October 5, 2009

Jalapeños & Conference Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend, but it didn't get off to the greatest start...

Our car had been making "interesting" sounds for awhile. By Friday night the sounds could no longer be called "interesting" - they were HORRIBLE. So at 8 am on Saturday, we went to the dealership to drop off our car for service. This was not part of my weekend plans.

When we got home I was not in the best of moods. I went around the house grumbling to myself and let Dave know 3 or 4 (or more) times that I hated car repairs and that my weekend was ruined.

At 9am, I got on the internet to pull up conference. In the first talk of the Saturday morning session, Elder Scott spoke about the influence of the Holy Ghost and I got a wake-up call:

The inspiring influence of the Holy Spirit can be overcome or masked by strong emotions, such as anger, hate, passion, fear, or pride. When such influences are present it's like trying to savor the delicate flavor of a grape while eating a jalapeño pepper. Both flavors are present, but one completely overpowers the other. In like manner, strong emotions overcome the delicate promptings of the Holy Spirit.

- Elder Richard G. Scott

I immediately let go of my jalapeño emotions and tried to spend the rest of my weekend as a grape. As a result, I enjoyed Conference very much.

After the Saturday afternoon session, we made a stop at Salmon Days before heading up to the cabin. We had a fun time looking at the different booths and noticing the number of people wearing North Face fleeces (myself included).

After the Sunday morning session we went on a drive with my family on a US Forest Service road up into the mountains. There weren't many colorful leaves to look at because most of the trees are evergreens, but it was still very pretty and the views were great.

(There's not much snow, but it is there!!)

The first dustings of snow were visiable on the tops of some of the peaks. As soon as I saw it, I had an overwhelming urge for winter to come so the ski season can start! In my mind the 40 degree temps this morning we're a good thing - let it snow, let it snow!!

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