I have never experienced a hurricane before or even been close to one, but my missionary daughter has been in the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew that has been going on since September 28th, 2016. Their have been 1,033 death total so far and many people have been evacuated and have lost power. In North Carolina alone there have been 10 fatalities. However, their spirits are strong and they working together to restore power and to build back the damage that has been done.
I have experienced evacuation before due to a terrible fire above our home in Alpine Ut. over July 4th in 2012. Each day when I look up at our beautiful mountain it is a constant reminder of the beauty that surrounds me and how horrible it may have been to lose our family home. The mountains above Alpine and Lambert Park are some of the most beautiful structures that surround our community. To look out my window and see such beauty, gives me a strength that I can’t seem to find anywhere else.
After my daughter has finished her mission in North Carolina, the trees and water that surround her , will also become a permanent part in her heart. She looks so comfortable in her new found home. Her eyes seems brighter, her skin has a softness that I’ve never seen before and her countenance has completely made a transformation. Their is an LDS song entitled “His Image In Your Countenance”. These are the words to the song: Have You Received His Image In Your Countenance? Does the light of Christ shine in your eyes? Will he know you when he comes again because you shall be like Him, when he sees you will the Father know his Child? I believe that each day Kailee serves in North Carolina her countenance will change. When a missionary returns home they are a representative of Jesus Christ. If that missionary is worthy and has returned with honor, it’s like being in Christ’s presence for just a brief moment. To have Kailee gone is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but to know that when I see her again, it will be like being in Christ’s presence for a brief moment makes it all with it.
We seek for light and learning as followers of Christ, that all may see his goodness reflected in our lives. When we receive his fullness and lose desire for sin. We radiate his perfect love, a beauty from within. The ways of man may tempt us and some will be deceived, Preferring worldly beauty, Forgetting truth received, But whisprings of the Spirit remind us once again, that lasting beauty, pure and clean must come from deep within. May seeing a missionary, reading their letters or just seeing their picture make us a better people, more pure in our devotion to God and a desire to become more like Christ.