"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matt 5:16 "The light of the body is the eye . . . " " . . . If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light." Luke 11:34-36 "To give light to them that sit in darkness . . ." Luke 1:79
These very special ladies were spending a couple days at the Preston Temple. We were able to go there to do Norma Rae Blain's temple ordinances. Elder Blain was excited to get his sister's work done and I was honored to be baptized for her and do all the other necessary work so she can be with her family if she so chooses to accept the ordinances. We have a special feeling that Alden and LaVern (parents) and Jay (brother) are celebrating with Norma today. Elder Blain is the only surviving member in this family.
The woman in the middle is the professional golfer and golf coach from Zimbabwe (native African). The one on the left is from South Africa, and the one on the right is from Norway. One hurt her wrist and just dropped out of the British Open. These choice women help people in Africa get fed and to have cataract removed from their eyes. The children on the card are seeing for the first time in their lives. The woman in the middle on the card is the one on the right in the photo. She was prompted to speak to us and sat down in the cafeteria at the temple and discussed the culture in Africa. It helped us better understand the Angolans we are teaching.
This lovely woman served a mission in Provo, Utah. Imagine that! Their Eyes for Zimbabwe charity is meeting the needs of many Africans. They do a lot of humanitarian aide in Africa when they aren't on the circuit. What a beautiful example of selfless service! They said they cannot feed all of the hungry in Africa, or restore sight to all who cannot see, but they can help one at a time and make a difference to them. I think this organization may be one worth becoming involved with when we get home. She gave us her e-mail for later contact. Apparently, she is close friends with Sherrie Dew, who does charity work through them. She is sending Books of Mormon and Bibles to Africa for them to distribute.
I heard an uplifting talk in Sacrament Meeting last Sunday related to all of us finding a way to be lights unto the world for others. The speaker said to picture a dark room where there is no light whatsoever. This room is divided by a wall in which there is a door. On one side of the wall is the room with darkness so heavy that even a candle cannot be seen if lighted therein. On the other side of the wall is a room full of light. When the door is opened, the light penetrates the darkness. The darkness does not have the power to darken the light. Light always is more powerful than darkness.
Choose to believe that no matter how much darkness there is in the world, or in your own personal life, all you need to do is let the light in through faith in Jesus Christ and let your own light so shine so others can be uplifted.
The three women golfers are shining forth with their light of love and generosity, literally bringing light to the eyes of thousands. What marvelous people we meet along the way in life!
|The golfer lady took our picture. The wind was blowing and Elder Blain had the sun hurting his eyes.|
|This is looking up at the ceiling in the temple foyer. The sky is so pretty today!|
|See how quickly the sky can change? This was taken as we walked around the temple taking the other pictures.|
|The roses are about gone for the season here.|
|A pretty little corner of the temple grounds.|
|These trees looked so much better in the spring when we took the picture with them barely leafing out and the temple could be seen through their lacy shapes.|
|The English countryside as we sped along the motorway.|
|Leaving the temple.|
|Here's what the hay is wrapped in.|
|Oh, oh, looks like rush hour traffic already!|
|Lovely ride home--not.|