Junior Ganymede
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Small Affections

January 09th, 2017 by G.

Saturday you drive a van of youth, ages 12 – 17, 3 hours to the temple.  They talk happily the whole time.  Riddles, books, rubik’s cubes, music.  You are amazed at the health of it.

Sunday one of them slowly, gropingly, fervently bears his testimony about the temple.  It was his first time.

Your Elder Quorums’ President is in a kilt.  His daughter saved her money to buy it for him for Christmas, he says.  So he is wearing it.

You meet a man who is there for the first time.  His family will be joining him in June.  You invite him over to dinner along with your home-teaching family.  It turns out he had been fasting because he was sad from loneliness.

 

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January 09th, 2017 08:01:10
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Bookslinger
January 9, 2017

To paraphrase something that Elder Bednar said at a genconf talk or CES fireside back in the oughts, about how the Aaronic priesthood holds the keys of the ministering of angels: “_You’re _the angel.”


JRL in AZ
January 10, 2017

A couple years ago, we decided to invite a new family to dinner on Sunday. They couldn’t come because the kids were sick. So I invited the brand new guy in EQ. It was his first Sunday and his family was not coming for several weeks still. When his family arrived, his wife thanked us for being an answer to a prayer that day. She had been praying that someone would invite him over because she knew how lonely he was. I told her I wasn’t actually inspired – I just enjoyed talking to him and so invited him over. She said it still counted.


G.
January 10, 2017

“She said it still counted.”

I like it.

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