When John the Baptist restored the Aaronic Priesthood in this dispensation, he said it holds the keys of the ministering of angels. I plan to tell you about some of those ministering angels.
Elizabethe and I have both been fighting some sort of respiratory problems. We both seem to feel pretty good in the morning, but by evening, we feel congested and run-down. It has made it quite hard to keep up with the yard the last couple of weeks.
Today, the young men from Augusta, Georgia, took a list of things we need done in the yard and they went to work. At one point, two of them were sing Red and Black (from Les Miserables). At other times, I heard other songs being sung as these young men chopped at bushes, pulled weeds, hauled rock, dug holes and moved dirt.
On several occasions, various young men came and thanked me for letting them stay here. I thought to myself, watching them work, he has it backwards. I’m the grateful one. I expressed my verbal gratitude to each one and their adult advisors. I not only appreciated the service they gave helping clean up the yard, but I also appreciated the spirit they brought in to my home. I know, a lot of people would think Elizabethe and I are crazy letting a couple dozen teenage boys stay in our home, but these young men are exceptional and I’d welcome them back over and over again.
One of the projects they helped with is the old truck door. (This is a posing prop for my studio.) After they dug the hole, I asked the two who did the digging to pose for a picture by the door.
I was showing one of them where a stack of rocks were located. I asked if he was still in high school. He said he had just graduated. I asked if he was 18 yet. He informed me he was 19. I asked if he’s turned in his mission papers yet. He said he had not, that he only joined the church 3 months ago. He briefly shared his conversion story with me. Impressive! He said, “I am so happy I got to come see Palmyra after having just joined the church.”
They even got a good portion of the walk to the studio laid…
They cleaned up very quickly, put all the tools away, and then cleaned themselves and changed, and then they hit the road. But, before they left, I watched as they circled around, sang a hymn, and said a prayer. It was an honor having them visit Palmyra and stay at our home.
Yes, you’ve just seen photos of ministering angels. They are all over, you just have to know how to recognize when they’ve ministered to you. To these young men from Augusta, Georgia, I say, “Thank You!” You were a godsend.