Sunday, August 21, 2016

Life

The last few days in Las Vegas went well. We ate more buffet food which was amazing. Maher finally learned how to peal these little creatures...


 While my brother was in the casino I spent my time swimming or in the hotel room. He stayed up all night the last night trying to win the money he lost back. 

  
Staying in the Circus Circus hotel was nice. They had circus shows every 45 minutes and had roller coaster rides and other games. So, I did find things to do in order to avoid the cigarette smelling casinos.



 

I was scheduled to give a talk in Utah on the 17th. It was hard to drag my brother out of the casino so I can leave in time. I drove for 7 hours non-stop stressing that if I run into rush-hour traffic, I won't make it. Thankfully I made it in time...I spent the night with Karen and her family. They were so sweet and it was nice to meet her and her family... 


On the 18th I was invited to a reunion for all the couples that served in the Middle East. I really did not belong to the group, but it was nice to see some old friends there and enjoy the company of those amazing people. We had a Middle Eastern dinner as well, so it was wonderful. This is the park where we had the reunion...really beautiful...
 

My mom had surgery last week. We were worried that at her age it would be hard on her, but she is doing well. I am grateful for my many blessings...

On the way to Utah from Las Vegas, I came so close to having an accident. I don't think I have ever been so scared. A car (maybe 4 cars ahead of me) suddenly stopped. We were going 80 miles an hour and even though I often keep a safe following distance, there was no way I could avoid hitting the car in front of me. All of us, me and the cars in front of me chose to move over a lane. There was no time to think because we either hit each other or move. The car behind me, however, moved over to the next lane 2 seconds before I did, so when I moved, he was right next to me. Luckily he was a good driver and avoided the accident somehow. He was even nice enough to follow me and wave to me to tell me that there was no hard feelings and that he was ok. I probably scared him to death too...

I thanked Heavenly Father for this miracle because I really have no idea how this accident was avoided. 

Sadly we sometimes don't know how fast we could lose our lives. Just the day before that day I got so upset and yelled at my brothers because they left me waiting for them in the hotel lobby and went to see a show without telling me. I then felt so bad for yelling at them and getting so upset. So, that day would not have been a good day to die and stand before my Savior. I certainly would not have been worthy to stand in front of Him. 

My aunt suddenly died a few weeks ago, and a friend of our family just had a stroke and died.  He was a plummer and had just fixed my cousin's faucet for free a few days ago. Now, he's gone...And just an hour ago, another friend in his 30's had a stroke and died leaving his wife and 2 children.

We never know when we will be called to meet our maker. This life is too short and we need to make the most of it. I see family members saving money and not spending a penny, living their lives wanting and wishing...and I see other family members spending so much money so that they have the shadow of debt over them every day of their lives. And I saw many spend their lives in the casinos wasting every penny that they make on slot machines. I hope we can be wise...I hope we can spend money on that which is good...and spend our short life doing good things...Spending time with those that we love and serving others. That is where the true joy lies.

It is good to be be back home in Rexburg.  I have been living out of a suitcase for a while and it is not fun. It is nice to have clean clothes and do what I want to do. But, if it feels good to be home after a long trip, think of how good it would feel to go back home to Heavenly Father after this long trip of mortality/life. Our souls and our bodies would rest and we would be in peace.  When that day comes, I hope we each can strive to be ready so that it is a day of joy and peace and not a day of guilt and remorse.

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