Sunday, March 31, 2013
didn't stop to take a photo and decided I would stop on my way to Easter dinner with friends. This is the Community of Christ church in Lexington (formerly the Reorganized LDS Church).
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
missionary couple in our ward who are potato farmers from Washington and they donated the potatoes! We each filled out a questionnaire and got 10 points for each question. After bidding on a few items (I scored 2 hours of house cleaning, a floral arrangements, and some crocheted flowers) someone asked how I had so many points and then someone else said, "she must have showered before noon today!" (that was one of the questions). Someone mentioned to me that their mom's ward did a service auction and it didn't go so well; there were lots of hurt feelings. Hurt feelings? Ours was a blast and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I love celebrating the birthday of the Relief Society and being a part of this wonderful organization.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
We're up to 16 years since Robes' brain tumor diagnosis. I took this photo the day after I flew to Florida to help out. It was Easter Sunday--he was the bishop and supposed to give a talk in church. Instead, he ended up in the hospital that day and in surgery two days later. He lived 18 months and 3 days from the day of his diagnosis.
I'm convinced he'd still be a hot-shot sports writer with a famous blog or TV gig and I would still be his proud (favorite) sister. I miss so many things about him every day.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
I can't stop thinking about this story that my friend Jean Marie shared last Sunday in Sacrament Meeting. The story is very sweet -- and I love that Jean Marie got out and did something instead of feeling bad that she didn't have any friends (speaking of charity).
Here's an excerpt from her talk:
Here's an excerpt from her talk:
But what does Relief Society mean to us, the men or children who are not members of the organization? What does it mean to us as a ward or a society? Well, I believe the lesson of Relief Society is charity and extending that gift to others, no matter if we are a sister in the organization or not. I would like to use an example to illustrate that principal in practice – it is a story about a man and a man who is not a member of our church.
I was in Nebraska one summer and I really didn’t have any friends so sometimes I would go down to the homeless shelter and help sort and organize clothes in their donation store which was like the Goodwill. I was just minding my own business when I saw a mom come in with a boy about 10 years old. The boy looked around, dragging a plastic bag behind him. Apparently he needed some new tennis shoes so he went up to the store clerk who was also organizing clothes. The boy asked the clerk for some new shoes. The clerk took the little boy and with utmost respect and compassion showed off the rows of dirty, wrinkled, and worn shoes. He had the little boy try on several pairs and treated the boy as if he were in Nordstrom (or a high end department store) instead of where he really was: a homeless shelter’s dingy donation room. I was so touched by this experience. The clerk had the boy glowing with a new pair of dusty and worn shoes. I thought about how that store clerk took the time to listen to the boy and treated him like the Son of Royalty – which, in fact, he was.
I think this man exemplifies the kind of charity the Relief Society espouses. The Relief Society has shown all of us what a truly loving Father and Savior we have, whose love knows no boundaries nor conditions. Relief Society has helped me understand that Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, cares about me and my life. But not just me and my life either. His mercy and grace extend to everyone on this planet. I am so grateful for that knowledge.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
My favorite things about Grandma Pitchforth: she wrote lots of letters, she was a great baker, and her beautiful wedding band that I wear every day. She was a gem.
Click here to read a funny story about a visit to my grandparents.