I just returned home from the Lindon Fireside. Thank you Annette for arranging it.
I still feel the glow of the Spirit, and my heart is full of joy. Thank you every one who sacrificed to attend. There was a couple there from Houston, Texas who had traveled just to be at the fireside, and another couple from Vernal, Utah who came for the same reason. I also had my mother sacrifice to come, who is recuperating from a shoulder replacement, and Michael and Heather who drove from Layton, and Cecile from Daybreak. And, of course, Terri is always with me. I don’t even know if I could give a fireside without her present, because she’s never given me the opportunity to try it.
I was also so pleased to see so many older members of the Un-Blog family. It was happiness to see you there.
I think for me the sweetest part of anything like this is feeling the sustained presence of the Spirit of the Lord. When the Spirit is so wonderfully present I have a tendency to say things in a way I have never thought of or considered before – things which teach me and uplift my own understanding. That happened a few times tonight.
On our way home, my sweet wife reads her notes of the “new and inspiring” things that were said. She announced that it was one of our “best ever” firesides. I honestly never really know until it is all over, because I have taught myself to not evaluate such things while in the process. It would be like worrying about how a priesthood blessing is going while actually giving it – it sort of sucks the Holy Spirit out of the room.
I would also like to inform you that my summer schedule of Firesides has been completed. I have given about 30 firesides this spring and summer.
Beginning immediately, I am making myself available for firesides for the fall and winter season. If the Spirit is moving upon you to gather your friends or family, quorum, ward, or stake for a fireside, please leave a comment on this (or a subsequent) Blog posting. I will contact you personally and we can arrange the details.
I have given firesides on many subjects. I take requests, but it is also often true that the Holy Spirit brings up other things when the moment to speak comes.
Most of the firesides I give are in homes with a dozen or so people, or in LDS chapels with hundreds. The largest group I have spoken to was about 500, and the smallest was two.
I am willing to speak to small groups or large as the Spirit leads us to arrange.
My health is such that I can’t say what will happen beyond this small window of opportunity. My mantra has always been “When the Lord opens a door – walk through it.”