Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith – Dieter F Uchtdorf
Hello friends and family! Fall is here! The trees in Burlington have transformed from a lush green to a sea of yellow, orange and red. Some of the pleasures in life are jumping into piles of leaves and walking on crunchy leaves 😀 We did quite a bit of service as well! Last tuesday, marked the first time in my life i used a lawn mower! I also became a grass cutter for a day when i got to use the “weed whacker”. haha. The highlight however, was chopping firewood for an elderly couple. Wielding my trusty axe, i looked pretty boss. hahaha. As a token of appreciation, we got to pick several apples from his apple tree 😀
We were walking around a ghetto part of town when we noticed a pair of jostling kids who looked barely over 5 years old. The fun got a little too intense and a kid was pushed to the ground roughly by his friend leading to a scrapped elbow. Expectedly, the kid started crying but what raised our eyebrows was in between wails, he started screaming vulgarities and death threats to what was supposed to be his friend. We were so bewildered we stopped our conversation and stared at the spectacle. Despite the situation, it was so heartbreaking to see a little boy barely above my knee yelling words that would make a grown man cringe.
It led me to feel that parental example is so important for the upbringing of a child. Essentially it made me think about how i want to be in the future, One might say its still a long way to go before fatherhood becomes a part of my life but i feel its moments like this that shapes who you are in the future.
Anyway, the week ended on a high note with General Conference. It was AMAZING. Dieter F Uchtdorf says so many things that leads me to nodding my head in agreement. One of my favourite things he said was “Our destiny isnt determined by how many times we stumble but by the number of times we stand up, dust ourselves off, and stride forward”. His views were echoed by Russell M Nelson who mentioned that “Each day is a day of decisions and our decisions determine our destiny”.
Let us all do small things with great love 😀 Hug a little tighter, smile a little brighter, pay compliments, enjoy the present, embrace uncertainty and fall in love with hope. As Thomas S Monson said, “There are lives to brighten and there are hearts to touch.”
I love you all, have a wonderful week.