Marc's been a very good sport about going to Olive Garden every Monday. But last week we had the food-bye dinner for 2 senior couples and one of the sisters wanted to go to Olive Garden even though we'd already scheduled it for another location with a private room. That kind of did Marc in so today when we got ready to leave he just said he'd bow out because he couldn't do Olive Garden every 4 days. Come to find out, Pres Wall had eaten OG leftovers for breakfast because he didn't want to waste them. Yay! we went to VooDoo's Bar-b-q and really enjoyed it. The meat is supposed to be very good but I went for the sides--greens, corn casserole and yam souffle. Yum. It was a welcome change.
Sometimes when I sit down to write about the day I can't even remember everything that I did. The nice thing is that Sister Olsen doesn't have to supervise which is good for her. She's been busy getting ready to go home, and has had plenty to do--lots of address changes, mail forwarding, travel plans, etc. My biggest concern is that she'll leave, the yearly history for 2013 won't be finished, and I won't have a clue how to do it. Better get that under control--pronto!
I was asked to give the spiritual thought in our Monday meeting today. Fortunately it's not impromptu or I'd be in trouble. I chose to take Nephi's advice and liken the scriptures to me, especially Isaiah. Using 2 Nephi 16, which is also Isaiah 6, I likened 2 points. One was that after Isaiah sees the Lord he feels unworthy, using the words "Wo is unto me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean
lips." Then one of the seraphim takes a hot coal from the altar, touches his lips, and he is cleansed--symbolically his sins are purged." I likened that to partaking of the sacrament--the bread & water being taken from the "altar" or sacrament table and putting them to our lips, and in so doing, renewing our baptismal covenants and cleansing us. The second point was that Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying "Whom shall I send, and who
will go for us? (Who will do the work of the Father & the Son by calling people to repentance?) Then Isaiah said, "Here am I; send me." Isaiah volunteered for missionary service, echoing Jehovah’s
response to the Father in the pre-existence. Young men, young women
& senior couples also accept missionary calls by saying, “Here am I; send me.” That's kind of in a nutshell and it looked alot better on paper and sounded fine in my head. But as soon as I opened my mouth it bombed. Guess I'll have to work on presentation.