Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Draw Near

I've been pondering one of my favorite scriptures since yesterday. While swimming this morning and doing my laps reviewing it in my mind back and forth up and down my lane; I understood it in a new light.

"Draw near unto me 
and I will draw near unto you..." 
D&C 88:63

This scripture is applicable for so many situations. For those seemingly far away from God, it is an invitation to return and draw closer to Him. In return, He will reward the humble seeker with a feeling of closeness and help. For most of us already on God's path navigating daily life, this scripture reminds us to remember Him and the blessings He will surely give us. He is always there for us. His love is constant as is His promised help. He waits for us to come closer to Him. He will draw near to us as we draw near to Him. For those needing an extra measure of help for whatever reason, this scripture reminds us that He will help us with the kind of assistance only He can give, divine help and tutelage. This scripture does not reprimand us for staying away or trying to go it alone; rather it beckons us to draw closer to our sure source of help, comfort, and mercy.

The rest of the scripture is a capstone admonishment of sorts:

"...seek me diligently and ye will find me;
ask, and ye shall receive;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

The Lord is giving us an invitation here. It is a sweet invitation. We don't have to go it alone or do it alone. We don't have to struggle by ourselves with whatever we struggle with for the moment. If the struggle is large or the need great; this invitation reminds us that help is ever near. Action is required on our parts however by "drawing, seeking, asking, and knocking." The result will be our gracious God drawing near to us, revealing Himself to us, answering our questions, and opening for us that which can be opened in no other way.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Settled

Seth sounds settled in his work now. Good for him. He's over that initial adjustment period.


"Dear Family and Friends,                                              July 29, 2013 

This is going to have to be a short one. I am very well. I had a wonderful birthday. I can't believe how nice it was. We had two service projects and helped two families move. One of the member families got us an ice cream cake. I got the package from home and a lot of birthday cards. It meant so much. I felt a lot of love and support. I loved it. I am very happy out here. We are working hard...We found an amazing new investigator. He is awesome...We had a good week...I know this is God's work. He loves us so much. Christ died for us and is our Savior. I love being out here and serving people." From last week: "We are working hard and I feel very fulfilled. This is such a good work to be doing. I know that the Church is true and that God loves us so much. Our church understands faith, repentance, baptism, and the Holy Ghost more completely than any other church. I learned that this week as we trained on teaching that lesson." 



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pioneer Day

We started our day at a neighborhood breakfast. There were a ton of people but all was well. Then it was off to the annual 24th of July Pioneer Day parade. There was cloud cover this year making it a nice morning for a parade.It's always a good parade.
My good friend Eloise and her husband Bob joined us this year.
She and I also went shopping last night at City Creek.
She took an immediate liking to Nathan and vice versa.
She and I were mission companions years ago
and have been dear friends ever since.
Gregory and Sarah and Nathan and Hannah came too.
Nathan had a great time.
Hannah really enjoyed herself.
I'm pretty sure she has the "I Love Parades" gene. :)
 It was a good one.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blessed To Be His Mom

Seth has always been a wonderful son. Honest to goodness, he gave me nothing but joy while raising him. I do miss his smile around here, his helpful nature, good attitude, piano playing, lawn mowing, all around general help, and the deep thoughtful conversations he loved to have. He's off doing the best thing he could be doing however and I am happy for him because he is happy. Here's a small bit from his email home this week. I left a lot out to respect others' privacy.


"Dear Family and friends,                                                                          July 15, 2013

I am doing well. This week was crazy; we had lots of meetings and service projects. We mowed someone's lawn, whose lawn must never have been mowed so far this year. It took like 3 hours, and there were tons of brown recluse spiders in the lawn. But I didn't get bit so that is good...
My companion is awesome. He is doing really well....Thank you so much for your letters. I got 5 on Saturday which was a wonderful boost....
This church is true; I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Because he loves us so much he has give us prophets in this changing world to help guide us and help us follow Jesus Christ. These prophets hold the Priesthood authority of God by which we can make covenants which help us access the power of Christ's atonement. God's words never cease as he to guide his children today."

Love, Elder Freeman"
 Seth's MTC group.
I really do miss that smile. :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

30 Years Already?

It is hard to believe that 30 years have gone by already but it's true. It seems like yesterday that we were married. A lot has happened in 30 years, some good, some great...some bad, some terrible. I guess that's what marriage is supposed to be, enjoying the good, being grateful for the wonderful, and hanging on to one another during the bad and the terrible. I would not have made it all these years without Jim. He means the world to me. I need him and am profoundly grateful for the blessing he is in my life. As he likes to say, it's not 30 years, it's infinity minus 30... :)
Happy Anniversary Jim. 
I'm still in love with you by the way. :)
Taken during this year's anniversary dinner
at a wonderful restaurant in
Teton Village, Jackson Hole, Wyoming..

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The 'Be Good Bracelet'..."Until The Day He Died"

Elisa sent me an article from the newspaper this morning that left me in tears. I thought about it all morning and have been profoundly affected by the message of our loving God to a good man's family. How many of us make commitments that we keep? Andrew Ashcraft, one of the 19 hot shot firefighter heroes who died in last week's Arizona wildfire, left a powerful message for his wife and children and set a lasting example for many of the rest of us about the importance of working towards becoming a forever family and keeping promises. I am a better person today because of his example.


Andrew's wife said, “I just see it as a tender mercy from Heavenly Father. Andrew made me a promise, and he kept it. And God wanted us to know that he kept it.”

May God bless the families of these heroes.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Welcome Home Mom And Seth Update

Welcome Home Mom!
My Mom returned home today from her mission. 
She served just shy of 24 months in the
 Washington DC temple as a temple missionary.
This one is blurry but she's happy to be back.
Good job Mom.
Missions are just the best! :)

Here are a few snippets from seth's email today. He sounds good:
 

Dear Family and Friends,   
                            
Just so everyone knows, I am doing very well. The first two and a half weeks were a really hard adjustment, but I feel much more at home now. Missions are hard, but that is good. I love being out here so much. I am learning and growing so much. I love the people out here so much and want to help them. God has blessed us all so much. I am very happy in the work; it is the best work I could be doing. I love you all back home, and I am so grateful for your support. The handwritten letters are the best, I love those! :) I feel like people are concerned that I am having a really hard time adjusting. You know adjustment is hard, but I have already done a lot of adjustment and I feel very good. A lot of the missionary stuff is just second nature to me now. I get home sick very rarely, and it is never bad. It is more like thinking about home fondly. I feel like I have gone through the major beginning missionary adjustments. The rest is just the adjustments that happen naturally over time. The mission president tells the missionaries that have been out for over a month that they are no longer new missionaries...We found a new investigator this week...If he will read, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon I know he will know that it is true...I love you all very much. I hope you all have a good week. The church is true!!!!! Love, Elder Freeman"


 This one is cool because this was Seth's physics professor 
who happened to be on the same flight 
as Seth on the way to Atlanta.
Great picture.

Friday, July 5, 2013

"Because I'm Married"

I've been trying to encourage Jim to fit a doctors appointment into his schedule for a long time. He needs to see a doctor yearly for his checkups and for medication review. Well it's been close to two years this time around and I had become increasingly alarmed. Jim also wanted to switch to a new doctor. This morning he had his doctor appointment with the new doctor I found for him. He said a male assistant saw him first and asked him why he was there. Instead of providing him with a diagnosis, brief medical history, or medical concern Jim answered, "Because I'm married." Apparently that gave them both a good laugh. On the way out from his appointment the doctor said, "Make sure you have your wife keep looking out for you."

Jim and I will be married 30 years in another week and a half. "Because I'm married" is really just another way of saying, "because my wife loves me and I love her back."

True story. :)


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

That Might Be Nice

Jim is seriously considering auditioning for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The deadline is next month. He has a beautiful voice and has sung in choirs our entire married life. Good for him. I hope he makes it in.