Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Words cannot describe the joy I am feeling right now. My mom just called to tell me about the City Council meeting tonight at home. She said at least 300 people came to the meeting to support my Dad. A lot of them were from my Stake but a lot were just random citizens of the city who came to show their love and support for him. Person after person got up and talked about how my Dad was the only one who ever returned the citizens calls and how he was the only one out of the whole council who ever acted like they cared. My Dad has such a great love for the city and is so wonderful to see how much it has paid off. My uncle even drove down from Pasadena just to come and support him.
Our family and friends have been SO incredible. I can't even begin to talk about how grateful I am. Everyone has been so thoughtful and so amazing. I have truly felt everyone's prayers on our behalf. This has been such a testimony builder to me on how we are truly here to be instruments in the Lord's hands and to help our fellow men. This has also increased my love for people and especially people from my home town and for my family.
I just watched a streaming video of my Dad's closing statement to wrap up the meeting. Wow. It is so interesting because he quoted Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life where he says that a man who has friends is never a failure and is the riche
st man in town ( or something like that). It is interesting because I was just thinking about that movie today and my facebook status for a week has been "Life is Wonderful" (Thanks to a good friend who recommended that song to me :) My Dad is amazing.
See , I told you my posts wouldn't be depressing anymore :)
It's A Wonderful Life
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The past two days have been an example of how life can just be really gloomy. Without going into a huge speal with all the juciy details, I will just say enough to get it out of my brain so I don't explode into an ocean of tears.
Basically, politics suck. Corruption permeates everywhere, even places you thought were safe. Unfortunately this corruption hurts everyone involved, including my father. He got caught up in a huge mess that is affecting the future of his political career and the essentially the future of our family. People he thought he could trust have turned their backs on him and even spoken publicly against him. An honest man who loves to serve his people has been made to look like a crook. This has resulted in a lawsuit and being fired from his job. People are calling for his resignation from the city council and we can only guess how this will affect his campaign for state assembly. Yet despite all this, my father still remains optimistic. He still has faith in humanity which is more than I can say for myself right now.
Our family and friends have been so supportive. There has been an outpouring of love and kindness which has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Our faith is strong, which is all you have left when everything else falls apart. Trials strengthen us and my dad is confident that he will come out of this stronger than ever.
In the end, this has just reaffirmed to me that life may not always be sunny, but it is never impossible to find sunshine. Prayer, beautiful friends,running and music are just a few of the rays of sunshine that have helped me get through the past few days. Thanks, you know who you are. :)
p.s. I promise my posts wont be depressing anymore :)