Nourishment in Myrtle Beach

 

When I was a younger mother and had to miss church for some reason or another (sick child, traveling, etc.), I’d often lament aloud that I hated not going. My mother often said, “The church is not going to fall down without you if you miss today, Darling.” I knew that. What I was afraid of is that I would fall down without it. I still feel that way. I need spiritual nourishment just like I need physical sustenance.

 I spent part of the weekend in Myrtle Beach, and this morning was just as busy as the rest of the weekend. When I looked at the clock and realized that I only had 50 minutes to shower, dress, and drive to the chapel, I thought, “Hmmm. Maybe Elizabeth and I can just stay here and watch church on television. Or maybe there’s a local church that I can visit today.” But no, I decided to hustle so that I could be edified and uplifted among some of the people I love.

 I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the experience was a virtual feast. From the time I walked through the side door and passed the Primary room, memories of a bygone era washed over me. In that very room, my three children had learned stories and songs about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I had served as a counselor in the organization. With a lump in my throat, I continued towards the chapel itself and found it full to capacity. While I was wondering where to sit, Sam, a friend from that earlier era, jumped up and pointed me to an empty seat by Teresa, another old friend.

 Everything about the meeting was memorable, and I especially enjoyed mingling with old friends and talking with some of them afterwards. Carol and Greg are expecting another granddaughter any day, Elder Servin is enjoying working in Myrtle Beach (he was recently in Camden), Eric is looking chipper, Patty is embarking on a new career, and Cora Lee’s little red haired granddaughter is adorable. Tiffany, my daughter-in-law’s sister, gave the opening prayer, and her husband offered the closing one. Afterwards, he joked that it was the only time he’d ever had the last word.

 After talking with Teresa about her college-aged sons, I scooted out the same way I had come in.  By then Primary had begun, and while the “cast of characters” has changed, the message is the same. I’m so thankful for the teachings and guidance that the LDS church gave to me and my children. And I’m also grateful for my fellow and sister saints. No matter where I go or what ward I visit, I know I can count on love and acceptance and unity within the church.  

 In the words of President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Unity is the hallmark of the true church of Christ. It is felt among our people throughout the world. As we are one, we are his.”

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

5 thoughts on “Nourishment in Myrtle Beach”

  1. are you at myrtle beach AGAIN, ANDagain, and again

    Yes, Putzy, and I'll be there this coming weekend too.

  2. my daughter , was in nc with her caot on trying to barbque, think about myrtle beach and if it was any warmer there tahn her cold burg

    It's been pretty cold in MB lately too!

  3. I too experience these memory flashbacks. You so eloquently put it the way that I feel. Thank you for setting and talking with me. As we talked I was thinking of when I first met you and you were my teacher at TEC many years ago and when your family joined the church, how happy I was to see you again. Life always takes you down different paths, but there is always a home base, the church, to keep you strong.

    Thanks for the comment. Enjoyed sitting behind you today! Weren't the talks wonderful?

  4. Hi, Just happen to come across your Blog looking for info on the church in Myrtle Beach. My daughter is graduating from BYU in April and has taken a summer job in Myrtle Beach, so I was curious to what the Ward makeup was like there. I am originally from Greenville, SC and a convert to the church. As a youth, I spent all my summer vacations in Myrtle Beach and Surf City. We live in Jacksonville, Fl now and have a son on his mission in Brazil and one other son still at home. Any info on the Ward esp in the Single Adult age group would be great.
    Thanks, Bishop Looper

    I'll write a longer response to your email tomorrow; for tonight, I'll just say that the Myrtle Beach Ward is a wonderful one...a good mixture of all ages and types of people.

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