- "Considering all of this, how could it ever be possible that we of all people would not be excited about attending our Church worship services? Or get tired of reading the holy scriptures? I suppose this could be possible only if our hearts were past feeling to experience gratitude and awe for the sacred and sublime gifts God has granted us. Life-changing truths are before our eyes and at our fingertips, but sometimes we sleepwalk on the path of discipleship. Too often we let ourselves be distracted by the imperfections of our fellow members instead of following the example of our Master. We tread a path covered with diamonds, but we can scarcely distinguish them from ordinary pebbles."
What a powerful message! We are each diamonds in our callings: the children can see it, but can you? Some of you mention older kids not listening. Perhaps they see how bright your diamond shines and are put-off because they see themselves only as a pebble. Perhaps they feel your diamond is showing off. Perhaps they just don't like diamonds right now and want to play in the rocks. Our job is to set an example through music, songs that uplift and polish our pebbles into diamonds, songs that open our eyes to the path of diamonds before us.
- "'None but saints can be happy under every circumstance.' That’s it! Saints can be happy under every circumstance. We can feel joy even while having a bad day, a bad week, or even a bad year! My dear brothers and sisters, the joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives."
If we make finding diamonds - put to music ;) - the focus of our calling, perhaps we will be more "succcessful," as in the Spirit will be present more, the children will heed more, they will learn more, WE will learn more, and together we can all polish ourselves into diamonds while lifting up the pebbles until they have the strength to do it themselves.
Let us sing songs of praise, gratitude, love, struggle, endurance, tribulation and victory, and happiness to our Heavenly Father. <3