Yesterday at Institute, I received a lot of insight and inspiration. I also heard several great quotes from our latter-day prophets. There was one quote that really stood out to me. The teacher didn't quote it verbatim, and I haven't been able to find it to make sure it's right, so this is probably a paraphrase, but I like the message: "If we believe that God placed planets in their orbits, then we must believe that He place people in ours." After this past week (or more like this past year, but I'm particularly aware of it this week), how could I not believe that?
As many of you know, I was sick for a good part of the past week, starting about Wednesday of last week and going through Monday of this week. I even went to the ER Sunday night because I was exhibiting symptoms of appendicitis. It turns out I didn't have appendicitis (thank goodness!), but that's an indicator of how bad it got at times. In all of this insanity, I had amazing friends and family who helped get me through it. My parents were wonderful, as they always are. We've called, e-mailed, and texted each other frequently, and they've always asked me how I've been doing and always been there for me. My roommates were incredible! If I'd had a choice of which people to have near me when I was sick since I couldn't have my parents, I would have picked my roommates. They've shown their love for me in so many ways, and I'm so grateful to have them in my life. And I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love I've received from my other friends over the course of this week. So many people have expressed concern and love via text, on Facebook, and in person when they've found out what I've been going through. I know that the Lord put me in this place at this time for a reason, and the biggest reason is because of the people that are here with me. Now that I'm almost back to normal, I hope that I will be able to return that love and kindness, or at least pass it on to others into whose orbits I've been placed. I'm so grateful for the people in my life and how they have touched my life for good.