My sister told me earlier this month
that she was the compassionate service leader in her church congregation now
and asked what she was supposed to do? I told her she had to make a quilt for
every new baby that was born into the congregation. She said, “I quit!”
Of course I
was kidding her. I happen to love to make quilts and give them to people for
love and comfort.
One woman I
know kept asking what she had to do to get one of my quilts. I said, “Have
A baby.” As
a fifty year old with two teenagers that was not in her plans. Then on
Christmas Eve her dear husband had a stroke and I gave her a quilt for comfort.
There are many things people do to show love and comfort to others.
The Senior Center has a project Linus group to make quilts for kids in need. Our
quilt guild made quilts for every family who lost a home in our town in 2000.
Our women’s organization made quilts for a children’s hospital. Girl troops
have made teddy bears for the police to hand out to children who have had a trauma
in their lives.Anotherwoman asks groups to tie fleece blankets to give teens as the age out of foster care.
take meals to people who are sick, treats and visits to those who are lonely,
rides to appointments, clean homes when people are moving or too ill. There are
many ways we can give some compassionate service to those around us.
In her book Disciples, Chieko N. Okazaki quotes
Power comes from love. Achievement and ability come from love. We can try to do
it on our own or we can really achieve with the Savior--- by accepting his love
and by being willing to love others in return.
Pg 9In a face Book post this week Common Consent
Blog writer Christian Harrison writes,
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“This week has been a very hard one for
me and many of my friends. I’ve spent many hours on the phone with friends
comforting them and being comforted in return. I’ve sat with friends who ache,
and we’ve wept together. And while this week has been… extra-ordinary …we
have — each one of us — at one time or another, asked what the poet asks:
“Where can I turn for peace?”
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Where Can I Turn for Peace?
Emma Lou Thayne wrote what would become
hymn 129 in our Hymnbook in 1971, upon
the unexpected death of her daughter
Where can I turn for peace?Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart, Searching my soul?
Where, when my aching grows,
Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One.
He answers privately,Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind,
Love without end.
Christian Harrison continues,
“Of course the answer to the question,
“Where can I turn for peace” is “The Prince of Peace”. But as well cemented as
that idea is, in our culture… we can’t help but recognize that it’s a very
abstract idea. Beyond reaching out to Him Who Listens through prayer, what is
President Hinckley urged us to “get on
[our] knees and pray, then [to] get on [our] feet and work”.
Faith, after all, without work, is dead
So what is the work of peace? What does
finding our own peace look like?
While I have no doubt that there is
more than one path to peace, I would like to share with you my own. I find
peace, when peace can be found, at the intersection of charity and grace.”
the turmoil surrounding us in our world right now, many are searching for
peace, comfort, love and safety. Many of us are afraid to help the refugees in
Europe. We are aching for the citizens of Paris. What can we do? Where is our
My husband and
I are now in our third year of retirement. The other day he said that he always
thought that retirement would be fun- being able to do the things he never had
time for before. But with age also comes less energy and more health problems
even for those like him, who have made a conscious effort to stay in good
health. He has been thinking that, as he has been blessed throughout his life
with many good things, that he should find ways to give back to humanity in his
retirement. To be of service to those in need.
In the October
Ensign magazine 2015 we read
Finish With Your Torch Still Lit - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Greece, runners competed in a relay race called a lampadedromia.In the race, runners held a torch in their
hand and passed it on to the next runner until the final member of the team
crossed the finish line.
wasn’t awarded to the team that ran fastest—it was awarded to the first team to
reach the finish line with its torch still lit.
There is a
profound lesson here, one taught by prophets ancient and modern: while it is
important to start the race, it is even more important that we finish with our
torch still lit.
Finishing Our Own Race
How many times
have we started something and not finished? Diets? Exercise programs?
Commitments to read the scriptures daily? Decisions to be better disciples of
How often do
we make resolutions in January and pursue them with red-hot determination for a
few days, a few weeks, or even a few months only to find that by October, the
flame of our commitment is little more than cold ash?
We have good
intentions; we start strong; we want to be our best self. But in the end we
leave our resolutions shredded, discarded, and forgotten.
nature to stumble, fail, and sometimes want to drop out of the race. But as
disciples of Jesus Christ, we have committed not only to begin the race but
also to finish it—and finish it with our torch still burning brightly. The
Savior promised His disciples, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same
shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13).
The Light That Never Dies
after stumbling, failing, or even giving up, we get discouraged and believe our
light has gone out and our race is lost. But I testify that the Light of Christ
cannot be extinguished. It shines in the darkest night and will relight our
hearts if only we incline our hearts to Him (see 1 Kings 8: 58 .
No matter how
often or how far we fall, the Light of Christ ever burns brightly. And even in
the deepest night, if we but step toward Him, His light will consume the
shadows and reignite our souls.
This race of
discipleship is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. And it makes little difference
how fast we go. In fact, the only way we can lose the race is by finally giving
in or giving up.
As long as we
continue to rise up and move toward our Savior, we win the race with our
torches burning brightly.
Last Sunday we sang, “The Lord is My Light” by James
Nicholson. In the secondverse-
“2. The Lord is my light; tho clouds may
Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thru the skies
Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign.
Then how can I ever in darkness remain?
I’ve been following a blog about a missionary
who left his mission for various reasons. It made me sad, but even though
discouraged, his light has not gone out. He is still holding onto his torch.
sister and I have been challenging ourselves and others to do something new
each month. This month I chose singing a song each morning and each night. I
don’t sing well so I sit at my computer and sing along with one of the CD’s I
have put on ITunes. My choice depends on the mood I am in. Some mornings I am
boisterous and happy as I sing along with Donna Fargo. In the evening I often
close with a favorite hymn. My problemis people who see what I am singing start worrying about what is going
on in my life. It is true that we have been having some challenges in our lives
for the last few months. But the songs fit my mood and are favorites I’m
revisiting from past years.
In Psalms 96:1 we read,
"O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth."
"sing before the Lord, all ye righteous of the earth.''
Sing to O Lord All. The Earth. Sing to the LORD a new song;
Sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim
good tidings of His salvation from day to day.…
"I will sing the LORD's praise, for he has been good to me.”
Some days it is hard to sing. When I see reports on the news about people
killing police, People eradicating Christians, tsunamis and earthquakes wiping
out whole villages. I get depressed. Psalm 33:3
"Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy."
God wants us to be happy. Even through our trials we can find joy and
How do you find
peace and joy in your trials? Helping others? Enjoying your surroundings?
A sad thing happened in our family at the end of last month. A dear friend
had a massive stroke and died. She was my husband’s niece, just a few years
younger than he is. But to me, she and her husband were friends. They came to visit
with us while we lived in D.C. and we enjoyed seeing the sights with them and
laughing at their unique senses of humor. I’m going to miss her. With all my
heart I wish I could have been there to comfort her husband. But what can you
say or do from so far away.
I have been nursing my husband the last few weeks as he tries to recover
from some bug. I don’t do as well as he did when I had my knee replaced, but he
is very loving and appreciative.
I have heard somewhere that you love those you serve.
If we are going to learn to love as the Savior did we should take as many
opportunities to serve others.
I have really appreciated friends and family who are willing to drive us
to appointments and pick things up at the store. I wouldn’t have been able to
care for him as well if they hadn’t been so willing. I love them dearly.
One of the sweetest and most powerful
moments of Christ’s ministry was when He washed the feet of His disciples. “He
riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded
himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the
disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded (John
As the Savior introduced this
ordinance, the disciples may have been overwhelmed that their Lord and Master
knelt before them and performed so meek a service. Jesus then explained the
lessons He wanted them and all of us to learn:
“If I then, your Lord and Master, have
washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
“For I have given you an example, that
ye should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15)
“The Savior is our supreme example of the power of humility
and submissiveness. After all, His submitting His will to the Father brought
about the greatest, and even the most powerful, event in all of history.
Perhaps some of the most sacred words in all the scriptures are simply, ‘Not my
will, but thine, be done’ (Luke 22:42)
“As disciples of Jesus, we always seek
to be like Him. ‘Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike,’ said
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Seventy. Without it we won’t be able to develop
other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean
behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy
self-worth, and self-control.”As we work to develop this attribute, we
will find that “humbly submitting our will to the Father brings us the
empowerment of God—the power of humility. It is the power to meet life’s
adversities, the power of peace, the power of hope, the power of a heart
throbbing with a love for and testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ, even the
power of redemption.”*Ensign Magazine August 2015
How can having humility help us love as
the Savior did?
Who are you going to help today?
I remember when I was a young wife and
mother thinking a couple of times a week, “Who can I surprise
Today? Then I called someone I knew and
asked if I could take her children for the morning, or what would you like for
dinner? I was never turned down. It was fun.
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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