LDS daughter of 'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz talks about father's commitment to family, wholesome entertainment
Today I have been thinking about how my parents were introduced to the church and how my in-laws were too. My father was in the military and two missionaries knocked on our door one day. They spent a lot of time at talking at the door until one day my parents let the missionaries into their home. After several discussions my parents were baptized. I was probably about 4 or 5 years old. I remember attending church and Primary with my parents and those missionaries. It's been about 43 years since that time and as a result of the time spent with those two missionaries several years ago members of my parents posterity are now also active in the church. Because of the acts of kindness decades ago, my life today is completely different than what it would have been otherwise.
My husband's parents have a similar story, but their story begins with the kindness of determined members and Priesthood leaders. My FIL joined the church because of their efforts and now four generations, are active members of the church today. One of those generations received their membership in the church due to the work done in the temple by younger family members.
What we do today does indeed impact others. Not just through fellowshipping church members. One simple gesture can make a difference in someones life, can change a person's attitude, their self-esteem, the way that they look at their world or even their future. During the holidays, it's so much easier to be thoughtful and kind to others. But, do we consider that we can make a difference in the life of a stranger just as much as we could those that we know and love? It doesn't even have to be a big impact, but it can make a difference. Let the person with three items go in front of you in the grocery line. Or the mother who's kids are touching everything in sight and whining. Or open the door for someone. Or give them the good parking spot and walk a few extra feet. It won't hurt. Make a difference.
Not to toot my own horn, but to share something that made my day. Last Saturday evening, I was at the grocery store. The young lady in line ahead of me was just barely out of high school and was there with her two young children. She looked exhausted and was more concerned about putting me out to wait for the clerk to check her out because she was paying for her groceries with her WIC vouchers. I could tell she was ready to go home, but she offered to let me go ahead of her. When I saw her little ones I told her to go ahead and I would wait, no problem. As she was leaving she thanked me and I said, "You are doing a great job with those kids." I could tell she really loved them and was very attentive, plus everything she purchased was fresh fruit and veggies. Her entire continence brightened up with a big smile. She said, "You don't know how you just made my day. Seriously. I've had the worst day ever. Thank you so much!" I walked out to my car feeling just as good as she did! We never really know the impact that we have on others, but it is a good reason to try a little harder. Enough said.
Blog Challenge Question:
What's your favorite Christmas song??
Oh, there are so many Christmas songs I enjoy to hear or sing that this could be an entire entry in and of itself! One of my favorites this year is this....
Mary Did You know by: Pentatonix
I also enjoy anything by Michael Buble
Mannheim Steamroller's Deck the Halls is a good one too. Carol of the Bells is a good one! Collin Raye has a great Christmas album that I was truly amazed by. I could listen to that for a while too. One of my favorite Christmas memories were the times that I got to sing the Hallelujah Chorus each year at the end of my High School Choir Christmas performance. We worked so hard on that song each year and I was always amazed at how well we did each year. (if I do say so myself.) Another favorite Christmas memory is singing all the Christmas Hymns in church each Sunday. I love that!!! The only thing I do not like about the Christmas music you hear on the radio are those artists that seem to try and reinvent the song and end up totally ruining the song. Once that happens, it's all over and I have to change the station.
Hope you have an awesome night! Take care friends and we will talk again soon.
It has been a busy eventful week! We had specialized training with all the district leaders and their companions. MLC was held on Thursday this month followed by Train the Trainers meeting on Friday. That means it's transfer time again! The weeks go by so quickly. Next Tuesday we will welcome 17 new missionaries and say goodbye to 17 amazing missionaries on Thursday morning.