Snow fell all day today, each tiny flake adding to the beauty of our Utah Winter Wonderland. What a contrast to the heat of Africa. I’ve been working on the Mali Journal today while John’s been out shoveling snow every few hours. This accumulation of snow is a fascinating, beautiful and sweet reminder of how simple and small things added together make the world a more beautiful place. Like the kindness and goodness of all those involved in this recent trip to Africa–our staff–Anounou and Teningnini, our translators, those in our expedition, and of course my beautiful African friends. Every small goodness is a part of making our world a better place. I am grateful for each small flake, for each wonderful friend, for each life that contributes to mine and to those I love–in the cold of Utah, and in the warmth of Africa.
“Our lives are made up of little, simple circumstances that amount to a great deal when they are brought together, and sum up the whole life of the man or woman; and yet in our passing from one to another our little acts and incidents seem to be very minute or simple, but we find that they amount to a great deal.” –President Brigham Young.
(Brigham Young, “Discourse,” Deseret News, Oct. 17, 1877, 578.)