Home in the Community

By Rozanne Dowell of Independence, Missouri, USA

Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.  II Nephi 9:136–137

We returned to our “home” congregation after helping get a new congregation off the ground. Fond memories of our good experiences drew us back, and we wanted to renew old acquaintances.

This is the congregation where I studied music and attended women’s seminars. I was a friend of the congregation at the time. I since have become a member. Singing in a student recital is also a special memory. What a joy it is to sing for worship services in the beautiful sanctuary. I experienced the Spirit in abundance then and still do today.

Ed and I had two special experiences in our loving congregation. One was when our son, Rob, and his wife, Sarah, were married. The other experience was when our grandson, Joshua, was given the sacrament of blessing of children. Those were happy and special days as our family shared in the blessings of community.

It’s great to be back in this accepting, caring, and dedicated congregation. Ed and I are so grateful to be part of it. We look forward to serving God and supporting the goals of the church now and in the future. We will continue in our pursuit of peace.

Prayer for Peace:

Eternal Presence, may we be open to you in our personal and community lives. May we welcome others as we have been welcomed. May we sing your praises of love and peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Growing a Gracious, Generous Heart

Each day this week open your heart to God’s grace and generosity with a “breath prayer.” Let your breath slow and deepen. Be aware of God’s breath moving in and out of your heart. Spend several minutes focusing on breathing in God’s generosity. With each breath, silently name one gift for which you are thankful. “God, I breathe in the gift of  with thanks.” Let your heart expand to contain God’s gracious outpouring.

With each breath out, name one gift you want to share from the overflow of your heart.

Eternal joy and peace await those who grow in the grace of generosity that flows from compassionate hearts.  Doctrine and Covenants 163:9

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will sing more and talk less.

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  1. Karen Porter

     /  22 March 2012

    I totally understand. I drive 20 miles 1 way to get to my “home” congregation when there’s one just a few blocks from where I live. There’s no place like home.

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