been quite worried over the last few months. Maybe I should stop reading Apocalypse
books, including Revelations. It seems like all the things predicted are coming
true. Even the total eclipse of the sun and the red moon felt threatening. Two
moves ago, about five years, we decided forty years was long enough to save the
year’s food supply and we tossed the worst of it, and are starting over. Now I
wonder if we have time. I have trees full of apples and no energy to preserve
them. I have hundreds of books; many are not read. I have consumed and consumed
on a grand scale and what will I have to show for it when Yellowstone volcano
erupts. What of my spiritual pursuits? Hopefully my daughter will take one of
my quilts to her conference for a scholarship auction. Someone put this quote on Face Book the other
day.I’ll have to think about changes I
can make in my life. President Henry B. Eyring said, “The Lord is
watching over us. He is with us. “I promise you that if you go in His name to
others, you will be not only able to touch their lives and help them in a way
that will last forever, but you will become more like the Savior because you
have done what He would do. Some of you may have family members, friends,
or neighbors who have more emotional stress than you know. Some of them may
have been troubled for quite some time. Go to the rescue to your family and
neighbors not just now but over a period of time.
Be kind. Don’t help just with their physical needs, but help them with their
hearts as much as you can. Reach out to them over time. The real rescue they
need is to have someone come to them so they can feel the love of the Savior
and the love of Heavenly Father through you. That will give them a confidence
that may have been shaken from their lives. Jesus Christ lives. He is close by. He will
get you through. He will get those around you through. He watches over us. He
guides us. He protects us. By His Atonement, we become magnified. I promise you
that if you will be faithful and reach out to others and think of Him, you will
feel the Atonement of Jesus Christ working in your life. Your heart will change
and will expand. You will become better than you ever thought you could be.” There are so many hurting in our world today.
What can we do?
September has been a frightening
month. With three hurricanes hitting our country; an earthquake in Mexico; and
the western states on fire. Wars and rumors of war blast us from every
direction. Our country is being torn apart by ideologies. How can we survive?
When I was in high school, way back
in the Dark ages, There were some cute little figurines that I loved , called
“Precious Moments”I think my favorite
was a little girl named “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver.” I wondered at the time,
while going through the angst of teenager-hood what one had to do to be
In the September 2017Ensign magazine, Jeffrey R. Holland quotes
Joseph Smith (1805—40)
“Happiness is the object and design
of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads
Aristotle, one of the greatest
intellectual minds the Western world has ever known once said that “Happiness
is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
Elder Holland writes,”So how do we “pursue”
happiness?? Well, we know one thing for sure: happiness is not easy to find
running straight for it. It is usually too elusive, too ephemeral, too subtle.
If you haven’t learned it already, you will learn in the years ahead that most
times happiness comes to us when we least expect it, when we are busy doing
something else. Happiness is almost always a by-product of some other endeavor.”
Living “after the Manner of
Holland continues, “The first 30 years ofBook of Mormon history do not present a pleasant story.
The hostility within thefamily of Lehi and Sariah
became so intense that the two halves of their family split asunder, with one
group fleeing yet farther into the wilderness, fearing for their lives lest
they fall victim to the bloodthirsty quest of the other. As the first group
plunged into unsettled terrain to seek safety and fashion a life for themselves
as best they could, the prophet-leader of this Nephite half of the family says
they “lived after the manner of happiness” (2 Nephi 5:27).
But my reassurance to
you is that in God’s plan we can do much to find the happiness we desire. We
can take certain steps, we can form certain habits, we can do certain things
that God and history tell us lead to happiness with the confidence that if we
live in such a manner, that butterfly is much more likely to land upon our
shoulder. In short, your best chance for being happy is to do the things that
happy people do, live the way happy people live, and walk the path that happy
people walk. As you do so, your chances to find joy in unexpected moments, to
find peace in unexpected places, and to find the help of angels when you didn’t
even know they knew you existed improve exponentially. Here are five ways we
can live “after the manner of happiness.”
Choose Happiness Iremember my brother, during a contentious
time in his life said that he had decided to be happy even though his family
situation was not. He chose to be happy and to live in the manner of happiness
until he was truly happy. U.S.
president Abraham Lincoln had plenty to be unhappy about in the most difficult
administration a president of the United States has ever faced, but even he
reflected that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to
Be Kind and Pleasant Anger damages or destroys
almost everything it touches. As someone has said, to harbor anger is like
drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. It is a vicious acid
that will destroy the container long before it does damage to the intended
Work at It Here is one last
suggestion when there are so many others we should consider. Nephi said that in
an effort to find happiness in their new land after their 30 years of trouble,
“I, Nephi, did cause my people to be industrious, and to labor with their
hands” (2 Nephi 5:17). By
contrast, those from whom they fled became “an idle people, full of mischief
and subtlety” (2 Nephi 5:24).
During Hurricane Harvey there was a
woman in one shelter who one day broke into song. She started to sing Gospel
music and soon many others joined in. She enjoyed the happy feeling and moved
on to other shelters in Houston bringing music and happiness to others in
distress. She was a cheerful giver.
Watching news reports about all the
hurricanes this month, the earthquake and the fires, I saw report after report
of people helping peple, people who were happy to be alive and able to help.
I like making quilts. I sent some to
Texas and I made some for fire victims and hospitals over the years. We all
have some talent to share and it brings happiness to both the receiver and the
Thirty years ago, I gave a
talk in church. It was in January and it was about setting goals.
Since I’ve always been a list
maker, I had a list of 357 or some things I would like to do. I typed these on
adding machine tape end and at the end of my talk I said, “Here are a few of my
goals >” and rolled the tape down the aisle to the back of the chapel.
Twenty years later someone
who still remembered that talk asked me how many things on that list I had
Last month I found the list
cut up in strips and put in an old fashion bean pot (my dream pot!!
Going through them today I’m
having a laugh and wondering how many I will ever do?
I know I won’t make plaid
pants for my four-year-old, or knit a yellow dress for her Barbie doll.
And what was a Millennial
wreath anyway? Some embroideries and quilts I have finished and they adorn my
home and the homes of others.
As I age and I see the end of
my lifespan creeping closer I am wondering about my priorities. Have I done
what the Lord sent me here to do?
Have I learned those things I
need to enhance my eternity and that of others?
1.Have I been kind?
2.Have I been
3.Have I taught
lessons and skills to enhance other’s lives?
4.Have I kept the
promises I have made to God and those around me?
5.Have I shared all
the best things in my life to improve the lives of others?
6.Have I forgiven,
and been forgiven?
7.Is the world
better because I was here?
article in the May 2011 Ensign magazine “We Have Work To Do”
…I do not have
a perfect knowledge, but I will try a little harder to be a little better
My cousin has been dreaming again. He dreamed that he was in
a parking lot and a few people came out of the building and walked by. Two said
hello and invited him to go with them. As they walked through the cars in the
parking lot a couple would disappear. Then some more and some more till all
were gone but him.
He asked what it could it mean. I said “Are you worried that
you are being left behind?
He comes from a very religious family but decided in his
young adulthood that it wasn’t for him. Are angels searching for him?
There are many times in our lives when we feel the burdens
of our lives are too heavy to bear.
I know a man who lost a child to an illness. He couldn’t console
himself so he left his family.
A woman suffered a terrible accident and her husband left
the family on their own because he couldn’t help her. A girl left the comfort
of her religion because she felt rejected by her church peers. Others say, If
there is a God, why does he let bad things happen to people.
I like to listed to country gospel music. One of my favorite
Lay it On Me by
When a hill seems like a mountain and some chain has got you
Lift up your knee to the Savior and He’ll say Lay it down.
He said,lay it on me,
lay it on me.Lay it on me and I’ll set
Lay it on me
It’s just a breeze softly blowing still you’re bending in
And you’re too tired to lift your burden. lift your guilty
hands to him.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
I will not forget the words He said
Or the promise that He made.
He said lay it on me, lay it on me.Lay it on me, and I’ll set you free.
Lay it on me.
When I was first married and had three -year old and one
year old sons we found out that my husband had cancer. The night of the final
diagnosis, I was too upset to sleep. But with children that young I knew I had
to be able to carry the burden. As I knelt to pray I begged the Lord to just
help me get to sleep. As I climbed into bed I felt his hand on my shoulder
comforting me, and I slept. A few hours later the baby woke up. After
comforting him and meeting his needs I went back to sleep, again with His hand
on my shoulder. God and his angels were watching over me.
Sometimes we have
little flashes of insight and we don't recognize them . We don't act on them.
Sometimes we don't understand until later that we could have saved time and
anxiety by being more in tune with the Spirit.
I have a funny story for you.
This morning in the pre-dawn
hours as I was going into a light sleeping period
I was dream/thinking about
one of our sixty year- old apple trees. Two years ago, a big wind blew down
from the mountains and ripped off a large limb. But the tree was sturdy and
produced a decent crop. Last year a big wind blowing off the desert came
through town and blew off the other large limb. We cut off a few of the small
branches and brought them into the house to enjoy the apple blossoms.
Towards the end of the
summer, I looked up at the poor twelve -foot tall stump of the tree in sorrow
for its loss. I was surprised to see a
dozen leafy green twigs poking out of the top of that stump like a soldier with
his crew cut. I’m trying he was saying to me. I’ve faced diversity many times,
but I’m still trying. This spring, still trying, the tree put out limb, after
limb, after limb. Suckers grew all the way down the trunk till it looks like a
giant bush. We had our pear tree looked at by an expert years ago who told us
that those suckers indicated that the tree was dying and we should cut it down.
But, we saved it.This morning I was
trying to think of who we could get to come cut the suckers and excess limbs;
to prune it and try to save it.
As the sun started coming up
and the birds began to sing, my husband got up to feed the cats, who think
that’s the first thing that he should do every morning.
“Oh! No! he cried. During the
night Lenny the cat had pried open the sliding glass door to go for a stroll.
My husband ran around the outside of the house in his pajamas looking for the
cat. On the second rotation, calling the cat’s name, he heard a weak,
frightened mew. “Lenny?” he called looking up. Lenny the cat, who had never
climbed a tree before, was cowering at the top of that poor old apple tree,
hidden from whatever creature of the night had spooked him, by a hundred little
limbs. The tree was still trying. After feeling rescued, Lenny tore across the
lawn; into the garage, scratching at the door. “Let me in! Oh please let me
He was still terrified.
God loves the little
creatures. He loves the trees and the flowers. He loves us, and he loves you. He
is ever mindful of all our needs. If we listen, we can learn many things.
Do you remember the story of
Chicken Little? An acorn fell on her head, and she thought the sky was falling.
She ran to tell the lion about it. On the way, she met Henny Penny, Ducky
Lucky, and Goosy Loosey. Telling each one that the sky was falling. They all
ran to tell the King.
Today I put my feet up to
rest my poor tired legs and listened to the news. Our world today is filled
with distress. Everyone seems to be fighting and hurting. As the news ended a hymn
that I love filled my mind. How Firm a
Text: Attr. to Robert Keen,
The third and fourth verses
3.Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
4. When through the deep waters I
call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o'erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
Reminds us. “We have all felt peace
tonight. All of us would like to feel such peace often within ourselves, in our
families, and with the people around us. The Lord promised peace to His
disciples as He was about to leave them. He has made the same promise to us.
But He said that He would give peace in His way, not in the world’s way. He
described His way of sending peace:
“But the Comforter,
which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
“Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
You will at times have
your faith challenged by Satan; it happens to all disciples of Jesus Christ.
Your defense against these attacks is to keep the Holy Ghost as your companion.
The Spirit will speak peace to your soul. He will urge you forward in faith.
And He will bring back the memory of those times when you felt the light and
the love of Jesus Christ.
Remembering may be one
of the most precious gifts the Spirit can give you. He will “bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever [the Lord has] said unto you” (John 14:26).The memory may be of an answered prayer,
of a priesthood ordinance received, of a confirmation of your testimony, or of
a moment when you saw God’s guiding hand in your life.
This is the goal that
your Father in Heaven has for you, His precious daughters. It may seem to you
like a distant goal, but from His perspective, you’re not that far away. So He
visits you with His Spirit to comfort you, encourage you, and inspire you to
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