Sunday, 19 April 2015

Peak spiritual experience today:

I taught Gospel Essentials Chapter 13 re: the Priesthood to a room full of almost all men! There were 9 male ward members ages 28 and up, average age maybe 40; plus two young, male full-time missionaries; also 3 women (one being an investigator attending for the first time).

All those white shirts were a bit overwhelming at first - I felt like I was in the wrong meeting!

Sacrament meeting was great but had run late - so in our class first we briefly went over the 5 lesson sections: What is the priesthood?, Why do we need it on the earth, How do men receive the priesthood?, How do men properly use the priesthood? and What blessings come when we use the priesthood properly?

Then we watched the latter part of a video, a Conference talk from Oct. 2012 by Pres. Uchtdorf called "The Joy of the Priesthood" where he described a couple of airplane experiences. (I love Pres. Uchtdorf's talks! You can search for this one on, it's easy to find.)

I also showed a picture of my late husband Grant on a motorbike...he loved riding "dirt bikes"(off road motorcycles), especially in the mountains, but eventually he sold his bike, and rarely rode anymore...He found he was too busy with family, job and church work to take the time and/or money necessary to continue the sport. His decision to quit biking resonated with the excitement, longing & wistfulness I felt in Pres. Uchtdorf's talk.

The picture shows Grant in a suit - I believe it was a Sunday when one of the kids rode home on a motorbike. Grant hopped on and rode to the end of the road, and back. That was probably the last time he rode.

I know it's not an "either/or" proposition for everyone - but due to circumstances and choices, it was for him - and he showed a great example of using his priesthood in Church service, even though he had to sacrifice some personal pleasure to do so. And as Pres. Uchtdorf described, I know Grant ended up feeling well-rewarded for the service he gave.

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