I spent this morning perusing
the Internet, looking for various things. I feel an urge to start a journal. I
would like to get a five-year journal where you write a sentence or two each
year to see how your life had changed. But I don’t want to spend thirty dollars
on something that may slide by the wayside. I have started a journal numerous
times. I have at least ten journals with three pages filled. I lose interest
easily. Still I have the urge. This year on my computer I managed twenty-three
Why do I have the urge to write
when I don’t seem to be able to follow through?
I like to think that I want to
learn so many things that I can’t settle down and do one.
But maybe I’m just lazy.
I have talked to a friend who
wishes she could write a journal but she just “Doesn’t Have The Talent For It!”
Actually I have a lot of friends
who wish they could quilt, or paint, or sew, or sing, or cook…but they aren’t “Talented”
Aren’t they? Or like in the
parable of the 10 talents in Mathew
25:14-29 , do we have that talent and just not practiced or used it, but
In Doctrine and Covenants 6:10 (a book of scripture for the Church Of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) we read,
“Behold thou hast a
gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and
cometh from above.”
“You need never feel inferior. You need never feel that you
were born without talents or without opportunities to give them expression.
There is something of divinity in you. You have such tremendous potential because
of your inherited nature. Every one of you was endowed by your father in Heaven
with a tremendous capacity to do good in the world.Cultivate the art of being kind, of being thoughtful, of
being helpful. Refine within you the quality of mercy, which comes as a part of
the divine attributes you have inherited.”
STAND A LITTLE
We each have a God given gift. We just need to search, and
study, and practice.
What talent do you want to explore this month?
I want to work on oil painting.
-And I just bought a travel journal for an upcoming trip in
weeks ago I made a friend cry. She is always happy when I see her. She exudes
positive energy. So I was surprised when I teased her about forgiveness and she
burst into tears.
I listened to her story, as she told me she was at wits end, not knowing which
way to turn. I knew! An inspiration hit me and I called my brother, a lawyer to
ask if he could help. As he was talking to her, giving her legal advice, and
recommending a couple of people who could help, I had another moment of
inspiration. One of the people he was going to recommend wasn’t eligible and I
knew before he even said the name.
we minister to others, we become true followers of Jesus Christ, who set the
example for us. President Thomas S. Monson said: “We are surrounded by those in
need…. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve
and lift His Children.’”(June 2014 Ensign Magazine)
Burton, Relief Society general president, taught: “With practice, each of us
can become more like the Savior as we serve God’s children. To help us better
[minister to] one another, I would like to suggest four words to remember: ‘First
observe, then serve.’ … As we do so, we are keeping covenants, and our
service, like President Monson’s, will be evidence of our discipleship.”
“We can pray
each morning to recognize opportunities to serve others. “Heavenly Father will
guide you, and angels will assist you,” said David L. Beck, Young Men
general president. “You will be given power to bless lives and rescue souls.”
Compassionate service leader in our church ward, I feel like my ears have grown
bigger and my eyes brighter. As I look around me and listen to other people’s
conversations, (accidently of course since it’s across a crowded room) I know
there is someone who could use a little help.
surgery on her foot next week”
just died and she needs someone who knows what it’s like- to have empathy and
about supporting his family working just three days a week.”
can prayer lead us to be instruments in the Lord’s hands?
our home were going to be hit by a tornado we would want to be warned, but what
about a prompting that inspires us to call a friend just to say hello? Or a
prompting to buy a package of diapers when we don’t have small children.
Following such promptings likely won’t lead to dramatic outcomes, but they’re
The friend you
call might be having a hard day. A phone call could cheer him up. Or the next-door
neighbor may have used her last diaper and be out of gas just as you get home
from the store. This happened to another friend and she had to turn around and
go back to the store because she had ignored the prompting.
Monson has taught: “We watch. We wait. We listen for that still, small voice.
When it speaks, wise men and women obey. We do not postpone following
promptings of the Spirit.”
spiritual promptings are urgent. More often, however, they are gentle. Heavenly
Father has promised to instruct us “line upon line, precept upon precept, here
a little and there a little” (2 Nephi 28:30)
Some quilters I know plan, and prepare, think and draw, plan
again and go shopping. They worry and line up their colors—“How much do I need?
What color goes with this? What if? Maybe I should? Or they start, toss and
begin again in search of perfection.
I on the other hand, think, “That’s a cool block! Oh I love
that fabric! I’ll take a half-yard. I’ll use it somewhere. I am still learning,
still deciding, still practicing.
I have a bin of unrelated blocks, drawers full of half-yard
cuts, rolls of many colors.
Serendipity was waiting to happen.
Two years ago I took a pile of black and white 2,1/2 inch
strips sewn together and cut them on the diagonal.I sewed them in blocks of four making diamonds and packed
them away for New Mexico. This month they magically surfaced crying, “My turn!
The top was finished except for a second border and laying
across my sewing table when a couple came to give us an estimate for some work
on the house.My ever-proud
husband shows off my work whenever he gets the chance. Seeing the black and
white quilt top, she squealed and called to her husband, “My quilt! My quilt!
But can you make it a little bigger?” I spent the evening
searching for just the right fabric which I knew had to be in my stash,
I finished sewing the binding on today, and now we’ll see if
she wants it. But whether she does or not I have a new friend.
My sister and I are sharing goals this year. She called me
in February to renew an activity we did many years ago. We each get to choose
activities for six alternating months. These are things we use to do and have
forgotten how or run out of time for. They are things one of us enjoys and
hopes the other will learn to. They are things we always wanted to do but never
got around to. My six were more selfish than hers were because that’s the kind
of person she is. Hers include make 3 handmade cards and mail them to someone,
Do twenty-five acts of service, one a day from December1, to December 25, make
three handcrafted Christmas presents.
Even when she is having fun, she is helping others.
In the April 2014 conference of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, Ronald A. Rasband taught us,
“Reaching out to
rescue one another, under any condition, is an eternal measure of love.
Often we are given
the opportunity to help others in their time of need. As members of the Church,
we each have the sacred responsibility “to bear one another’s burdens, that
they may be light,” “to mourn with those that mourn,” and to “lift up the hands
which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”
sisters, how grateful the Lord is for each and every one of you, for the
countless hours and acts of service, whether large or small, you so generously
and graciously give each day.
King Benjamin taught
in the Book of Mormon, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye
are only in the service of your God.”
Focusing on serving
our brothers and sisters can guide us to make divine decisions in our daily
lives and prepares us to value and love what the Lord loves. In so doing, we
witness by our very lives that we are His disciples. When we are engaged in His
work, we feel His Spirit with us. We grow in testimony, faith, trust, and
“… Never, never underestimate the spiritual value of doing temporal things well
for those whom you serve.… Be their servants, and you will love them. And they
will feel your love. And more important, they will
feel God’s love” --President Henry B. Eyring
the words of a much loved hymn
wake up and do something more…”
hope this month that you will find someone who needs a little extra care… a
little service…a little love.
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.
I'm blogging in hopes that someone will read and enjoy my writings. Next I'll get out the old paintbrush!
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