When I was little, I always dreamed about getting married and the joys that come with that. I thought about the proposal, my wedding day, waking up next to each other every morning, having someone to come home to each night, snuggling up together with a movie and treats on weekends, never missing a day without getting kissed, making good healthy meals for two, hearing "I Love You" on a daily basis, and of course..........
Giving talks together in church on the same subject!
In the LDS church, members of the congregation talk each week on different subjects given to them by the bishop and his counselors. So, we don't have the same leader speaking every Sunday, but we get to hear from lots of people and their different experiences. It is a great way to learn about gospel subjects. And, it is fun when it is your turn to talk because then you learn so much from studying it and preparing to teach others.
Yesterday was our first time talking in church together as a married couple, as Brother and Sister Hembree. ::) It made me so grateful for Nate, for his testimony, and gospel knowledge. Plus, he looked so cute wearing his new suit that we bought on Boxing Day, that finally got hemmed and back to him. What a stud!
Our topic for today was on the Restoration which I was very excited about. This is a topic that makes our church different and that makes us stand out from other Christian churches. I realized that only on my mission did I have the chance to constantly think and talk about the Restoration. It isn't something that pops into your mind on a daily basis in regular life. But as I reviewed over talks and scriptures on the subject, my heart became full as I realized how blessed I am to be a member of the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth again. I almost felt that giddy feeling as I pondered and prayed about the restoration and Joseph Smith in preparation for Sunday. I was again amazed at all that he went through and how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ used him as an instrument in their hands to do great things.
I focused on Joseph Smith and his humble beginnings, as well as the 1st Vision miracle, and the blessings that come to us because of the restoration of Christ's gospel. Nate focused on the history of the Reformation and how it led to the Restoration, and also how we can apply it to our lives by reforming and restoring ourselves.
At the start of Nate's talk, he teased me a little. He mentioned how when we were asked to speak by Brother Kimberling and how excited I was. He said that I came home that day and said, "Nate! This is so exciting! This will be our first time speaking together in church as a married couple!" Then he said that he replied, "Ya......Oh goody!" (In a sarcastic voice.) Too bad that he wasn't as excited as I was. :)
Alot of my talk came from this talk- http://http://www.lds.org/liahona/2004/02/four-cornerstones-of-faith?lang=eng and this talk http://http://www.lds.org/ensign/2005/12/joseph-smith-jr-prophet-of-god-mighty-servant?lang=eng. You should read them if you have a chance. So good. Both by President Hinckley.
Or if you have questions about the Mormon church or want to learn more on your own you can visit http://mormon.org and http://lds.org. Both great sites for members and non-members alike!
I love the gospel and I love talking about it. It brings me back to my mission and makes me homesick for that constant feeling of the spirit. I feel so blessed to be a member of the church!