Alethea & Athena (double_dear) wrote,
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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everybody! We hope you're all having a lovely day. As for us, we're taking it easy. The stake Primary president invited us over for her Easter dinner, but we declined because we don't like ham and I'd been looking forward to relaxing. I thought it was kind of odd that she seemed so interested in having us over, because we barely know each other at all, and then Athena pointed out that she has a son our age. Hmmmmmmm.

Anyway, that's not to say we haven't done anything this Easter. A couple of general authorities came to our area for a missionary training thing (I think), and each one of them chose a stake in which to have a Special Stake Meeting (not to be confused with Stake Conference, although it was remarkably similar). Our stake was one of the two chosen, so we had a Special Stake Meeting with Elder Stanley G. Ellis, who gave this talk at General Conference last Easter Sunday.

That made it a little extra special for me, because last Easter Sunday was when we were trying to figure out where we wanted to go when we aged out of the young single adult ward, and that talk stood out to me as being helpful in that regard. In it, he said to "bloom where you're planted," but if circumstances make it so you have to move, go where you can be the most helpful. After a lot of agonizing about where to go, whether to move, etc., we ended up here, and then at the Special Stake Meeting with Elder Ellis, there I am being helpful by playing the organ. It helped me feel like we really are on the right track.

As for the meeting itself, it was good. It made us think about a lot of things, but most of them are personal, so we're not going to share. But it was an especially interesting meeting, because the stake president got up and said what makes this meeting unique is that none of the speakers know that we're going to ask them to speak today. So there were a lot of good, extemporaneous messages.

Today I'm thankful for a lovely Special Stake Meeting, figuring out how to get the organ to make sound, getting Easter eggs from a friend in the ward, special reminders of the Atonement, and not having to give an extemporaneous talk in church today.
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