“Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!”

Elder Bruce D. Porter in April’s General Conference related the following story:

“When I was a student at Brigham Young University, I lived in a house with several young men. My roommate, Bruce, was the most optimistic person I have ever known. We never once heard him say anything negative about any person or any circumstance, and it was impossible not to feel buoyed up in his presence. His good cheer flowed from an abiding trust in the Savior and in His gospel.  One cold, wintry day, another friend of mine, Tom, was walking across the university campus. It was only 7:00 in the morning, and the campus was deserted and dark. Heavy snow was falling, with a brisk wind. “What miserable weather,” Tom thought. He walked farther, and out in the darkness and snow, he heard someone singing.  Sure enough, through the driving snow came our ever-optimistic friend, Bruce. With his arms outstretched to the sky, he was singing a number from the Broadway musical Oklahoma: “Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day! I’ve got a beautiful feeling, everything’s going my way” (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” [1943]).”

It seems to me that we have two choices in this life:  we can choose to see the good or we can dwell on the bad.  I hope that I am able to look at any day of the week the same as I feel on Mondays (emails from Nathan) “Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day!”

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Nathan and his Zone recently went on a hike up North Mountain Park, which is located in north Phoenix.  It is a landmark peak with great panoramic views of the city from the summit (2,194 feet).

In Nathan’s email this week he mentioned an 18 year-old that they are teaching.  This young man informed them that the only reason he was going to church and taking the discussions was because his parents are forcing him (they want him to be involved in something good).  I thought that was kind of funny – here are two young men choosing to spend their time serving others, teaching a young man whose parents are forcing him to listen.

The highlight of the week was Nathan’s good friend since Junior High getting baptized by another good friend preparing to leave for a mission.  In Nathan’s words “Hali got baptized!”  He loved the pictures – it was almost like being there. 164224_10200353811221525_875353528_n

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One Response to “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!”

  1. Verla Brennan says:

    What a lesson. Too many times I think and choose the negative rather than the good and positive. Nathan teaches me every week.

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