My Father-in-law with his children
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We Don’t Know the Lord’s Purposes
Last week my sweet mom invited me to lunch. I consider it one of my greatest blessings to live close to this matriarch of a woman and am grateful for her every day! I’ve never talked about her before on here so let me give you a little background.
My mom is a convert to the church. She has served in many, many callings including Stake RS president for like 7 years. She stayed home and raised us, but about 10 years ago after my youngest sister graduated from high school she went to college with her to get a degree in social work. She figures she has about 30 years of experience working with kids and marriage. About 1/2 way through her schooling (about 5 years ago) her sweetheart, my wonderful Dad, passed away. She finished her bachelors and got a masters degree as well.
After she finished she was looking for a job for a while. During this time I used to urge her to just go serve missions. There was no need to go to work. She could sell her house and serve missions the rest of her life. In a way that only mom’s can do, she looked and me, smiled, and said: “Not right now. It’s not what I’m supposed to be doing.”
Eventually she got a job and worked for the state for a while, but at the beginning of this year felt (and I stress felt) it was time to open her own counseling business. So she quit her job and started her counseling business.
As we talked over lunch she told me of some of the wonderful work she was doing now in counseling. Nothing specific about people, but just that she was making a difference. The glow in her eyes and, more importantly, the Spirit that I felt testified that this was why she was not to serve a mission before. Her mission, at this time in her life, is to help people in a way that only she can help them. The Lord needs her counseling here now.
What a wonderful testimony to me about the importance of doing things in the Lord’s time and ALWAYS asking him what he would have us do before we do them.
Elder Bednar recently spoke (and I actually got to go and be an usher) here in Arlington. He said this: “I do not know all of the reasons, all of the purposes, and I do not know everything about the Lord's timing.” And then just a paragraph or two later he says “Though I do not know everything about how and when and where and why these blessings occur, I do know and I witness they are real. I testify that all of these things are true--and that we know enough by the power of the Holy Ghost to bear sure witness of their divinity, reality, and efficacy.”
How grateful I am for the power of the Spirit that testifies to me of his plan for each of us.