Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Watched Pot Never Boils!

24 November 2016

Because I never grew up having been embraced within the warmth of the security blanket of the gospel doctrines and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my mother, Barbara Green Sloan, had to find other avenues to teach virtues and standards of living.

I learned many valuable lessons from "A stitch in time saves nine", "You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip",  "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" and "Don't be the pot calling the kettle black".   The one that still makes me roll my eyes, not because I think it is dumb anymore, but because now I realize how much it suited me is: "Pretty is as pretty does!" (I guess my poor teenage attitude was more transparent than I thought!) And to be even more forthright because Mother didn't feel like the message was getting through....she made up one all on her own:  "You can act like the Devil at home but you had better be an Angel in public!"  That one REALLY made me roll my eyes! 

We didn't have Nephi, Alma, or Moroni to teach love of family, obedience, or courage.  We did have Poor Richard's Almanac penned by Benjamin Franklin.  There I learned such virtues as "Honesty is the best policy" (I've got to say... this one always confused me coming from a man that used a pseudonym for his almanac!), "A penny saved is a penny earned", "There is a place for everything and everything has a place" and "Don't throw rocks at your neighbors if you, yourself,  live in a glass house".   All valuable lessons.

Mother is the voice in my head. She taught the application of the principles but she just didn't have the doctrine to back it up.   As Elder Bednar has so adequately taught doctrine explains WHY, principles teach WHAT, and application teaches HOW. 

It is like I had learned all the same virtues and principles as anyone else but I just had to learn it through the "lesser law".   I had to learn the hazards and follies of procrastination through sewing stitches

instead of learning obedience and listening to the Spirit from James and John when they went "straightway" when the Savior called to them.

Hypocritical behavior was always corrected through pots and kettles and glass houses

instead of soft, peaceful, melodic hymns "Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words To Each Other". 

Patience is one of those principles that is attached to the doctrine of Faith.   Of late my patience and faith is being tested.   The words of my mother that I have most recently been reminded of are  "A watched pot never boils!"

When we began our mission papers we talked about the duration of the mission.   We decided that 18 months would be enough.   Our 18 month mark was on the 25 November 2016.   That is since gone and we are still here in Cambodia.   We committed to President and Sister Christensen with all the love in our hearts to them that we would stay until our replacements arrive.   We do not regret that.  We will stay until the new office couple arrives or April... whatever comes first (we HAVE to leave by April which is our 23 month mark.  Government laws force us to leave at that duration of time) Every day for the past 6 weeks, I go to the office the first thing that I do is look on the computer to see if our replacements have been assigned yet.   So far the answer is "no".  So my patience is being exercised!   I am beginning to believe that truly this watched pot is never going to boil, therefore, this week.... I am not going to look at the assignment list until at least..... Wednesday!!!  

1 comment:

  1. Dear Sister Leavitt
    We had such a wonderful conversation with our Grandson Elder Steel McDonald at Christmas time along with his family and he mentioned how much he sure appreciates working with you and your husband in the Vietnamese Branches. He told us of how they interpret for Brother Leavitt and how kind you have been to the Elders. I have a dear good friend who is serving in Washington State and she said that is also one of the very many blessing to her to serve the Elders and Sisters and help them out whenever she can. She bakes them cookies and treats all the time and I know Steel mentioned the chocolates that you had given them at Christmas time. I don't know if he mentioned this to you or not, but those chocolates that you gave them were given to some person that was just outside your place when they went out and they started to sing Christmas songs to this person and then they gave them the chocolates and Steel said that the feeling of love was so strong, he couldn't explain it almost. Steel is a very tender young man and we can see the growth in him so much already. We have appreciated his first companion, Elder Phan, as he has taught Steel many things about how to live in Cambodia. I know that has given him a great start. Steel bore his testimony to us in Vietnamese and eventhough we couldn't understand it we felt the spirit of it so strongly. Steel will now be in the north part of the city. Does that mean he still attends the same branches or I guess it will be other ones there too. We want you to know that we are excited to hear from you if you want to when you return to Cardston. We would love to visit with you. We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very Happy New Year.
    Cynthia Harris (Steel's Grandma)