Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sensible Food Storage - Wendy DeWitt

I just watched a new DVD entitled "Sensible Food Storage" by Wendy DeWitt and sold by  I purchased the DVD at Deseret Book or Seagull Book (I can't recall which) and it was definitely worth watching and learning from.  Her blog has additional helpful resources and information.

I've been into preparedness and food storage for many years.  This is an excellent DVD that I would highly recommend to any who are trying to be prepared for any eventualities that may come.  We never know what is ahead and being prepared gives us peace of mind that comes no other way.

Wendy gives great insights and simple solutions.  She is numbered among many leaders who have encouraged all of us to 'be prepared' and to get our homes in order. Food Storage is part of that preparedness.

Jim Phillips, also an expert on preparedness, says to 'prepare for the worst and hope for the best'.  Because, "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear".

Savior of the World

Last night my children and I went to Salt Lake to see a musical/theatrical production entitled "Savior of the World".  It was marvelous and deeply moving to me.  I wept at the Savior's appearance to his beloved disciples after his death and resurrection.  I felt as they might have; in awe and extreme gratitude.  

Though we saw the production after Christmas Day; it was very meaningful to me as I have sincerely been pondering on the life of the Savior and how we can come to know him better.

In a recent talk in church I was very moved by a speaker and his timely message about the Savior, His life and mission, and what Christmas really was all about.  I pondered much on what he said and why we often are so mistakenly materialistic in our society.  There is no peace in that nor long-term satisfaction.  Afterwards remains emptiness and unfulfilled real needs and longings.

I had a very peaceful Christmas this year and felt much contentment at the end of the day.  Our limited resources helped us to focus more on what we could do to help others' in need. We were blessed with several of those experiences through school and church programs.  I think my children realized that though they might have felt they had little -- they were really truly blessed to have a warm home, food to eat, and a mother who loves them very dearly.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Provo Tabernacle Fire

Many of us have been deeply affected by a fire which destroyed a beloved icon in our community; the Provo Tabernacle last week. It was a sacred and spiritual building for many of us who have lived in this area for much of our lives and been deeply affected by it's goodness and spirit and historical meaning.

My first reaction was shock, disbelief and tears.  But shortly followed a strong sense of peace which immediately calmed me.  I knew that the Lord was at the helm and that His purposes would be fulfilled.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Heaven in our Homes

On my fridge I have a favorite quote from Daryl Hoole; author, teacher, speaker etc.  I share it because it means a lot to me:

"If we want to have our homes in heaven, hereafter, we must have heaven in our homes here."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Healing Properties in Nature

A dear friend recently told me the story of a man who went to see a herbalist in her valley for his stress and high blood pressure.  The man was tested of many things and came out clean.  The specialist then proceeded to instruct the man to go out and spend some time in nature.  He left her office upset and without paying for the 'advice'.

A few weeks later he called her and asked 'Can I come and pay you now?'
He had taken her counsel as he was out of other options and didn't know what else to do. 
He had found peace again and his life had been changed for the better.

My friend, who related this story to me, was at the seminar where this specialist spoke.  As she shared this with me it struck a chord in my own soul and I have been trying to heed that.  My recent stresses have included another move, getting reestablished and helping my children through the challenges of changes.

We're right up against a mountain now and only a few minutes from some walking trails. I went out with my friend and her husband last weekend for a short hike.  It truly was renewing.  I was reminded of the importance of taking time in our routine to breathe in fresh air, to absorb the beauties of nature and to appreciate what we have been blessed with.

Life can be filled with change.  Nature and Seasons may be too.  We can do well to learn from that symbolism.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Being Grateful

One of the greatest blessing of the day in which we live is learning to rely upon the Lord for all that we are and all that we have.  When we're too 'independent' or self-absorbed we forget from whence all our resources come.

As a family we've strived to live more by the old pioneer adage;  "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without".  We've realized that we can live on much less that we thought that we could and also that we have 'sufficient for our needs' when we put the Lord first and then rely on Him to deliver us from our troubles and afflictions.

If we keep His commandments and seek to do His will, we can trust in Him to keep His part of the commitment;  "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."

I recall a statement of a wonderful religious leader who said:  "A Happy Person is a Grateful Person".  I've not forgotten that - for as we recognize the Giver of all good gifts we are more prone to acknowledge grateful receiving rather than what we lack.

I'm grateful for the many trials that we've faced as a family in single-parent home.  We've learned things that we wouldn't otherwise have learned and have grown in ways that we didn't know we needed to grow in.  Perhaps the greatest blessing for me has come in having to rely on the Lord and His promises.  Because of that I have grown to love and appreciate Him more than I otherwise might have.  And...I've recognized His hand in many miracles in our behalf.  I should, of all, be most grateful .....and.....happy!  :)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy

I know that I could find a lot of scriptures and articles to support my beliefs about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy but...I will only here share my personal testimony about it's importance.

In addition to actually needing a time of rest each week both physically and emotionally, I believe that it is a time to renew ourselves spiritually by attending uplifting meetings, studying and pondering upon teachings of Christ, and receiving nourishment that we would not otherwise attain.

We greatly benefit from studying the scriptures daily and praying always for help and guidance - and there is an additional reason for doing these things also on the Sabbath. 
#1 We are commanded to do so. 
#2 The Lord promises specific blessings as we do. 
#3 We are able to partake of the emblems of the Sacrament on His Holy Day and renew our commitment to Him as well as being made partakers of His Spirit through that sacred experience.

It seems to me that The Sabbath Day has become more of a holiday than a holy day for many in the world.  The sad thing about that is that many perhaps don't know of it's significance and those who do are neglecting it at their own peril.  That saddens me.  But, the only person I have control over is me and I am very grateful for my personal committment to keeping the day holy because that committment has blessed me greatly over the years.  I'm very thankful that the Lord instructed a time set-aside for us to be renewed, worship Him in holy places, receive instruction and edification, and mingle and fellowship with each other.  I am extremely grateful for the Sabbath Day and the blessings that have come to me by striving to keep it a holy day.

Moving from House to House

Sorry about not keeping up with my blogging.  We had several months of packing and preparing to move along with helping my parents move, getting us moved (twice in fact) and now trying to settle.  The kids are in school and/or doing on-line classes and I am trying to rectify some problems with the home in which we now live.  So, it's been a busy time and I've been pondering about how to manage my blogs along with raising a family.  They (the family) have taken top priority but now may be the time that I can get started again.

I suppose (no...I know) that life is filled with changes.  Some items are out of our control so we do the best that we can when changes come.  That's a lesson that I have hopefully learned over the past few months.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Upcoming Seminar "Living in the Last Days"

A group of 'like-minded' individuals have gotten together to provide a wonderful seminar for the residents of Cache Valley, Utah.  We will be holding the afternoon event on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Logan Tabernacle.  Our focus is on 'Spiritual Preparedness' in the Last Days.  We've entitled the day " prepare my people" which are the Savior's own words.

I am reminded of a statement from a friend after a recent 'temporal preparedness' seminar.  She said "He just wants to feed us".

Our goal is to provide that same spiritual nourishment for those who come to participate with us.  Many of us, seeing the 'Signs of the Times' feel compelled to pull-together in righteous causes.  We have much Good to look forward to in the future.

Our excellent speakers; Scott Bradley, Janet Summit, Farley Anderson and Arlene K. Butler, have given their life's work to this cause.  Their messages are timely and fulfilling.

For more information and/or to register visit

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Here is what I have, it is the Lord's

One of my all-time favorite messages is from Brigham Young.  I've printed it out in large letters and kept it on my wall.  It's blessed my life time and again.

"Here is what I have, it is the Lord's.  He has given me all that I possess, it is only committed to my charge to see what I will do with it."                                    

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bloggin' Women ---

You know the favorite song from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers called "Sobbin' Women" (Sabine Women)?  It reminds me of my new entrance on Mormon Mom's Who Blog called "Bloggin' Women.  I've realized that all my blogs have served purposes and have been sort of therapeutic.  It's nice to be able to share our thoughts and feelings in cyberspace.  I've received some great comments and have made some new 'friends' in the blogosphere.  That has been rewarding.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Favorite Quotes about The Constitution and LIBERTY:

"The Constitution is not an instrument for government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government --- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."    Patrick Henry

"Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.  Liberty is a well-armed sheep contesting the vote".  - Ben Franklin

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On....thinking and

"Let me remind each of us...that education doesn't simply mean that we attend school.  Education means that we learn to think.  Henry Ford put it in words when he said, "An educated man is not one who has trained his mind to remember a few dates in history.  he is one who can accomplish things.  If a man cannot think, he is not an educated man, regardless of how many college degrees he may have attained.  Thinking is the hardest work a man can do, which is probably the reason we have so few thinkers."    Thomas S. Monson "Be Your Best Self,  p. 84