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Sunday, February 26, 2012


I love going to church, especially after a hard week. I sit in Sacrament meeting and listen to the talks. They make me want to do better, be better. I come home all excited about the changes that I can make this week. I love it.

I was able to translate for Judith during Relief Society. Judith has been a member of the church for a year now. She is from Mexico and is planning to go back in another year. We've been friends since she was baptized. In fact, I sang at her baptism (in Spanish, no less...). Today I was able to help her with a situation where she feels other people are treating her badly because she belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Part of the gospel of Jesus Christ means to daily work on becoming a better person. It felt good to encourage her to be a good example and it made me want to be a better example to those people around me, too.

The talks today focused on service. I like service because it's easy to think of people who need help and to do it. We also learned about long-suffering. I had the thought that I have been suffering long with Iryna - about 3 1/2 years now. This thought made me want to pat myself on the back, because I have made it this far. I'm not saying that I have had any intention NOT to make it this far, but I am proud of myself for being sane (most days) and for just being where I am now. I hope this makes sense. To those moms who have children with difficulties, you will get this, I'm sure.


Courtney said...

Totally understand what you're saying at the end!

Sylvia said...

Though I don't have your same situation, dearest Jill, I totally get what you mean. I think we all can find situations in our lives where we can say "hey, I've made it this far - Go Me!!" I knew I could get past/through some really really difficult stuff, yet it almost didn't seem possible during those times. Yet, now, on the other side of it (or at least farther along in the journey), I can say "I did it. I prevailed. I accomplished. I succeeded. Look how far I've come! :)" Sometimes, though the road may not be quite done that we must travel with these difficulties, the moments of "I really am making it!" help us to keep going.

Thanks for sharing!