for us.  She just looked at the pictures then looked at me and said, "I love Jesus, Grandma". I was even able to tell her, "Look Penelope, Scott is blessing the sacrament today".   She looked up and gazed with adoring eyes and hugh smile as she saw her older brother at the sacrament table preparing to bless the sacrament. With all this, we only had 15 minutes left for talks.  With that said, the intermediate hymn was dispensed with and 3 talks were given, the closing hymn and prayer given and the meeting ended on time!  Can you believe that!?   Again, what an awesome day today was!!! ***One last thing...As we were about to leave, the Bishop asked to speak with my 16 year old grandson.  He was called as the secretary to the Priests Quorum.  Now, how is that for the finish to the perfect day???

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