We miss our children, grandchildren, mothers, family and friends. Our little car misses her garage.
We can tolerate the absence from people and places we care about. It is worth it when you have the opportunity to share the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m sure our car agrees.
It was the storm of 2014 for Charlottesville. It came during the night of Thursday, Feb 13th. Snow accumulation was around 12 inches. It was enough that we couldn’t open the car door. We have experienced much bigger storms in our lives, but we are told this storm is memorable for northern Virginia.
There is evidence it was a big storm. The governor called out the National Guard. All schools, public and private, are closed. Wednesday LDS Institute class at Darden Business School was canceled, followed by cancellation of Mid-singles institute class and Sisters Institute. As the storm settled in the missionaries received a text from Elder Medsker at the mission office, “Stay off ice and snow-covered roads. Great day for contacting tomorrow. Everyone is home.”
Muscle-powered service was the order of the day as missionaries pushed cars out of parking spaces and up small inclines. Between all the pushing they followed the time honored tradition of big storm snowman building.
Talking about the weather must be the #1 conversation starter. That certainly applies to missions. Our sons all served missions for the church and we regularly talked about their weather. Matt was the coldest in Lithuania. We alway wrote each other about his cold, short days and the long winters. Adam (Madrid, Spain) had perhaps the best weather with moderate temperatures both winter and summer. Justin (Manaus, Brazil) and David (Caracas, Venezuela) lived with the extreme temperatures of the tropics, although David tells us he was always blessed to serve in the cooler inland mountain area.
Our mission call was to the south, land of fried chicken, sweet potatoes, magnolias, high humidity and warm temperatures. In reality we find ourselves in the northern part of the south, complete with winter storms.
Storms have to be one of the most used metaphors in the church. We talk about the problems in our lives, the storms we must face. Fortunately, most problems, like this storm, come and go. If we manage problems with the help of the Savior we find we are stronger when the storms pass. Our car will soon be on the road again, despite spending the night in a storm.
Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day. (Alma 26:6-7)