On Sunday last week I sat in the back of the gym (behind the chapel) on the hard seats surrounded by so many families we love and took in the idea of CHURCH.
How I adore it.
As I sat there and took it all in, I became so overwhelmed with the beauty of that gathering.
Not only for the sacrament, which is, of course, the most important thing we do at church. But I thought about the opportunity being at church it gives us to learn from each other, all of us imperfect. All needing to learn repentance and grace and forgiveness.
And to learn more about the Savior. OUR Savior. And how when we follow Him, we learn to use that grace. We can be forgiven. We can start anew.
I love that kids learn to stand up speak to listening audiences (The youth speaker was SO good, talking about how his dad was out of town, but was able to help him maneuver a bail of hay over the wall to feed their sheep even from far away, and how God can do the same for us).
I love that we have callings to push and move us. I LOVE gospel doctrine Sundays when I don’t have to worry about Relief Society (we switch off every other week), and I can just sit and join in a conversation about the depths of the gospel with a whole group of us trying to figure it out (we have the best Gospel Doctrine teachers, and people fill up the room with the best comments).
I love Relief Society as well, of course, and an opportunity to connect with those I love and have been so deeply in my thoughts and my prayers.
I love what we learn from the good and also sometimes the messiness of it all, this life of ours, at church.
I just got so overwhelmed that I got to be there, right then, sitting behind this sweet young family with two young boys, amazed at how they balanced those busy boys on their laps and in and out, and in again.
(And I also loved taking that baby for a little while and feeling his whole-body-smile fill up my whole heart. Maybe I am ready for grand babies after all:)
Whether it’s here:
Dave and I had callings to teach the “Sunbeams” when we lived in China and boy howdy, these three gave us a run for our money!:
Or here the first time we lived in China (just for a summer), with this awesome guy who took care of the building where we met (no actual church buildings in China):
I am SO GRATEFUL for an opportunity to not only renew our covenants but to join our hearts together to learn through the messiness and beauty of making it to church each week, and learning so much from those around me as we seek to worship and renew and connect with God and our fellow worshippers in our own unique ways.