Our day was on a total high as we prepared to leave our condo and teach our institute class in the Barlow Center. Just as we were preparing to leave we got some discouraging news which probably worked to our benefit and grounded us as we taught our lesson. It is very interesting how our Heavenly Father teaches us and prepares us to reach out to his children. (He also has an amazing way of humbling us.)
After the institute lesson we had the blessing of meeting with one of our Barlow Center interns and discussing some of the challenges the student is facing. I, also, had the opportunity of giving the intern a blessing. This (because of the quality of the interns) always brings a sweet spirit into the office. These young people are fantastic and that gives us much more confidence that the church is in good hands and that they will do everything possible to preserve the correct principles our country was founded upon.
Each session of the Washington Temple starts out with a member of the stake presidency speaking to you. President Colton talked about the woman with an issue of blood in the scriptures. The Lord said to her your faith has made you whole. It hit me faith makes us whole. Faith makes the atonement real in our lives. Faith causes us to act. The Lord can make me complete, whole, if I believe and have faith in him.
When Elder Anthony is asked to give a blessing it is always such a sweet experience. I am amazed at how much the Lord loves us. It is always so evident in the blessing given. This is such a special privilege. I am grateful to be a part of these.