Monday, March 16, 2015
One of the Many Things We Love About Levi
In our church, we don't have a preacher over the congregation that speaks each week. Our congregation is called a ward led by a bishop. Each week, members of the ward are asked if they would be willing to speak on Sunday. A personal invitation is given by a member of the bishopric (the bishop, his first counselor, or his second counselor-- depending on which one is conducting the meeting).
Two Sunday's ago, the second counselor came and asked me if I would be willing to speak. I said that I would and was given the topic, the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Yeah. Not an easy subject matter.
Yesterday, as I sat up on the stand looking down into the congregation, I watched Levi. My eyes were drawn to him because A) my eyes are drawn to my family, and B) Levi was very emotional.
The entire meeting was based on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. My talk, a musical number, and another talk by another member of our ward. Through the whole meeting, Levi couldn't get a hold of his emotions.
This happens often when the topic is Jesus Christ. Levi becomes very emotional. He doesn't know why and it confuses him, he just knows that he can't stop crying. Those of us who know Levi, know it is because he has a very real and personal relationship with his older brother, Jesus Christ.
There is no doubt in my mind that before Levi came to this earth, he was one of the 'great ones'.
Happy 13th birthday Levi!! I am so grateful for the gift Levi gave me 13 years ago today. Having Levi in our home is a gift to all of us. He is so loved as shown by his older brother, Elder Trevor Rubow who sent this early this morning all the way from the Philippines to Levi.