The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel
"And I command you to take it upon you to counsel with your elder brothers in your undertakings; for behold, thou art in thy youth, and ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers. And give heed to their counsel." — Alma 39:10
As I finish my final semester in my Gerontology graduate school program, I have had some time to reflect on my life and appreciate the counsel of the older brothers and sisters who provided for me in my time of need. These beautiful, loving saints were my solid foundation. While I studied, they prayed all semester long. While I looked for a job, they prayed every week until I received. While I packed for GMBA Camp, they prayed for a safe flight.
The following is a short collection of a long list of blessings I've received from the older generation. Sure, I am a young person, and I have all the energy in the world, but without the support of my brothers and sisters, I would not be where I am today. They are the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the constant reminder of God's promises to the righteous.
Sister J, who sent me cards for everything, whether it was my high school graduation or my first Youth in Action tour, letting me know that her prayers were with me every step of the way.
Brother L, who let me sit next to him, link my arm through his, and for the next half hour talk about my newest job, love interest, or latest worry, so that he could give me words of encouragement and remind me of how he watched God's blessings in my life as I grew.
Sister R, who asked me to sing songs and read scripture at almost every visit and who taught me the meaning of coming prepared and bringing a blessing to those in need.
Brother R, who taught me how to seek out connections and give your testimony as often as possible, who taught me by example not to complain about the physical discomforts of this life but to praise God always.
Sister L, who taught me God's perfect timing ("He never comes too soon, and He never comes too late") and who got up the Sunday after her husband of 57 years passed away because she knew the importance of giving thanks to God through the largest trial of her life.
Sister O and Sister S, who sent me cards when my Mom was sick with cancer because they knew that I would need some upliftment as well.
Brother B, who pinched my cheek and told me to be a "good girl and serve God always" (even when I was 23 years old) because he had walked with God for many years and knew what life held when I couldn't see the future.
Sister A, who told me often how she loved me every time she saw me, who would make calls to check in with me if my parents traveled out of town for a few days.
And the list continues...
I cannot help but be immensely grateful for their influence in my life.
To me, a brother or sister who has aged in the gospel is like a beautiful jewel, shining more brilliantly every passing year as it undergoes God's craftsmanship. I needed each and every one of those brothers and sisters to provide for me, whether spiritually or naturally, because they had experienced a lifetime of God's blessings and growing their own faith. Their examples continue to mentor me throughout my life.
Who are the jewels of the gospel in your life? Who has impacted your walk with the Lord by showing you how they walked through theirs? Let's let their lives be guiding lights to us, examples of how to develop a lifetime love for the Lord.
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