Seeking what I've learned

Seeking: What I Learned from the Last Year

As we’ve faced retirement and what that will look like, it has been a time of truly seeking to understand what God wants us to do next. 

 

You may remember my word last year was SEEK. I spent 2023 seeking after things that brought me closer to my Savior. I learned a lot about being still and listening to His will. 

 

Years ago, my husband and I set a goal to serve a mission for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When couples serve these missions later in life they are called senior missionaries and they have a wide variety of ways they can provide support and humanitarian service throughout the world. 

 

Seeking Direction

For several reasons, we’ve felt like we were in a bit of a holding pattern for the last couple of years. One of the biggest was our concern about being away while our children welcomed new additions to their families. We postponed and waited while two of our daughters struggled to get pregnant and have babies. Waiting seemed to make us feel stuck between two different phases in life, and may have been what prompted last year’s word choice — SEEK. 

 

I began the year seeking and several months in; we received the good news that one of our daughters was expecting. Our anticipation quickly faded when she miscarried a few months later. Unable to be there with her, my heart was breaking for her and her loss. 

 

But the Lord taught me a valuable lesson during that trying time. While I couldn’t be there to take care of my daughter, she had friends and family all around who gathered her close and took care of what I could not do. 

 

Seeking Miracles

Amid this trying time, we were talking to her on the phone when she shared one beautiful story after another of someone lifting and helping her, the spirit told me clearly: “See, I can take care of her just as well as you would. You can trust me to keep watch while you go and serve.” 

 

Shortly after this powerful prompting by the spirit, we learned some important information that set the ball rolling as we began working on our mission application. By mid-September, after completing all the doctor appointments, personal history, and interviews, we hit the submit button. Six weeks later we received our call to serve in the Dominican Republic beginning on July 8.

 

The miraculous part of this entire story is what happened during those six weeks. The week we submitted our papers, we found out one daughter was pregnant and due in May. We felt so blessed! Then, just a few weeks later, we found out that our daughter who had miscarried was pregnant again and due in June. It was a powerful lesson teaching me about the simple miracles waiting for us as seek to listen and act upon what he guides us to do. 

 

I love what Jeffrey R. Holland taught about miracles:

It is the plain and very sobering truth that before great moments, certainly before great spiritual moments, there can come adversity, opposition, and darkness. Life has some of those moments for us, and occasionally they come just as we are approaching an important decision or a significant step in our life.

“Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence,” Ensign, Mar. 2000, 7

I am so thrilled to be serving the people in the Dominican Republic with my husband and even more grateful to leave all of you in the very capable hands of Heather and Sharee — and now Kristen —with the wonderful possibilities of a growing team while I am gone. 

 

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years! My heart is full!

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