In May of this year, the oldest of our family left to serve his mission in Mexico. A gracious friend of ours donated her time and talent to take pictures of our family before Colin left. That day, I (Brianna) looked out the window and saw the darkening clouds.
“Oh no,” I thought “Our pictures will be ruined by the rain.” Silently, I gave a little prayer that perhaps the rain could be postponed or something. The answer to this pray would illustrate one of the many times Heavenly Father saw so much further than I did.
The rain poured down in sheets. It was warm, beautiful fresh rain. First the youngest ones leaped into it, dancing and spinning in circles as the gift from Heaven fell upon our family. As we all begin to venture out into the beautiful rainstorm, it pounded down even harder. The rain soaked our clothes and hair. We had a wonderful time as we played in the rain as a family, but it wouldn’t be until now that I recognize with sincere gratitude that wonderful rainstorm.
This year, when we heard President Uchtdorf’s address “Living the Gospel Joyful” that day of dancing in the rain was brought to our remembrance. This time in our lives has become a chance to tilt the umbrella to the side and taste the fresh rain of blessings that falls upon us. Or better yet, turn the umbrella upside down and try to fill it up! 🙂
Either way, we are grateful for that day of dancing in the rain. It was the first of many. Inspired by Uchtdorf’s words, I created this video using the pictures from that blessed day of rain.
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