The tag on the left will always remind me of an incredible four years of learning and growth as we've been blessed to serve with the missionaries at the MTC. It's a bit dull and the lettering is not at white as it was the day I got it. But then, I'm not the same person either. I have learned so much about faith and trusting God as we move forward - not always knowing what the outcome will be. I have been humbled as I learn about the sacrifice of some of the missionaries and the struggles they have been through even at their tender ages. Serving at the MTC involves a lot of repetition. I now look at repetition not as something to be endured but as an opportunity to have something written deeply on my heart.
This new tag will only be worn once - tomorrow. But I think I will find a home for it, next to my old one where I can see it and reflect on what it means to me. A new beginning, a fresh start - lots of space for me to write my future - and to remind me of my desire to have a tag with "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints" inscribed below my name.
The last verse of the congregational hymn we will sing mid conference tomorrow says it best:
"There's surely somewhere a lowly place in earth's harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor though life's short day for Jesus the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care and knowing thou lovest me,
I'll do thy will with a heart sincere: I'll be what you want me to be."
PS Second Alto's (that's me) will be in the right quarter of the choir seats.
We will line up by height and then rearrange a bit to mix the colors,
so I'm guessing I will be mid to lower part of that section.
I'll be wearing turquoise!