Aug 25, 2010

Some Simple Things

I get a kick out of some of life's simple things that a child will take pleasure in.  In such a complicated world it's refreshing to see them be amazed at and enjoy things that we take for granted.

Some of Caleb's simple pleasures are airplanes that he sees in the sky, lights of any kind, ceiling fans, standing fans, cell phones, and bodies of water (such as the tub or the pool).

Aug 1, 2010

Seeing Something for the First Time

Had a cool experience in church today. There were three guys who were visiting who came to Sunday school; one of them, John, has been coming for several weeks now and we already know each other. But for the other two it was their first time visiting. Despite being first-time visitors they were outgoing and seemed to enjoy their time there even if some of the topics we covered were new and probably a little confusing.

We were invited by the teacher to share favorite scriptures that we had read in our personal study in the month of July. A lot of us participated and it ended up that that was all that we did for all of Sunday school.

John, who has been coming for several weeks now and is seriously considering joining the LDS church, raised his hand to share something that he had read in his scripture study.  He asked us all to turn with him to 1 Nephi 3:7, which was what he wanted to share with us.  It reads:
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
To me, this was just 1 Nephi 3:7, a scripture that I've read many, many times. When he first said which scripture he was sharing I thought "Yep, we all know about that one." But then as I sat there and listened to his simple testimony regarding that scripture and the truth in it, I was moved by the Spirit of God. It served as a bit of a wake up call to me, making me think to myself, "This is a really special scripture."

I was glad I was there today so I could hear that man's testimony and be reminded of a very special truth contained in the Book of Mormon, even one that I've already read many times before.