"This church holds weekly testimony meetings"

Three small children. Dinner to serve to a husband who ended his workday at 6:30. "Can the family that eats together have a mother who ushers at Wednesday evening testimony meetings?" I wondered as I raced up the church steps.

It was after 7:30, and all the ushers were in position except for me. "How do you do it?" I asked my friend who stood placidly at her post. "How do you get here on time when you drive farther than I do?" Her quiet reply was to rearrange my future as an usher and as a church member expecting to attend the Wednesday meeting each week—on time and prepared to share! "I start getting ready in the morning."

She had to mean something more than physical activity because obviously the morning is no time to serve dinner or get the children ready for bed. Gradually I came to understand and prove that "getting ready" is spiritually mental homework that can be done anytime, anywhere. For me, some aspects of spiritual preparation have come to be gratitude, readiness to share, and silencing every argument that tempts us to stay away from church.

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June 20, 1983

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