There is Wonderful Joy Ahead

Last night we had testimony meeting at our house. Not in my family room sitting on the couch or sitting at our kitchen table. We had testimony meeting just inside my front door…standing…for three hours… three wonderful hours…until early hours of the morning.

Colby and I had just arrived in Nephi after spending the weekend in Bear Lake with Riley, Tana, & Kloie at the cabin. We needed to talk to a friend of ours about some business at the store so we invited him over to chat. I was excited to talk to him about plans to help our business grow and excited to hopefully help his dream come true as well. We invited him in and starting chatting like we always do. If I had known what was ahead I would have invited him to come sit on the couch. Instead, he stood inside the front door with Colby and I close by in the front room. We talked for MAYBE twenty minutes about the business, our plans, and our hopes. We discussed past business adventures and what we saw in the future.

What was just business talk soon led into family talk which somehow ventured into testimony meeting (in my opinion).

While I wish I felt like I had the right to post everything we discussed last night, it’s personal. It’s personal to Colby and I and also personal to our friend. Colby and I talked a lot about our life and our friend told us personal information about his own life. Needless to say, we found out some amazing things about his family, his wife, his past life, her past life, and circumstances that led them to become the wonderful family they are today. You have no idea how amazing it was to hear, but I promise you, it strengthened my testimony tremendously! I wish I had my journal with me while we were talking, because I had so many thoughts and feelings overcome me. I’m not sure any of us had dry eyes by the time he left. And for me, the spirit was so strong. I couldn’t hold back my emotions and while that was somewhat embarrassing, it was wonderful as well! Colby and I went to bed that night changed. I can’t explain it, but something was different. It was a wonderfully, peaceful feeling!

Sometimes when I think the Lord isn’t hearing my prayers or I’m not getting the answers I need, the Lord speaks through others and answers our prayers when we least expect them. Last night that happened to me. And I think it happened to Colby as well. Whether our friend realizes the impact he has been in our life or not, he and his family have been a blessing in our life these last few months. They are the greatest examples to us and we cherish their friendship!

Our life has not been the easiest these last few months-starting a business, making the decision to quit a job, raising three children, not having a husband around as much as I would like, and numerous other trials have come our way. However, somehow I am filled with peace and happiness. The gospel is true and Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. He knows us individually and bears our burdens. He knows what we need and while we may not know why we go through the trials we face, he has a plan for each of us. I know that because I have felt it. My life is blessed beyond measure and I couldn’t be more grateful for the trials in my life. These trials have made me a stronger person mentally and spiritually. I have hope there is wonderful joy ahead!

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