Email to Dad – May 4, 2015

I would just dump girls camp and dance company. However, I realize that probably won’t work and it would put a lot of unnecessary stress on Cambria and Elenna.

I worry about pushing back experiences with the family. I regret not spending more time with Aurora, Cambria and Elenna when I came down from college. My priorities weren’t set straight then and I regret it.

I would be fine with combining a trip with Aurora, that’d be pretty cool. New York is pretty cool. I’m going to have to think about it and get back to you. I think those would all be pretty sweet. I worry that the longer we postpone it, the busier we’ll find ourselves and the harder it will be to schedule anything. So…. the sooner the better.

I’m really interested in the “intent of heart.” Its often our intents that make all of the difference. Example Amalickiah and Ammoron were murders (where Teancum, Lehi and Moroni) because their intents were evil. I’m really curious about it and its been on my mind for the last couple of days. I haven’t had much time to study it yet, but I’d be interested to see what you think about intent. Why is it significant? What difference does it make? Anything and everything about intent.

I also saw something really cool this week. We were using a 25 ton power splitter and I saw a piece of knotty maple stop it dead in its tracks. It barely even dented the wood. It was that strong. It took 6 or 7 different tries before we could make any ground on it, and even then, we just sheared off a side of the knot. It was really really cool.

On the spiritual side, I learned something about service. I knew that we were going to be wrestling rounds over to the splitter and these aren’t dried. They’re anywhere from 100-200 pounds. Big. So I thought about it for days beforehand. I prayed for strength and to be able to serve with all of my strength. After 4 hours of splitting these logs, I wasn’t sore. My back didn’t hurt, arms didn’t hurt, legs didn’t hurt. Nothing.

I am convinced that if I had tried to do this same labor, but for myself, I would have been sore. My back should have ached and should still be aching. However, in this case, we were helping someone that could never do all of this work on his own. There’s no way he could, he’s old and sick. And in serving I did the absolute best to do the best job I could for him, and that’s the same thing that the Savior does for us. He does the absolute best for us.

When we give all that we are and all that we have to the service of others that qualifies us for some interesting blessings. I don’t really understand it all yet, but I recognize that I had more than my own strength then.

Anyways! Have fun scheduling!
Talk to you soon!

Elder Siddoway

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