As I was talking to my bishop today he asked me a question that I've thought about since leaving the church.
"What have you learned from this trial you are passing through?"
A simple question you can answer many different ways as there really is so much you can learn from each trial presented before and what you expect someone to learn is not always what they do learn. So my friends, here is what I've learned:
Dreams can come true
The objects we put in our homes as decorations and/or entertainment is simply stuff.
A house is no more than an object to dwell in
A home is any space in which your family lives together
the gospel and your testimony can never be taken from you...you can only give it away
My children are much stronger at their age than I was at their age
The prophets have impressed on us the need for food storage for a reason...and I'm grateful we listened.
The only thing that matters in this entire crazy world is our relationships with each other.
Never say it can't get worse...it always can
You really will find out who your friends are during these times.
Every time you hit the wall and think you can't take a step more...the Lord stands next to you and helps you take three more steps...allowing you to stretch yourself and grow.
Friends are found in different places and different spaces...whether face to face, telephone contact or even on the computer screen...friends are there.
You will do things you never thought you could...if only you have faith.
and finally...sometimes you need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.
Yes, I learned a lot during this portion of my trial. I pray we are ending the difficult times and now everything will start improving.I don't know what will be happening in the future...I don't have a crystal ball, but I do know I want my family to be together again, under one roof. I don't want to have to say good night or good morning over the phone any longer. In fact, I want to shoot my cell phone, but that's an entirely different thought.