by Terri Wagner
School is over. I made straight A's. Wow, I didn't do that even in undergrad. It's been a wild ride going back to college but immeasurably fun and exciting. I've learned more than I ever thought I could. Want to learn more. And especially pass it on to younger students. I hope that teaching job comes to pass.
I prayed briefly for the right conference talk to use at my VT meeting earlier today. This particular sister is a wonderful, beautiful, caring soul who has no idea how important she is...or that matter that she is all those things and more. Our visits always last longer than they should because we enjoy friendship along with VT.
The one that shot out at me was Elder Oaks' talk in April's conference on Sacrifice. I was a bit afraid to bring up the subject because she is facing a very long-term dis-settling sacrifice, and hating every minute of it. It's hard for her. I can relate.
However, when I started to talk, the Spirit took over...almost literally. I'm sure we all here have experienced that feeling. The words she needed to hear just poured from my mouth. And somewhere inside my brain, I thought, wow, this isn't me speaking, isn't this cool?!
I could see the burden lift off her shoulders as she understood what she was doing was giving her the opportunity to be "one with our Heavenly Father and with Christ." That's what she needed to hear. Oftentimes we get caught up in the emotional aspect of sacrifice and forget just the doing of it counts.
I left as uplifted as she felt. Don't you just love it when that happens?