Showing posts from March, 2013

Does the Love of God Matter?

Maya Angelou While driving home, I heard this wonderful quote from Maya Angelou, a Civil Rights' activist overcame many difficult experiences. I thought I would share it with you. "One day the teacher, Frederick Wilkerson, asked me to read to him. I was 24, very erudite, very worldly. He asked that I read from Lessons in Truth, a section which ended with these words: "God loves me." I read the piece and closed the book, and the teacher said, "Read it again." I pointedly opened the book, and I sarcastically read, "God loves me." He said, "Again." After about the seventh repetition I began to sense that there might be truth in the statement, that there was a possibility that God really did love me. Me, Maya Angelou. I suddenly began to cry at the grandness of it all. I knew that if God loved me, then I could do wonderful things, I could try great things, learn anything, achieve anything. For what could stand against me with God, sin

Finding Family at A Russian-American Wedding

Jake and Galena Today I had the honor of attending the beautiful wedding ceremony of my Russian friend, Galena, to her American husband, Jake. The word 'beautiful' doesn't do it justice. It was a moment of pure grace and rapture—a spiritually transformative event. The wedding ceremony took place in the Salt Lake Temple and was officiated by Elder Paul B. Pieper , a humble, spiritual giant. As fate would have it, I sat next to Brother and Sister Sessions, a couple that served in my exact same mission (Vladivostok, Russia) at the exact same time as me. As soon as I sat down next to them, Sister Sessions did a double take and said: "Smith!" I did my best to hide the emotion as I responded to their questions. I was touched that after all these years, they had remembered the quiet Elder who had left the mission a year early. Shortly after I took my seat, Jake and Galena entered entered the room— what a lovely couple! —and the ceremony began. Tears sprang to