Today is a “Quote” day and not a “Spiritual” one, but I think that this one’s applicable to everyone regardless:
“The Lord God… visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”
– Moses (Exodus 34:6, 7)
There are some things we inherit through nature and others we learn through nurture. I don’t think we can condemn either. What I have recently pulled from this is that we all inherit things, both desirous and unwanted, from the previous generation.
It seems to be that undesirable traits take at least three or four generations to eradicate. The continued existence of those inherited things is a decision that each generation gets to make.
To my parents: Thank you for teaching me to become better and providing me with the best opportunities you could to help me be successful.
To my [future] children: Please don’t hold my weaknesses against me. Just do better than me.
I recently started a new personal tradition. I had typically always brought a moleskin journal with me to church so I can quickly write down any notes or impressions I receive. My new tradition is that, during our sacrament meeting, I write the hymns that we sing in the top right corner of the entry for that day. I started doing this because I often come across a line or two of a hymn during church meetings that really stand out to me. It also helps me to remember the general theme of the meeting.
Today we sang God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son. The way the song is composed in the hymnal, it only shows three verses. In actuality, there are five verses. And today, I read through them all after we finished singing the three verses included in the composition of the music.
In word and deed he doth require
My will to his, like son to sire,
Be made to bend, and I, as son,
Learn conduct from the Holy One.
For whatever reason, these verses in hymns or passages of scripture often incite deep and contemplative thought for me. It makes me what to be come a better person. I feel motivated to give up my pride and desires for the vain things of the world and allow my trust to be completely in my Heavenly Father. I want this, but sometimes lack the understand of how to do it.
How do we sacrifice our pride for a better thing which we cannot yet see?
Today I was given a calling. I was asked by our Stake Presidency to be the 2nd counselor in our ward’s Elders Quorum. My wife, Stacy, was invited to join the interview with the Stake Presidency member. He told us that it is vital that a wife sustains her husband in his callings. He continued by telling us that there were times where someone’s wife had expressed concern regard her husband’s worthiness to serve in that calling and the Stake Presidency wouldn’t extend the calling to the husband.
Knowing that I had not been the greatest husband to my wonderful wife, I actually wondered if she would give me a positive review to the Stake Presidency. I was humbled when she did.
Something he told us later was that it is upon the backs of the faithful women of our Church that we are built and upheld. Living with my bride for the last 5 months has really testified this truth to me. Stacy is the foundation of our family. She is so strong in all things and such a prime example for me in how I can become a better individual.
I love my beautiful wife. She is my number one priority. I don’t ever want to let her down or feel like she may not sustain me in a calling.