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Friday, February 25, 2011

faith & growth

I attended a conference a week or so ago ... well, I didn't actually attend. I was on the commmittee that put it together, which meant I lucked out and got to hear bits of some of the fantastic presentations.
(Heber & Ardeth Kapp)
During one presentation by Ardeth Kapp, she talked about her yearning for children; about how hard that trial was, and about how if she could have just seen the future, and known that in her responsibility as the General Young Women's President in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she would be caring for a quarter of a million young women, she would not have been so anxious and life would have been easier. When that thought came to her, she heard in her heart,
"Yes, but you would not have come to me so often in sincere prayer, you would not have grown and developed the faith that you have."
(David Osmond)
During another presentation, this one by David Osmond, I heard these words:
"In this life pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional."
David Osmond has Multiple Sclerosis. Having been paralyzed from his waist down, and confined to a wheelchair, David walked again on his wedding day and has been walking ever since.

Two inspirational heroes ... two inspirational messages. These got me thinking about my own life - my trials, my triumphs. Over the next few days I want to share some of these with you. And I welcome your comments, sharing your trials and triumphs. Because I believe this life is a time to lift and inspire each other. Feel free to email me if you'd like to send a private message, or comment with one you'd like others to read. So the next couple of weeks I'm going to take a break from talking about food, shopping, playing and clothes - and it'll be a pretty serious bunch of posts.
I hope you'll join me.


  1. Wow very cool, what a great event to attend!

  2. awww what a great event and inspiring post!!

  3. Denalee this is so wonderful! Very inspiting!

    Art by Karena

  4. you always have such inspirational stories to share. it is so great to know just how many Godly people there are in this world!

  5. What an amazing event:) Happy Tuesday, my dear

  6. suffering is optional - this has kind of hit me like a tornado this morning. powerful words. I have had many physical challenges and work hard on not letting them get the best of me. I think I might be repeating that phrase when the pain starts to feel overwhelming. Thanks for sharing this today.

  7. wow. we forget how lucky we are sometimes.

  8. Thank you for sharing this post with us today!! Suffering is optional...that is so true and yet I did not think of it as that!!!

    Thank you again for all the well wishes and support that you offer to me!!!

    I am so blessed to have you in my life!!