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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Love is the Motive, Christ is the Reason.

today was a great day. so great, that it can't go undocumented. we had a stake relief society meeting today. i admittedly was not exactly looking forward to it. i had to be there at 8:30 to "greet" and hand out programs, which meant i needed to be up by 7:30 that's the reason why i wasn't too excited. i don't do early mornings. 
buuuuut had i known what i was in store for, i would have willingly gotten up at 5:30 am to be there. it was the best 4 hours and i even wish that i could do it again because i would have taken more notes! the meeting was amazing. my heart and soul were spiritually overflowing. the theme was about service: 
"Love is the motive, Christ is the reason". 
i was touched by everything i heard. the meeting started off with the hymn Come Follow Me. we sang all 6 versus, which i don't think i've actually ever done. the 6th verse of that song really stuck out to me:

For thrones, dominions, kingdoms, pow'rs,
And glory great and bliss are ours,
If we, throughout eternity,
Obey his words, "Come, follow me

what a simple message. come follow me. our Savior is asking us to follow in his footsteps. and what better way than to serve others. Jesus was obviously the epitome of selfless service. his life was just that. selfless service. he lived to serve others. he is the perfect example of what we should all strive to be. we should all strive to serve those around us. those we love. those that are in need. we should strive to be like Him.

the stake R.S presidency all spoke. the first talk was about service and what service means. serving others on a daily basis. she mentioned how she recently read an article that was 6 steps to making your day good. the first step was when you wake up in the morning, think of something you can do for yourself. HA! isn't that just ridiculous and sad! the world has it all wrong. what if we all just lived for ourselves. there would be no good in the world. she also talked about how the smallest acts of kindness can be great ways to serve others.

we then watched a beautiful slide show on Christ and all of the amazing things that he did in his life, and how we can do those same things in our lives. i was so touched by the slide show put together by sister Moosman. she did an amazing job. following the slideshow sister Moosman spoke. her talk was so touching. she talked about serving our husbands. i realize i don't have a husband, but in the brief time that she spoke, there were so many things that i will cherish and use when i do have a husband that i can serve, and serve with. she talked about how when she decided that she would serve her husband, many many things in her life became that much better. i must say, she is an amazing woman. i admire and look up to her in so many ways. being in the relief society presidency has given me the opportunity to work with her and truly have learned so much from her in the little times that we have spent together. i always tell michelle how much i love her mom and it's true. she is an amazing person and an amazing example of a wife and mother. i loved her talk, and what she had to share with us. i don't think there was a dry eye in the chapel and the spirit was felt so strongly.

the last talk was by our dear stake relief society president. she had so much to share about service and making ourselves available to serve. a few points that stood out to me from her talk:

i can do many good things, but i can't do every good thing.
visiting teaching is the most important stewardship you can have outside the home.and it is never finished.
true joy is found in serving others. when you lose yourself in service, you lift your soul.

i wish that i could really convey here, what i heard this morning. there were so many amazing messages that were shared. i was truly spiritually fed and i wish that everyone could feel the spirit that was felt there today.
for the last 6 months, i have made it a goal in my life to be available for service opportunities, to look for service opportunities, and to take those opportunities. i have found that i am truly happy when i am serving others and when i make myself available to serve others. this goal has helped me realize that i do have time to serve when i strive to make myself available and to strive to find those opportunities to serve those around me. i am so grateful for the example of our savior and for the example of those around me who selflessly serve others.

Savior, may I learn to love thee,
Walk the path that thou hast shown,
Pause to help and lift another,
Finding strength beyond my own.
Savior, may I learn to love thee

-"Lord I Would Follow Thee" hymn #220





3 comments:

  1. While you are husbandless, you could try to put into practice those things you learned on those around you... like your pbf...? ;)

    Glad you had a good day.

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  2. Kash was at the meeting and had pretty much the same observations as well. She was impressed with Sister Moosmans presentation too. What an amazing family. Thanks for serving.

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  3. Oh Ashlee! I look up to you. You are a wonderful example to all of us and being with yo makes me want to be a better person. Thank you for your thoughts!

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