This is how my day went:
Woke up at 3:45 AM, got ready and left for the temple at 4:35 (it's Tuesday, my temple day). Arrived at the temple 4:50ish, greeted by the sweet elderly gentleman at the recommend desk. Scanned recommend--"Sorry but this recommend isn't valid" ME: "huh?" "It says here this recommend isn't valid"
My recommend expires this month and I though I would be on the ball and renewed it this past Sunday before the month was over. I had left my new recommend in my scriptures, my old recommend still in my temple bag. Apparently, as soon as you are issued a new recommend your old recommend is automatically invalid AND I didn't know this.
AWESOME, so what do I do now? Of course they can't let me in with an invalid recommend, and it's now 5:00 in the morning and of course the temple recorder isn't there yet to verify my recommend. Sooo my only option is to drive back home and get my new VALID recommend. As I'm driving, I'm praying "Please don't let me crash, or die, or get a ticket" I wonder if it's ok to pray not to get caught while breaking the law. Grab my recommend and rush back to the temple, get to the desk and it's Nick's recommend (ok that part isn't true, that would have made for a REALLY good story). I did make it back to the temple without crashing or dying or getting pulled over which is a miracle-I was driving pretty fast in the construction zone. As I was frantically driving home, fighting back the tears, this quote came into my head.
"The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it.
You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh.
Crying gives me a headache. If we can't laugh at life,
we are in big trouble."
It's from Sister Marjorie Hinckley and one of my favorites. It really was a tender mercy, I just had to laugh at my predicament and express my gratitude that out of all the possible scenarios this wasn't that bad. I was only a little late for my shift and surprisingly still had a little bit of the spirit with me, the rest of my day went smoothly. I feel so blessed to have a Heavenly Father who loves me, is aware of me and has a sense of humor.