Monday, November 1, 2010

Different Over Here, But Also The Same

It is 1 am. We just got home.

We went to church, went straight to a temple recommend interview and then came straight home. And here we are at 1 am.

I had my interview with my branch president after church at 12 pm, then we drove to meet a member of the mission presidency on his way home from visiting a distant branch to have our second interview, which took place around 7:30 pm.

We had our interviews in his car.

We drove 9 hours today, instead of the 4 we would have driven if we'd only gone to church.

We made a large triangle instead of just boring lines going to and from church.

Life is interesting in Poland.

I had the privilege of giving my favorite answers to my favorite questions on the most important subjects to the Lord's representative.

I love saying yes.

(well, and no, but it's the yeses that make me teary. The nos are a formality.)

It's as awesome saying yes when you drive 5 hours out of your way to do it as it is when you wait for a half an hour in your own chapel.

It's as meaningful to hear those questions and say those yeses in a car as it is in an office.

This was a hallowed e'en.

I am going to bed.


Lara said...

I think it's wonderful. Makes you appreciate it that much more...and your children will see the sacrifice you made so willingly and it will make their lives better.

And reading about it just made my own life better.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I love saying yes, too. It sounds like you had a totally consecrated sabbath.

Erin said...

Thanks for writing that even though it was so late. I admire you so much.

Kimberly said...

Oh beautiful. What a lovely way to spend the Sabbath.

Kazzy said...

You are a dedicated and loyal church member. Way to go. You are an example to me. Really.

Barbaloot said...

Good for you. I'm happy I get to answer those same questions...but I'm also happy I only have to travel five minutes to do so:)

gramalee said...

:D yes!

charrette said...

Oh, Lisa, what an exhausting schedule. Were the kids with you the whole time too? I guess you don't take anything for granted when you have to drive so far to participate. If I drove for 9 hours...I'd be in California! :)

I love saying yes too. LOVE it! Thank you for this great perspective.

Erin said...

What a tiring and spiritually uplifting day. I will renew my recommend this month (November now, wow!), but I only have to drive for three minutes. I will think of you when I am going to the church.

Anonymous said...

I love saying yes, too.

I think charrette just inspired me to go to California.

Susan said...

I will not complain about our 45 min drive to the Stake Center.
I will not complain about our 45 min drive to the Stake Center.
I will not...

I too love your write up, but that's always the case. Here's my thing, I have a hard time with a lot of my yeses. I'm a quibbler, and so I'll say, kind of, but I know I eat too much chocolate to reeeeally be keeping this commandment, etc... Oh yeah, but the first yeses, and later on... okay, yeah, I do too. Too bad I just did mine so I won't be able to have your excellent perspective for another 2 years.
Hmm, was that long enough, or should I keep going :)

Carolyn V. said...

You drive 4 hours to church? Wow. I am so impressed. When we lived in California it only took us an hour to drive to church. Now it's only a few blocks away.

Congrats on the recommend, the questions always make me teary too.

Melanie Jacobson said...

Oh, you're awesome.

Heidi said...

It really puts things into perspective. Thank you!