Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
WHO DOES THIS??
It really made me think about WHAT would I have done!? If the same situation happened to me now, would I stop to help? Would I pull over my car with two kids to help a stranger that most likely hated Mormons, and take them to a hospital? THEN would I offer to pay for their medical bills, and return to the hospital to check on them later?
Just something to think about. We are all trying to be like Jesus... RIGHT? So what does Jesus say at the end of this Parable... "Go and do likewise."
In my talk I also covered things WE can do to help those in need today. And I shared a story that made me realize it is not only the BIG things we do that help us to be like Jesus... it is the SMALL things too... Read this Story, and GO AND DO LIKEWISE ~
When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember that the shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but I used to listen with fascination when Mother would talk to it. Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was ‘Information, Please,’ and there was nothing she did not know. ‘Information, Please’ could supply anybody’s number and the correct time.
“I learned that if I stood on a stool, I could reach the telephone. I called ‘Information, Please’ for all sorts of things. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my arithmetic, too.
“Then there was the time that Petey, our pet canary, died. I called ‘Information, Please’ and told her the sad story. She listened and then said the usual things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was unconsoled. ‘Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers, feet up, on the bottom of the cage?’ I asked.
“She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, ‘Paul, always remember that there are other worlds in which to sing.’ Somehow I felt better.
“All this took place in a small town near Seattle. Then we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. ‘Information, Please’ belonged to that old wooden box back home, and I somehow never thought of trying to call her. The memories of those childhood conversations never really left me; often in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.
“Later, when I went west to college, my plane made a stop in Seattle,” Paul continued. “I called ‘Information, Please,’ and when, miraculously, I heard that familiar voice, I said to her, ‘I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?’
“ ‘I wonder,’ she said, ‘if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children, and I used to look forward to your calls.’ I told her how often I had thought of her over the years, and I asked if I could call her again when I came back west.
“ ‘Please do,’ she said. ‘Just ask for Sally.’
“Only three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, ‘Information,’ and I asked for Sally. ‘Are you a friend?’ the woman asked.
“ ‘Yes, a very old friend,’ I replied.
“ ‘Then I’m sorry to have to tell you. Sally has only been working part-time the last few years because she was ill. She died five weeks ago.’ But before I could hang up, she said, ‘Wait a minute. Did you say your name was Paul?’
“ ‘Yes,’ I responded.
“ ‘Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down. Here it is—I’ll read it. Tell him I still say there are other worlds in which to sing. He’ll know what I mean.’
“I thanked her and hung up,” said Paul. “I did know what Sally meant.”
Sally, the telephone operator, and Paul, the boy—the man—were in reality good Samaritans to each other.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Amalia and I were both a little under the weather, but after eating a little bit we felt better. The dinner was WONDERFUL! Every night I made sure to eat whatever I wanted without worrying about how much weight I was going to gain. I ate two to three appetizers, two entrees and two desserts every night! It was heaven~
Please See Video for a LITTLE glimpse of what we were able to see. Sorry about the constant moving... I was enjoying the show rather than paying attention to videotaping I should have been doing! In the words of Matthew Bird . . . "You are WELCOME!"
After Matt won that competition, he was an automatic Celebrity. He really enjoyed the attention, and it was alot of fun to watch. I am STILL laughing to this day about what he did! After he won, they had some of the staff teach him some new moves. After a few easy things, they started popping, and they were VERY shocked to see this BIG WHITE BOY break it down and battle them. It was GREAT! After everything was over, this little chinese boy walked up to Matt with his mom and asked to get a picture with Matt. CLASSIC! ~! The boys forced us to attend yet another Trivia with them where we all won medals... they boys wore their medals to dinner, and Amalia and I just wore our smiles!
It was a PERFECT end to a perfect day! I had my usual dinner ~ Stuffed myself yet again, and walked out of the Dinning Room a very satisfied person!This picture makes me laugh! Check out Amalia's Facial Expression! HAHA! And the redneck guy behind Brent! The boys ALSO brought their Ships on a Stick to dinner with them...We really enjoyed ourselves, and we are SO glad we did it!But NOT so glad about this... does anyone else get a "food baby" like I do? I am REALLY pushing out my tummy in this picture, but I look like I could be like 5 months prego! HAHA!And at the end of the night it was a little froggie that welcomed us to bed! NICE! ~I slept like a baby, and we woke up early again and got breakfast quick, and got ready to head out to DRY LAND. It was SO nice to be home. Don't get me wrong I REALLY Loved the Cruise, but it was SO nice to get home! It was a GREAT vacation, one that we will HAVE to do again! Anyone up to join us next time? We can promise a GREAT time! We will be going every five years! Save up your pennies! It is SO worth it! ~