February 24, 2014
once upon a time there was a girl who practiced the piano a lot.
That was most of my week, actually :) I've been surprised. I struggled at home to practice for an hour and a half...now my short rehearsal days are 2 hours and my long rehearsal days (I have allowed myself 2 of those a week) are 6 hours. I am learning a TON of music, more than I had ever thought possible. Heavenly Father has really helped me out with this, cause at home there would have been no way on earth I could learn this much this fast. But it's been pretty good :)
K and her family finally got into their own apartment this weekend! They had been living with her mom and been fasting and praying for a house or apartment, so prayers were answered! We're going on Friday to do baptisms for the dead at the Baton Rouge temple, so we are super duper excited. Also, a bonus which is much needed--we and the elders are going down to Baton Rouge earlier that day and we get to do a session before. It's been six months since I've been to the temple, and it might be the only thing that will get me through this week and next transfer.
It's hard to believe its week six already! This transfer has FLOWN by. Next transfer is going to be awesome though!
Let's see....nothing really other than that! I told you, most of the week was practicing.
Oh! Happy birthday, Cody! (I actually remember all y'all's birthdays, just usually I forget to put it in the email. I made sure to remember this week though!)
Love y'all, miss y'all and hope everything's going well! (Yup, turned true southern, I guess.)
Here's my spiritual thought this week:
An OBJECT is something perceptible, especially to the sense of touch or vision; a focus of attention or effort.
An INSTRUMENT is a means by which something is accomplished.
an AGENT is one that acts. In order to be an AGENT we need to be INSTRUMENTS in the hands of the Lord. An instrument is something that does. It acts. It accomplishes.
An OBJECT is something that is being acted upon. It's just there. What do the scriptures say?
"And the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. and because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to ACT FOR THEMSELVES and not to be ACTED UPON..." (2 Nephi 2:26)
"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an INSTRUMENT in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy." (Alma 29:9) That soul can be your own. It is just as valuable as any other.
Be instruments this week, will you? Act, don't be acted upon.