Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Whew....Simplify....

In my quest to simplify I'm actually adding to my list of things-to-do.  How does that happen?  I've been trying to let-go of non-essentials (which has included really down-sizing my bookshelves amongst other things) in order to have room for the basics.  Since we've moved a lot we've also de-junked or 'simplified' every time.  We're now in a very small place (2 bedroom for 4 of us) with very little room for anything but necessities.  It's a blessing in many ways as we've learned to be much more frugal than we thought we ever could and have let go of a lot of material wants in order to focus our attentions on the spiritual and emotional.

I don't think I'll list all the things on my platter right now since that will probably come back to haunt me.  But, I will say that my computer broke, car is having problems, finances aren't sufficient for all the needs coming in, and there is much service needing to be done for others.

My mom reminds me that I don't look like I'm in need- so most people have no idea how challenging my life as a single-mom is.  But, I'm not so sure that message is comforting to me.  How many of us 'look' like we're in need?  We keep pressing on, praying much, seeking guidance and help from above and...hoping we'll make it through the challenges we all face. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day???

What does 'Happy Father's Day' really even mean?  We say it just as we say "Happy Birthday" or "Merry Christmas" and.....we know what the intent is when we express it but....what does our vocalization really do and does it make a difference for those we wish it to?

I have friends (single and married) who feel more alone on holidays such as Mother's and Father's Day.  They recognize that they don't have those longed-for blessings in their lives either by the death of their own parents or the lack of their own chance to parent ....or both.

We honor special occasions for those who have those blessings in their lives.  We honor the role of father and mother even if our own situations have been less than ideal.  We place the 'calling' of mother or father on a pedestal of sorts and....perhaps rightly so.  In our church we know that it's the greatest and highest calling one could have in this life.  And, many of us have longed for those righteous blessings in our lives.

I hope (and request) that we'll be more aware and mindful of those around us who do not have those same kinds of blessings that they've desired.  Perhaps we could be more sensitive about the things we say on a day like today.

My own daughter has come home from church on more than one occasion in tears.  She's not had some of the things she's longed-for most in life including an 'in tact' family with a father at the head.  Well-meaning friends and teachers have expressed their love for their fathers and have said such things as 'I have the best Dad in the world' or 'My Dad is #1'.  Or....'let's write 'Father's Day Cards' and "you can write one to the Bishop if you want". 

Other friends opt out of church today instead of putting themselves in the middle of feeling worse than they already do.  I understand their feelings as I've had some of those myself on particular occasions when I felt more alone in a crowd of married couples than I would have liked to be.

So, in an attempt to soften-the-blow for those who don't have a Father in their lives either as a Dad or a companion - or who have experienced abuse and neglect by the one in that role - may I suggest we consider them and offer up prayers in their behalf?  And, may we also include in those prayers the men who would be Dad's but haven't had that blessing either.  We may never know the depth of their longings or sorrows if we haven't experienced it ourselves.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mormon Moms Who Blog and....All About Preparedness

It's been a while since I've blogged on here as my other blogs have been taking my time and attention.  As the ward Preparedness Specialist I've put in many hours on a ward blog trying to share Prophetic Statements and help those who haven't caught the vision. SlateCanyon13Preparedness

The other main blog I've been working on is called All About Preparedness.  Several months back I wondered how I could share the things I've studied for so many years and felt so strongly about -- regarding Signs of the Times, the Millenium, Building Zion, Food Storage and Preparedness, Obedience to Prophetic Counsel etc. The blog is an answer to that question and those prayers.

The first blog I ever did was on home management and organization.  It was a good first attempt and interesting beginning.  And, in trying to find a way to share it with others' I realized the need for an online place to list and share ideas. So, the blog LIST was born;  Mormon Moms Who Blog.  It has provide a place for LDS women to find each other and to intermingle.  Many have good things to share but few had a place to build their readership worldwide. 

It's been a fun venture and I continue to learn and figure out how to do things.  (That is the hardest part for me as I'm not extremely technically savvy.)  It's an adventure and an outlet for all of us to be able to connect with each other.  For that, I'm grateful!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thanks for Following Me

I'm not sure how to express how rewarding it is for me to have anyone following me.  It's 'cool' (if that is still accepted as part of current vernacular.)  Last night my 13 yr. old daughter informed me that  "LOL" is "way last decade, Mom".  So, hopefully my readers will understand.

Anyway, I wanted to do this "Simply Mormon" blog awhile back to share my personal views of life and the testimony I've gained from hard years of personal experience and study.

Most of our lives don't quite turn out as expected, planned, or hoped-for.  Some may.  But, for those of us who have been privileged to learn from hard-knocks, lessons that have humbled and dropped us to our knees, others' choices (good or poor), and our own personal prayers - I say we're blessed.  Life lessons can be wonderful and amazing if we learn from them and grow closer to our Father who desires for us to do that.  He is my closest friend - and I say that in all humility and sincerity.  I wouldn't have made it through excruciating pain without His help.  For that, I am eternally grateful.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Holy Temple

I love the Holy Temple.  It's a place of peace and instruction for me.  There is no where else on earth where I feel closer to Heaven and my Heavenly Father than when I am in the Temple.  I am so extremely grateful that he desires to teach and bless and strengthen us.  His Spirit is with us when we are striving to keep his commandments and remain close to Him. 


Thursday, January 13, 2011

All About Preparedness

I have a blog called All About Preparedness - where I share powerful messages from church leaders concerning the Last Days, The Second Coming, Temporal and Spiritual Preparedness etc.  I invite you to join me there and read about some of the prophecies of our time period. 

"Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue that day they harbored such a delusion". --- Pres. Ezra Taft Benson, Prepare for the Days of Tribulation

Saturday, January 8, 2011

No pain or trial is wasted...

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time.  It's helped me through a lot of hard times.  One of my brothers reminded me of it recently so I decided to post it so that all may benefit thereby.


“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God… and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulations, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”


Orson F. Whitney, in Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1972), 98.