Monday, May 7, 2012

To the Gentleman on the Front Row

There must have been a reason you chose to attend Music and the Spoken Word this morning. You came alone and sat on the very front row. My eyes were drawn to you. From the first notes you heard, you buried your face in your hands and let the tears flow. Something in your life has made your heart especially tender -- Loneliness? Disappointment? Loss? Hopelessness? Regret? Heartache? Discouragement?

I played for you this morning and prayed that the inspired words and music penetrated deep into your soul, helping you feel the hope, peace, and comfort that only the Savior's atonement and the Spirit of the Holy Ghost can bring.

If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace. We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up. And He always keeps His word.

...The Lord watches over you. God the Father lives. His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, is our Redeemer. His love is unfailing. 

--President Henry B. Eyring

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Old Dog -- New Tricks

Who says, you can't teach an old dog new tricks? 

Actually, I think Bailey has forgotten how to sleep in her dog bed!

She's forgotten a lot things lately. I can't blame her, she's 112 in dog years. We found her at the Humane Society nearly 16 years ago. She's practically blind and very deaf, yet still knows when I am around... or not around.

She remembers how to wag her tail -- her way of saying "thanks".

What a great companion you've been, Bailey. Couldn't have wished for a sweeter puppy companion. 

"She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. 
You are her life, her love, her leader. 
She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. 
You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion."