Saturday is a special day, but..

January 22, 2012

let's talk about Sunday.

I love Sundays. I love going to church. A lot of people don't give Relief Society enough credit. Although maybe I can't say that because I'm in a student ward, so it's a completely different story than a regular ward. Regardless, I love Relief Society. Our lessons are incredible every single week. I don't know if anyone thinks the lesson is incredible when I teach, but I still love those weeks, too.

I love that I can walk to church; it's refreshing, and I love seeing the herd of students all dressed up and walking there together.

A lot of times on Sunday, I'm able to spend time with my siblings. I do miss the days of Sunday football, naps, and popcorn with Jake and Lesa, but I love living so close to my brother and sisters. Going to church with them, or just getting together for dinner is always fun. I don't mind getting off campus every now and then, plus these people all make great food.

Tunnel singing. Tunnel singing is incredible. Every Sunday night at 10:00pm, dozens of students huddle in the tunnel leading to the Marriott Center and sing church hymns for an hour straight. I don't know how tunnel singing began, but I'd like to take the person who started it out to a really nice dinner. Halfway through the hour of singing, we all sit down and anyone who received their mission call that week stands up and announces where they are going. Tunnel singing isn't strictly a freshman thing, but it is sort of an unspoken one. And that's great because there are always lots of calls to announce.

Last week I went tunnel singing with my friends, Mat and Brandon. Long before we even announced mission calls, we sang "Nearer, My God, To Thee." All at once, I was completely overcome with thoughts of my friends currently serving their missions. I wondered where they were at that exact moment, what they were doing, what they were thinking about.. How had their day been? Did they have any investigators come to church that day? Were they homesick?

I am so grateful for all the missionaries serving across the world, but now it means so much more to me to have guys my own age out serving. And even though I wish I could have been at BYU with Michael and Caleb last year, or that they could be here with me now, I'm so happy they're serving the Lord. It is such a blessing for me to see their incredible examples, read their amazing stories, and watch their testimonies grow - I can't imagine how rewarding these two years will be from them. A lot of my friends waiting to serve are still here, and waiting for their calls to come is exciting.

So now I have a newfound love of "Nearer, My God, To Thee." I know that my missionary friends are growing nearer to God every day, and I know that even though I'm here going to school I can grow nearer to Him every day, too.

Michael and Caleb are cool and all, but do you want to know who else will be serving a mission soon? This guy. Feel free to watch the video a few times in a row. I sure do. Shed a tear if you need. I'm not saying if I do that one.


The Seawrights said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love it. You're truly living the "BYU experience." I love reading posts like this! I love hearing how people find joys in such simple things! ...and that I'm not the only one who (may or may not) cry at touching youtube videos :) I've only been tunnel singing once (with Austin when we were first dating - NOT freshmen. ha) but I thought it was amazing! I'm glad you go :)

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Hi, remember when we used to go to Church together on Sunday? and now I have to sit alone? I'm happy you're happy though... No Really, I'm Happy you're Happy! I love your blog and will continue to check it everyday to make sure you still love life! (3rd times the charm) Love You!

Erin said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ah, my two loyal followers. You're the best. Mums, I'm sorry you sit alone - Just come to Utah! You can come with me and actually go to Relief Society for once. :) Love you both!

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