February 6, 2011

The Sunday Post

My cousin, Casey Hurley, is a professor at BYU Idaho. She gave a wonderful talk for their devotional series a few years ago. Her talk is about our personal journeys, especially when life doesn't go the way we planned. I'm a big believer in making bold decisions during these years (always checking in with the Spirit, of course). Her talk includes one of the most incredible stories to this point. It's stuck with me for years.

Here's an excerpt and the link to read the whole talk if you're interested:

When my friend Leslie graduated single from BYU, she started working on a PhD at Wake Forest University in Winston‐Salem, North Carolina. There was no young single adult ward in Winston‐Salem. Instead, there were two wards, each with a small group of five to ten young singles. And, of course, most were female. The possibility of finding a husband under such circumstances didn’t seem especially promising. To make matters worse, Leslie’s field of study required her to spend four to seven months out of the year on a (literally) desert and deserted island doing research with about three other scientists. During one of her research trips, a tour boat wrecked near the island. The tourists were evacuated, but a couple of young men were sent to watch the boat. And—you guessed it—one of them got to be friends with Leslie, accepted a Book of Mormon, went home, took the discussions, was baptized, and to make a long story short, was sealed to Leslie about a year later. They now have a twoyear‐ old and are expecting another baby shortly. I don’t think anyone expects to meet their spouse on a desert island‐‐ neither did Leslie. She’s glad she didn’t wait around after her college graduation, hoping for her dream man to show up. She moved forward doing productive things with her life that eventually led her to fulfill parts of the Lord’s plan for her. Being anxiously engaged eventually led her to being happily engaged.

Now, lawyers like disclaimers, so allow me to include one here: The important thing about Leslie’s story is not that she found a husband. God’s plan for Leslie could have just as easily included life as a righteous single woman. The important thing about Leslie’s story is
that she sought for and discovered God’s will for her by working hard and seeking His guidance.

Click here to read the whole talk. (Click on "Transcript".)

I love that story. Even though there are difficulties, the Lord takes us down such beautiful paths. The details of our lives are thought of and matter. Have a wonderful Sabbath, Liz

1 comment:

  1. I can't get over this story--no matter how many times I hear/read it. I love it.