Monday, October 27, 2008

Light and Truth

I love section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Some favorite verses are:

vs. 24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
vs. 27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments
vs. 28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
vs. 36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, LIGHT and TRUTH.
vs. 37 Light and truth forsake that evil one.

These are verses worth pondering. Sometimes we take a verse at face value -- but, when we ponder more about each word and meaning our eyes are opened to deeper discoveries and meanings.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Work of the Master

I miss our beloved Prophet President Gordon B. Hinckley. He passed away last year but his memory lives on.

He made this remark:
"This church does not belong to it's President. It's head is the Lord Jesus Christ, whose name each of us has taken upon ourselves. We are all in this great endeavor together. We are here to assist our Father in His work and His glory....Your obligation is as serious in your sphere of responsibility as is my obligation in my sphere. No calling in this church is small or of little consequence."
This is the Work of the Master, "Ensign, May 1995 p. 71

I'm grateful for a new and living Prophet President Thomas S. Monson. I love how he cares for 'the one'. We pray for him as a family and know that the caravan moves on!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I was tagged...

I was 'tagged' by sweet Merrianne --- and figured that I'd better respond today.

Apparently I'm to tell you 7 (or 10) things that you didn't know about me. it goes:

1. Years and years and years ago :) certified scuba diver (wierd for me - I know)
2. Ruffles and milk, carrots from the garden, watermelon, fresh Hawaiian pineapple
3. Fer really, really Dumb; trying out for jr. high gymnastics team -- without ever having taken gymnastics
4. First election won: 4th grade "Sanitation Engineer"
5. First job; picking cherries (Favorite job; teaching at MTC)
6. Favorite thing; playing the female lead in stake production of The Music Man
7. Wear two toe rings and still waiting for knight in shining (or dented and rusted) armor
8. Biggest pet-peeve; gum chompers/snappers (even worse when they are on the stand) :)
9. Popcorn chompers (have to move around in the movie theater) :)
10. Tom's of Maine -- all natural toothpaste - peppermint

Thanks Merrianne!

I'm tagging 7 others....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Name Blessings One by One

We sang this hymn in church yesterday. It was definitely the reminder that I needed as sometimes I count others' blessings and not my own. I've been a bit down, as of late, and am grateful for these words of truth that strengthened me when I was in need. They are a good reminder to all of us.

Count Your Many Blessings
When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will suprise you what the Lord has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

How Firm A Foundation

On my mission to Torreon, Mexico, Sister Gillie and I were the only American sisters. We were never companions but were able to see each other a few times over the 18 months that we were there. How grateful I am for some inspirational comments she gave to me that have helped me throughout the ensuing years.

One day she wrote me a note and included the words to the third verse of "How Firm A Foundation". I have loved that verse ever since that day. It has meant much to me and the words have often come to my mind as an answer to my prayers.

Verse 4 has also come to mean a lot to me recently. The words are these:
"When through the deep water 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."

How grateful I am for the beautiful hymns of the church that teach truths, give comfort in time of need, strengthen, encourage and bless. I have many favorites that often speak to my soul. Words aren't often able to express how much they have meant to me.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Messages of hope and inspiration

This past Saturday and Sunday, we gathered in homes and churches around the world to hear messages from our church leaders in what we call our semi-annual General Conference. Speakers were chosen from church leadership including the Prophets and Apostles. It's my favorite time of year and I am always saddened when it is over as I love what we are taught and how we are inspired.

I wrote down a few favorite passages that were of hope, strength and inspiration to me.

"Faithfully endure trials."
"The rain falls on the just and unjust."
"We are not going to suffer any more than is for our good."
"The Atonement of Christ covers all the trials we may experience."
"Heavenly Father is mindful of the trials we face."
"Care for one anothers."
"Keep the Commandments."
"Be of good cheer, for I am the Lord and will be with you."
"Continue to persevere."
"Every cloud doesn't result in rain."
"There will be lean years and years of plenty."
"This work is true. Our Savior lives. He guides this church".

How grateful I am for truths that strengthen us, remind us of what we already know, and encourage us to perservere amidst storms of life. There is joy to be found in the journey as we walk the paths of life. In the day-to-day challenges of life we are to express gratitude and, thereby, find happiness.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Politics --- asking the wrong questions

I came across this article today by Richard Eyre and felt it was worth sharing.
He ran for govenor of Utah several years back and offers a perspective worth pondering.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Death of an animal...

Death is part of the process of life - even for animals. It's not easy to have to let-go a beloved friend. My 12 yr. old son had to make the choice about having his cat remain in severe pain or release her to heaven. It was a difficult and heartwrenching decision for him -- as he loved this kitten as a best friend. But, with my reassurance, he made the choice so that she would not have to suffer anymore.

Times like these cause us to reflect on life and the after-life. How grateful we are for the knowledge that there is much more after this earthly existence. If we didn't have that understanding -- then, death would be nearly unbearable -- even for a child with a beloved pet.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Accidents can happen...

Accidents can happen to anyone. That is why they are called 'accident's.

We were involved in a car accident on Friday. Our small vehicle was totalled and the woman who hit us felt badly. She raised her hands into the air and said in her broken English "I love God, but why this?"

Though we were hurting and were in shock, I tried to reassure her that this was something that was part of life. God doesn't 'cause' all accidents. We are human beings who make mistakes, use poor judgement, don't pay attention, and don't always have things go the 'right' way for us.

But, it doesn't mean that God doesn't love us. In allowing us the ability to learn and grow and progress in this life - he, by higher laws, permits consequences to happen. In this way we can learn how to respond to daily challenges and sometimes even serious trials. These things all shape and mold us into better beings if we rely on Him to help us through them.