As we were talking I shared with her "the experience I had was between my Heavenly Father and me, He was teaching me. In my other experiences it was concerning my husband."
Since our conversation I have been been reflecting on my comment I had made to her about my experience had opened new doors to my personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.
I love the lyrics "I am a child of God and He has sent me here...."
I have found myself reflecting on my relationship with my Heavenly Father before "He sent me here."
The entire time I was in the hospital I felt His spirit all around me, speaking peace to my troubled soul and teaching me.
The Spirit guided me to get off of the morphine when it was time, so that I could talk to my doctors. My most profound experience was when my potassium levels dropped into critical levels and my body systems started shutting down.
In one of the Priesthood blessing I received it was all about my Heavenly Father's great love for me and how He felt about who I'd become. It was amazing and humbling. That was when the door first opened to me and I found myself wondering about my relationship with Him before I came here.
As I have been reflecting on my blessings I see His hand in every aspect of my life.
In my scripture reading I'm drawn to passages which describes His feelings to His disciples and friends. My temple name as I have studied its meaning gives me glimpses into our pre-mortal relationship.
It is so easy to get caught up in the here and now; we forget we once lived in our Heavenly home with Him and our brothers and sisters.
There is no doubt in my mind the Adversary is very good at clouding our vision of who we were and who we are to become.
I'm surrounded by good people who made some terrible choices and now are living with the consequences of their choices.
They had no idea who they were and no memory of where they came from.
It is truly heartbreaking for me.
As I searched LDS.org for a talk that went along with my thoughts I came across this devotional talk given by Douglas L Callister Sept 19 2006 entitled:
The nearer we get to God, the more easily our spirits are touched by refined and beautiful things. If we could part the veil and observe our heavenly home, we would be impressed with the cultivated minds and hearts of those who so happily live there.
Refinement and spirituality are two strings drawn by the same bow.
At Jesus' birth the angels appeared and spoke, not sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men." We now try to capture that beauty in song, but the original angelic utterance was in spoken words, which thrilled like music.
My wife and I recently spent four years on Church assignment in Eastern Europe, residing in Moscow, Russia. We often traveled on the Moscow underground subway called the Metro.
I gently reminded him that she would likely be drawn to one of refined nature, like herself, and it was time for him to look within.
It doesn't take expensive perfume to make a lady, but it does require cleanliness, modesty, self-respect, and pride in one's appearance. Many years ago an associate of mine decided he would please his wife by sharing with her a very specific compliment each night as he arrived home.
"To by vulgar is to do that which is not the best of its kind. It is to do poor things in poor ways, and to be satisfied with that....It is vulgar to wear dirty linend when one is not engaged in dirty work. It is vulgar to like poor music, to read weak books, to feed on sensational newspapers----to find amusement in trashy novels, to enjoy vulgar theatres, to find pleasure in cheap jokes."
Even more, that we may enjoy the refined society of heavenly parentage, for we are of the race of the gods, being children of the Most High.