Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Trivial Matters


 Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the trivial things of life. At times, trivial things can create a welcome diversion in our thoughts and our actions. But the trivial things of life are of little importance when we are faced with times when we must turn to our Heavenly Father for the knowledge, comfort and guidance that only He can give.
"When compared to eternal verities, most of the questions and concerns of daily living are really rather trivial. What should we have for dinner? What color should we paint the living room? Should we sign Johnny up for soccer? These questions and countless others like them lose their significance when times of crisis arise, when loved ones are hurt or injured, when sickness enters the house of good health, when life's candle dims and darkness threatens. Our thoughts become focused, and we are easily able to determine what is really important and what is merely trivial."  
-President Thomas S. Monson, "The Race of Life", General Conference, Apr. 2012
It is through realizing what is most important in life that we better understand what our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done for us. Meaningful experiences provide us with opportunities to learn and to grow, to distinguish good from evil, and make choices. These are not trivial matters. God influences us to do to good; Satan tempts us to commit sin. Everyone has temptations, and everyone makes mistakes, or sins. As with physical death, we cannot overcome the effects of sin by ourselves. We are helpless without the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Here are recent pictures from the TMM mission field:

 1- Arriving missionaries:

2. February Transfer Day:

3. Missionaries on their way home with honor:

4. Six full days of Leadership Training:

Yes Mom- he's happy!

The happy birthday kids!

Happy Valentine's Day!

The birthday boy!

The "lunch ladies/men"

5. Other assorted pictures:

Chapel in Sinton, TX

I don't know what happened to this place, but you've got to love the toilet!

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