I had a really great day Sunday! Partly it feels great because I'm glad it's over, but it really was good while it was happening, too. First, we had really good talks in sacrament meeting, by a good friend of mine who is serving as medical consultant in the California Riverside Mission office. Her topic was "Being a More Christian Christian." It was a great talk all the way around, but at the end she told about an eye problem she had, starting on Christmas Day. She blew some dust out of a glass and it went in her eye. She went to the eye doctor four different times, three doctors (once they got back to work after Christmas) before they finally found the speck and pulled it out. It was an eight-day ordeal. Well, just last week my dear old stepmother, Margrit, had much the same problem. she had heard about Mary's deal, so she called her. Mary took her to the optometrist first, and when he wanted to just give Margrit some cream and send her home, Mary asked him to refer her to the opthamologist, which Margrit wouldn't have thought to do. Mary took her there, and that guy couldn't find it either, so was going to send her home with a prescription, but Mary said, "I just had this same problem for eight days, and they finally found it. Can you please look again?" He did, and found the thing and got it out.
Mary's point in telling the story was that she thinks the reason she suffered the thing in her own eye was so she'd be prepared to help this little old widow. I think that's such a Christlike way of looking at trials. Sometimes they really do prepare us to help someone else.
My sharing time went really well, lots of participation, and five different adults (teachers and a parent who was in there) told me it was good. And then we had our baptism preview that night, and I conducted, gave a talk, and made all the refreshments, and that went really well, too. A double batch of fudge-frosted brownies, five dozen chocolate chip cookies, and a batch of peanut butter Twix bars, and everything was scarfed right up. I was glad to be home when it was all over, but it was a really good day.