Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I'm Going There Some Day


 









  Is the Temple in your vision?
Is the Temple in your plan?
Does the Savior’s love compel you
To try to understand?
Are you grateful for your family?
Do your children smile at home?
Does your heart just surge with happiness
When He says “Come”?

Do Unto Others


 






Last week as I wrapped a birthday present to mail to my son, I packed some hometown newspaper around it for padding. In it I found a couple of articles that touched my heart. In one, a homeless veteran gave his last twenty dollars to a woman who was stranded with not enough money to pay for her gas. He didn’t expect to have it returned or to be rewarded, he just wanted to help her. In the other, a woman found a bargain for down jackets in a neighboring town and bought one for each of her family members as their old ones had been used for many years. She said she spent hundreds of dollars but had saved a thousand  dollars . When she returned   home, she hid them in the back of the closet to save for Christmas and went out to finish her errands When she returned home again.  she found the living-rom a mess and things pulled out of the closet.
The   new coats were gone. When her son came home, he told her that there was a call out for coats and hats for the fire fighters, fighting a local forest fire. He had gone through the closet and taken the coats to donate them. “But don’t worry Mom!” He said. “I kept the good ones”
As a mother, I’m torn between being grateful for the son’s kindness And fury for giving away the new coats.
“We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness,” said President Thomas S. Monson. “We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “A great change began in your heart when you came into the Church. You made a covenant, and you received a promise that began changing your very nature. …
“… You promised that you would help the Lord make [others’] burdens light and be comforted. You were given the power to help lighten those loads when you received the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
“We want to use the light of the gospel to see others as the Savior does—with compassion, hope, and charity,” said Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President. “The day will come when we will have a complete understanding of others’ hearts and will be grateful to have mercy extended to us—just as we extend charitable thoughts and words to others. …
“Our obligation and privilege is to embrace improvement in everyone as we strive to become more like our Savior.” 
As you enjoy this season, keep the “Light Of The World” in your hearts towards your fellow man.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What Makes Me Smile


What makes me smile?
Michael made me smile
I loved when chocolate covered his finger tips
His mouth rimmed with pizza sauce as he kissed me

I loved the music he played
Strumming his guitar, tapping a pencil on the desk
Moving with the rhythm

I dressed for work
Grabbed food for his lunch
And sent my little monkey off to school

Friday, November 10, 2017

You Are a Miracle

  When my daughter was a teenager she asked me if miracles still happen? I said yes you are looking at a miracle. When I was two years old, during my birthday party, I screamed, and collapsed, unconscious.  My dad rushed me to the local hospital and then up to the university medical center in a larger town. The doctors examined and tested, but couldn’t find out what was wrong. They couldn’t fix me. The doctors told my dad that my best chance was to pray for me. For the next ten days, the doctors told my dad that this bodily function needed to start working and they prayed and blessed me. The next day they chose another function and prayed. Slowly over a week God repaired my body. It was a miracle. I truly believe that. Then I held up a mirror to my daughter and told her that she was a miracle too. We each have things happening in our lives that bring miracles to ourselves or those around us. We just need to recognize and accept them. Are you a miracle worker?
My cousin put a quote on face book the other that that I had to comment on.
“To the people offering thoughts and prayers to the victims of the Texas Baptist Church massacre. They were already in a church praying.” Truth from Joe Pitti
Does that mean we shouldn’t pray for them?
Some comments from this post were,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Paul: AMEN; Prayer is nonsense, yet parents (and pastors) keep teaching kids to pray. Nobody comes upon religion BY THEMSELVES, they are TAUGHT by others and elders, just as HATE is also taught. Wake up, be nice, make art, music and food...stop wasting time praying ... no one is listening...PS ... ps. I am a FORMER CATHOLIC ; but they couldn't "GET ME" ... I have my own brain and thoughts... AMEN, I think.
Diane: Everyone has the right to express their own opinion, to have their own free will. For me, grace and mercy, and especially prayer, has sustained me through a lot of heartbreaking tragedies. So, that’s MY truth. All opinions are welcome to me, because I don’t have the right to tell anyone else what their truth is. But one thing I hope we can all agree on & remember is that no matter how much Evil there is in this world, most people are GOOD and; KIND, and LOVING and; CARING. I am reminded of that every day by people I know, and other’s I don’t.”
I have heard many say that If God were real He would answer our prayers. People wouldn’t get sick or die; wars wouldn’t be fought. God does love us and He does answer our prayers. He just doesn’t always say yes. I console myself by thinking that as a loving parent I didn’t always say yes to my children’s desires. Sometimes from a different perspective, I could see that there were better options if we waited.
God lives and loves us. He is willing to answer or prayers. And you are a miracle.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Can I Help You?

 







 I have 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?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Choose Happiness


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 cheerful?
In the September 2017  Ensign 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 to it.”
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 Happiness”Elder Holland continues, “The first 30 years of Book of Mormon history do not present a pleasant story. The hostility within the family 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 I remember 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.”
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 object
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 giver.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Priorities


 








Someday I’m going to die.
I don’t think I will be finished yet!
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 accomplished.
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 honest?
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?

In an article in the May 2011 Ensign magazine “We Have Work To Do”
President Gordon stated
…I do not have a perfect knowledge, but I will try a little harder to be a little better