Saturday, March 31, 2012

What do you see in this picture?

As you all know by now David Archuleta sang with the other missionaries in the MTC during the second session of conference today.  Since I have 3 teenage daughters it's only obvious we'd scour the choir to see if he was singing.  I should add that according to my 14 year old, David is my future son-in-law so it's only natural that I'd be looking for family, lol.  In her dreams.

Anyway, we searched and searched the choir and then finally came this scene.  I remember it distinctly, right there in front of me!  No one said anything.  I was waiting for the girls to loudly say something.  Surely they weren't blind!  Finally, since no one else seemed to notice the obvious I said it, "Look all the sister missionaries have their shirts tucked into their skirts except one."  Then the camera went to another group of missionaries and we continued our search for David...and to look at shirts.  We assumed he was not in the choir.

I learned a couple things today.

1.  When we lose our focus we can miss important moments.  There are many times throughout our lives that
     we look away, even if just momentarily.  We get caught up listening to those people in the great and
     spacious building, or concentrating on the mist as we're walking on our narrow path and we fail to see
     things that can benefit us.  We may even miss our entire goal.

2.  We can be responsible for distracting others from things that would benefit them as well.  Have you ever
     sat behind a noisy family during sacrament meeting?  It can be so distracting that we miss hearing
     something in the talks that may have benefited us, or we may miss feeling the spirit because we're so
     busy wishing they'd be quiet.

3.  It's not too late to catch those things.  None of us are focused 100% of the time.  We can still learn the
     lessons needed in order to achieve our end goal.  They just may come later, they may be through a
     different experience or through someone else's eyes.  But learn them we can.  That's one thing that's
     wonderful about the's never too late to come back.

Glad we saw this picture of David Archuleta.  We are witnessing it through someone else's still picture rather than the live feed that would've been so much more rewarding.  I'm having to repent a lot tonight, especially to my daughter that will be marrying David.


  1. I understand what you mean about missing important moments when we lose our focus and getting distracted by things that don't matter. I've seen it happen to other people and I'm starting to notice it in myself as well. It takes effort to refocus. Sometimes we have to refocus again and again. I noticed myself getting distracted from time to time by unimportant observations about speakers during conference and I had to make conscious choices to refocus.

    1. I do this in meetings and also every day life. It's easy to get distracted by the rat race from those things that are most important. Thanks for coming by...I LOVE your blog!

  2. Great way to turn this much-shared photo into an object lesson. It is amazing how easily we can be distracted from our objectives, isn't it? We must always be attentive and watchful so we don't miss those things that are most important to us.

    1. Yep, It happens throughout life as well as just in meetings.

  3. David Archuleta? Never heard of him. Is this a Utah thing?

    From the title of this post I thought you were going to single out the sister in the purple shirt for being over weight. I am glad this post was not about that. I get tried of the bashing of over weight people, especially sister missionaries.

    1. Anonymous,

      David Archuleta isn't really a Utah thing, although he is from Utah. He was first runner up on American Idol and got a record deal. He's been very successful over the last 4 years with many hit songs and a few great albums. He announced in January that he'd be putting his career on halt for a couple years to serve a mission. I just think it's an amazing example to young men everywhere.

      As for worried that I may be dissing on that sister for being over weight, that would be quite hypocritical of me. Honestly, I hadn't even noticed a weight issue. Feel free to come back anytime. You won't find anything like that here.

    2. Oh ok, now I get it!!

      Oh that is funny that your 14 year old is crush'in on him!!

      You know he looks kind of like a Donny Osmond. I bet a lot of girls would love to date him after his mission.

      I wonder where he is going to serve?

  4. great object lesson. when I saw the photo I was impressed that the sisters get to wear bright colors now. That's nice.


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