Bloom Where You Are Planted

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Debra Coe (c) all rights reserved

One person can have a lot of influence no matter who or what they are.  One of best examples of this is a story that was told to me by Sister Bradley, who was then the Matron of the Washington D.C. Temple. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a special meeting with the temple matrons for the wives of our Stake Priesthood leadership. I understand that it was the only meeting they have had of its kind.

One story that was shared was about a sister who worked at the temple as "just part of the cleaning crew." Everyone knew and loved this sister because when she was cleaning up at night after everyone else had gone home, she would leave notes of love and encouragement on the desks of workers. When she saw people she was warm and friendly, saying "Hello" and giving words of encouragement to all. In the warmer weather she brought flowers from her garden and gave them to workers there.

I don't remember the exact details, but one day one the staff, or perhaps one of the temple matrons, was speaking with this woman and asked about her background. She was now a widow, but she had had a wonderful marriage and in fact her husband had been a mission president. This sister who had once been the center of attention and treated with great importance did not let her circumstances stop her from continuing to act like a "Princess" and be a great influence. She understood that influence for good was not dependant on status, but on how you treat others and live the gospel.

Sister Bradley said that this woman was the greatest example of blooming where you are planted that she had ever seen.  We should all follow her example.

Debra Coe Copyright 1998 all rights reserved.

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Satan's Convention

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Satan called a worldwide convention.  In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, "We can't keep the Christians from going to church."

"We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth."

"We can't even keep them from conservative values."

"But we can do something else.  We can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding experience in Christ.  If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.  So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't gain that experience in Jesus Christ.   This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!"

"How shall we do this?" shouted his angels.

"Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent unnumbered shams to occupy their minds," he answered.  "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, then, borrow, borrow, borrow.  Convince the wives to go to work and the husbands to work six or seven days a week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their lifestyles.   Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work. Over stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice.

Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive, to keep the TV, the VCR, and their CD's going constantly in their homes. And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world  plays music constantly.  This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

"Fill their coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.  Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.  Invade any other moments with order catalogues, every kind of newsletter and promotional offering, free products, services, and false hopes."

"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.  Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week. Don't let them go out in nature.  Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, and concerts instead."

"And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion."

"Let them be involved in soul-winning.  But crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ.  Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family unity for the good of the cause."

It was quite a convention in the end.

And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments, causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there. Has the devil been successful at his scheme?

You be the judge.

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