Sir Tom Moore was 100 years old and recently passed away, but before he did, he decided to help frontline health workers during the COVID pandemic. He walked 100 steps, using his walking frame. every day for 100 days in his garden. He raised 40 million pounds! He said: “One small soul like me won’t make much of a difference.” He proved himself wrong. His most famous quote is: “Tomorrow is gonna be a good day!”
After my and Elder Ralphs’ evacuation from the UK due to Covid 19, I just did not imagine we would be back in the missionary saddle again. However, now we are back; and this defining event that has changed me. I love to drive through the UK countryside and see the sheep during lambing season. They actually dance and jump! I enjoy the charity shops and the fish and chip shops they call ‘Chippies’.
Our mission president and his wife’s influence on me has helped me find an improved part of myself. His name is President Johnson. He and his wife are basketball players and met at BYU Idaho. They are tall in stature, but they are taller in wisdom! There is an intimacy of the spirit between the two of them. They listen to promptings and quickly respond. I really liked the activities they would do with the missionaries.
To mention a few: the missionaries had ‘6:31am prayer’, several times each week there were Zoom meetings filled with memorable quotes. But my favourite weekly activity was the ‘Why I Believe’ devotional on fast Sundays. I had a down-day once, due to some personal pressures. The phone rang, “Sister Ralphs, are you OK?” I replied, “President, were you prompted to ring me?” He was. This is typical, everyday stuff. These two are brilliant servants of the Lord.
The uplift they provide each week is a delight to my soul. I take notes and illustrate them for the missionary’s screen savers. In a conference some time back, he used the phrase, “Everyday, everyday, everyday.” That’s one of his trademarks – he repeats important words three times.
Recently in answer to the question from one of the Elders, “How can I stay actively engaged on the covenant path after I go home?”, he told the Elder that he will not stray if he: reads the Book of Mormon each day, prays sincerely each day, and takes the sacrament worthily each week. To stop reading, praying, and partaking is how testimony is usually lost.