Spring has sprung in Boise, Idaho! The weather this week was absolutely stunning. One of the neighborhoods in my area has planted hundreds of tulips and well I just love them. There are all sorts of colors and varieties and I am reminded “all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.” (Alma 30:44) But then I discovered goatheads. For those of you who are not familiar with goatheads they are basically poky balls with one long spike. So as you are walking they attach themselves to your shoes and before long you are no longer walking on your rubber souls but instead on the goatheads that have propped up your feet. And then to make it even better every once in a while there’s a really long thorn and it sticks all the way through your shoe and stabs you in the foot. Well I guess they are my reminder that there is a Fall and that “that which is evil cometh from the devil.” (Omni 1:25)
We had some pretty good lessons this week. A lot of the usual people we see every week. We did get to have a lesson with a less active in our ward who we had never met before. She’s super faithful and prays and reads her scriptures everyday and she even watched all of General Conference. But she hasn’t been to church in 40 years because her husband won’t let her go. It was kinda funny (and really sad) she said “Well maybe he’ll die soon and then I can go back to church.” Well the best (just kidding) part of the visit is that her husband smokes like really smokes and when we left we smelt horrible and we were going to a lady’s house later that day who is really really sensitive to smell. As a result we had to go home and re-shower and change all our clothes. It was worth it though. People need to be reminded they are always welcome back.
So I did something I have never done before. I sang a duet in church. Yep I really did and my voice didn’t crack or anything. Sister Marsh sang part of it as a solo and then when it got a little too high for me I sang an alto version she wrote. We sang Come Ye Disconsolate but it was a very different version that the hymnal version. Rob Gardener (who is amazing) composed the music for it. It sounded really good- at least that’s what everyone said. The lyrics are amazing.
Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish;
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts; here tell your anguish.
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure.”
Here see the Bread of Life; see waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.
What a beautiful message that whatever we face in this life, no matter our sorrows, if we turn our hearts to our Savior he will heal us!