Moving has been an amazing testimony-builder.
Last Saturday, 30 members of our ward (and a few of Steve's cycling buddies) showed up at our house to move us to our new home. 30!!! I was blown away by the turn-out, but also touched when I saw the way that everyone worked happily together. I stopped to snap a few photos, and I'm glad that I did, because I was able to capture the smiles on the faces of those who were joyfully serving together.
These wonderful friends, moved us into our new house in just 2.5 hours. It was so incredible. There was lots of laughter and happy conversation. There were two "bucket-lines" formed - one coming down from the second floor. The other coming up from the basement to the truck. Everyone knew their job and did it...and seemed so fulfilled.
The spirit let me know that I should take note...that this is the Priesthood in action...men and women working together to lighten each other's load. Although most of the movers were men, there were women who also helped move and who watched our children and the children of the movers so that the husbands in the family could steal away for the morning to help our family. This is how the priesthood works. This is the way that God intends for us to go through life...not struggling alone in our work, but doing it together with joy.
This Christlike service was amazing in and of itself. But what made it even more amazing was that I know that many of those who helped us that morning, didn't stop there. They went home and served their families. Then some of these same people came back and brought us a meal. And that same family also, went to a neighbor's farm to help him do farm work because the father in that family had suffered an aneurism and was unable to do his farming. The neighbors in that area have been doing this man's farming for five weeks now. This same service-oriented family also babysat for relatives that evening...they just never quit. And they will never quit being blessed either.
More details to come on our moving experience...right now, I've got boxes to unpack!
By the way, this was post #1,000...woohoo! The Gospel is true!