Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ride the Brand, Love the Land

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I found myself at yet another wonderful Salt Lake City seminar with my husband last month.  Typically the annual seminar is held every July, but it was earlier than normal this year.  Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President, spoke to the wives for the women's luncheon.  What an awesome afternoon it was!  It seemed as though there were about 100 of us present.  

She shared an interesting story about a group of wild horses who were trained to assist the workers in one of the Church’s first farmland developments back in the early 1900s.  She told about the horses' great contributions to the workload -  their fire, tenacity, and never-ending drive.  However, at the end of the day, they all had one major fault.  For some reason - as soon as the work was done for the day - they’d all want to rush back towards the island across the river where they came from.  The workers could hardly contain the horses from jumping in the river to swim back towards their home.  

She encouraged all of us ladies NOT to be like those wild horses, not to turn back…looking for something more.  We are to put away childish things…to be wives who embrace the land, ride the brand, and make home wherever we create that peaceful haven for our husband’s to come home to after a long day’s work…to find joy in every day of this blessed journey.  

“No one leads a perfect or stress-free life.  No one.  The key to happiness is gratitude.  Seek daily divine intervention and be grateful.” - Sister Oscarson

The Florida segment created THIS AWESOME VIDEO (click here) that I love; it involves several of the gentlemen Jared works with and portrays the spirit of this great company.  Jared’s experience as General Manager of the Church-owned farms in Argentina was an experience we will always endear, and furthermore - what a blessing it is to continue to rub shoulders with our Argentine friends every year at this annual seminar!

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 ^^^ Monica & I at the Old Jerusalem site in Elberta, UT (the set for all recent Church Bible videos) ^^^  

A group of us women were able to tour this site during the seminar.  Being a dedicated site, we were asked to keep our photos sacred - but just note that the emphasis here is on how incredible it is that I’m able to reunite with Moni every year.  She is one of my dearest friends, and I love her.  Our conversations may be simple, but the love behind our words overrides any language barrier in our way.  Our hearts understand each other.  

AgriNorthwest (here in Washington) has been a great fit for us.  We anticipate being here for years to come, and I know the Lord has brought us here for a reason.  I’m happy for Jared and his choice career.  I love this company more each year and appreciate the added blessing of being under the umbrella of the Church.

1 comment:

Julie said...

Such wonderful pictures! I love your hat and I miss Monica! What a special memory and learning experience.