Primary Program Time Again

Today was our Primary Program in Sacrament meeting.

I am still their pianist, a calling that I love!  I love working with the children, feeling their special and tender feelings for Jesus Christ and for Heavenly Father.  They love the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and they love each other and coming to church.

They also love singing.  This group has learned a few songs that have 2 parts or that have a descant (a part that is higher than the regular song).  They love doing this so much that although it is a smaller group than we’ve had for a few years, their singing was strong and clear!  Several people commented on it and on how much they enjoyed hearing it.  (And remember, this is the regular Primary children, not a special choir or group of the children.)

The Primary Program is one of, if not the best programs of the entire year.  And today’s program was truly inspirational.  The children behaved reverently during the whole thing, every one of them spoke clearly enough to be heard – even the youngest ones – and they truly helped us feel the Spirit of God in that meeting.

These children know who they are, they know where they come from, and they know where they are going.  They want to choose the right and feel the closeness of God in their lives.  They love their families, they are not perfect, but they know what to do when they do something wrong.  They are learning to stand for the right, to try to follow Jesus Christ’s example, and to strengthen their faith and their families.

That is what Primary helps children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do.  And it is the same, exact thing all over the world!  :)

Prayer Made My Day A Success!

This morning I set the alarm early because I knew what was ahead.

And I didn’t know how I would handle it.

A 2-day retreat at work, Beloved Hubby coming home Wednesday, and several people I had to get processed, with more adding on every day.  I was so worried my insides were all knotted up and I was almost shaking.

What to do?  What do I do first?

You got it (you’re getting to know me pretty well, huh?)

That’s right.  Prayer.

So, I knelt beside my bed and poured out my thoughts, feelings, worries, and to-do list to Father in Heaven.  I didn’t know how I was going to get through these next few days.  I haven’t worried this much in a long time.

As I was getting ready for the day, a call came.  I had to run an errand before going to work.  I looked at my watch.  Well, there was time, sort of.  Good thing I got up early.

So I quickly finished getting ready and left to take care of the errand.  Once I completed it I suddenly realized I’d forgotten something very important at home.

You guessed it, a quick stop at home on the way to work.  I’m trying no to think about the additional time all this is taking.  I focus on my driving.

Finally I arrive.  I stop briefly to share with a co-worker how concerned I am.  Then it’s off to my desk to round up my materials, check the schedule, and see about getting something done.

Nothing major in my emails or voice messages that has to be done right away.  Good.  I turn to processing my folks.  There are about a dozen of them!  I don’t know how many I’ll be able to squeeze in today, the rest will have to wait until tomorrow.

Well, I’ll do what I can.  Better start calling them.

I do a little of the preliminary work, then dial the first number.  He answers!  Good.  Hurray and get him scheduled and try to not take too much of his time.  He’s very understanding and it works out well.

But, there’s a glitch with the computer and I can’t finish the process right this moment.  OK, make a note and set him aside to finish after the next one.  The next one also answers right away!  Same process, same glitch, set her aside.

I take time to visit the retreat for an important topic that should help me with my work.  Thus goes my day, calling people between sections of the retreat.  Wait!

I just reached the last one who has to be done today!  How did that happen?  And there is time left to finish most of the preliminary work!  And to get past the glitch in the computer (operator error, of course!).

Now we are going to dinner together and I have completed all of the 8 or 9 who had to be handled today!  And I feel great!

Dinner is good, I’m meeting new people, we have a great team.  And Beloved Hubby is doing well.

This day sure turned out differently than I thought it would.  I expected, though I hoped it wouldn’t, my stomach to be tied in knots this whole week!

But by taking a few moments to talk with God, He helped me through this day in unexpected ways and with marvelous results!  He truly guided my path and showed His great love for me.

All because I asked.

Prayer Made My Day A Success!  :)

Want To Feel Better?

You don’t even have to feel down.  You don’t HAVE to be wondering what’s wrong in your life.  No need to be worried about the state society and the world are in.

Whether you are on top of the world or not.

You will always feel better when you tune in to the LDS semi-annual, worldwide General Conference!  And it starts in about 2 hours.  But…

In the meantime, or anytime, you can go and watch previous conferences and feel the same uplifting and joyful feelings that you do when you watch it happen live.

This is another great blessing we have available to us from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons).  It is proof that God, your Heavenly Father, loves you and all His children and does not leave us to wander alone and unsure through life.

In fact, it is quite the opposite.  It is a feast for the soul!  A veritable smorgasbord of hope, joy, peace, comfort, and love that will always leave you a better person that before.  Guaranteed.

God loves His children and has given us so much good in the world.  And today we have more goodness and happiness to surround ourselves with than any other time throughout the history of the world!  Although we live in a tough time in many ways, we also live in the best of times in more ways.

“How?” you may ask.

Come and see.  You can participate at any time.  Try it and see.  :)

Your Self-Worth

Your self-worth can be an elusive thing.  It can increase and decrease almost as the waves upon the sand.  Do you have any control over it?  Does it seem that many times it is simply not even there?

What affects your self-worth?  Often small things can have such a big impact on it:

  • You didn’t get through your to-do list (OK, not all things that affect you are small)
  • Bad hair day (maybe it rarely does turn out well…)
  • Someone got upset with you.
  • No one understands you.
  • You don’t understand you.
  • The person who passed you in the hall ignored you, didn’t even smile.
  • No one is liking you on social media.
  • You are only getting likes but no comments on social media.
  • No one is reaching out to you, so obviously, no one likes you.

Is that really where your self-worth should be coming from?

Is there some rule you don’t know about that would help?  Some secret to happiness?  Some way to feel self-worth despite everything listed above?  And everything else that’s happening, or not happening, in your life?  Is there an answer?

Yes, there is an answer.  And it is not complicated.

You are the offspring of Deity.  God is your Father.  And Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father’s only Begotten in the flesh and your Brother, showed the way to self-worth.

It is this simple:

Reach out to someone in need.

Go ahead and test me on this.  Test God on this.  Jesus showed by example that when you reach out to someone else, not only do you make a difference to that person, but God, your Heavenly Father, then makes a difference to you!  You will have feelings of self-worth.  It is one of those natural laws that always has and always will exist.

And there are people all around you who are in need of even your smallest act of kindness:

  • Send an encouraging note to someone who is struggling with something.
  • Smile to someone you pass on the street.
  • Call someone who has been on your mind lately.
  • Go and visit someone who is all alone.
  • Offer to watch the kids for a couple of hours.
  • Help someone with a problem that you have successfully dealt with.
  • Comfort someone who is sad.
  • Forgive the person who just cut you off while you were driving.
  • Do something nice for someone in secret (you get extra points for this one!)

Self-worth is not so elusive as it might first appear.  It is the natural and God-given result of realizing who you are and reaching out to bless and lift others.

Try it and see.  :)


I love rain!

I remember when I was about 5, riding my tricycle outside and having great fun with my siblings.  It started to rain, just a bit, a sprinkle really.  I was so excited!

It felt great.  A bit cooler, getting a little wet, enjoying the experience.

Then my mother made us go inside to get out of the rain.  :(  I wanted to stay outside and enjoy it a little longer.  I still remember that.  :)

And when I was a teenager we learned to coolest song about rain!  I still remember it now.  It describes rain perfectly.  It is called Soft Rain (and I found it on the internet at

Rain falls
soft rain at my window
Every butterfly has hurried away
All the honeybees have called it a day
And the columbine are bending their heads
in the rain

Rain falls
soft rain making puddles
for the children’s feet
the puddles are sweet
And the skater-bug fleet finds the small pools a treat
And the columbine are bending their heads
in the rain.

While the rain is falling there’s a quietness about the world;
While the thunder is calling there’s a quiet hush about the world
A time to remember the beautiful things,
To look for tomorrow and your fondest dreams

Rain falls
soft rain through the tree boughs
Bringing ev’ning birds a quick friendly bath
washing afternoon dust from my wide garden path
And the columbine are bending their heads
in the rain.

Rain. . . falls. . .
soft rain at my window. . .
I will go outside where sleepy rain blows. . .
Feel the wet on my face. . .feel the wet on my clothes. . .
And like the columbine. . .
I want to bow my head
in the rain. . . . . .

It’s a beautiful song.  And rain is beautiful too.  It is calming, peaceful, interesting, cleansing, and cooling (especially on a hot summer day).  So the next time you see the rain begin, instead of thinking, “What a bother” remember who sent the rain, appreciate the Lord’s bounty, and give a prayer of thanks.  :)

What’s your favorite story about rain?