Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday thoughts, springtime lovelies, and new pillows


Today at church we had a combined meeting the third hour that really inspired me and made me think. We watched a video about John R. Moyle, the man who carved "Holiness to the Lord" on the Salt Lake Temple. I would recommend this video, Only A Stone Cutter, to anyone. It is so touching and inspiring. Click here for a condensed version of the film.


This man was the epitomy of dedication to the Lord and to his calling as a stone mason for the temple. He walked 22 miles each way to the temple every week to work on it. He did this for YEARS! And then after he lost his leg due to a farming accident, he carved a peg leg, and then still made the journey(walking!) to the temple each week. There was a quote in the movie today that really stuck out to me. When he told his wife he planned on continuing his calling as a stone mason, she responded in shock. She told him there are plenty of people that can do that job and that he isn't expected to after his amputation. He then said to her "A calling is seldom convenient"(referring to his church calling.) For those of you reading this who aren't members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a calling is a position of service in our church for which you receive no compensation. You are asked to serve and you either accept or you do not. There is an expectation to serve because we believe these callings are of God. I believe every calling gives blessings, but there is also a great amount of work required. Accepting a calling is accepting a huge responsibility and you are expected to put forth every effort you can. John Moyle went above and beyond and was a great example of this.
Anyways, I have just had a rough week with my new church calling. I am the new Food Storage Specialist(organizing the food storage efforts of the people in our ward-which is roughly 200 people) and I have just struggled with it. I found myself thinking that I honestly hated this calling. I hate to admit it, but I really felt that way this week. So many problems came up this week and I was just so stressed. I was in tears about it Thursday. Everything that could've gone wrong last week, did go wrong. However, after watching this video, I have a new perspective on things. How can I possibly complain about something so simple when this man accomplished so much without complaining? His trials make mine look ridiculous. He could've given up, but he didn't. Even after his leg was amputated, he still kept going. I don't think I could've done that. . .I have a new resolve to give my all to the Lord's kingdom and to serve better. And to also serve with a better attitude!

Changing subjects. . . After church today, we took some pictures of the girls because they just looked so lovely and springy. None of the pictures turned out perfect, but I think they're super cute. Sometimes when pictures don't turn out perfect, I think they are even better!


In this one, Aubrey's eyes are closed. . .
In this one, Ella is looking away. . .



In this one Cali ran away and then was losing her balance between the walkway and the grass. Aubrey thought it was funny and Ella, well, I'm not sure what she is thinking! This picture makes me laugh. . .


Also, I FINALLY bought some decorative pillows and a throw blanket for our bed. This made my day Friday! We'd just had a white comforter and white pillows for the past couple of years. I've been on a hunt for pillows in the colors/style that I like and had never seen any anywhere(that were affordable anyways). Not only did I find some I loved, they were also a great price. Under 10 bucks per pillow. And then that blanket was clearanced to $8.99, regular price $30, so that made me do a happy dance too. I looooove a good deal. Thanks Kohls for making my wildest dreams come true.


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Hope you enjoyed my completely random Sunday post! Just thought I'd throw 3 entirely different things at ya today:) Hope you had a nice quiet Sunday with the ones you love.

15 comments:

jOeY said...

I remember hearing this story on my mission and I still love it. John R. Moyle is one of my heroes. His commitment in helping to build the House of the Lord is a testament of his love for the Savior. His example inspires me to work hard and not complain or make excuses.

jOeY said...

Oh, P.S. The kids looked super cute today and I LOVE the new bed stuff. :o)

Becca said...

I so know how you feel about a calling completely overwhelming you. I have a friend who does something similar in our ward
this is her blog address
http://trailrunnings.blogspot.com
she doesn't keep that one updated, but it does have a lot of links on the side bar that would probably come in handy for you.
She does however update the blog she does for her calling on a regular basis. I'm guessing you'd really like it:
http://imawheatwatcher.blogspot.com/

Good luck!

Marie said...

I love the story of John Moyles. It has always been such an inspiration to me. I know that I always try to honour my callings as best as I can, even if I don't always like them, and sometimes feel I am not so good at them. KNowing them come from God does make them a lot easier to fulfill! Everything for a reason! Love the pics of the girls. They look perfect to me and quite, quite loveable! LOve the new pillows too!! Great taste girl!!

-Melissa- said...

John Moyle is a great inspiration. I'm glad they showed that video to us yesterday. Cute pictures of the girls.

Tara D said...

I love the new pillows and springtime pictures. The one where Cali is losing her balance is the best! Aubrey's laugh is just so contagious!!! :)

Grammy Staffy said...

What a lovely post. I tried to click on it yesterday but my computer had other ideas. It is so frustrating!!!! It will let me click on one or two blogs and then it stops..... I can click away to no avail.

Perhaps it is telling me that I should be working on my calling instead of blogging????

I must get that video..... I would love to see it. I have heard the story of Bro. Moyle before but I had forgotten about it.

preparedness is hard.... but your efforts are worth it.... we all need more committment in that area... keep working at encouraging your ward members

The girls look precious. Give them a hug from me.... and take one for you too. LOve, Lura

Champion Family said...

I'm so jealous of your springtime pics...have you looked at what we woke up to yesterday? So depressing.

Jeanie said...

What an inspiring story!! Remember when so many difficulties get in the way...it shows how important the work you are doing is and how much it is being opposed. The work you are doing has always been important but today it is VITAL. The girls are beautiful, as always and your room looks like a great place to cuddle up and relax. Looking forward to this weekend!!!

Chrystina said...

I loved reading this. We all have these moments Holly. But what you did is what was right. What we choose to learn from these moments after our new knowledge comes defines us. And I would say that you are one heck of a woman!! It is why I love you!

We had a really good one too, we were in Julie & Bryan's branch for Brant's blessing. (BTW he is a QT!) And the branch pres talked on the sacrament and how we should arrive 10 minutes early to have time to shed the world and prepare ourselves for the taking of the sacrament. If it is important enough for the Lord to have us renew our covenants weekly than we should make it important enough to be early and prepared to partake of it. If not, he admonished us to repent & work on it. You know what I am doing this week~ repenting & working on it!!
You are my hero Holly!!

mamapickle said...

awesome pillows and blanket! And i might also add that I LOVE the wall of rock you have there! NICE :)

Katie said...

Your girls look so springy and cute! Love the pillow and blanket. Very Chic.

the duchess said...

Brown & green are my absolute favs. Love it.

Jessica Milkwick said...

I love the pillows, they would go perfectly on my bed, and I really like your head board. I'm looking for a head board. Yours gives me ideas.

tiburon said...

Love it! I especially LOVE the wall behind your bed! Gorgeous!