Monday, March 10, 2014

Each Life That Touches Ours for Good

Ever since high school, this hymn from the LDS hymn book has been one that expresses my sentiments for the amazing people in this world. Especially over the past year, as I have battled the many interesting challenges that have come, many of these people have continued to impact my life. Below are the lyrics to the hymns.

  1. 1. Each life that touches ours for good
    Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
    Thou sendest blessings from above
    Thru words and deeds of those who love.
  2. 2. What greater gift dost thou bestow,
    What greater goodness can we know
    Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways
    Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
  3. 3. When such a friend from us departs,
    We hold forever in our hearts
    A sweet and hallowed memory,
    Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee.
  4. 4. For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
    Devotion to the Savior's name,
    Who bless our days with peace and love,
    We praise thy goodness, Lord, above.
I have come to really see and appreciate these important people in my life and have realized that we cannot get through hard times in life without these amazing friends. The past two months have been difficult for me, but also, it's been a difficult year, as I have dealt with my vocal disorder as well. I cannot name all the people who have touched my life but I would like to share a few examples.

This morning I got a phone call from one of my favorite people ever. She has been the one who has helped me to remain positive as these trials have come. I had the privilege of working with her every Saturday at the temple. Her love of life and sense of humor cannot be matched. When I had a rough day, she would listen and within 30 minutes, we would be laughing and enjoying ourselves. There are not many people like Sister Jensen. I found out on Saturday that our time working together at the temple will be ending. It was a hard moment. When she called me this morning, we talked about how one life truly can help and touch another. She is how I want to be when I grow up.

I've been no stranger to service these past two months. This has not been easy, but I am convinced that one of the reasons that I have had to go through this, is to learn to ask for help. I am grateful for my dear friend, who while going through her own difficulties that I cannot even imagine, In the midst of all of these trials with her, she would text me daily and come and visit me quite often. Even when things may not have been going the greatest, she was there for me, constantly, though she had every reason not to be. She and I were able to make each other smile. I can always count on her to send a joke, or a cute story, or the perfect text at the right time. Even when her son was going through surgery, she was still checking in on me. She is a completely selfless and incredible friend.

One of the greatest blessings in my life, is the opportunity to serve the young women in my ward, through my calling as the Personal Progress leader. The girls have touched my life is so many ways. Also, I am convinced that I serve with some of the most amazing women ever. These women have been there for me through whatever has taken place, through prayers, new opportunities when old ones ended, sticking with me when I couldn't be there during therapy and sickness. These women are such examples to me, in so many ways, and are the type of role models I would want my girls to have, if I had girls. The lessons they teach, touch me and change me weekly.

My family, of course, make this list. I was blessed with parents who came down and helped me out before, during and after surgery, as well as called to check in with me. I cannot express my gratitude for the many, many things that they have done for me. It's indescribable. My sister, aka Nurse Heather, texted me multiple times a day to make sure I was well. She has always been there through the storms and seems to be someone who will text me on rough days and always knows the right things to say and the right times to say it. My brother brings rays of sunshine. Even though he is younger, it is nice to have someone who is in a similar walk of life and is experiencing similar situations. I could say so much more about each of them, but I'll sum it up by saying, My family is amazing!!!

Then there is someone I've loved since early elementary school days. She is one of my biggest heroes. What is even more amazing is how she and I ended up in the same place after college I have attempted to be there for her, with everything that she has gone through, and she has been there and more for me. She is so full of love for everyone. You ask her for one little thing, and she goes above and beyond. I have talked to so many people who have been touched by her charity. She is a strong and courageous person who shows genuine compassion and inspires everyone around her to give that tenfold.

One last one. My home teachers are the best. I never understood what true home teachers were until recently. I am blessed with a husband/wife companionship. Not only did they make their monthly visit, but they checked in with me consistently, helped when I needed it, brought me food, texted me when they went to the store, brought me the sacrament and let me know that they were ready and willing to help, if it were needed. I knew that they were genuinely concerned for me and it would not inconvenience them if I asked. They were more than just a monthly visit. They became true friends. That showed me how I want to be with those I visit and serve.

There are so many more people that I could add to this list. Just know that I am completely grateful for each of you. I am still trying to find the best way to express my gratitude to everyone who has helped me and touched my life. One thing is certain, the many amazing people who have been placed in my life have for sure touched me for the better. In closing, I want to re-share a few of the lyrics."Thou sendest blessings from above, through words and deeds of those who love. What greater gift dost thou bestow, what greater goodness can we know, than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways, strengthen our faith, enrich our days."