Monday, July 5, 2010

MORE HEROES (IE-HEROINES) RISE TO THE CALL!

Apparently, every Nana needs more than just ONE Hero! In fact, every Nana requires a few Heroines, too!
My first young HEROINE let me know that she had SAVED me from getting bit by a flying ant that had landed on my arm while I was floating in the pool.  (I never saw it, but she assured me that she had SAVED and PROTECTED me!) I feel indebted to her for her watchful care.
My next young HEROINE guarded me from unwanted water splashes from the holiday celebrants playing games in the pool.  Just like a trusted embassy driver, she maneuvered my float expertly through the water, avoiding any collisions and keeping my sunglasses splash-free! (She repeatedly reminded me of HOW she was SAVING me from those annoying splashes across the face when you are enjoying the water, the sky, and absolute bliss of weightlessness.) I assured her that I valued her service to me!
My third young HEROINE still sits on my lap and lets me rock her while she tells me things.  (There's something wonderful about still having a grandchild who doesn't think they are too old to sit on Nana's lap!) And of course, I repeatedly remind her that she'll never be too big to sit on Nana's lap, and she always gives me one of those 'cuddle-hugs' that makes being a Nana a wonderful thing!
WOW! This Nana is truly blessed!

  (I wonder how many more HERO/HEROINES are going to rise to answer the call?)

Our INSPIRATIONAL FAMILY FOCUS again comes from Pres. Thomas S. Monson
"In our selection of heroes, let us nominate also heroines. First, that noble example of fidelity—even Ruth. Sensing the grief-stricken heart of her mother-in-law, who suffered the loss of each of her two fine sons, feeling perhaps the pangs of despair and loneliness that plagued the very soul of Naomi, Ruth uttered what has become that classic statement of loyalty:
“Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” (Ruth 1:16.) Ruth’s actions demonstrated the sincerity of her words. There is place for her name in the Hall of Fame.


Shall we not name yet another, a descendant of honored Ruth? I speak of Mary of Nazareth, espoused to Joseph, destined to become the mother of the only truly perfect man to walk the earth. Her acceptance of this sacred and historic role is a hallmark of humility. “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38.)  Surely Mary qualifies.

Could we ask, What makes of these men heroes and these women heroines? I answer: Unwavering trust in an all-wise Heavenly Father and an abiding testimony concerning the mission of a divine Savior. This knowledge is like a golden thread woven through the tapestry of their lives."    

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