Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm in Merry Land!

Union soldiers still fighting the battles!
Hello from Maryland! I have had am amazing time here learning from wonderful people. I arrived late afternoon on Thursday and did the first Truth workshop Thursday night. Friday morning I taught early morning seminary to a group of beautiful teenagers who despite the early hour were eager and attentive. After that at 9:00 I taught the second Truth Workshop--the one on the Truth Tools that is always so fun to present.

Me and Mr. Lincoln
As soon as it was over, we drove north to Gettysburg where we ate lunch at the Dobbin house, an old home built for a family of 19 children. We ate in the cellar of the home which had been built over a spring so that the family had "indoor" water and refrigeration! Amazing ingenuity in that place. The second floor of the home had a crawl space under the floor where they hid slaves as part of the underground railroad. After eating, we walked up and saw the crawl space and other civil war memorabilia. We had a delightful lunch with many (eleven) of the people who had attended the workshop. Most of the women returned home after that, but our carload toured Gettysburg listening to the auto tour. My heart was touched with thoughts of all that has gone in to giving and preserving liberty.

We returned home just in time to do the last Truth workshop. It was a busy day but the women I am with are amazing. I have learned so much from them. After everyone had left last night, the women I am staying with (a get together of five sisters and their mother) got talking about their growing up together and we laughed until we cried and then we laughed some more. We didn't get to bed until after midnight, but every moment was sheer joy. Listening to their stories, feeling their love for one another, sharing their spirits has been such a treat for me. It is an added testimony that families are wonderful and if they can be this wonderful here in a telestial existence, imagine what they are going to be in a celestial world! Oh the joy we are in for!

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