A scripture that took a different meaning for us this week - Mosiah 4:24-5 - where basically he is saying to those who don't have means to give to the poor - "I would that ye say in your hearts that I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give. And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless.." Being away there is comfort in knowing that our children and grandchildren are promised blessings because we are serving, not that life would be without challenges, but that they would be blessed. The Mosiah scripture stood our this time because it seems to also apply to serving a mission. We recognize what a blessing it is that we are able to serve, especially when there are many who would if they could, but, for whatever reason, cannot. It seems to me that the blessings to the children and grandchildren of those who would serve full time missions if they could
and who serve and sacrifice wherever they are and in whatever capacity they are needed will be as great as for those who are able to serve. I have a hard time thinking that the Lord would not bless them all the same.
This is the temple bulletin board Mike put up at the Institute building - the main one as you come in. He also does the other two bulletin board that are pictures of the Young Single Adults (and baptisms of this age) and the Single Adults. His artistic talent comes out, they are good.We'll close this week with a story that Sister Nelson told at the devotional held in Moscow a couple of Sundays ago that was broadcast throughout the Eastern European area speaking of the twelve tribes of Israel. She said she was at that same pulpit in Moscow on a different assignment about a year ago and, as she named off the twelve tribes of Israel, she asked those of each lineage, given in their patriarchal blessings, to stand. Every tribe was represented except Levi. The next day she was in another city and when she walked into the meeting, a young man stepped up to her and said .. "and now you have Levi." Then one of the missionaries told us that in the Ukraine a couple of years ago, when patriarchal blessings were given, all twelve lineages were represented.
Hope all of you in Bunkerville are surviving the heat - sounds like you are hotter there than in Las Vegas or Phoenix. We are in the nineties here, hotter than usual this time of year, and it is humid, but evenings and mornings are OK. That is by way of report, not complaint. :)