This week there was a LOT of rain. It’s interesting how people see rain. Some see it as a burden and annoyance–a token of a bad day–while others see it as a blessing and acknowledge the strength and nourishment it can give to the plants and environment. I think this is a lot how people interpret commandments too.
We have been teaching a 10 year old girl and her mom. We talked this week about the 지혜의 말씀 (the word of wisdom) this week. We weren’t sure how they would accept this, so before we taught our lesson we prayed a lot for guidance and help. We started off with the question “How can we take care of our bodies?”
At first they didn’t really understand what this would have to do with church, but as they kept on thinking of ideas they included waking up early and going to bed early, not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and eating healthy food. The Spirit came into the room as they thought of more ideas and we began talking about how our bodies are a gift from God so we have to treat them well by keeping the Word of Wisdom. We read For the Strength of Youth together (on health) and they loved it (especially the mother). She accepted the Word of Wisdom full-heartedly and thought it was great that we should avoid addictive substances (like tea and coffee) in order to be healthy. They loved the Word of Wisdom and committed to live by it from here on out before we even extended an invitation.
A little after this we taught about the Word of Wisdom to another woman, who had a hard time accepting it. It seemed to be the most miserable thing she had ever heard. No coffee or tea or alcohol! She seemed so wrapped with what she didn’t like about it that she missed what she could gain from it–blessings of health and wisdom, strength and energy.
I realized that if we see rainy days as miserable days–we’re probably going to have a miserable day. But if we see rainy days as a blessing from God–knowing that rain brings nourishment and health and gorgeous spring flowers–we’ll probably be more thankful for them.
Just like rain brings nourishment and strength to the earth, so do commandments bring us nourishment and strength from above. We may not always realize it, but they do! Keeping the commandments will always be bring us blessings from above!
Hope you have a good week!
❤ Sister Stastny