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 theHoly 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
As you enjoy this season, keep
the “Light Of The World” in your hearts towards your fellow man.
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,
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 everyday
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.
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
I am a retired old woman trying to learn new things. I've decided that since my children are grown I would start some new adventures in life. So I moved across the country to a big city.
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