On Friday, I joined John’s extended family’s photo stream. On there were pictures from our wedding. I came across a picture of me and three girls I served my LDS church mission with in Nauvoo, Illinois. Seeing this picture made me so grateful for eternal friendships and for the opportunity I had to serve a mission and to serve in Nauvoo. The girls I served with there will forever be some of my truest and closest friends.
Today I experienced joy as I went to the LDS Temple in Washington DC. When I take the time to go to the Temple and sit quietly and ponder, I feel my insecurities (which are many) slowly disappear as I remember that I am daughter of God. When I truly remember that, my fears and insecurities disappear. It’s so, so easy to be fearful, especially after what happened last night in Paris. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy, as well as with the world leaders as they make decisions about how best move forward. I am grateful for Christ’s gentle reminder: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)