Thursday, February 26, 2009

The First Vision

When I was on my mission it seemed like every time we told the story about Joseph Smith seeing God the Father and Jesus Christ there were always interruptions...a phone rang , dogs started fighting, the doorbell rang, rodents ran across your feet not to mention the infamous child choking or children screaming. It was inevitable to not have a distraction while teaching that most important moment of the restoration of the gospel. I remember always thinking "They are not going to feel the spirit with all these distractions going on, what's the point!" Can you say "Satan, be gone!" Well the other day we had our Home Teachers come and teach us a little lesson, can you guess what it was on? That's right, Joseph Smith's First Vision. The one that was sharing the message is a single man with no kids. He starts teaching and as soon as he does the boys start screaming and running around like they were possessed...or not :), we kept trying to calm them down. All while the Home Teacher keeps teaching the lesson.I felt bad for him because I remember what it was like on my mission. He did a great job, but you can tell he was a little uncomfortable, I'm sure he felt that we weren't listening to him...poor guy. Well, I learned a VERY important lesson that day. I realized that even though my kids were crazy wild, I still felt the spirit strongly as he told the story. Later my husband shared those same feelings. I realized then, that maybe those lessons on my mission were not in vain and I also felt terrible for just assuming they wouldn't feel the spirit. I hope and pray that I didn't jeopardize someone for learning this important message because I didn't have the faith that God could penetrate through the noise and Chaos. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I hope that I can share this wonderful message with many more who deserve to hear it, I hope that I will have the courage to help many brothers and sisters know the message that our loving Heavenly Father does love us and has given us a plan -lesson learned


Anonymous said...

HI Amy! It's totally no worries about the last time I stopped in to snag my mail. I could tell the boys were causing a stir!

DUDE!!! We SUPER love the dish set you gave us! The yellow goes so awesome in the kitchen with my blue checked table-cloth and we use them ALL the time! Thank you! Thank you! Hope you all are doing great! You rock girl!


ashlynn said...

nice post - always enjoy a little church talk

Erin said...

Hi! This is Erin Nielson (tracy/bundy). I'm so excited to find your blog! I have one, too, but it's private. If you want an invite to it, send your e-mail address to

Reading this entry made me cry. It's such a nice thing to know that no matter what is going on, God can reach through and touch our lives. It really is a wonderful thing.

Stephanie said...

I loved reading this entry, I almost forgot about the infamous distractions while sharing the Joseph Smith story. It's great how much we learn things from our mission even years after.

Carol Sapp said...

You are so awesome! I sat down this afternoon and decided to visit your blog...before I began paying bills.

I had tears running down my cheeks (of course...) in quiet humble gratitude that you are a part of my life.

I still have to call you today and tell you about "our" missionary story. Dad and I have had a lesson every day for the last 3 days and tonight again.

Thank you for being you.

Love, Mom

Lanay said...

Amy, I'm so glad I get to know who you are though this blog.I am so grateful you share these uplifting experences, and even those hard times. Your just a very real, down to earth gal with a stong testimonie of the Gosple of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your example!