Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Stroll Through Nature

It is overwhelmingly incredible how perfect the physical nature of this world is. The order in the structure of every creation, be it small like an atom or large like the planets that twirl around the sun, passes all our understanding. Today we went with a group of four other missionaries to play a round of golf in the beautifully vast hills of Petaluma and Cotati, California. It was a clear day--not cold, nor hot--and the green was as soft as a baby's bottom. The spirit of the game was enjoyed by all despite our mediocre golf skills and the fact that our overall scores were higher than our blood pressure readings. During this time our eyes, noses, and ears were immersed in a pool of beauty. I do not mean that we fell into one of the hole-side lakes (what blessing that would have been given the sunny conditions), but we were able to see the simple, yet extravagant creations of our Heavenly Father. "Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it" (1 Nephi 17:36). I bear testimony that God exists and that we, as His children, are heirs of His glory if it so be that we follow his commandments and develop in ourselves Christ-like attributes so that we may become as He is. How grateful I am for the works of His marvelous hands!

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