Monday, February 7, 2011


From my dad, who, together with my mom, has been called recently to serve in the presidency of the LDS temple in Columbus, Ohio:

from Luke 2:36-38

My wife and I had received new callings in the Church which were quite exciting and humbling and resulted in some anxiety as we approached them hoping that we would be able to fulfill such assignments.

As we began our work we were surprised that much of it was rather plain, mundane work.  We were happy to do the work, but it wasn’t altogether what we had expected.

In the middle of this I read in Luke 2 the story of Anna.

This wonderful sister, well over 100 years old apparently, had been quietly serving in the temple for 84 years as a widow.  While Luke says that she “served God with fastings and prayers night and day” (King James Version), those words describe how she served, not what she actually did day by day.

So what would she, as a sister living under the Law of Moses, have done?  She would have cleaned the temple, washed those vessels that the enemies of Israel were always carrying away, done the laundry and kept things straightened up.  I see her as one who would have been easy to overlook and pass by without notice.

But the Lord was noticing.  He preserved her life until she could be one of the first to bear testimony of the Son of God and speak “of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”  And what wonderful things had she done to deserve such a blessing?  She swept the floors, did the laundry and dusted the furniture.

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