“They Did Publish Good Tidings”

dec-2005It all started with a New Year’s Resolution.  I had set a goal for 2016 to “renew” myself: spiritually, mentally, physically.  This, of course, got me thinking and pondering. Then I received an email from an old mission companion of Jeff’s.  He had stumbled upon an article I had written over a year ago, “The Secret Life of a Bishop’s Wife”.  It wasn’t the first time I had received correspondence related to that post.  Again, I started thinking and pondering.  And last month while reading The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna, I read this definition: “A calling–Something that we feel compelled to do regardless of fame or fortune; the work is the reward.” Now I was really thinking: “What is my calling?”

It took me half a day of pondering.  It took my husband, Jeff, approximately 2.5 seconds.  He walked into the house after a long day at work, and I started chatting with him, sharing my thoughts.

“Honey, I’ve been thinking about what my calling might be, and I think I finally figured it out.  What is the one thing I love to do even if no one pays me to do it?”

His immediate response: “Writing.”

And that’s how an idea was born.  I started praying about this blog and thinking about it constantly (so much thinking!). I was excited about the idea of having a new platform to reach out to people, but it wasn’t until last Tuesday that I knew this was my calling.  I was sitting in the Phoenix Temple, waiting and reading my scriptures.  It was a story I know well about Alma the Younger and his buddies, the sons of King Mosiah.  Nothing new or interesting was jumping out at me…until I reached the last few verses of Mosiah chapter 27.  As these young men were travelling and teaching church members the things they had learned, they were “publishing all the things which they had seen, and explaining the prophecies and the scriptures to all who desired to hear them.

“And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer.

“And how blessed are they! For they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good; and the did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth.”

I don’t just love to write.  I love to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Through my trials and my joys, my blessings and my struggles, I have been lifted through the great enabling power of the Atonement of Christ.  I have found peace, joy, and direction.  And I want to share it with you.

I want to share the wonderful training and direction that Jeff and I receive as we work with the General Authorities of our church.

I want to share the simple joys I find in my regular routines of daily life.meme-ambrose-christ-1231779-gallery.jpg

I want to share the spiritual insights I find as I do small things like study my scriptures, attend the temple, and spend time in prayer.

I want to share the ups and downs of being a mom in today’s world and how I survive.

I want to share the heartaches and the successes.

And through it all I want to share the light of Christ, to illuminate your life and bring you hope as I “publish good tidings of good”.