The Older Generation: My Gems in the Gospel

Written by Sister Erin Light on Tuesday, November 04, 2014. Posted in Devotional

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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Comments (3)

  • Sister Josie Jasmin

    Sister Josie Jasmin

    04 November 2014 at 15:48 |
    Dear Sister Erin,
    I truly enjoyed your article and to know that our young people really do appreciate us old folk and our wisdom. Wisdom does come with age and i can remember when i was a young lady and received very sound advice from the older brothers and sister of my generation.
    May God continue to bless and keep you in his care.
    Love in Christ,
    Sister Josie

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  • Sister Michelle Watson

    Sister Michelle Watson

    04 November 2014 at 16:05 |
    I've received a lot of great advice from my wonderful grandparents, Brother Lou and Sister Adeline Ciccati and Brother Carl and Sister Marie Huttenberger, over the years. And I've been blessed to spend time with a wonderful grandma-in-law, Sister Sarah Watson, who is a vivid storyteller. I also still get a hug and kiss every Sunday from Brother Otto and Sister Dorothy Henderson ("I watched you grow up, and you're still my girl" Brother Otto always says). Visiting with Sister Lucy (Campitelle) Hemp as a youngster made a big impression on me, as has listening to Sister Sylvia Curry tell experiences. I still have dozens of cards from Sister Joann Bilardo that are covered with stamps and stickers. I'll also never forget the many kindnesses (often in the form of cookies and homemade bread) that Aunt Betty and Uncle Jim Alessio showed me when we lived in Mesa and how they faithfully supported every single church event. So many wonderful examples, I can go on and on!

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  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    04 November 2014 at 18:13 |
    This was so BEAUTIFULLY written!! You can tell that it came truly from your heart. It definitely touched my heart immensely!! I have to say that all those Brothers and Sisters as well as your parents did an awesome job for you turned out with such a precious heart. We should never underestimate the effect we have on one another. May God continue to bless you for you are a wonderful tool in the Master's hand.

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