The experience with Sister Miles leaves an obvious Martha/Mary reference. Be
that as it may; I had a similar experience with my son. We were weeding potatoes
in my Dad's garden, and each of our six children had their own row
assigned. Mom and I finished ours earlier than the others, and went on to other
chores. When I finished furrowing a bean row, I noticed that the other children
were close to finishing their potato rows. But Danny was still working around
the first few plants. Hearing me yelling at him to get busy, my Dad came up to
me and wrapped an arm around my shoulders; then kindly commented: "I've
been watching Danny, and he doesn't know a potato from a weed. Now if
you'll just go work with him for a few minutes, he'll get the job
done."So I did, and then Danny did. Dad's advice turned out to be
some of the best leadership training I ever had!
This story made me laugh out loud several times. I think I learned something
about leadership along the way, too! Glad it made the Deseret News.
I used another equally great story from "Do Not Attempt in Heels", in my
Laurels lesson today. So many gems. It is wonderful to have such a resource
for my Young Women.
Lucky sister who never searched for people to teach, never experienced a single
door slam in the face, or had to witness firsthand all the cohabitation that
made it so challenging to find and baptize an entire family. For her it was all
song and dance. A mission isn't a vacation.
I loved reading this story and found wisdom and applications for life that apply
to more than missionaries. Even though a Nauvoo mission has unique aspects that
differ in some ways from other missions, this story shows that losing oneself in
serving the Lord and others is common to all missions.