Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Forever Family

              ( We Can Live with God Again- Mormon Message) 

With any righteous decision a person makes there will always be opposition. Good things always come with some type of price involving faith, humility, and hard work.Satan does not want us to be happy and will do anything in his power to make you miserable. Misery loves company! With my mission drawing closer I have been able to experience a little of what this means. After my semester ended, I was able to go back home to finish my mission paperwork and wait for my mission call to arrive. During that time my grandpa was able to fly in and stay with us for a couple months. While he was here he was very dependent on my parents and I to help him with basic necessities. Because my parents were gone during the mornings and afternoon I would need to help out more then I did in the evenings. I'm embarrassed that I didn't have the best attitude at first. Of course there were other things I would rather do, but I didn't realize how important it was to serve, help, and love my grandpa. Although it was hard, working on my attitude became a constant every day job. As I slowly changed my attitude I realized how important it was that I was there because he really needed me. Over time, his health began to decline to the point where my parents decided he needed the 24 hour medical care of a nursing home. I was able to help him one last time and fly him back to his home where he could get the medical assistance from his healthcare specialists he needed. That was in July and a couple weeks ago my Grandpa Mel passed away. There are so many emotions that someone can experience with a passing and so many ways Satan will try to make you feel hopeless and helpless. I'm grateful for the opportunity I had to serve my grandpa and love him when a lot of his other family wouldn't. I'm grateful that he was there to share in my special moment when I opened my call and thankful for his support on my decision. This experience has only drawn me closer to my Heavenly Father and immediate family. I know I'll see him again. We all will see our loved ones again. This earth life is so short and I can't wait to spend part of my earth life serving a full time mission. I'm anxious for the opportunity to tell others of the love  our Heavenly Father and Savior has for them. I look forward to sacrificing my time with my eternal family so that those I teach can have forever families too!

                      (all of my siblings minus one of my brothers, parents, niece, nephew, and I)

I've learned that we all are going to experience hardships and struggles in life during our time on earth. I hope that we can all focus on others during those times instead of ourselves and reach out to those in need.

                    Supposing today were your last day on earth, the last mile of the journey you've trod; after all of your struggles, how much are you worth, how much can you take home to God? Don't count as possessions your silver and gold, tomorrow you leave these behind, and all that is yours to have and to hold is the service you've given mankind. - Anonymous