Sunday, July 04, 2010

Sunday thoughts

I think I loved having the 4th of July on Sunday this year!

Singing America the Beautiful (my favorite), the national anthem, and even My Flag in Primary all gave me the chills. I heard some small Primary children singing The Star-Spangled Banner and they had their hands over their hearts, it was adorable.

I loved that it was fast & testimony meeting today and felt like I was that much more prepared to feel the Spirit. Some Sundays I leave church without truly feeling uplifted due to wrangling kids and trying to establish reverence the whole time, but not so today.

Today it seemed like all of the testimonies echoed the feelings of my own heart and I was full to bursting.
  • We enjoy so many freedoms, and I am especially grateful for the freedom of religion.
  • I'm thankful that Heavenly Father prepared this land so that the gospel of Jesus Christ could be restored and the Book of Mormon could come forth.
  • The gospel is founded on free agency. We are always free to choose our actions. When we choose to be obedient to God's laws, we are happier.
  • So many many people have worked and fought to preserve our liberty, including Captain Moroni (one of my heroes).
  • No matter what exciting places we go to, there is a special feeling when returning to American soil.

For some reason, all through sacrament meeting I had some of the lyrics to How Firm a Foundation running through my mind:

In every condition
In sickness, in health
In poverty's vale
Or abounding in wealth
I'll strengthen thee, help thee,
And cause thee to stand
Upheld by my righteous
Upheld by my righteous
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

Today I feel strong, capable of anything with the Lord as my partner.

Today I am feeling more hopeful than I have in a long time.


patsy said...


WHAT A GREAT SUNDAY- I had similar feelings in sacrament meeting today. I agree- the 4th on Sunday has been so great- who knew?

I am trying to get back to blogging...

I'm so happy you are always here :)

Jill said...

I felt exactly the same way and really loved having the 4th fall on a Sunday.

everything pink! said...

oh so great.

i was super emotional thinking about jeff getting out of the army.

Church again for me was super emotional as I just don't feel anything for all the strangers sitting next to me.

i know it will come, but i wish we could have been at our previous ward for this past sunday.

i know, it will come.

Melinda said...

I really enjoyed having the 4th on a Sunday also. Our testimony meeting was so uplifting. I haven't felt like this in a long time. I was crying walking to Primary. I love this hymn also.

jenn said...

I'm thankful for your post (and Jill's) since my meeting was not so powerful and I'm still quite upset that we didn't even sing the National Anthem!! Still- I love the 4th of July!!

rebekah said...

It was a special 4th, wasn't it? I feel overwhelmed when I think of all the expectations that the Lord had/has for this land. I am sad for all the ways that we have fallen short, but hopeful because I know that there will always be people who will defend liberty, democracy, and justice.

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