Adam said when he walked into meet Elder Holland, Elder Holland's first comment was "You guys really had to reach down into the Aaronic Priesthood to find a clerk" (cause he looks so young), Adam immediately responded with "That's funny, cause on the way here I was thinking, I feel like a Deacon passing the sacrament for the first time."
So dinner was great. My friend Kelli, had told me beforehand that it was going to be a light dinner, so honestly I wasn't expecting much. Actually I was just expecting some salad with pieces of chicken on it, but it turned out to be a huge salad, with all sorts of fun things on it, like eggs and avocado, and chicken, and peppers and mushrooms (you get the picture).
So here it what I like about Elder Holland. He seems like he really cares. Even if he doesn't you would never know, because he really comes off as if he cares about you and your life. He asks questions about you and actually seems interested in the answers.
During dinner he asked Adam, what our baby's name was. Adam confidently replied, "Tommy"... I thought that Adam would realize his mistake and fix it, but that didn't happen. I said, "Actually, it's not, it's Preston", so apparently even Adam gets a little tongue tied around Amazing Individuals. I'm just happy that he remembered his own name.
Honestly the talk given by Elder Holland was even more amazing than my dinner. Beforehand, I really wondered if it would be much different, than any other talk, but it was wonderful. Adam took great notes during that talk, here are some of my favorite comments:
- We are under covenant to sacrifice. If it is not the sacrifice you wanted then maybe it really is a sacrifice
- On Trials: Endure and save yourself for days of happiness ahead. We have been happy and we will be happy again. This is the church of happy endings.
- Still on Trials:. Endure. Stiffen your shoulders and square your back. If you can’t make an ounce of progress, plant your feet and stand. It will get better.
I really liked hearing that when you are in the middle of a "storm", that it is enough to just try and hold your ground. That you don't always have to be "moving forward". I hope I can be reminded of this, during my next hard time... whenever it comes.
So, thank you Elder Holland for a wonderful visit. Thank you for remembering my name and my children's names, thank you for smiling and taking the time to care. Your visit was the highlight of my month.